Clone Wars Debriefing: “Dooku Captured”

The dynamic duo is reunited!

Obi-Wan fans who have missed seeing their favorite Jedi in action, rejoice! After several episodes where he’s not around very much, he’s back in snarktastic form.

The intro explains why Luminara was babysitting Ahsoka a couple of episodes back: Anakin was trailing Count Dooku and got himself captured. Obi-Wan puts on a retro 1950s-style astronaut suit and sneaks aboard the ship where Anakin is being held. Anakin is freed, then off they go to snag Dooku and exchange witty repartee. Except Dooku gets away but not before his ship is damaged when Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue him into the wild black yonder. Dooku bails on a nearby planet and the boys head off after him. While Anakin and Obi-Wan contend with rocks, a crazed Gundarkess, and toxic gas, Dooku finds passage off the planet with some space pirates. The pirates fly around in retro 1950s flying saucers! Somehow they manage to snag Dookie’s lightsabers and take him hostage. How did this happen? Did they give Dooku some Doobie and take them from him while in a drugged stupor? The enterprising pirates decide to hold Dooku for ransom. Back on Coruscant, Padmé figures whatever the pirates want, it’s worth capturing Dooku. Yoda and Mace send Anakin and Obi-Wan to check to see if the pirates really do have Dooku. Satisfied the pirates really do have the Dookmeister in their custody, the Jedi give the a-okay for a Senator and Representative Binks to bring the money. I guess nobody else wanted to do it. The pirates invite the Jedi to a little party. Anakin wonders how they were able to capture a Sith Lord but Obi-Wan, eager for a drink as always, says sometimes a gift is just a gift.

Well, maybe not because in the next episode, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Dooku are bound together like that old episode of Charlie’s Angels where the girls go deep undercover in a prison chain gang. And the only one who can save them is Jar Jar. I can hear the fanboy head explosions now. Bwahahahaha!

I really enjoyed this light-hearted, old-fashioned adventure. I’ve wanted to see Anakin and Obi-Wan together again for a while. Matt Lanter and James Arnold Taylor play off each other really well. Some fans might get annoyed that Anakin and Dooku are seeing a little too much of each other lately but it doesn’t bother me at this point. I just knew when the guys were getting rescued it had to be either Ahsoka or Padmé; somehow when the boys are in trouble it’s time for girl power to kick in.

Writer Julie Siege and director Jesse Yeh know how to use old Saturday morning serial devices without making them clichéd: Dooku’s trap door escape on the ship, the flying saucers, the monster, toxic gas, slipping mickeys in drinks. In fact, when Anakin and Obi-Wan decided to accept drinks from the pirates I thought, “No, they CANNOT be this dumb!!” Then they switch the drinks with the two guys sitting next to them, heh heh.

What was with Anakin leering at the fugly pirate chick dancing on the table? Was he drunk? Has he been Padmé-less for so long, anything with a pair of boobs will do for eye candy?

My only quibble with this episode is that it felt like it should’ve been an hour long. Sometimes when they get a good story going, 22 minutes just aren’t enough. Oh well, the story will continue in the next episode.

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