"Every time I touch anything mechanical, it turns hostile."

"The Pirates of Tarnoonga" is the seventh episode of Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Written by Peter Sauder and directed by Ken Stephenson, it originally aired on ABC on October 19, 1985.

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

Jessica Meade and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2 are on board her freighter ship transporting fuel supplies to King Mon Julpa on Tammuz-an. Jann Tosh pilots an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor and escorts the freighter back towards the planet. He mentions that an empty decoy ship has been deployed and dispatched in a different direction in the hopes of discouraging a possible pirate attack.

As luck would have it though, Captain Gir Kybo Ren-Cha and his pirates, piloting stolen Imperial TIE/LN starfighters attack the freighter ship. They latch onto Jessica's freighter with a tractor beam and bring it back to a hidden mountain base on the watery planet known as Tarnoonga. Ren secures Jessica in his ready room. He becomes infatuated with the young pilot's enthusiasm and brazen demeanor. He decides to keep her as his personal consort.

Jann meanwhile, follows the pirates back to Tarnoonga. He sends a coded emergency message to King Julpa informing him of the attack. As soon as he lands within the mountain base, Ren's henchmen swarm upon him and imprison him in the dungeon hold of a sail skiff. Jann is reunited with the droids and the pirates force them to walk the plank into the seas below. A large green sea monster, known as the Miridon, rises from the ocean depths and begins attacking them. R2-D2 activates a propeller system from the top of his dome and begins swimming away. Threepio and Jann grab a hold of Artoo's legs as the small astromech droid evades the Miridon's powerful teeth. Artoo manages to outmaneuver the sea monster and causes it to ensnare itself within the wreckage of a sunken freighter ship.

Meanwhile, Jessica Meade escapes from Ren's ready room. She keeps him distracted with a remote seeker, while she makes her way down the corridor. Ren's henchman, Jyn Obah tries to catch Jessica, but she succeeds in getting back to her ship. She traps Jyn within the blast doors of her freighter.

Back at the sea caverns, Jann and the droids steal a HydroPlane and try to find Jessica. Ren's men open fire on the HydroPlane from a cliffside-mounted laser cannon. Fortunately for the heroes, the Miridon resurfaces and sends Ren's men scurrying for higher ground.

Ren eventually gets the upper hand, however. He captures Jann, Threepio and Artoo and brings them aboard his personal capital ship—a stolen Imperial Star Destroyer known as the Demolisher. Ren sets a course for Tammuz-an. He brags that he has the ability to completely deplete the planet of its supply of riches.

Ren notices Jessica's freighter flying away from Tarnoonga and opens fire on it, intent on vaporizing its cargo of fuel. It turns out to have been the decoy all along, though, and she manages to reach an escape pod before her ship is destroyed.

As the Demolisher approaches Tammuz-an, King Mon Julpa sends out the entire Tammuz-an space navy, recently refueled from the other freighter that had been pretending to be the decoy. Squads of A-wing fighters swarm over the Demolisher and engage Ren's TIE Fighters. Inside the Star Destroyer, R2-D2 sabotages the ship's weapons systems by inverting a proton torpedo tube inside the launch bay. As the ship's systems begin going haywire, Jann, Threepio and Artoo manage to get back to Jann's fighter and escape from the ship. They reunite with Jessica Meade and return to Tammuz-an. The other pilots of the space navy successfully repel Ren's fighters, forcing them to retreat.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

"The Pirates of Tarnoonga" was released on DVD in 2004 as part of the feature film The Pirates and the Prince. The English subtitles on the DVD spell Captain Kybo's name as Kyboren. Information supplied by the Databank provides the correct spelling. The episode was adapted into the children's storybook entitled The Pirates of Tarnoonga: A Droid Adventure by Ellen Weiss.

The red symbols painted on the deflector wings of Kybo's TIE Fighters are meant to represent wampa skulls. Kybo has a similar design on the front of his shirt.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The landscape of the interior caverns of Tarnoonga bears a striking resemblance to the sinkhole grottos of Utapau as seen in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Whether or not the production design for the Utapau landscapes was inspired by the Droids animated series is unknown.

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