The Clone Wars Rewatch: The Chase is On in the “Wookiee Hunt”

It's not wise to upset a Wookiee. It's an even worse idea to chase one.

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.

66: “Wookiee Hunt” (Season Three, Episode 22)

“A great student is what the teacher hopes to be.”

Chewbacca in "Wookiee Hunt."

Synopsis:

As Ahsoka and her youngling allies struggle to evade the Trandoshan hunters, their efforts receive an unexpected boost when a new captive — Chewbacca the Wookiee — arrives. Chewie scrounges parts to assemble a communicator to send out a distress signal and later help arrives from Wookiee warriors led by General Tarfful.

Ahsoka in "Wookiee Hunt."

Analysis:

Last week, Ahsoka brought hope to the hopeless younglings surviving in hiding on the Trandoshan moon of Wasskah. But the loss of their leader, killed by a hunter, deals an emotional blow to those left behind.

Ahsoka and Chewbacca in "Wookiee Hunt."

Through her Jedi training, and later the help of a certain Wookiee, Ahsoka is able to rally the remaining younglings to fight back, staging an offensive on the beach, an organized and bold strategy to free themselves from the dim hunters.

Ahsoka in "Wookiee Hunt."

A Trandoshan hunter from "Wookiee Hunt."

“If it’s only a matter of time ’til we die, I say we go down with a fight!” Ahsoka says, a rallying cry and an inspiration.

A Wookiee bests a Trandoshan in "Wookiee Hunt."

Chewbacca in "Wookiee Hunt."

The ever-resourceful Chewbacca is able to get a message to his nearby homeworld by cobbling together a transmitter from the debris at the crash site. That ultimately results in the rescue party of Wookiee warriors they need for the hunters to become the hunted.

Chewbacca in "Wookiee Hunt."

Ahsoka and Chewbacca are survivors. Despite bleak circumstances, they summon the strength to fight back and find a way off the moon. But even after she’s been made to suffer, Ahsoka never forgets who she is. She refuses to let Garnac place the blame on her for his son’s death, and when he reaches for his weapon, she uses the Force in self-defense, not for attack.

Ahsoka and Anakin in "Wookiee Hunt."

Because of her training, Ahoska became a leader in an impossible situation, a savior among survivors, and a self-rescuing Padawan.

Intel:

  • Many of the background Trandoshans are named for real and fictional reptiles, with inspiration from rattlesnakes to The Creature from Black Lagoon, but at least one pays homage to former Lucasfilm employee Mary Franklin: Ramy.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when the battle reaches the depths of Mon Cala in “Water War.”

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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