Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi strike an unexpected and uneasy alliance with their greatest enemy â€“ the villainous Count Dooku â€“Â in â€œThe Gungan General,â€ an all-new episode of the hit animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Jan. 9, on Cartoon Network.
In â€œThe Gungan General,â€ Anakin and Obi-Wan are negotiating Count Dookuâ€™s ransom when they are also taken prisoner and placed in holding with the Separatist leader.Â Their only choice: Work together to escape.
A clone contingent is dispatched to deliver a ransom in exchange for Dooku â€“ unaware that the Jedi are with him.Â But misfortune befalls their mission, and circumstance finds them with the unlikeliest of leaders: Jar Jar Binks.
Writer Julie Siege penned â€œThe Gungan General,â€ and is well regarded in the entertainment industry for her work, which includes a staff writing position on CWâ€™s â€œSupernatural.â€ Siege says her handling of the two-brother central relationship in that series helped her understand the bond between Anakin and Obi-Wan â€“ particularly when forced into an untenable situation like aligning themselves temporarily with Dooku.
â€œThe lure of writing for STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS is right there on the screen: It is a fantastic story, and this was a great episode. The heroes and the villain are forced to pool their brain power and fire power in order to escape,â€ Siege says.
â€œEspecially at this stage of the saga, it was fun to show the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin â€“ particularly knowing where Anakin is ultimately going. But at this point in the story, he is clearly a hero. I love that dichotomy.â€
Siege said she enjoyed crafting dialogue for the Obi-Wan/Anakin dynamic, and also scripting the newest bad guy in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS,Â pirate chief Hondo Ohnaka.
â€œCreating words for that character for the first time was a thrill,â€ she says. â€œHereâ€™s this leader of the pirate colonies and heâ€™s faced with a paradox that most of us would be uncomfortable with, but he handles easily: Heâ€™s trying to protect his own people, and if that means he has to resort kidnapping, then so be it. Thereâ€™s an audacity to him that I really liked.â€