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Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
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Obi-Wan and Anakin accompany Duchess Satine and a group of senators to Coruscant. However, SD-K4 assassin droids (along with their probe killers) have been planted on the ship, meaning that one of the senators is a traitor to the Republic...


Tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet: Satine stomps on Merrik's foot while he's momentarily distracted to get free of him and swipe his blaster.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Obi-Wan and Satine (armed with a disruptor pistol) against the miniature assassin droids.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Compare the luxury yacht's shots and size on the outside to the shots on the inside.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Anakin appears from nowhere at the last minute to dispatch the traitorous Tal Merrik. However...
  • Boarding Pod: Three Separatist pods containing super battle droids are launched at the Coronet.
  • Call-Forward: Merrik, mocking Obi-Wan and Satine for not killing him, asks, "Come on, then! Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?" Cue Anakin's lightsaber emerging from his chest, complete with a snippet of the Imperial March playing in the background.
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  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Due to the Sadistic Choice Merrik set up, Obi-Wan and Satine look at Anakin rather reproachfully.
    Anakin: What? He was gonna blow up the ship!
  • Dead Guy Puppet: One of the SD-K4 assassin droids uses the bodies of clone troopers Mixer and Redeye like this.
  • Drone Deployer: The SD-K4 assassin droids are covered in little cylindrical holes that contain mini versions of themselves that can be deployed when they're taken down or before. When the final "mother" droid is taken down, Rex shoots the droid's body several times to prevent any more of the mini droids from being deployed.
  • Giant Spider: The SD-K4 assassin droids are mechanical versions of this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Anakin's Big Damn Heroes moment begins with his lightsaber emerging through Merrik's torso.
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  • In the Back: Anakin kills Merrik by stabbing him from behind.
  • Love Confession: Satine reveals her love to Obi-Wan when she thinks they'll never see each other again. Obi-Wan reluctantly reciprocates, though while he says he would have left the Jedi Order if she'd asked it of him, it's clear he no longer feels he can walk away for love.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Merrik says he'll blow up the ship along with himself if anyone tries to stop him, and he seems completely serious.
  • Sadistic Choice: Merrik gives this to Satine at the end of this episode: either violate her pacifist beliefs and shoot him or let him escape and destroy the whole ship. Even Obi-Wan, who would probably consider this justifiable homicide, seems reluctant to do it in front of Satine. Anakin, on the other hand...
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    Anakin: I'll take care of this, Obi-Wan. You, go find your girlfriend. [runs off]
    Obi-Wan: Yes, right... No! Anakin! She's not my...
  • Shipper on Deck: Anakin seems outright gleeful when he realizes Obi-Wan has romantic feelings and a history with Satine and isn't even really subtle about wanting them to work things out.
  • Shout Out:
    • Obi-Wan finds out the identity of The Mole by capturing one of the probe killers (which look like grey spiders with one red eye) and showing it to each of the guests in turn. Where have we seen this before?
    • It also resembles the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles", in which Kirk determines the true identity of a human-looking Klingon agent by a Tribble's violent reaction to being near him (they were shown earlier in the episode to only react that way when near a Klingon). In contrast, the probe droid Obi-Wan has contained calms down only when near Merrik.
  • Starship Luxurious: The Coronet, Satine's personal ship, is made with entertaining VIPs in mind and features ample decorations and a large number of droid servants that makes it stand out from the series' otherwise mostly utilitarian ships.
  • Sting: The Imperial March is briefly played as Anakin kills Merrik, implying that his attitude towards killing has become a bit too casual.
  • Summation Gathering: Obi-Wan arranges one of these when he figures out that one of the senators must be a traitor. He identifies the culprit by seeing who one of the probe killers won't attack.
  • The Swarm: The backup method of attack for the Giant Spider assassins: if one is deactivated, a whole bunch of little ones emerge from its "corpse".
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Anakin asks Cody and Rex if they've seen the third "mother" assassin droid. Rex says he hasn't... and is immediately jumped by said droid.
    • Merrik has this during the Sadistic Choice:
      "Come on then! Who'll strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?" [Cue Anakin]


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