Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Clone Wars: Hostage Crisis

My friends and I are watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Every Tuesday, we will be featuring an episode from the series which began in 2008 (as opposed to the one that started in 2003).  All are welcome to join us for all or parts of the fun.

Episode: "Hostage Crisis"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 1, Episode 22
Original Air Date: March 20, 2009
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Every once in a while, we get an episode to remind us that Anakin and Padme are gettin' it on behind everyone's backs.  They're in love - married even - but that's all verboten for a Jedi.  Emotional entanglement equals distraction and vulnerability.  Of course, we all know the importance of this union to the broader Star Wars saga and we also know no one's going to find out for a while.  But Anakin and Padme don't know.  "Hostage Crisis" is such an episode.

Bounty hunter Cad Bane has been hired to spring Ziro the Hutt from prison.  To accomplish this, he takes several senators hostage including, you guessed it, Padme.  Obviously, Anakin has to do something about this but there's one complication: Padme has his lightsaber.  "Hostage Crisis" is the final episode of the first season and the beginning of a new story arc so, naturally, there's a cliffhanger.

via The Clone Wars Wiki
Ian Abercrombie is the voice of Chancellor Palpatine.  Abercrombie was born September 11, 1934 in Grays, Essex, England.  He started his showbiz career early as an award-winning child dancer.  He moved to the United States at age 17.
via Wikipedia
The stage led to the screen and Abercrombie had a long career as a character actor, particularly in television.  Among many other roles, he was Alfred in Birds of Prey and Elaine's boss on Seinfeld.  He died in 2012 from kidney failure.  "Lawless," a fifth-season Clone Wars episode was dedicated to his memory.

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  1. I'm pretty sure this episode is self-contained. Well, like the one with the traitor clone. The story will be picked back up at a later point, but it's not a "to be continued" episode.
    I guess I'll know for sure later today when I start season two.

    1. The plot synopses I've read suggest the series follows the Cad Bane trail for a bit.

    2. Bane is certainly a recurring figure (and is in 2.1) and Ziro returns at some point, but 2.1 is completely unrelated to the 1.22.