Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 2.01 Holocron Heist

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 Holocron Heist, which originally aired back in 2009...

Season two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered in the US on October 2nd, 2009 with the episode Holocron Heist. The season was marketed with the tagline 'Rise of the Bounty Hunters' as the bulk of the season followed the activities of several bounty hunters, most notably Cad Bane (Corey Burton) and the young Boba Fett (Daniel Logan, reprising his role from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones).

After a mission on Felucia ends in near-catastrophe, Ahsoka is temporarily reassigned to the Jedi Archives which include a vault of highly valuable holocrons. Jedi holocrons are cube shaped and act like a kind of external hard drive, they can store huge amounts of Jedi and Sith lore (as of 2018 they've yet to appear in any of the live-action Star Wars films, their appearances are currently limited to the animated series). At the same time, Cad Bane is hired by Darth Sidious to steal one of these holocrons from the Jedi Temple, a suicide mission for most. But Bane is no ordinary bounty hunter; he specializes in hunting Jedi, so he is familiar with how they operate.

Technically we've met Cad Bane before now: he featured in the season one finale Hostage Crisis when he broke Ziro the Hutt out of prison. However, many of The Clone Wars episodes were presented out of sequence: in proper order, Holocron Heist is Bane's first appearance. Bane is a fascinating character: while Boba and his father Jango Fett are brash but deadly masked warriors, Bane is like a gunslinger from the old West, down to the cowboy hat, duster and wearing his blaster on his hip (he even speaks with a bit of a drawl).

The episode plays out like a typical heist film, with the story switching between Bane and the Jedi as the Temple is slowly infiltrated by an accomplice disguised as a Jedi, with the question being will the Jedi figure out they're being robbed before it's too late? In fact, Bane nearly gets away clean because Anakin and Obi-wan assume the Temple's transmission codes are being targeted. It's only when Ahsoka notices some irregularities in the archives, that the Jedi realise the Holocron vault is being robbed, though Bane is still able to get away with what he came for.

Holocron Heist starts the new season of The Clone Wars off with a bang by introducing bounty hunter Cad Bane to the Star Wars universe. The saga of the stolen holocron (and why Darth Sidious needs it) continues in the next episode Cargo of Doom.

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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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