Star Wars-The Clone Wars Revisited: 1.11 Dooku Captured

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Ten years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced the world to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that filled in the gap between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story takes place during the Clone Wars, with the Jedi-led clone army facing off against the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. With the announcement of a surprise seventh season by Disney, The Digital Fix will be revisiting the animated series, looking back at the most important episodes and story arcs of the show’s five seasons, highlighting the elements that made this show so beloved by Star Wars fans.

We return with the episode Dooku Captured, which originally aired back in 2009...

Dooku Captured, the eleventh episode in season one, is a humorous early episode in the series. As the title indicates, Count Dooku ends up captured, but it's not by the Jedi (though Anakin and Obi-wan are attempting to do just that when the episode opens). After evading the former master and padawan yet again, Dooku finds himself at the mercy pirates. That's right, Count Dooku, Sith lord and leader of the Separatists is taken captive by pirates. It's a premise that almost defies belief because it seems inconceivable that mere pirates could capture Dooku (when countless waves of Jedi have failed to do so), but the story is well told. This is one of the few times in the series that you ever see Dooku truly caught off guard and it is satisfying to watch.

This episode is also notable for featuring the debut of Hondo Ohnaka, leader of the aforementioned pirates and a recurring figure both in The Clone Wars and the follow-up series Star Wars: Rebels. Compared to later, more comedic appearances, Hondo in this episode is a pretty serious character who doesn't hesitate to threaten Count Dooku himself by pointing out that the Sith can't possibly take out all of the pirates by himself.

This episode also features several callbacks both to classic science fiction films and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The most blatant example of this would have to be Hondo's ship which is a literal flying saucer (that even makes the classic 'flying saucer noise'). The concept of using a flying saucer actually dates back to  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but it proved to be unfeasible at the time. Then, when Anakin and Obi-Wan visit Dooku in captivity, the Sith is held in the same type of restraint that the latter used on Obi-wan in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

While 'Dooku Captured' ends on a cliffhanger with the pirates plotting to also take Anakin and Obi-wan captive, the ending feels solid enough that it almost functions as a standalone episode. This isn't the greatest episode in season one, but it is one of the funnier ones.

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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