Season 1, Episode 12
Date of airing: January 9, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.308 million viewers
Well, this was a kind of boring episode. Instead of using the premise of Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan being captured and having to work together to get out of their imprisonment, the entire episode was just about a pissed-off Anakin who can’t stand Dooku while Obi-Wan is his usual calm self, always unable to break out in hysteria, and Jar Jar Binks is being the reluctant hero who gets into a situation and randomly screws it up in his favor. I was pissed that he showed up again, after he already had his episode not long ago, but at least he was less annoying this time, and actually did something good instead of commenting about how … screwed-up the situation is, because he doesn’t know what he is supposed to do. This time around he actually had something of an idea and he saved some of his Clone troopers in the process. It’s a step forward, but Jar Jar could really stop being childish and start being a Representative, a politician, and generally a helpful figure in this war.
Two Jedis and one Sith Lord were captured and together for pretty much the entire episode — which sounded like an interesting premise turned out to be a lame execution. As expected, Dooku was trying to follow his agenda the entire time, even if his agenda was just about getting himself out, killing some of his capturers, and as expected, both Anakin and Obi-Wan had absolutely nothing to offer as an answer and just let things happen as they came along. Two Republican leaders and a Separatist leader shackled together and the writers couldn’t manage to get anything out of the premise-I’m spectacularly disappointed. Meanwhile, I had no clue what Hondo and his associates thought could do with the Jedis, when he knew that the Republic would be all about getting Dooku, while the Separatists … where have they been over the course of this episode? I get that Hondo wanted to get some more money and spices from the Separatists, considering they might have been ready to pay more for the three captured Jedi than the Republicans (which might be a reason Hondo was so back and forth with his grand plan), but the Separatists were nowhere to be found in this episode, which might mean they didn’t have any interest in getting Dooku out of trouble. Or maybe they don’t have leadership like the Republic to negotiate hostage situations like these.
It was funny though how the three Jedis tried to escape multiple times, failing multiple times. The pole vault straight into Hondo’s feet was hilarious, and I was amused by Obi-Wan “reprimanding” Anakin for being this annoying to Dooku when Dooku needed to concentrate on the task at hand. But the entire story was still meaningless and a waste of time, especially when the Jedis pulled out their magic tricks. The Jedi mind trick is being complimented as great work? Dooku’s way of getting the knife key to open up their cell was respected? What the frack is going on here and why did it sound like every Jedi doesn’t have the same Jedi mind trick powers?
Best part of the episode: The Clone troopers knew that Jar Jar would be a great help in negotiations, because they were expecting Jar Jar to do something stupid and come out of it with an advantage for the Clone troopers. That is kind of hilarious.
Worst part of the episode: The pole vault was dumb. Anakin apparently had all the power he needed to leap off the ground with two men shackled to him, but he couldn’t hang on with them. This episode lost some consistency in that regard.
Weirdest part of the episode: Did anyone even know what Hondo really wanted? He could have easily gotten his spice by handing over the Jedis to the Republic, but no, greed had to destroy him. Not literally, but the guy didn’t get any of the spices he was asking for. That happens when you try to backstab yourself.