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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E18 "The Zillo Beast"

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Choose what is right, not what is easy.

When an EMP bomb used to prevent the Separatist takeover of Malastare inadvertantly awakens the last surviving Zillo Beast, a prehistoric apex predator from Malastare's past, Anakin and Mace Windu find themselves caught between their duty as Jedi to preserve all life and the threat of losing a trade deal between the Republic and the Dugs if they intervene in efforts to exterminate the creature.

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  • Admiring the Abomination: Palpatine openly expresses awe at the Zillo Beast.
  • Anachronic Order: This two-parter episode takes place before the Geonosis arc (2:04-08).
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Mace Windu warns the Dugs that bombing the Zillo Beast will only enrage it. Naturally, they don't listen and Mace is proven right when the creature climbs out of the pit and goes on the rampage.
  • EMP: The Zillo Beast is awoken by an experimental bomb that unleashes one of these. The episode even provides the page picture.
  • For Science!/Just Think of the Potential: Anakin and Doctor Boll use this to convince Palpatine to take the Zillo Beast alive, since if they can reverse-engineer the secrets of its impenetrable hide to manufacture infantry and starship armour, the Republic will gain a massive military advantage.
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  • Freudian Excuse: According to Doge Urus, predation by Zillo Beasts nearly drove the Dugs to extinction, hence why he is so adamant this last survivor be exterminated.
  • Homage: To classic monster movies, especially King Kong.
  • Kaiju: The Zillo Beast is an obvious homage to these.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Malastare fuel is highly toxic to Zillo Beasts, so the Dugs dump it into the pit in the hope of poisoning the creature. Unfortunately, they only succeed in enraging the Beast enough for it to climb out and go on the rampage.
  • Last of His Kind: The Zillo Beast is the last of its species, hence why Mace Windu is so adamant it be kept alive.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • Everyone in the immediate vicinity reacts this way when the extremely pissed-off Zillo Beast climbs out of its pit and goes on the rampage.
    • Mace Windu and his clone troopers react this way when they discover the hill they are climbing is actually the Zillo Beast's back.
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  • No One Gets Left Behind: After the EMP bomb inadvertantly creates a sinkhole that swallows a large number of clone troopers, Anakin and Mace immediately dispatch rescue efforts to look for survivors.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Doge Urus, since he constantly threatens to scrap the trade deal between Malastare and the Republic if the Jedi protect the Zillo Beast.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Anakin has this reaction when he discovers the Zillo Beast's hide can't be damaged by even his lightsaber.
    • This is also Anakin and Mace's reaction when they learn Palpatine has ordered the Zillo Beast be brought to Coruscant for study.
  • Take a Third Option: Anakin suggests this to appease both Mace, who wants to preserve the Zillo Beast in accordance with Jedi dictates, and Palpatine, who favors destroying it rather than lose the trade deal with the Dugs. Anakin proposes crippling the Beast with stun cannons. In its comatose state, they can pass it off as dead to appease the Dugs and then transport it to a new home before it regains conciousness.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Doge Urus is following a prophecy that the Dug species will be destroyed when the last Zillo Beast returns. In his mind, he doesn't have time for the Jedi's concerns about destroying innocent life.


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