The Clone Wars is back and with that yet another season of Expanding the Clone Wars, where we explore how The Clone Wars TV series fits in with current Star Wars Expanded Universe stories. In Episode 5.01 “Revival,” brothers Maul and Savage look to build an army of pirates by forcibly recruiting Hondo Ohnaka and his gang only to be confronted by Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia. Join us in this week’s edition of Expanding the Clone Wars as we discuss Adi Gallia’s fate, Snaggletooth, Sith/pirate alliances in galactic history and more!
Look for EUCantina’s review of “Revival” on We Talk Clones later this week.
Adi Gallia’s Death
Discussed ad nauseam by Star Wars Expanded Universe fans since “Revival” aired has been Adi Gallia’s death at the hands of Savage Opress. Adi Gallia, the Tholothian Jedi Master, was originally killed off in the comic Star Wars: Obsession but her death depicted in the season 5 premiere drastically contradicts any parts of the original comic detailing her demise.
Adi Gallia was present on the Jedi High Council in 22 BBY but was killed in action during the Clone Wars and her spot on the Jedi High Council was replaced by Stass Allie sometime before 19 BBY. During the Battle of Boz Pity, Adi Gallia alongside Mace Windu and Soon Bayts, fought against General Grievous and during their duel the General surprised Gallia by splitting his arms in half, grabbing her by the throat, and stabbing her in the chest.
Now with her new death at the hands of Savage, Gallia dies twice in the Expanded Universe. Leland Chee, the Keeper of the Holocron continuity database, has announced that her death depicted in “Revival” overrides any parts of the Obsession comic and any parts detailing her death in it should be treated as non-canon
In this episode, we never actually saw Adi Gallia’s corpse in The Clone Wars since the killing blow occurred off screen but due to the fact that the episode was aired on a Saturday morning and needs to have a family friendly rating it was clearly just an editing choice and we have to assume there is no way for her to be resuscitated after that killing stroke. There is no easy way of retconning this one to make it fit in with current Expanded Universe. Unless Adi was wearing some Cortosis armour underneath her robes on Boz Pity, this either means Adi never played a role during the Battle of Boz Pity and we have to pretend she doesn’t exist on the pages when we reread Obsession, or the Boz Pity storyline is based before these episodes like I suggested in earlier editions of “Expanding the Clone Wars” and Adi Gallia somehow survived Grievous’ death blow and lived only to die at Savage’s blade.
Maul managed to survive being cut in half and K’kruhk survived his duel against Grievous so who knows, maybe Adi Gallia was saved from the battlefield of Boz Pity by the magic of Jedi Healing, but that’s probably a stretch.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Snivvian at Cybloc station was Zutton, better known as “Snaggletooth, the artist who was present at Chalmun’s Cantina in 0 BBY when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan were looking for transport to Alderaan.
During the Galactic Civil War, Zutton worked for Jabba the Hutt as a bounty hunter on occasion and sold much of his art for his spice addiction. If Zutton is in fact the Snivvian who was present aboard Cybloc station, how did he go from there to becoming a lowlife on Tatooine? Was he victim to Imperial persecution against alien species post-Clone Wars which caused him to go underground and become hooked on spice? Potential for an interesting backstory to fill in the blanks.
Maul looked to recruit members of Hondo’s pirate gang to assist him and this is not the first time in the Expanded Universe Sith have used pirates for their plans. During the New Sith Wars, pirates flew under the Sith flag in the Outer Rim and Jedi Knight Rohlan Hoth fought them in a showdown on Hoth, freeing the Corellian Trade Spine from their pillaging.
Cybloc station was in the Meridian Sector which was first mentioned in the novel Planet of Twilight where refuges from the Meridian sector colonized Nam Chorios.
The cargo that Jiro and the Weequay pirates discovered on the Zabrak brother’s vessel included pure Sansanna Spice which first appeared in the Marvel comic Star Wars Annual 2: Shadeshine in which Han Solo and Chewbacca travelled to Ventooine to deal in Sansanna spice.
And finally, Obi-Wan Kenobi mentions that with the Jedi preoccupied with the Clone Wars, the Crime Lords of the galaxy have been allowed to flourish unchecked as we have seen in previous Expanded Universe stories. Mika, leader of the Crimson Nova bounty hunter’s guild, flourished as she set bounties on the heads of Jedi, and Black Sun vigos such as Lord Xist were profiteering off of weapons and intelligence.
Thanks for joining us this week as we expanded Episode 5.01 “Revial” and make sure you join us next week as we explore Episode 5.02 “A War on Two Fronts” and delve deep into Onderon during the Clone Wars, a planet very familiar to Expanded Universe fans!
Obsession, Planet of Twilight, Republic: Show of Force, Secrets of Tatooine, Star Wars: Clone Wars – Chapter 21, Star Wars Annual 2: Shadeshine, and The Essential Guide to Warfare,
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