Clone Wars Weekly: More With the Weequay
by Steve Fritz
Date: 09 January 2009 Time: 11:51 AM ET
Clone Wars Weekly More Weequay
You’ve probably seen the Weequay and never even known it.For example, recall that scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke is about walk the plank off Jabba’s floater into the great pit of Kartoom? The alien prodding Skywalker off the plank was a Weequay. They’ve been raising havoc throughout the SW universe, primarily in comics and novels, since then. If this latest two-part arc of Star Wars: Clone Wars is any indicator, they truly can be something to contend with. As of the episode last week, they managed to capture and ransom not only Count Dooku, but Obi-Wan and Anakin, too.
As it turns out, last and this week’s chapter of SWCS features one of the Weequays most famous fighters, pirate captain Hondo Ohnaka, renown for his ruthlessness when it comes to his victims. According to sources inside Lucasfilm, he’s still quite the hero inside his own race. Just to review, in last week’s episode, Kenobi and Skywalker were on the hunt for Dooku. The Sith Lord barely managed to elude them before falling into the hands of Ohnaka. Seeing he was clearly outnumbered, Dooku did the smart thing and surrendered, pretty much figuring on the pirates holding him for ransom. Sure enough, the Republic fell for Ohnaka’s ruse, but demanded that our two Jedi checked in first to see the Weequays weren’t selling a pig in a poke. After confirming Dooku’s captivity, Kenobi and Skywalker said to send in the money. That’s when Ohnaka, seeing a second opportunity for profit, turned the tables and captured our two heroes as well. At the same time though, Yoda has sent off a Republic ship with not only Dooku’s ransom on board, but a certain Gungan we’ve come to know, and some are starting to love, to handle the payoff. This probably goes a long way towards explaining why this episode is called “The Gungan General.” “The lure of writing for Star Wars: The Clone Wars is right there on the screen: It is a fantastic story, and this was a great episode. The heroes and the villain are forced to pool their brain power and fire power in order to escape,” episode writer Julie Siege (Supernatural) says. “Especially at this stage of the saga, it was fun to show the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin – particularly knowing where Anakin is ultimately going. But at this point in the story, he is clearly a hero. I love that dichotomy.” Still, for Siege, the real kick of writing that episode was working on Ohnaka. “Creating words for that character for the first time was a thrill,” she said. “Here’s this leader of the pirate colonies and he’s faced with a paradox that most of us would be uncomfortable with, but he handles easily: He’s trying to protect his own people, and if that means he has to resort kidnapping, then so be it. There’s an audacity to him that I really liked.” Say what you will, Ohnaka’s got enough going for him to keep Kenobi, Skywalker, Binks and Dooku occupied. Here’s to hoping we see a lot more of him and the Weequays in the future. Related:Clone Wars Weekly 18: Dooku's Day Clone Wars Weekly 17: Holiday Catch-Up Clone Wars Weekly 16: GrievancesWith Grievous