Force users getting captured by space Pirates? Grab the popcorn, this’ll be hilarious.
Episode 12 is one of the few Jar Jar episodes that I can tolerate. And it’s all because of Commander Stone. You’ll see what I’m talking about a little later. For now let’s just get into this thing.
Put together a cheesy car salesman with Jack Sparrow and you’ll get something like Hondo. He’s smart. He’ll try to rip you off at every turn. And he’ll be your best friend until he’s not.
He’s only here so Jar Jar won’t be our only representative. And you know what that means…
Like every other clone, he’s trained to make the best out of bad situations using every tool in his inventory. He just happens to use the biggest tool in the galaxy.
Season 1, Episode 11
Anakin and Obi-Wan have laid a trap for Dooku. Anakin allowed himself to get captured and everything to set this up. All this leads up to them confronting their nemesis, only for him to escape to his solar sailor. They give chase and manage to shoot him down but he loses them on the planet’s surface and gets captured by Hondo and his gang. Anakin and Obi-Wan are trapped in a cave so Ahsoka has to save them. Soon after their rescue, they’re sent to visit Hondo’s base in hopes of confirming that the pirates have Dooku. Upon confirming Dooku’s capture, the Jedi have a drink with their new pirate friends and everything is perfectly fine…
Season 1, Episode 12
As it turns out, drinking with profiteering pirates is a bad idea. The Jedi wake up to discover that they too are now captured. And to make matters more hilarious, they’re cellmates with Dooku. The pirates even chained them together. With the new cellmates bound, Jar Jar and Senator Kharrus are well on their way with the payment for Dooku. And this is when things take a turn for the worse. One of Hondo’s men decides he wants the payment more than his boss and he has the shipment shot down. This kills Kharrus and leaves Jar Jar in charge of the mission. Oh, goody… Around this time the three cell amigos attempt to escape but their constant butting of heads prevents that. Back to Jar Jar’s group, well… the pirates attack and steal the payment but Jar Jar actually comes up with a way to follow them. And they somehow manage to get the payment back. The weasel that tried to steal the payment lies to Hondo and tells him the republic sent an army to take Dooku by force. Hondo decides to send tanks to deal with the problem. When the tanks arrive, Stone suggests that they let Jar Jar negotiate with the pirates, knowing full well what could happen. And it does. Jar Jar manages to destroy the power grid… by accident. This frees the Jedi and Dooku. The latter of which escapes, of course, leaving the Jedi with no reason to keep fighting.
Basic Character Analysis: Hondo Ohnaka
Hondo is one of my favorite characters in Star Wars lore. He’s goofy but that’s an act to catch others off guard. The man tricks Jedi, for crying out loud. He’s also got a silver plated tongue (he’s to cheap for it to be pure silver), but as we’ll see later on, he does have a heart of gold.
Random Fun Fact: Hondo Ohnaka
Despite all of his antics against the Republic, Separatists, and The Empire, Hondo is still alive during the events of the sequel trilogy. You have to hand it to him, he’s good at surviving.
Hondo standing over the three force users like a disappointed papa is just funny for some reason. It might help that they were acting like children, leading up to this.
MVP: Commander Stone
He weaponized Jar Jar. The End. I mean that single moment made the rest of Jar Jar’s antics in this arc tolerable to me.
Overall it’s an alright arc. I would’ve preferred less Jar Jar but Stone saved it in the end. Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on these events. And maybe you would like more Star Wars from us in the future? We did get the announcement for Bad Batch so anything is possible. Until next time, Keep It Classy.