Welcome back to Expanding the Clone Wars and this week we connect existing Expanded Universe canon to Episode 4.18 “Crisis on Naboo.”
Our review of the episode can be found here.
In this episode of the Clone Wars we return to the lovely world of Naboo. The green Seraph-class urban landspeeder, also known as the Flash Speeder, made an appearance but instead of being a hovering ground-based vehicle we have seen in all existing canon, it was used as an airspeeder in this episode.
According the The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, the Flash Speeder was only able to reach a height of two meters above ground level, but in this episode it was clearly hovering several hundred meters above the ground. Was that Flash Speeder just a unique modified version of the landspeeder or are all landspeedrs now capable of short leaps into the air?
Holographic Disguise Matrix
Holographic image disguisers, or holoshrouds, have been mentioned before in the Expanded Universe. The Shadow Hologram invented by the bounty hunter Sinrich in The Clone Wars was far more advanced than the Corellidyne CQ-3.9x holographic image disguiser mentioned in The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology. While the CQ-3.9x was small enough to wear on a belt, it could only store one holographic image onto its memory and the power supply was exhausted after two minutes.
Sinrich’s Shadow Hologram could store the holo-image of at least two humanoids and had a much more powerful battery life while having the same flaw of occasional power surges and flickering images as other existing holoshrouds.
History of Naboo
The fireworks and holographic displays we saw during the Festival of Light detail the history of Naboo as was first described in The New Essential Chronology.
Around 3,951 BBY, Elisinore den Tasia of the Core World of Grizmallt sponsored the explorer Kwilaan and fleet of three ships – Beneficent Tasia, Constant, and Mother Vima. These ships discovered and colonized the world of Naboo and the colonists passed the Gallo mountains and founded Dee’ja Peak, one of the first human settlements that was first mentioned in the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies. Dee’ja Peak didn’t grow as fast as the farming community of Theed, which expanded very quickly becoming capital of Naboo.
Palpatine says in his speech that Naboo joined the Republic 847 years (868 BBY) prior to the events of this episode and I can’t find anything in the EU that would contradict this.
Monarch of Naboo
In The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, we learn that during the Naboo-Gungan war nearly 150 years prior to this episode, the last heir of the true Naboo monarchy was killed in combat so the Naboo people voted a Queen to lead them into battle. Since then, the Naboo preferred an elected monarchy. The King or Queen would rule in four-year terms for a maximum reign of two four-year terms.
The Queen we’ve seen in The Clone Wars, Queen Neeyutnee, could have only served one term during the Clone Wars because Queen Jamilla’s (the Queen from Attack of the Clones) term ended a year into the war around 21 BBY and Queen Apailana’s (Queen from Revenge of the Sith) term began a year before the war ended around 20 BBY. That only leaves Neeyuntee’s term from 21 – 20 BBY and begs the question, why is her term cut short? Does she die in a later episode or perhaps is forcibly taken out of office? Whatever the reasoning, she never served her full four-year term and has never been mentioned in any SWEU source before being in TCW.
Thanks for joining us this week and make sure you join us next time with the return of Darth Maul in Episode 4.19, “Massacre”! If you have any questions or comments or an Expanded Universe connection from “Crisis on Naboo” that we may have missed, let us know in the comments down below! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you!
Star Wars Galaxies, The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, The New Essential Chronology, The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
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