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[S3E9] Hunt For Ziro

A chase through the swamps of Nal Hutta leads the pursuers to Ziro's enormous mother, Mama the Hutt, who points them to the direction of Teth. It is here, in the secret grave of Ziro's father, that the fugitive Hutt has hidden the diary. When he retrieves it, Snooty reveals her true spots. She's a deadly woman scorned and a bounty hunter for hire. She kills Ziro, and returns the journal to her client: Jabba the Hutt.[1]

[S3E9] Hunt for Ziro


The bounty hunter Cad Bane had recently liberated Ziro the Hutt from Republic custody and took him to the Hutt homeworld ofNal Hutta to confront the Hutt Council. Inside the Hutt Palace, Ziro is confronted by the five Hutt family leaders, and Ziro soon finds out their sole intention of freeing him was because of the holo-diary that cataloged every deeed the Hutts committed. To keep him out of Republic hands and the diary to fall in the hands of the Senate, the Hutts imprison Ziro in a cell within the palace. Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody await the arrival of Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, who has showed up late. Kenobi and Vos get down to business that they need to gain custody of Ziro and Bane. The two then set course for Nal Hutta.

Ziro and Snootles then arrive at the home of Ziro's mother,Mama the Hutt. Ziro explains his rough situation and that Gardulla is hunting him. He then trades his swamp speeder for Mama's starship. Ziro thanks her and explains he has some business on Teth. Later, Bane and Todo threaten Mama for the location of Ziro and head to Teth. Kenobi and Vos then visit Mama and the two explain they need Ziro, and Mama reveals that he and Bane went to Teth.

On Teth, Ziro and Snootles approach the grave of Ziro's father, where the holo-diary is stashed. Snootles proudly collects the diary, but not before killing Ziro since he broke her heart. Soon afterward, Bane and Todo arrive at the scene, where they find Ziro's body and the missing diary. To make matters worse, they spot the Jedi starship landing. Kenobi and Vos rush to the scene, where Bane emerges from the shadow. The Jedi believe he killed Ziro, but Bane says no, and wants to leave on even terms, but the Jedi are less than budged. The Jedi duel Bane but the bounty hunter escapes the planet. On Tatooine, Snootles delivers the diary to Jabba the Hutt and proudly claims she could do a bounty hunters job.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars saw the CG debut of several characters who later appear in live-action Star Wars series and movies. This includes Saw Gerrera, who is played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Saw is the younger brother of Onderon rebel leader Steela Gerrera in Clone Wars, while in Rogue One, Saw has grown up to lead the extremist Partisans. Meanwhile, Clone Wars' Ahsoka Tano, who was Anakin's Padawan and also appears in Star Wars Rebels using the codename Fulcrum, is played by Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian season 2. There's also the notorious bounty hunter Cad Bane, who also appears in Star Wars: Bad Batch. Played by actor Dorian Kingi, Cad Bane becomes crucial to the finale of The Book of Boba Fett.

Starting off at the bottom of the list is the eighth episode of season three, in which Cad Bane abducts C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2. This proves to be the setup to another episode that happened earlier in the series, giving more context as to how Cad Bane retrieved the information that he had. While this isn't a bad episode, it is certainly one that does not give proper justice to Cad Bane as a bounty hunter, and it is more of a light episode compared to other entries in the list.

Taking place chronologically first in the Clone Wars series, Cad Bane is tasked to obtain a Jedi holocron from the Jedi temple, which is impossible to break into without proper assistance. This episode highlights Cad Bane's heisting abilities, though we don't get to see very much else from him in this episode. Fortunately, later episodes would give us a much better look into the bounty hunter and his full capabilities, but for now this is a great early example of his stealth and infiltration skills.

Season four has some of the best episodes that involve Cad Bane, but unfortunately this episode simply does not give a lot of screen time to the bounty hunter, nor is what he does in the episode particularly flashy. What he lacks in displays of power though he makes up for with his ability to scheme up plans, as he is able to successfully cause a distraction to allow for an escape attempt for himself and two other prisoners. Much like "Holocron Heist" the focus in this episode is more on Cad Bane's wits than his fighting capabilities.

Following the events of "Holocron Heist" Cad Bane manages to not only kill a Jedi, but also hold Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein) hostage in an attempt to make Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) open up the Jedi holocron that Cad Bane stole in the previous episode. This is where the audience starts to get a better idea about the lengths the bounty hunter will go to in order to complete his mission. He has no issue in killing Jedi or threatening to kill a Padawan just to get what he wants, making him a ruthless opponent.

In the ninth episode of the third season, Cad Bane is paid by the Hutts to track down Ziro (Corey Burton) after he attempted to escape the Hutts. It is made clear that even though he was the one who had already successfully managed to release Ziro from the grips of the Republic back in season one, Cad Bane has no issues with taking a job to recapture Ziro for the Hutts so long as he gets paid. This episode shows that the highest priority for the bounty hunter is getting paid first and foremost. Viewers also got to see Cad Bane hold his own against two Jedi, one of which was Obi-Wan Kenobi (voiced by James Arnold Taylor). Although he has to make a quick getaway to avoid capture, the stylish antagonist shows remarkable skills when it comes to combat, once again proving his deadliness.

This episode was the finale to the first season, and it is what we believe to be an excellent representation of Cad Bane at his best. Not only does the plan he created go almost exactly as intended, but he also shows no hesitation towards killing one of the hostages after they attempted to leave his captivity, showing the other senators and the audience alike that he does not like to mess around. With the assistance of fellow bounty hunters, Cad Bane is able to hold the senators hostage, demanding the release of Ziro in exchange for their safety. If you had to pick one episode to get the idea of who Cad Bane is and what he can do with enough planning and resources, this is our pick. So why is it at the middle of the list? That is because the episodes past this do more to flesh out Cad Bane as a character in multiple ways, while this episode serves best as the general idea of who he is and what he does.

"Children of the Force" is the third episode in the second season, and it takes place after the events of "Cargo of Doom." What places this entry so high into the list is that it involves Cad Bane kidnapping force-sensitive children. Such a task might be too devious for some, but Cad Bane doesn't seem to show much remorse about the task he has been sent to accomplish. For him, it was j