In comparison to the previous two episodes of this current arc in The Clone Wars, Episode 4.17 “The Box” didn’t have as many Expanded Universe tidbits. However, in this week’s edition of Expanding The Clone Wars we still find a few dots to connect to existing SWEU!
Our review of this episode can be found here.
Ithorian Bounty Brothers
In the comic Knights of the Old Republic: Reunion, we were introduced to The Moomo Brothers (Dob and Del), a pair of Ithorian bounty hunters during the Mandalorian Wars who played key roles in the Taris Resistance.
The bounty hunter duo Onca and Bulduga from “The Box” were very similar to the Moomo Brothers that fought together nearly 4,000 years before. Shame Cad Bane ended the duo pretty fast when he killed Bulduga for his hat at the start of the episode.
The bounty hunter Mantu was another nod to the Knights of the Old Republic era. He was a Selkath, a peaceful aquatic species we first saw in The Knights of the Old Republic video game. This is not been the first time the Selkath have appeared during The Clone Wars; a Selkath Jedi Knight served the Jedi Order during the war as featured in the Jedi Academy Training Manual, and Count Dooku had hired another Selkath bounty hunter (Chata Hyoki) to kill Padme Amidala in a failed assassination attempt in Episode 3.11 “Pursuit of Peace.”
The planet Serenno was where Count Dooku’s Palace was located and Moralo Eval constructed The Box. Serenno was first mentioned in the novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous as Dooku’s homeworld, a planet known for its aristocratic and incredibly wealthy Counts. In the novel Darth Bane: Rule of Two, Serenno made its first appearance when Darth Zannah prevented a failed kidnapping attempt of former Supreme Chancellor Tarsus Valorum.
Marksman of Concord Dawn
In this episode, the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen was called a marksman from Concord Dawn. This is probably referring to the Journeymen Protectors from Concord Dawn which were first mentioned in the short story, The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett from the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology. The Journeyman Protectors were the lawmen of the planet and Boba Fett would later become one before being exiled from their ranks after killing a superior officer, as mentioned in the novel Bloodlines.
Concord Dawn was an agricultural world in the Mandalore Sector and played pivotal roles in the history of the Mandalorians. In 58 BBY, Tor Vizsla and the Death Watch fought the True Mandalorians on that world and killed the family of a young Jango Fett, as detailed in the comic Jango Fett: Open Seasons.
Being a marksman from Concord Dawn, does this mean Rako Hardeen may have connections to the Journeymen Protectors or perhaps he was once part of the True Mandalorians? Will he survive this arc and possibly play a role in a future episode with the Death Watch?
The IG-100 MagnaGuard droids in this episode are seen with yellow electrostaffs in comparison to the purple electrostaffs we’ve seen them carry since they first appeared in Boba Fett: A New Threat.
Make sure you join us next week when we examine the finale of this arc with Episode 4.18, “Crisis on Naboo”! If you have any questions or comments or an Expanded Universe connection from “The Box” that I may have missed, let us know in the comments down below!
Bloodlines, Boba Fett: A New Threat, Darth Bane: Rule of Two, Jango Fett: Open Seasons, Jedi Academy Training Manual, Knights of the Old Republic, Knights of the Old Republic: Reunion, The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett, Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
Written by Andy Ury
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