Star Wars-The Clone Wars Revisited: 1.11 Dooku Captured

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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