Episode: "Cargo of Doom"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 2, Episode 2
Original Air Date: October 2, 2009
Bane's Separatist contact is Nute Gunray, a character first introduced in The Phantom Menace and the only villain besides Palpatine to appear in all three prequel movies. He is the trilogy's great, evil ultra-capitalist. Like Jar Jar, the character came under criticism for perceived racial stereotypes, Asian in this case. The name is a combination of Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan, in part a jab at the former President for the co-opting of "Star Wars" for his missile defense system without George Lucas's permission.
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