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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E17 "Bounty Hunters"

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Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendship.

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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.


  • 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 with only an electrostaff.
    • 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.
  • Bloodless Carnage: This episode has a slightly higher than usual body count, made all the more apparent since those who die aren't Clone Troopers, but (mostly) farmers and pirates. One pirate is even impaled with a spear, though no blood shows.
  • 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?
  • Casting Gag: Casiss, the leader of the Felucian farming village, is wise and older than any of the other characters in this episode. He's played by Greg Baldwin, who previously played Iroh on Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Cool Versus 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 her blaster rifle pointed at the back of Ahsoka's head.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hondo brought a tank with him to take on peaceful villagers. Just in case they hired protectors.
  • 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 are on full display.
  • Flying Saucer: Hondo's ship is shaped like a large flying saucer.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Seripas' Mini-Mecha has these.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Sugi and the other bounty hunters can be jerks (Embo, in particular, makes no secret of how laughable he finds Anakin training the villagers), but they are honorable: they were hired in good faith to protect the village, and they intend to see the job through or die trying, with Sugi flatly rejecting Hondo's offer to buy them off.
  • 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.
  • Keystone Army: The pirates fall back when they spot that Captain Hondo Ohnaka is in trouble. Justified in that he's the Captain, and he's the only one with a long-term plan on how to gain profit for them.
  • 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After having fought the Jedi and the bounty hunters for what should have been an easy grab, Hondo decides that:
    Hondo: This effort... is no longer... profitable!
  • 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, and later a pirate swoop biker, this way.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: Embo snaps a pirate swoop biker's neck, then casually tosses his body into the electric fence protecting the village.
  • 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.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Hondo and his gang are threatening the villagers because they want to become rich with the herbs the villagers harvest.
  • Shock Stick: Hondo uses an electrostaff in his duel against Anakin.
  • 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.
  • Tank Goodness: Hondo isn't stupid when he takes on Jedi or people getting ready to fight him.
    Hondo: But as I always say: Speak softly, and drive a big tank.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Instead of relying on trickery, Hondo steps into the field and actually goes toe to toe with Anakin.
    • The villagers undergo this after the Jedi decide to start...
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Anakin gives the villagers some lessons on how to use their farming tools as weapons.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Hondo asks Anakin for help to get pulled up a cliff under the pretense he can call off his men in return, but instead he pushes Anakin into his tank's line of fire.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Embo has a hat 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.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: To Seven Samurai, a film by Akira Kurosawa, to whom the episode is dedicated.
  • 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.