Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 3 Episode 51


Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Oct 22, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Tasked to protect Senator Padmé Amidala during a political mission to Alderaan, Padawan Ahsoka Tano is plagued by recurring visions of recently-deceased bounty hunter, Aurra Sing. Unable to clear her mind, Ahsoka worries that the stress of conflict is finally getting to her until her visions indeed prove prophetic. Padmé narrowly avoids death when Aurra Sing attempts to assassinate her. Together, Padmé and Ahsoka trap the hunter, and Ahsoka discovers the true villain behind the plot to kill Padmé: the incarcerated gangster, Ziro the Hutt.moreless

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  • Always in motion the future is. This (as it seems) is the prequel episode to Hostage Crisis, the season one finale.

    As Ahsoka starts having premonitions of someone being killed, she is left alone with her doubts and Yoda. It was interesting to see Yoda kinda take a backseat, as in he didn't really do anything besides spare Ahsoka some words of wisdom. His trust in her to figure out the visions was pretty interesting. I like his judgment and it's great to see her being treated more and more like an adult.

    My biggest problem is that this had to be stuck into one 22 minute episode and they seemed to focus a little too much on the whole, "But Padme, it's going to be bad!" I liked how Padme was not going to be halted by any threats and went ahead with her trip to Alderaan. There was a nice scene where Ahsoka got some good advice from Padme over a game of dejarik.

    Alderaan is such a wonderful looking world and I really wished more of it could have taken place outside but alas we got to be on Alderaan nonetheless. As the visions got more specific, the first attempt happened, causing a close call with Padme. (The doctor saying it was "only a flesh wound" made me laugh and think of the Black Knight from The Holy Grail)

    The two scenes with Aurra Sing and Ahsoka were way too brief. In the last two weeks, this was our closest thing to getting a real cool action sequence, but the run-time cut it down. It was great to see that Aurra was still going to have the upper-hand over Ahsoka but the ever resourceful Padme saves the day.

    Here are some little things I noticed that I really liked:

    One girl show in the crowd during the first speech had the ep.IV Leia hair-due, you know, the cinna-buns. It must be a fashion statement on Alderaan.

    As they entered Alderaan, they played Leia's theme from the Original Trilogy, which was poignant and a really nice touch.

    But my biggest concern: So the lethal bounty hunter goes down in the Slave 1, but no one cared to visit the crash site just to double check that she was dead?moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Ziro the Hutt mistakenly calls Ahsoka a human during this episode. She is in fact a Togruta.

    • The same effects are used for Ahsoka's visions in this episode that were used for Anakin's in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

    • Newsreel:
      Criminals captured! Jedi Master Plo Koon and Padawan Ahsoka Tano successfully thwarted an attempt on Mace Windu's life, killing bounty hunter Aurra Sing in the process. Since that time, young Ahsoka has grown strong in the ways of the Force.

      Now, after several harrowing adventures alongside her Master, the two Jedi have returned to the Temple on Coruscant to receive their next mission...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "The future has many paths - choose wisely."

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  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Date:
      United Kingdom - November 27, 2010 on Sky Premiere

    • It is revealed that this episode and the season two finale Lethal Trackdown are actually prequels to the season one finale Hostage Crisis. This story arc continues to add to the confusing timeline of the series.

    • This marks only the second episode in which Qui-Gon is mentioned in the series. He was also mentioned in the season two episode Voyage of Temptation. Qui-Gon was, however, indirectly mentioned in The Clone Wars feature film.

    • During the initial scenes on Alderaan, Leia's Theme from the Saga can briefly be heard.


    • When the medical droid evaluates Padme's condition after she is shot, it says "It is only a flesh wound", much like the famous line of the Black Knight in Monty Python.

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