Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Clone Wars: Dooku Captured

My friends and I are embarking on an exploration of 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: "Dooku Captured"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 1, Episode 11
Original Air Date: January 2, 2009
via Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode Reviews
I have been waiting for a story that sends The Clone Wars on its own path, not necessarily away from the movies but not entirely dependent on the well-established tropes either.  I think "Dooku Captured" may be a first step along that road.  At first glance, the story looks like the prison break scenario we've seen repeatedly in The Clone Wars.  Obi-Wan rescues Anakin from Count Dooku's ship as part of a plan to turn the tables and capture the Separatist leader themselves.  But then, in a welcome twist, Dooku is nabbed instead by a band of pirates who cleverly hold him for ransom from both the Separatists and the Republic, whomever is willing to pay more.  Pirates - now we're getting somewhere.

The seedy underworld is an essential element of the Star Wars universe.  From it, we get bounty hunters, Jabba the Hutt, Lando Calrissian and, most importantly, Han Solo.  It is a world decidedly less prominent in the prequel trilogy than it is in the originals so it's encouraging to see signs of development.
via Wookieepedia
This particular band is led by Hondo Onaka, a Weequay from the planet Srilurr.  "Dooku Captured" marks his first appearance and he promises to be an important recurring character going forward.  With his introduction, I see signs of The Clone Wars series coming into its own.  He is performed by veteran voice actor Jim Cummings.  Cummings's inspiration for the character?  Wouldn't you know it: Ricardo Montalban's Khan from Star Trek.

via Tiny Toon Adventures Wiki
James Jonah Cummings was born November 3, 1952 in Youngstown, Ohio.  Before heading to California, he did a turn in New Orleans, designing Mardi Gras floats, working as a river boat deck hand and playing in a rock band.

Cummings is the current voice for Pooh, Tigger and Tasmanian Devil.  Additional film credits include Lion King, Shrek and The Princess and the Frog.  Of course, there's been a steady stream of video game work, too.  Apart from Star Wars, Disney and Looney Tunes titles, he has contributed to the World of Warcraft, Lara Croft and Grand Theft Auto franchises.

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  1. Oh, I can totally see that influence now that you mention it.

    1. I'm always happy to see evidence of cross pollination between the two universes.

  2. The Pirates really came into their own in the Clone Wars series. The new movie features several prominent pirates so it should be interesting to see how they fit into the larger movie universe.

  3. When I watch movies and series related to an original I also want them to go in their "own path." The familiar is nice, but I want to see something new.

    1. That's how I feel, too. The episodes I have enjoyed the most so far are the ones that have reminded me least of the movies.