April 19, 2024

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The Clone Wars “Children Of The Force”

Cad Bane's been kidnapping Force sensitive babies thanks to the stolen Holocron!

Man, that Cad Bane guy is just the worst.

He’s smart, too.

Bane falls into the category of effective Clone Wars villains, putting him alongside baddies like Ventress, Count Dooku (most of the time), and Darth Sideous, but he’s a hell of a lot more effective than the likes of Nute Gunray and General Grievous.  That just means that he’s a bad guy who can escape without making it look like a cheat and makes the Jedi sweat to achieve any sort of victory.  In this episode, he’s kidnapping Force-sensitive babies for Sideous to subject them to nasty medical experiments, and the only thing he cares about is that he be compensated a bit better than he had initially agreed.

Of course, he also escaped that exploding starship from the previous episode by disguising himself a clone trooper long enough to get off the Republic warship.

Well, the bottom line is this:  Bane is captured when he tried to kidnap a baby Gungan, and while he has two others (one taken from his mother when Bane posed as a Jedi), the real problem is he has the holocron in one location and the two babies somewhere else.  He will guide Mace Windu and Obi-Wan to the holocron, but he wiped his ship’s navigation computer’s memory after he dropped the babies off at the evil lab full of bad droids that do stuff to babies.

Of course, the holocron thing is a trap, but Obi-Wan more or less expected that.  Bane escapes, as do Mace, Kenobi, and Commander Cody.  As for the babies, Anakin realizes that Bane may have wiped one computer, but the fueling computer is a different story, leading himself, R2, and Ahsoka to Mustafar, where Anakin and Ahsoka tag team to rescue the babies before the lab falls into the lava flow and…

Huh.  Anakin said he never went to Mustafar before.  And he will later kill a bunch of younglings that might include these babies.  Then he’ll build a palace for himself as Vader on Mustafar.

Yeah, this episode just got a whole lot darker.