Preparing for The Clone Wars: Hunt for Ziro

Several film and expanded universe characters will make their Star Wars: The Clone Wars debut tonight in the episode "Hunt for Ziro". We'll see the much anticipated appearance of Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, who has featured prominently in the Dark Horse Star Wars comics, as well as minor but notable characters from the films. Sy Snootles, the lead vocalist in the Max Rebo band from Return of the Jedi, and Gardulla the Hutt, who originally owned Anakin Skywalker and makes a brief appearance in The Phantom Menace, will both be a part of The Clone Wars for the first time. Keep reading for all of the information, links and videos you need for tonight's episode. It was early this summer when the rumors began. Quinlan Vos was set to appear as a Hasbro and Lego figure this year, in The Clone Wars packaging. Some simple dot-connecting led to the conclusion that the fan favorite from Dark Horse would finally appear on television. After missing chances to appear in Revenge of the Sith and the first season of The Clone Wars, the Kiffar Jedi will make his way off of the page and onto the screen tonight. Vos will help Obi-Wan Kenobi track down Ziro the Hutt, and may even use his psychometric powers (the ability to use the Force to read memories from objects) in the episode. Some EU fans will likely try to compare the Vos who appears in "Hunt for Ziro" to the double-agent from Star Wars: Republic comic, where he made most of his appearances. Gardulla the Hutt once owned Anakin and Shmi Skywalker, but lost them to Watto in a podracing bet. She makes a brief appearance in The Phantom Menace; she can be seen behind Jabba the Hutt during podrace. In the EU, Gardulla was believed to be dead. In the video game, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Jango Fett feeds her to a krayt dragon. The events of the game take place before Attack of the Clones. It is unknown if a retcon for this death will be made, or simply overlooked. Which Sy Snootles did you see first? In the original version of Return of the Jedi, she was a puppet, but in the Special Edition, a CG model served as a replacement to go with the new song, Jedi Rocks. Mrs. Snooty, as she was called during production, does not have many established details about her pre-Max Rebo Band life. Lucasfilm is loving the appearance. Those who have seen the episode suggest a whole series for Snootles, and StarWars.com has a new entry dedicated to Snootles merchandise. Finally, two villains voiced by the talented Corey Burton will be major players in the episode. Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane are both characters created just for The Clone Wars, and will have to share the spotlight tonight. Burton talks to StarWars.com about the two bad guys in the episode preview.
"The Ziro episodes seem like a multi-room extension of the original Star Wars cantina scenes -- an eccentrically comedic undercurrent to break from the steadier drumbeat of galactic conflict, but with enough sinister gravity to tug at the direction of the entire storyline," says Burton. "It's a sort of 'Bizarro World' funhouse mirror dimension, a wrong turn down a strange alley running along the mainstream militaristic highway. It's a colorful flight of fancy and insanity, to lend a contrasting air of 'normalcy' to the central story construct. Ziro's the ultimate spoiled brat, a bitterly resentful and unreasonably demanding megalomaniac -- made even more threatening and duplicitous by his inability to inspire fearful obedience like his rival, Jabba."
If you need some sneak peaks, check out the three clips from "Hunt for Ziro" below.

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