STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS gives audiences a different look at Separatist leader Count Dooku, and also introduces a new set of villains in â€œDooku Captured,â€ an all-new episode of the hit animated series directed by Jesse Yeh, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Jan. 2, on Cartoon Network.
The episode finds Anakin and Obi-Wan attempting to capture Dooku, only to discover the Sith Lord has already been kidnapped by intergalactic pirates.
Yeh says the episode reveals more insight into Count Dookuâ€™s descent from Jedi Knight to his lofty place within the ranks of those wielding the dark side of the Force.
â€œI have always been interested in the drama behind this particular character,â€ Yeh explains. â€œHe thinks realistically, and has a solid mind. The actions he takes are always so direct and straight forward.
â€œI sense that deep down, Dooku holds a sort of emotional connection with the Jedi,â€ Yeh says. â€œIâ€™ve always been interested in the drama behind him. Dooku thinks realistically, he has a solid mind, and the actions he takes are very direct and straightforward.
â€œIn a way, heâ€™s almost pathetic. His mind is constantly being twisted by his pride, which is what originally led him to the dark side. Because of his pride, he doesnâ€™t realize he has turned into exactly the sort of monster that he once fought against. From his perspective, he is not doing anything different from what he did when he was still a Jedi. Heâ€™s just trying to save the universe â€“ but this time from what he sees as a corrupt Republic. In the end, heâ€™s becomeÂ just another expendable pawn of the true evil.â€
Yeh said Dookuâ€™s position as a prisoner in â€œDooku Capturedâ€ provided a dramatic and animation challenge. â€œDooku is no longer in control of the situation, do we had to spend some time trying to figure out how to animate this â€˜tamedâ€™ Dooku.â€
In addition to working with Dooku, Yeh said it was particularly exciting directing an episode that introduces new characters.
â€œThe pirates have a gangster-like society. The fact that they were actually capable of capturing the legendary Dooku took me by surprise,â€ Yeh says. â€œSince the pirate chief is a new character, there were really no limitations on how to bring him to the screen. As a director, I got to determine who this new character would be â€“ how to bring out the combative and greedy nature of this particular species, and put those characteristics onto the very surface of his performance.â€