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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E3 "Children of the Force"

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The first step to correcting a mistake is patience.

Cad Bane is recruited by Sidious to kidnap a few Force-sensitive children for an experiment.


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  • Adult Fear: Sidious has Bane kidnap Force-sensitive children for brainwashing experiments, all of them barely toddlers. Bane even exploits this to get the child from Rodia via disguising himself as a Jedi and warning the mother of kidnappers dressed as Jedi to get her to release her son to him.
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  • Alien Blood: Duros like Cad Bane have green blood. Because he was injured by Denal (the Clone Trooper that Bane killed), he bleeds a little onto the floor of the shuttle. One of the Clone Troopers notices it.
  • Asteroid Thicket: Bane's hideout, Black Stall Station, is located in one.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Sidious instructs Bane to "take care" of the children.
    • Sidious' experiment is to take place on Mustafar. Anakin dismisses it as a little-known mining world.
      • On top of that, the secret base where the children were taken looks very much like the Separatist Council's hideout.
    • Anakin reports that he and Ahsoka "tore the ship apart" when they searched for Bane, but he escaped.
  • Collapsing Lair: Sidious has the droids manning the Mustafar base turn off the gravity supports so the facility, and all the evidence, will fall into the lava. It works perfectly, leaving the Jedi with nothing to go upon.
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  • Continuity Snarl: When the Holocron is seen again at Black Stall Station, it's fully closed, when only a Jedi should have been able to do that.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: It happens offscreen, but it's fairly clear that Denal actually managed to wound Cad Bane before getting killed by him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Bane killed the Clone Trooper Denal and stole his armour in order to get on board the escape shuttle.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sidious cooing at the babies would be adorable, were he not planning to turn them into slave super-soldiers.
  • Forgot About His Powers: At Black Stall Station, Obi-Wan and Mace Windu don't think of using the Force in order to retrieve the Holocron and thus preventing Bane's escape.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Mace Windu does one with his lightsaber at Black Stall Station.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When future Jedi are at risk of being kidnapped and turned to the Dark Side, Obi-Wan doesn't have time to be polite and soft-spoken, even with the mother of one of the children who has just been taken by Bane.
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  • Pun: "You've certainly stepped in it this time!" — Obi-Wan says this to Mace after he steps off the platform they were standing on and sets off Bane's security system.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The three Force-sensitive children that are featured in this episode are very adorable.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Bane kidnaps the Rodian baby by disguising himself as a Jedi and informing the baby's mother that he had to take the baby because impostors posing as Jedi have been abducting babies.
  • Revealing Injury: Bane was wounded by Denal and thus winds up bleeding a bit of green blood onto the floor of the escape shuttle while in disguise. Given as how no one who was supposed to be on the shuttle had green blood, it's a dead giveaway.
  • Spotting the Thread: Bane erased the navicomputer of his starfighter to hide that he'd travelled to Mustafar — but he didn't think to do the same to the fuel computer, and he forgot to clean off the volcanic ash that had accumulated on his ship.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The babies, courtesy of Sidious.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Bane escapes after the security systems of his hideout are activated, making his way to an escape pod.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Jedi sound like this when they join forces to employ a mind trick on Cad Bane.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bane doesn't care what happens to the babies so long as he gets paid and Sidious is planning to do some nasty things to them.


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