- "Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud."
"The Gungan General" is the twelfth episode in Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It is the twelfth episode of the series overall and concluded a two-part storyline started with the previous episode, "Dooku Captured".
Anakin and Obi-Wan wake up in the pirates' prison cell, having been drugged the night before despite their precautions in the previous episode. They also discover that not only is their cellmate is Count Dooku, but the three of them are chained together, making escape both far more difficult and - due to mutual antipathy - unpleasant.
Meanwhile, Jar Jar Binks and Senator Kharrus fly to the Weequay pirates' lair with a bounty of spice on board as a ransom for Dooku. Unfortunately, Turk Falso decides to go behind Hondo's back, since he thinks dealing with the Separatists would have been more profitable, and has his men shoot down the shuttle to sack the ransom for himself. The pilots and Kharrus die in the resulting crash, and Jar Jar subsequently gets unintentional command of the surviving clone crew.
With no choice but to work together, the two Jedi and the Sith try to escape to the hangar, but are caught and reincarcerated. Obi-Wan then uses a mind trick to compel the guard to let them out and go out drinking. Unfortunately, while trying to pole-vault over a wall, Dooku's line is shot; Obi-Wan grabs him, and Anakin is forced to hold onto both; they are re-captured by Hondo hanging from the wall.
Turk leads his band to hunt the survivors of the Republic delegation near the acid geysers. Jar Jar has the clones jump into a geyser, making the Weequays decide to let the acid kill them. Jar Jar is extremely confident, as the local fauna's behavior determines when a geyser is about to erupt, which ultimately saves the group's lives. Returning to the wreckage of the shuttle, they find that the spice ransom is gone. Though the clones think of waiting for reinforcements, Jar Jar plans to go after the pirates, riding the skalders to catch up. They intercept and defeat the pirates, and with the spice back in hand, they follow a series of power supply lines straight to the pirate base. Meanwhile, Hondo becomes increasingly annoyed at the Jedis' attempts to escape and tortures Anakin and Obi-Wan with electricity, while Dooku remains locked in his cell.
Upon his return to the base, Turk lies to Hondo, saying that the Republic brought an army, and dispatches tanks after the clones and Jar Jar. Commander Stone sends Jar Jar to "negotiate", knowing that the Gungan's ineptitude will be useful. As the pirates take him hostage, Jar Jar accidentally rams one tank into another and subsequently shuts down the power grid. The Weequays attempt to kill him, only for the clones to hold them at gunpoint.
When the blackout hits the base, the Jedi and Dooku make their escape and go their separate ways: Dooku kills Turk and takes off in a ship; Anakin and Obi-Wan take Hondo hostage before meeting Jar Jar outside. Obi-Wan tells Anakin to let Hondo go, as they don't have any quarrel with him since Dooku had escaped. Hondo commends the Jedi on their honor, but Obi-Wan reminds him that Dooku is likely to seek revenge on him, before the Twilight takes off.
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Behind the scenesEdit
At the beginning of the episode, Obi-Wan and Anakin wake up after being drugged with their drinks, but at the end of the previous episode they had switched out the spiked drinks.
Obi-Wan and Anakin arrived without their lightsabers, while the pirates had the lightsabers they took from Dooku - his own and Anakin's. When Obi-Wan and Anakin recover the lightsabers, both are distinctive blue Jedi lightsabers and Dooku's curved-hilt lightsaber is nowhere to be seen.
In a shot, when the shuttle is flying over Florrum, the clone troopers accompanying Jar Jar and Kharrus are shown as troopers with blank armor. When the shuttle crashes, they are then shown as Coruscant Guard.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
- ↑ Star Wars Helmet Collection 30 (Highlights of the Saga: The Betrayal of Captain Argyus) places the events of "Cloak of Darkness" in 21 BBY. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas similarly dates "Blue Shadow Virus" to 21 BBY. As this episode takes place between these two episodes according to , the episode must also take place in 21 BBY.