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After the Republic loses contact with a medical station above Felucia, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are sent to investigate. Soon they discover that the station was destroyed by the Separatists, falling under attack from Vulture droids left behind as patrol units. The Jedi's ship is shot down and they're forced to crash-land on Felucia. Stranded, they ask for help from villagers, who have their own problems: Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang is extorting them for the valuable medical herbs they're harvesting.


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  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: When their ship is about to crash Anakin asks if Obi-Wan is thinking what he's thinking and, while Obi-Wan says "Most assuredly not," he rather obviously knows what Anakin is thinking, as he grabs his mask before Anakin grabs his or explains any further.
  • Badass Normal:
    • While Hondo has done his best to avoid having to actually fight by playing dumb in his previous appearances in the series via outmaneuvering opponents to force surrender and using his silver tongue, he finally proves that he is an incredibly dangerous fighter when he survives a fight against Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker armed an electrostaff against the Jedi.
    • All of the bounty hunters.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Embo is separated from his weapon during the battle when a pirate shoots it out of his hand.
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  • Bounty Hunters: Sugi, Seripas, Embo, and Rumi Paramita, as indicated by the title.
  • Captain Crash: Once again, a ship is crashed under Anakin's command. Lampshaded by Ahsoka:
    Ahsoka: How come every time you fly, we crash?
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Jedi Knights and Bounty Hunters vs Space Pirates!
  • *Click* Hello: The bounty hunters are introduced when Rumi sneaks up behind Ahsoka and tells her to drop her lightsaber with a blaster pointed at the back of her head.
  • Creator Cameo: Embo is voiced by supervising director Dave Filoni.
  • Cypher Language: The Aurebesh on the ejection globes says "Caution explosive extrusion".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sugi is quite snarky and critical of the Jedi, and understandably. As she says of Anakin's assessment that she's in over her head, "Says the peacekeeper, who fails to keep the peace." She seems to like Ahsoka, though, possibly because Ahsoka's desire to help even if it delays their mission is much more in keeping with what most think the Jedi are meant to be rather than military generals.
  • Drone Deployer: The Separatist satellite launches vulture droids when its scanners pick up the approaching ship.
  • Ejection Seat: The Jedi shuttle has them, which Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are forced to use.
  • Fantastic Flora: The towering glowing plant life and fungi of Felucia is on full display.
  • Flying Saucer: Hondo's ship is shaped like a large flying saucer.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Seripas' Mini-Mecha has these.
  • Healing Herb: The villagers are growing the healing herb nysillin, which Obi-Wan points out as being one of the most valuable crops in the galaxy.
  • Homage: To Seven Samurai. Ironically, it also pays tribute to The Magnificent Seven, which is itself a remake of Seven Samurai.
  • Horned Humanoid: Sugi is a Zabrak.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When they first meet, Seripas calls Ahsoka a "knee-high". A little bit later, we find out that he's a small frog-sized alien using a Mini-Mecha.
  • Killed Off for Real: The fate of Rumi Paramita was left a bit ambiguous until Filoni confirmed her death in a Q&A video. A bunch of pirates and a few villagers also lose their lives in the battle.
  • Killer Rabbit: During the battle against the pirates, Seripas' armor is quickly destroyed. After escaping from it, he still manages to take out one of the pirates, despite being the size of a large frog.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Well, three space samurai-monks and four Bounty Hunters.
  • Mini-Mecha: Seripas uses one. It's rather useless.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Seripas' Mini-Mecha is nearly two metres tall. He himself is around half a metre.
  • Neck Snap: Embo kills the pirate scout this way.
  • Nice Hat: Embo has one that doubles as a reference to the traditional Japanese kasa, but it also acts as armor against blaster fire as a result of being made of metal. Then he goes and uses it as a weapon, like Captain America's shield.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Sugi refuses Hondo's offer to pay her and her crew double what the villagers offered for her gang's protection if they step aside, claiming that they don't break deals.
  • Simple Staff: Hondo uses an electrostaff in his duel against Anakin.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Hondo and his gang are threatening the villagers because they want to become rich with the herbs the villagers harvest.
  • Shout-Out: Hondo's line "You know what I always say: 'Speak softly and drive a big tank'!" line is a reference to Teddy Roosevelt's famous line "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
  • Space Pirates: Hondo's gang makes its second appearance.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The villagers undergo this after the Jedi decide to go...
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Anakin gives the villagers some lessons on how to use their farming tools as weapons.
  • Wronski Feint: Anakin pulls one on the vulture droids chasing their damaged shuttle. Rather than exploiting any superior mobility of their crippled ship, he aims for a rocky outcropping and allows the ship to crash into it, ejecting at the last second.


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