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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