Title: "R2 Come Home" / Lethal Trackdown"
Writer / Director (2.21): Eoghan Mahony / Giancarlo Volpe
Writer / Director (2.22): Dave Filoni & Drew Z. Greenberg / Dave Filoni
Tagline: "Adversity is friendship's truest test." / "Revenge is a confession of pain."
Story: Last week, Boba Fett made his grand entrance into the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" when he single-handedly destroyed a Republic cruiser from the inside. In this week's hour-long season two finale, the plot threads left dangling are tied up while new ones unfurl, to presumably be tugged at in the next season. Boba learns some hard lessons about the galaxy as he and his bounty hunter pals Aurra Sing, Bossk and newcomer (read: Redshirt) Castas continue with their plans to take out Mace Windu, thus avenging the death of Jango Fett in "Episode II: Attack of the Clones."
Mind Your Mentor: Boba Fett may one day become the most feared hunter in the galaxy, but for the time being he's still just a young boy who has a bone to pick with a very powerful Jedi Master. The Mandalorian armor-wearing badass we meet in the Original Trilogy is very clearly a "works alone" kind of guy; the "Clone Wars"-era Boba is not. Aurra Sing is a former friend and ally of the fallen Jango, a man whom Hondo Ohnaka refers to as "honorable." Aurra... well... isn't. And she makes a powerful enemy in Boba when she ditches his sorry ass in order to save herself. Before the episode ends, Sing apparently perishes when Ahsoka Tano uses her lightsaber to carve Slave I out of the sky. Since any self-respecting "Star Wars" fan knows that Slave I is Boba Fett's ship... well... I imagine that Sing and Boba will one day dance again for our amusement.
Hunter Rising: Those who were expecting (hoping?) that Boba Fett the hunter would rise from the ashes of Boba Fett the child, armor and all, before the end of season two, prepare to put those fanperson hopes aside. It's not a bad thing; I wouldn't buy it if the bounty hunter-in-training all of a sudden became a cold-hearted killer. He's going to have to be put through a lot more hell before he embraces his inner badass. I'll say though... he's off to a mighty good start with the dual blasters he wears on his belt. Sure, they're almost the size of his thighs, but hey... he's still just a kid.
Fan Serviced: Lots of cool moments for fans to dig on in this season finale. We follow Plo Koon and Ahsoka into Coruscant's seedy underworld, the series' first trip to the planet's dangerous lower depths. We spend more time with that lovable scamp Hondo, the ultimate self-server. If Han Solo had never met Leia, he'd probably be in league with Ohnaka. Or taking over his operation after stabbing him in the back. Best of all, Anakin learns the truth about Jango, Boba and Mace's connection with them; this adds a lot of subtext to Boba's future associations with Darth Vader in the Original Trilogy.
Always In Motion, The Future Is: With Bossk and Boba in Republic custody and Aurra still out there somewhere, presumably getting some help fixing up Slave I from her pal Hondo, we certainly haven't seen the last of the badass bounty hunters. The season three teaser also reveals that Cad Bane will be back, which doesn't suck. With all of these bounty hunters and nods to the "Star Wars" underworld popping up, one has to wonder just how long it will be before criminal organization Black Sun shows itself.