After watching episode 4.16 of The Clone Wars, “Friends and Enemies”, fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe had several pleasant surprises. In this week’s edition of Expanding The Clone Wars we dive in and examine how this episode fits in with current canon!
Our review of this episode can be found here.
The last time we saw Nal Hutta in The Clone Wars was in Episode 3.9, “Hunt for Ziro”. In both episodes of The Clone Wars the surface of Nal Hutta matches what we have seen in previous canon. For example, it is very similar to the murky world we get to explore in the video game, The Old Republic. Contrary to current lore however, the Nal Hutta we see in The Clone Wars is a ring world and its moon Nar Shaddaa is nowhere to be seen.
We must admit that appearances of Nal Hutta in the Expanded Universe haven’t been completely consistent. In The Old Republic it is a sickly yellowish world with no rings, while in Empire at War it is shown as a pinkish green planet (with no rings). The rings we see in The Clone Wars could be debris from derelict ships that can only be seen in certain lighting. Other than that I am at a loss.
Gardulla the Hutt’s Palace
We see Gardulla the Hutt’s Palace again in this episode and this raises up an old EU wound brought about in “Hunt for Ziro”. While we don’t actually see her in this episode, we know Gardulla the Hutt is still alive because she made an appearance in the last Nal Hutta episode.
In the video game Bounty Hunter, Jango Fett pushed Gardulla into the maw of a krayt dragon obviously killing her. But wait! In The Clone Wars she returns and doesn’t have so much as a scratch to show for her trip into the krayt’s digestive tract!
Gorga the Hutt
When I first discovered that one of the Hutts we saw on the Hutt Grand Council was Gorga Desilijic Aarrpo, I grew incredibly excited! Gorga first made his appearance in the comic Boba Fett: Bounty on Bar-Kooda as the new crime lord of his deceased uncle Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire.
Gorga doesn’t look the same as he did in the EU though. In the Clone Wars, he sports an oversized monocle and headset leaving us to assume some point decades later he ditches the monocle to look like a normal, obese Hutt.
A poster of Sebulba wearing his Podracing goggles can be seen behind a patron in the cantina. On the poster it states that he will be signing autographs. In Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games, which takes place five years after The Phantom Menace, Sebulba faces off against Anakin in a podrace during the Galactic Games. Three years later, Sebulba races a heavily modified Pug-F Gargatuan podracer in the video game, Racer Revenge.
It is safe to assume that the dug is still racing well into the Clone Wars, perhaps travelling the galaxy and passing through Nal Hutta to sign autographs for his adoring fans while on the way to a race on Gamorr or Ryloth.
The Ithorian bartender we see in the cantina doesn’t speak Basic and has to use a rather clumsy translator that sits on his head. This is a pleasant surprise for EU fans because The Clone Wars didn’t seem to have had any issue with making characters like Plo Koon and Bossk speak perfect Basic even though in pretty much all existing canon they spoke their native tongues. Examples of which are in Clone Wars: Adventures Volume 3 and Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War where Plo Koon is clearly seen talking in Kel Dor.
Ithorians can’t speak Basic because they have two mouths and four throats (as demonstrated by the Ithorian Jedi Master Roron Corobb in the Clone Wars micro-series when he uses the Force to release a guttural roar that shatters plasteel).
Keen-eyed Expanded Universe fans would have noticed the appearance of a couple of beloved ships.
The first ship Cad Bane and Moralo Eval get their hands on as they flee Nal Hutta is a Corellian Engineering Corporation YV-666 light freighter! Years after the Clone Wars, the bounty hunter Bossk used a heavily modified YV-666 light freighter called the Hound’s Tooth. This model ship made its first appearance in the short story, “Prize Pelt: The Tale of Bossk” found in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology. We don’t actually see an image of the ship until Shadows of the Empire.
The second ship the bounty hunters use is a SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 3000, first introduced in the novel Heir to the Empire. This is the same model ship used by Lando Calrissian, owner of the Lady Luck, and Mara Jade, owner of the Jade Fire’s. Wouldn’t it just be wild if one of them acquired this same ship Obi-Wan uses in The Clone Wars decades later? Lando would have to throw in a hot tub to personalize it a bit.
Hats and Helmets
You’ve probably already heard it a million times, but in case you missed it, Ralph McQuarrie’s The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett helmet concept was used for Rako Hardeen’s helmet.
Also, when Bane is looking for a new hat in the pawn shop he twirls Indiana Jones’ signature fedora before choosing a hat that is very similar in design to the smuggler Nico Okarr’s hat we saw in The Old Republic Return cinematic trailer.
Our favorite singer Sy Snootles makes a cameo in this episode when she is being escorted away from the cantina for being drunk and disorderly. Captain Rex’s loyalty to the Jedi Council seems to be wavering since the Jedi Master Krell incident on Umbara. Finally, Anakin understands the Bith language when talking to the Bith starship dealer. This is a skill Anakin shows in the novel Labyrinth of Evil.
Boba Fett: Bounty on Bar-Kooda, Bounty Hunter, Clone Wars: Adventures Volume 3, Clone Wars micro-series, Empire at War, Heir to the Empire, Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games, Labyrinth of Evil, Prize Pelt: The Tale of Bossk, Racer Revenge, Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War, Shadows of the Empire, The Old Republic.
Make sure you join us next week when some of our favorite bounty hunters in Episode 4.17, “The Box”! If you have any questions or comments or an Expanded Universe connection from “Friends and Enemies” that I may have missed, let us know in the comments down below!
My respects go out to Ian Abercrombie and his family. The talented voice actor who played Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in The Clone Wars became one with the Force on January 26th. May the Force be with him.
Written by Andy Ury
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