Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 3 Episode 48

Sphere of Influence

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Oct 01, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Chi Eekway and Che Amanwa, Chairman Papanoida's daughters, are kidnapped and held for ransom. Ahsoka Tano teams up with the Senator from Pantora, Riyo Chuchi, to aid the new chairman in recovering his family before the Trade Federation can unduly influence the future of his planet. The Chairman and his son, Ion, track down the kidnapper, Greedo, on Tatooine, and rescue Che Amanwe. Meanwhile, Ahsoka and Chuchi find Chi Eekway held captive aboard a blockading Trade Federation battleship over Pantora, and expose Trade Federation officer Sib Canay as a Separatist conspirator.moreless

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  • George Lucas' Pantoran character from Episode III gets to kick some butt in a fun episode.

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    (This episode takes place after the events of Trespass, a season one episode)



    Chairman Papanoida (George Lucas played him in Ep.3) is on Coruscant while the Senator of Pantora pleads with the Senate to get the Trade Federation to stop blockading their planet. This similar to Naboo's situation in Ep.1, which is even mentioned here by Senator Padme.



    As the Pantorans seem not to be giving in, Papanoida's daughters are kidnapped by bounty hunters, one of them being most noticeably Greedo. He gets whipped by some statue and continues to never get a break. Poor old Greedo.



    The hapless detective Tan Divo (from season 3 episode Senate Murders) misses the misplaced statue, but Papanoida and his son see it and get Greedo's blood. They are off to Tatoonie and everyone's favorite vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.



    Meanwhile Ahsoka, who is now good friends with the Pantoran Senator Riyo Chuchi (who starred in Trespass) and is informed of the situation. Ahsoka wants to help, so she goes to Anakin. I found it interesting to have him allow her to go off on missions, as it shows his trust in her and her abilities, all the while his lack of fear of retaliation from the Order if they found out what he was doing.



    Ahsoka and Chuchi are dispatched to the Trade Federation ship above Pantoran and Papanoida and his son are off to Jabba. Seeing Jabba's palace again was great and interesting to see him with a hatchling for once. The Pantoran's use a Twi'lek to pass the word around that they're looking for Greedo. What follows is Greedo's only lucky thing to happen to him: he gets a kiss from the lady. Greedo bolts but Papanoida gets him. They argue with Jabba, who lets Papanoida take Greedo. (Enbo, from season two episode Bounty Hunters is briefly seen in Jabba's Palace. I hope we get to see more of him!)



    They head to Mos Eisley! and shoot up a cantina, as Greedo slips away, and Papanoida gets one daughter back. The Pantoran guns are pretty awesome looking and sound different then most. Their ships are also unique and I was really happy to see some new materials for new species. And Papanoida is a sure-shot, wouldn't wanna verse him in a bar fight. Also lots of aliens got to speak their own language before switching to basic, something I like to see more of.



    Meanwhile, Ahsoka (disguised as a servant) and Chuchi begin to sneak around on the Federation ship. The pair overhear Trade Federation ambassador and the administrator of the ship talking about the other daughter being held on the ship. There's a fun little scene where Chuchi gasps and the Nemoidian's start to look for them. I was surprised each time by where they had hidden. Ahsoka tries out her Jedi mind trick and is successful in both uses. I like seeing her using new skills as it makes me feel like she really is learning more than just how to be skyguy.



    They find the daughter, Ahsoka kicks Super Battle Droid butt and Chuchi gets the blockade to end, while the Papanoida clan get their happy ending.moreless
Matt Lanter

Matt Lanter

Anakin Skywalker

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

Ahsoka Tano

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Narrator

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Chairman Papanoida/Count Dooku/Sib Canay

Catherine Taber

Catherine Taber

Padmé Amidala

Nika Futterman

Nika Futterman

Chi Eekway

Meredith Salenger

Meredith Salenger

Che Amanwe

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Lt. Tan Divo/Greedo

Guest Star

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Ion Papanoida

Guest Star

Gideon Emery

Gideon Emery

Lott Dod

Recurring Role

Kevin M. Richardson

Kevin M. Richardson

Jabba the Hutt

Recurring Role

David Acord

David Acord

Rotta the Huttlet

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Newsreel:
      Pantora in peril! The newly elected Chairman of Pantora, Baron Papanoida, is caught in a deadly political game. The Trade Federation has blockaded Pantora and suspended all commerce with the system. Isolated from the rest of the Republic, the people of Pantora are beginning to rally against the Senate, who have seemed unsympathetic to their plight. To make matters worse, Count Dooku has come forward offering aid if Pantora joins the Separatist alliance. Chairman Papanoida has dispatched Senator Chuchi to Coruscant with the hope that she can motivate the Senate to act in favor of Pantora before Lott Dod can legitimize the blockade...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "A child stolen is a lost hope."

    • This episode marks the series debut of Greedo. Greedo first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Greedo's appearance in this series has left many fans outraged; as per the Expanded Universe, Greedo would not have been born yet when this series takes place. Greedo the Elder, Greedo's father, appeared in a deleted scene in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As of this episode, that scene has been retconned, making Greedo in his 20's for this appearance.

    • The cantina featured in this episode, Chalmun's Cantina, is the same cantina featured in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

    • This is the first time Jabba the Hutt and Rotta the Huttlet have made an appearance on this series. They were, however, featured in The Clone Wars feature film.

    • This is the first time Tatooine has been featured on the series. The planet did make an appearance in The Clone Wars feature film, as well as being mentioned in the season one episodes Shadow of Malevolence and Trespass.

    • Both Sugi and Embo from the season two episode Bounty Hunters make cameos in Jabba's palace.

    • Lott Dod makes reference to the Treaty of 1647. This is a rare instance in which a date is stated in the Star Wars Universe.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Date:
      United Kingdom - November 6, 2010 on Sky Premiere

    • Riyo Chuchi and Ahsoka Tano both state that they are good friends during this episode, despite the fact that they have not met before in the series. Considering this with Chuchi's drastic redesign, this episode must take place awhile after the season one episode Trespass.

    • Since we see Onaconda Farr in the halls of the Senate, this episode is a prequel to the season two episode Senate Murders.

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