The Clone Wars Rewatch: Honor Among Jedi and “The Gungan General”

Shackled to the enemy, Obi-Wan and Anakin must work with Count Dooku to escape from the pirates who have imprisoned them.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

16: “The Gungan General” (Season One, Episode 12)

“Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud.”

A scene from "The Gungan General."

Synopsis:

Anakin and Obi-Wan have been duped and are being held for ransom along with Count Dooku by the pirate chief Hondo Ohnaka. Meanwhile, the Republic sends the ransom via a special envoy, including Representative Jar Jar Binks.

A scene from "The Gungan General."

Analysis:

It would appear there is no honor among pirates — We’re looking at you, Turk Falso. But among Force wielders? It’s a mixed bag.

Obi-Wan has plenty of reasons to strike down Hondo and fight his gang. He’s been duped, drugged, and imprisoned, shackled to his apprentice Anakin and the dreaded Count Dooku. But when he and Anakin finally get the upper hand, he readily walks away. “We have no quarrel with you and we seek no revenge,” he says simply, allowing Hondo to not only live but remain free.

His stance is perfectly in line with the Jedi teachings, but it takes Anakin by surprise as he holds Hondo within inches of his lightsaber blade. Whether he intends to kill him or take him prisoner is up for debate. At this stage, probably the latter.

A scene from "The Gungan General."

Even given the chance to see Dooku potentially fall to his death, through no fault of their own, Obi-Wan grabs Dooku by the hands, jeopardizing his and Anakin’s chances of escaping in the process.  It’s unclear if it’s his desire to do what’s right or a more tactical strategy at play. After all, this whole mission did start off with the Jedi’s own foiled plot to capture Dooku. Obi-Wan is honorable, but the Jedi are not above kidnapping the enemy in this time of war.

A scene from "The Gungan General."

Dooku, meanwhile, holds up his reputation as a disgrace to the Jedi teachings. While he’s shackled to Anakin and Obi-Wan, he reminds them that he would kill them where they stand if it didn’t mean he’d be weighed down by dragging their bodies around. And when he does get free, any pirate in his path gets executed wantonly as he makes his escape.

A scene from "The Gungan General."

Anakin, for his part, is almost always firmly on the line between the Jedi teachings and going off the deep end, Dooku style. His emotions roiling, were he in his master’s place, Anakin may very well have allowed Dooku to plummet to his death and given the order to execute Hondo (if he thought he could handle the rest of the pirates left standing.)

A scene from "The Gungan General."

He’s no Jedi, but we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the other honorable one in this episode: Representative Binks. Jar Jar once again proves he has a good heart, taking the time to honor the fallen senator who saved his life moments before their ship crashed, and leading the survivors to rescue his friends.

Intel:

  • An Easter egg in this episode pays homage to Indiana Jones, which also famously gave a nod to the galaxy far, far away on film. In this case, the top of Senator Kharrus’ staff has a striking resemblance to the head of the Staff of Ra from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Next up: Come back Thursday when Ahsoka learns an important lesson about personal attachments in “Jedi Crash.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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