Friday, December 18, 2015

The Matt Signal Advent Calendar 2015 Day 18: Star Wars: The Clone Wars "The Hunt for Ziro"

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 9, "The Hunt for Ziro," 2010

Matt Says:

Today, there was nothing else I planned on posting about other than Star Wars, so for the advent calendar, I felt it was time to write about a Star Wars cartoon, and one featuring the introduction into the Star Wars official canon one of the best characters to come out of the Star Wars comics: Quinlan Vos. The Quinlan of the cartoon is very different form his comic counterpart; in the comics, he is dark and haunted, but here he's a brash and jovial character. Still, he's got the same psychometric powers, still doesn't follow council orders well, and he's still Quinlan Vos, and this is a great buddy cop comedy episode.

The story send Obi-Wan and Quinlan on a mission together, to find Ziro the Hutt, a mobster who escaped Republic jail. Obi-Wan and Quin are diametrically opposed in personality; Obi-wan is calm and reserved, while Quin is always charging forward, and has no problem with who gets in the way or gets offended. This leads to some great banter between the two.

As the two hunt for Ziro, they fight swamp monsters, see Ziro's mother, who might be the biggest Hutt anywhere in Star Wars history, and wind up in a hand-to hand, semi-aerial fight with bounty hunter Cad Bane, jumping from rock spire to rock spire on the planet Teth. That final battle with Cad Bane is one of the highlights of this series for me, taking full advantage of animation. It's gorgeous to look at and allows Jedi to do things even more outrageous than what they can do in a live action film.

The episode is littered with Easter eggs. A musical number at the palace of the Hutt clans is inspired by the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The ruling council of Hutts include Hutts set to resemble Don Vito Corleone, Marlon Brando's character from The Godfather, and Edward G Robinson, legendary Hollywood gangster actor. There's even a droid that looks like one from the '80s cult film *batteries not included.

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