Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano sporting their New Look for Season 3 (copyright Lucasfilm)

Welcome to Part 3 of The Clone Wars Walkthrough of the Star Wars Chronology (9th Edition). If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the Chronology itself or the first two Parts, you can do by following the Star Wars category link above.

DUCHESS SATINE TRILOGY
Obi-Wan is sent to the neutral world of Mandalore, which is led by Duchess Satine Kryze. The official government is intent on staying out of the war and retaining its pacifistic ideology, despite a rebel faction known as Death Watch (supported by the Separatists) attempting to overthrow them and the Republic attempting to declare marshal law on the planet. Obi-Wan investigates and Death Watch is exposed, but still pose a serious threat. Satine, Obi-Wan and Anakin travel to Coruscant, but the assassination attempts continue before the Jedi can hunt down the perpetrator onboard. When they arrive, Satine must prove to the Senate that her planet can solve its own problems without Republic intervention, which she eventually does even as Death Watch hunts her. In light of this, Dooku withdraws his support of Death Watch and they are left with only their own resources.

This trilogy introduces Duchess Satine Kryze, who becomes a significant secondary character throughout the rest of the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan admits he would have left the Jedi Order for her when they knew each other years before, when he was a padawan under Qui-Gon Jinn. His feelings remain mostly unresolved at this point, which amuses Anakin to no end. Satine will be seen in later Senate and political episodes and will star in future arcs. We also meet Death Watch, a group of Mandalore “traditionalists” who sport the familiar armour of Jango Fett. They want to restore Mandalore and its people to the powerful, conquest-driven culture of the past.

Obi-Wan’s investigation in “The Mandalore Plot” later sees the planet adopt a “no weapons allowed” policy for visitors, which complicates things as the Jedi cannot carry their lightsabers there.

BOBA FETT TRILOGY
Young Boba Fett infiltrates a clone cadet squad in order to get close to Mace Windu in an attempt to exact revenge on him for killing his father, Jango. The attempts fail, but he succeeds in crashing their Star Destroyer and taking several hostages with the help of bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Bossk and Caastas. Mace and Anakin investigator the crashed Star Destroyer and are trapped by the bounty hunters. R2 is sent to get help and does so while thwarting the bounty hunters’ efforts to kill the Jedi. The droid brings reinforcements and saves the Jedi, but they are badly hurt and require rest. Ahsoka Tano and Plo Koon continue the investigation and try to hunt the bounty hunters down in order to save the hostages. The clone Ponds is executed by Sing before the Jedi track the hunters down. Ahsoka defeats Sing and forces her to crash Fett’s ship Slave 1, presumably killing her. The hostages are freed and Boba Fett and Bossk are arrested (Sing had already killed Caastas as a liability).

This is Boba Fett’s first appearance since “Attack Of The Clones.” As a clone himself, he easily fits in among the cadet squad. Despite failing to kill Windu, he demonstrates his skills as a bounty hunter, though clearly has a lot of learning to do. He wrestles with his conscience regularly and Sing leaving him to be captured doesn’t help him see which path is correct for him at this point.

Hondo Ahnaka reappears on the planet the bounty hunters hide out on with their hostages. In an admirable demonstration of honour (and self-preservation), Hondo refuses to get involved with the situation between the hunters and the Jedi and even stops one of his men from shooting Ahsoka in the back as she chases Sing. We discover he had a relationship with Sing in the past and knew Jango Fett personally, calling him an honourable man. It’s implied that Boba needs to learn a little of his father’s ethics if Fett is to survive.

Ahsoka’s actions in this and the coming arc also directly influence her development as a Jedi and are cited specifically by Yoda the upcoming episode “Assassin” as steps in her training, which helps place the sequence of these arcs. Like the Ryloth Heptalogy earlier in the Chronology, The Clone Wars series faces another possibly-confusing sequence of episodes written and aired out of chronological order, involving episodes from multiple seasons. As is my mission with the Chronology and the Walkthrough, I’ll try to clarify the proper order of events as best I can.

Moving on…

AHSOKA TANO ARC
Not a trilogy in the sense that this arc is one larger story, but the arc is important in two ways: it deals with Ahsoka’s continued development and training; and it, along with the earlier Boba Fett Trilogy and forthcoming Ziro The Hutt Tetralogy form a mostly unbroken sequence making up a larger story. Indeed, events in this arc also directly connect to several earlier events and we see the pay-off of previously established stories, characters and arcs.

First, we have “Sphere Of Influence,” where Baron Papanoida, the new Chairman of the Pantoran Assembly (for whom Ryo Chuchi is a Senator) has his daughters kidnapped by Separatists, who want to force him to sign a treaty with them via the Trade Federation. Investigating the kidnapping is Lt. Divo of Coruscant Security, but Ahsoka and Ryo decide to trackdown the Chairman’s daughters themselves. Meanwhile, the Chairman follows a clue that leads him to the actual kidnapper, up-and-coming bounty hunter Greedo. The daughters are freed and the Separatist plot is revealed, saving Pantora.

Next, in “Corruption,” Padme travels to Mandalore at the request of Duchess Satine and the two expose a black-market of supplies and profiteering at the expense of the safety of Mandalore citizens. Their efforts are successful, but prove that the corruption runs very deep. The story is followed up in “The Academy,” where Ahsoka is assigned to work in the Mandalore Academy in order to educate its students on politics and those who abuse it, and also to keep an eye out for nefarious goings-on. Her students take it upon themselves to follow their suspicions that the black-market extends to their school. They eventually uncover the Mandalore Prime Minister is involved and a coup is narrowly averted with Ahsoka’s help.

This arc establishes that after the visit by Obi-Wan in “The Mandalor Plot,” Mandalore has instituted its “No Weapons” policy for visitors. This means Ahsoka’s time on the planet was spent without her lightsaber, forcing her to use the Force and her wits, which turns out to be an important turn in her growth in the Force. In both “Sphere Of Influence” and “The Academy,” she successfully uses the Jedi mind-trick of impressing her will on others, as well as engaging in unarmed combat.

In this arc as well, Duchess Satine returns and things on Mandalore have hardly improved for her. She initially suspected the corruption to be the result of Death Watch, but even though that wasn’t the case, the real source was still as dangerous to her administration. Still, Satine is focused on peace and remaining neutral in the war.

Ahsoka’s efforts on Mandalore, in addition to her defeat of Aurra Sing, are cited directly by Yoda in the next arc as significant advances in her training, in the upcoming episode “Assassin.”

“Sphere Of Influence” also sees Papanoida visit the Mos Eisley Cantina (from “A New Hope”) and Jabba’s Palace, where he meets Jabba. Jabba’s son, kidnapped and rescued in The Movie, is at his father’s side. In the palace, in the background, are bounty hunters Embo and Sugi, last seen in “Bounty Hunters.” Also, Papanoida is the man who takes over the job of Chi Cho, the Chairman killed by the Talz back in “Trespass,” which was the first appearance of Ryo Chuchi.

ZIRO THE HUTT TRILOGY
“Assassin” begins with the aforementioned discussion with Yoda before the Jedi Council, of Ahsoka’s actions and the leaps she’s made in her training, specifically her time on Mandalore and her battle with Aurra Sing. Ahsoka later has visions of an assassination attempt on Padme by Sing and realizes that if the bounty hunter is still alive she’ll try to kill the senator. Ahsoka travels with Padme to Alderaan, where Padme is to speak before fellow politicians. The assassination is thwarted and Sing is captured, confirming that after her previous engagement with Ahsoka and the crashing of Slave 1, she was left for dead, but survived. Ahsoka also figures out the person who hired Sing was none other than Ziro The Hutt, who sought revenge for Padme’s involvement in his arrest and incarceration (events which happened in the Clone Wars Movie).

“Evil Plans” picks up on Coruscant with Padme hosting a diplomatic gathering and sending R2 and 3PO on an errand in the market. The droids are absconded by Cad Bane, who seeks plans for the Senate Building. He succeeds and wipes the droids’ memories of the droid-napping and they return to Padme and Anakin. With the plans, he delivers them to his clients, the heads of the Hutt Gangster Families, who then hire him to use the plans to break Ziro out of jail.

The Web Comic “By Invitation Only” shows Bane forming his team of bounty hunters and mercenaries in order to execute the break-out of Ziro The Hutt. Among the bounty hunters is Aurra Sing, who, off-screen, apparently escaped custody. This unseen event was apparently confirmed by Dave Filoni, so, while we may never see her escape, we safely know it happens.

“Hostage Crisis,” originally the Season 1 finale episode, shows Bane’s team breaking out Ziro by holding a group of Senators hostage. The bounty hunters and mercs are successful and only Anakin’s resourcefulness (he’s stuck in the Senate Building without his lightsaber…long story…) saves the hostages from being killed by Bane. Still, with Ziro free, Bane takes him to the Outer Rim.

The Web Comic “Hunting The Hunters I” picks up with Bane’s posse, under his orders, splitting up and going their separate ways. Shahan Alama, a former pirate of Hondo’s crew, flees to Floruum, where he is pursued by Republic forces and is captured by Hondo, who plans to ransom him to the Republic.

“The Hunt For Ziro” has Bane bring Ziro to the Five Hutt Families, who want information he has that could prove inciminating for them. Ziro has it hidden and the Hutts lock him up. He’s freed by former lover Sy Snoodles, who joins him on his trip to retrieve the information. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Jedi Master Quinlan Voss pursue Bane and Ziro, always a step behind the bounty hunter. Ziro and Sy retrieve the information and a spurned Sy kills Ziro on the spot. Bane arrives too late, as do the Jedi and the two try to take the bounty hunter into custody for the Senate hostage incident, but he escapes. Sy sells the information to the Hutt Families and the Jedi are left with nothing.

The Web Comic “Hunting The Hunters III” sees Obi-Wan and Anakin return to Iego in pursuit of the assassin droid Helios-3D, part of Bane’s posse from the hostage crisis. There, Jaybo informs them that the Separatist booby trap they supposedly disarmed is active again and heir investigation shows it is 3D controlling it. The droid flees when discovered. Jaybo and Iego were previously seen in “Mystery Of A Thousand Moons.”

Of interest in this arc also is that episode “Assassin” features another encounter between Ahsoka and Jocasta Nu, the Jedi Librarian. They previously met for the first time in “The Holocron Heist” and subsequently in “Lightsaber Lost.”

SENATE TRILOGY
This arc is also subject to some otherwise confusing out-of-sequence storytelling, as the last part was told halfway through Season 2 and the first two part weren’t told until mid-way through Season 3, resulting in the fact that every episode aired after “Senate Murders” technically should have preceded it (nearly an entire season’s worth of episodes). This was even confirmed on a (now defunct) page of StarWars.com by the producers, that, at the time of airing until the broadcast of the Season 3 episode “Nightsisters,” the episode “Senate Murders” was the chronology last episode seen thus far. “Nightsisters” and the episodes aired after resume the correct, liner advancement of the story (until, at least, the end of Season 4, the time of this Walkthrough’s writing).

So, beginning with “Heroes On Both Sides,” Ahsoka, now visibly aged since we last saw her last appearance in “Assassin,” is sent by Anakin to join Padme on her covert quest to make contact with an old friend, now a Separatist, in an attempt to see if the Separatists are open to peace talks. Her friend, Mina Bonteri, is open to proposing the idea to the Separatist Council and does so. Ahsoka meets Bonteri’s son, Lux, who lost his father to a battle early in the war. Lux resents the Republic for this loss, but seems to develop feelings for Ahsoka. Ahsoka takes some interest in him, as well. Padme and Ahsoka return to the Republic and try to convince Palpatine and the Senate to listen to the Separatists’ call for peace talks. The effort is undermined first by the news that Mina Bonteri has been killed, supposedly by Republic agents, and by Grievous’ bombing of Coruscant, which throws discussion of peace talks into chaos. Attacks on senators also complicate matters, as many are threatened into siding with the Bill to prolong the war. Bounty Hunter Robonino is found to be one of the thugs threatening the politicians. He his captured, but seen to have escaped in the Web Comic “Hunting The Hunters II,” where he has fled to Rodia, only to be caught again by Kit Fisto and Onacondo Farr. Padme persists and a vote is proposed, which would de-regulate the banks and prolong the war. Padme tries to rally fellow Senators to the cause of opposing the bill and pursuing peace, but before it can be called, Padme’s close friend, Senator Onacondo Farr (previously seen joining the Republic in “Bombad Jedi”) in murdered. The investigation by Lt. Divo (previously seen in “Sphere Of Influence) eventually uncovers that Farr’s aide murdered him. Padme is later informed that the vote to deregulate the banks went through in her absence and the war will continue.

“Heroes On Both Sides” also introduces the New Look for most of the characters, where their character models were updated. Ahsoka benefits the most from this, where she is visibly aged about 2 years, looking more grown up and not so child-like. Her previous outfit of a tube-top and mini-skirt are replaced with a more mature, classy costume. She also wields a yellow shoto (short lightsaber) in addition to her standard green lightsaber, so she’s packing twice the heat now and is twice as dangerous. Obi-Wan and Ankin get make-overs too, though not so drastic. They lose the battle armour and look closer to their “Revenger Of The Sith” appearances. The models for the characters also feature more facial expressions and dynamic details in hair and clothing. Overall, the upgrade improves what was already pretty good CG animation. It’s interesting to note that the New Look does not create a continuity issue with “Senate Murders” (a pre-New Look episode which takes place after the New Look’s introduction, as, conveniently, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan and Anakin do not appear in “Senate Murders” at all. That’s attention to detail worth complimenting. Nice going, TCW producers!

In addition to the introduction of Lux Bonteri, this trilogy sees the appearance of pretty much all the political characters established by this point, including Padme, Farr, Satine, Ryo, Mon Mothma, Bail Organa and many others. It also lays the foundation for upcoming events in the war, which we will explore in the next Walkthroughs. The most confusing sequences, where episodes from multiple seasons make up correctly aligned arcs, is past (for the foreseeable future, at least…the series isn’t over, so anything can change).

We’ve also reached the last of the online Web Comics which tie directly into episodes. I’ll reiterate that originally many of the Web Comics were meant to tie directly into their partner episodes, but as the series advanced and sequel or prequel episodes and arcs developed, the strict adherence to matching a comic with its episode was no longer a priority in light of maintaining clarity. As such, the web comics were placed in chronological order, as were the episodes, meaning the direct connections were no longer as direct. And it doesn’t make life easier for newcomers to the series reading this that the Web Comics are no longer posted on StarWars.com, so I tried to highlight the relevant details seen in those issues so as to explain their connections to the surrounding episodes.

We will pick up with Part 4 of the Walkthrough shortly. For now, if you have any questions, concerns or alternate points of view on the sequence of episodes, feel free to speak up. I’m open to discussion.

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