STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Episode 2.20 Recap, ‘Death Trap’

Title: “Death Trap”

Writer / Director: Doug Petrie / Steward Lee

Tagline: “Who my father was matters less than my memory of him.”

Story: Boba Fett has arrived. The future baddest-ass bounty hunter in the galaxy is but a little scamp when we meet him amidst a crew of freshly arrived pre-teen Clone Trooper cadets. The young Fett is still broken up over the death of his father Jango at Jedi Master Mace Windu’s hands, and so he’s hatched a plot with some familiar bounty hunting friends to take his vengeance. But when things don’t go according to plan, the bounty hunter-to-be is forced to improvise. And so we see him, this young boy, start down the path to becoming the man the galaxy will one day fear.

The Dark Path: “Death Trap” is as effective an introduction to young Boba Fett that a fan could ask for. He infiltrates a group of young cadets in order to get himself aboard the Republic cruiser that Windu is stationed on. When his plan to take out the Jedi with a slyly placed bomb doesn’t go as planned, Fett is forced to make a choice: sacrifice an entire crew of innocents in order to bring down one man — that’s the direction cohort Aurra Sing pushes him in — or demonstrate compassion and scrap the plan. The choice Boba makes isn’t surprising, but it does take the formative first step of developing this young child into one of the most fearsome figures in the “Star Wars” universe.

Unnecessary Filler: Perhaps this is a plot thread that will develop over the course of the next two episodes — the last in the season, both on April 30 — but we spend entirely too much time with Windu, Anakin Skywalker and the command crew of the Republic cruiser. A half-hour is already barely enough to contain many of the “Clone Wars” stories, and any time in “Death Trap” spent with Republic forces is time away from Boba. And no one wants that, not when we’re first meeting him.

A Worthy Introduction: Now we’ve met Boba Fett. We get a glimpse of how he’s going to go from young boy to brutal man, we meet his bounty hunting pals (Aurra Sing and Bossk!!) and we get a brief, welcome look at Slave I, his iconic spaceship. Next week’s two-part season finale will further expand on the character, but “Death Trap” stands as a strong introduction for Boba to the “Clone Wars” universe.