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Senate hostage crisis
Conflict

Clone Wars[3]

Objective

To take senators hostage and force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to free Ziro Desilijic Tiure from the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center[3]

Date

c. 22 BBY[4]

Place

Republic Executive Building, Coruscant[5]

Outcome
Factions

Cad Bane's posse[5]

Galactic Republic[5]

Commanders

Cad Bane[5]

Participants
Casualties

1 IG-86 sentinel droid[5]

At least 22 Senate Commandos[5]

Civilian casualties
"Morning, Senators. You should all consider yourselves to be in my power. As long as everybody behaves, this will be quick and painless. Do nothing, and it will all be over soon."
―Cad Bane — (audio)Listen (file info)

Around 22 BBY, Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane organized a raid on the Republic Executive Building to capture members of the Galactic Senate. Bane sought to force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to issue a pardon for Hutt crime lord Ziro Desilijic Tiure, who had previously been arrested and imprisoned in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center for his role in the Confederacy kidnapping of his great-nephew, Rotta. Bane formed a team of bounty hunters that included the Jedi hunter Aurra Sing, the Weequay Shahan Alama, and the Patrolian technician Robonino, along with several Confederate droids. After testing his team by pitting them against fellow bounty hunter Davtokk, Bane deemed his accomplices ready for their mission.

Infiltrating the Executive Building and disposing of multiple Senate Commando guards along the way, the team took a small group of senators hostage. Bane trapped Palpatine and Senator Orn Free Taa in the Chancellor's office by having Robonino shut down the building's power. Bane then issued an ultimatum to the Supreme Chancellor: Ziro was to be released, or the senators would be executed. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was still in the building, though unarmed, and was knocked out and captured by the hunters. To secure the Hutt's release in exchange for the senators' lives, Bane ordered Taa to take a pardon disc to the Detention Center to release Ziro.

Taa reluctantly complied and was escorted to the prison by the sentinel droid HELIOS-3D. As final leverage against Palpatine, the bounty hunters set up a system of lasers around the senators that would trigger explosives with the slightest touch before leaving the building. Clone troopers of the Coruscant Guard led by Clone Commander CC-1010 arrived to apprehend Bane's team on the landing platform, but the still-trapped senators allowed the bounty hunters to escape with Ziro. Although Bane remotely activated the explosives as payback for the indignities the Hutt had suffered in prison, a revived Skywalker was able to cut a hole around the senators, and all of them dropped into the room below seconds before the explosives went off.

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Prelude

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The hiring of a bounty hunter

"Let's let the scavengers clean this up. Our business is on Coruscant."
―Cad Bane, after killing Davtokk
Sing, Alama and Robonino pass Bane's test.

In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars, Ziro Desilijic Tiure, a Hutt crime lord and uncle to Jabba Desilijic Tiure, participated in a plot orchestrated by the Confederate Head of State, Count Dooku, to kidnap Jabba's son, Rotta, and frame the Jedi Order for the crime. To contact Jabba and convince him otherwise on behalf of the Galactic Republic, Senator Padmé Amidala went to Ziro in his palace on the galactic capital of Coruscant. Fearful of his role in the plot being discovered, Ziro took advice from Dooku and imprisoned Amidala, but the Senator was able to send a message to her protocol droid, C-3PO, who in turn contacted the Coruscant Guard. Led by Clone Commander CC-1010, nicknamed "Fox," the clone troopers raided Ziro's palace and apprehended the Hutt with the aid of a freed Amidala.[4][8]

Ziro was incarcerated in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center on Coruscant, and to break him out of prison, the renowned Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane[9] was contacted by the Hutts and hired for the mission.[10] Bane then assembled a team of bounty hunters consisting of the Jedi hunter Aurra Sing, Weequay Shahan Alama,[3] and the Patrolian slicer Robonino.[7] The team was backed up by several Confederate BX-series droid commandos and IG-86 sentinel droids,[3] but as the organic members of the group usually operated alone, Bane organized a test for them.[11]

Knowing that fellow bounty hunter Davtokk intended to kill him for the bounty on his head, Bane lured Davtokk to the planet Keyorin under the pretense that he was seeking recruits. To fool Davtokk, Bane set up a battle droid doppelganger of himself, and upon arrival, Davtokk shot the doppelganger and discovered the deception. Robonino detonated several pre-planted explosives, and Davtokk was caught in a razor net by Shahan Alama, but was able to cut his way out. The mercenary evaded the onrushing Weequay with a flash grenade but was shot through the legs by sniper fire from Sing. Robonino, Alama, and Sing surrounded Davtokk, and Bane revealed himself, explaining to Davtokk that he had merely been a test for his colleagues. After Davtokk had been disposed of, Bane and his team proceeded to Coruscant to free Ziro.[11] However, Bane did not opt for a straightforward rescue, and instead chose to take members of the Galactic Senate hostage and force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to issue a pardon for the Hutt.[5]

A secret meeting

"I have to bring this bill before the Senate. It's important."
"Uh-huh. More important than the way you feel about me?"
―Anakin Skywalker teases Senator Padmé Amidala — (audio)Listen (file info)
Skywalker visits Senator Amidala in her office.

While he was supposed to be on a meditative retreat, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker visited his secret wife, Senator Padmé Amidala, in her office in the Republic Executive Building on Coruscant. During their discussion, Skywalker asserted that there was nothing more important to him than his love for her, and he gave Amidala his lightsaber to symbolize his faith in her. Senator Bail Organa, followed by C-3PO, entered the room, seeking Amidala's presence for a meeting organized by Senator Philo to discuss the Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill, a piece of Senate legislation. Skywalker hid behind Amidala's desk, and Amidala, hiding Skywalker's lightsaber in her sleeves, followed Organa to the meeting and took the lightsaber with her, unable to return it to the Jedi.[5]

The operation

Entering and taking hostages

"Put up your hands."
"I've got business with the Senate. How 'bout you fellas step aside?"
―Captain Jayfon and Cad Bane — (audio)Listen (file info)

Arriving on Coruscant, Bane's team split up to gain entrance to the Executive Building. Bane, Alama, two droid commandos, and a sentinel droid arrived at the building in an airspeeder, where they were confronted by a squad of Senate Commando guards. From an adjacent tower, Sing distracted the guards with covering sniper fire, taking out most of the Commandos by herself, while Alama and the droids also engaged the Senate Guards.[5] Bane eliminated the guards' captain, Jayfon,[7] and the commando droids dressed up in the Senate Guards' armor to ensure that the brawl would go undiscovered. Sing, Robonino, and two more sentinel droids arrived at the scene in a second airspeeder. Leaving both BX units outside to clear the platform of the dead Senate Commandos, the team of bounty hunters made their way into the complex.[5]

Cad Bane and his team outside the Republic Executive Building

Disposing of a guard stationed at the Executive Building's power control room, the group also destroyed an assistant droid, a protocol droid, a WED-15 Treadwell, and an R5 unit in the room. Leaving Robonino to sabotage the building's power distribution network, the rest of the team headed to the meeting of senators. On the way to the East Wing of the building where the senators had gathered,[5] Bane—having planning his operation during Senate Guard shifts—eliminated most of the active Senate security[10] by tossing a thermal detonator into the Senate Commandos' barracks when two shifts were assembled there. Sing eliminated the only survivor with a shot to the head. The group then entered the Annex Dome, surrounding and taking prisoner Senators Organa, Amidala, Philo, Dantum Roohd, Zinn Paulness, Onaconda Farr, Riyo Chuchi, Jakker-Sun, a female senator, and a Christophsian senator, as well as C-3PO. After Philo objected to being taken hostage, attempting to leave while refusing to "listen to insolence," Bane shot him in the back and ordered the rest of the senators to hand over any communication devices in their possession.[5][3]

Bane made contact with Palpatine in his office and demanded the release of Ziro from the Detention Center. After Palpatine objected, Robonino shut down the building's power, activating its emergency lockdown and leaving Palpatine and Senator Orn Free Taa trapped in the office with external communications disabled. However, Bane was unaware that Skywalker was still inside the building. Noticing that the building's red backup lights had activated, Skywalker left Amidala's office to find out what was happening. Upon arriving above the atrium where the senators were being held, the Jedi noticed the bounty hunters surrounding their hostages and spied on the events taking place.[5]

Securing the Hutt and escape

"You were foolish to think you could get away with this, bounty hunter! Now, lay down your arms and come quietly."
"No, Chancellor. I'm afraid it is you who has been foolish…with your senators' lives. One false move, and the East Wing of the Senate Building goes up in smoke."
―Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Cad Bane — (audio)Listen (file info)

When Bane spotted Skywalker above the lobby, he fired at him before sending Alama and a sentinel droid after the fleeing Jedi. Contacting Palpatine—who had been trapped in his office with Senator Taa for two hours[6]—by plugging his comlink into a communications outpost, Skywalker learned that it was up to him to turn the power back on so that reinforcements could be summoned. As Alama and the droid approached the room where Skywalker was speaking with Palpatine, the Jedi quickly unplugged his comlink and hid right before the two hunters entered the room. Skywalker used a mind trick on Alama to get the two off his trail, and Alama and the droid separated. Sneaking up on the sentinel droid, Skywalker attacked but was forced to engage it in close combat without a lightsaber. Alama returned to find the destroyed droid, but by examining its remains, Alama deduced that the Jedi was unarmed.[5]

After reporting this new information to Bane, Alama continued the hunt with the added aid of Sing. Outside the power control room, Skywalker stumbled across Robonino, and the technician quickly retreated back into the room. As Skywalker attempted to break into the room, Alama found him, and the Jedi pulled Alama's blaster out of his hand with the Force. However, Sing took aim at Skywalker from behind the Weequay, and as Alama ducked, Sing shot the blaster out of Skywalker's hand. With Skywalker backed against the door of the power control room, Robonino joined the fray and shocked the Jedi. The unconscious Skywalker was brought to Bane in handcuffs, and Bane instructed Palpatine to make a pardon disc and to give it to Senator Taa, who would deliver the disc to the prison so that Ziro could be released.[5] Sentinel droid HELIOS-3D[10] escorted Taa to the landing platform, where a speeder was parked with a transport attached for the large Hutt. Upon arrival at the Detention Center, Taa released Ziro, who was taken by 3D back to the Executive Building, while Taa remained in the safety of the Coruscant Guard at the prison.[5]

Skywalker and the senators are left trapped within a laser-triggered bomb trap.

In the atrium, Bane's team set up their "parting gifts" around the senators: a system of lasers that would trigger explosives upon the slightest touch. The bounty hunters sought to use the hostages as final leverage if Palpatine attempted to apprehend them while they were still on Coruscant. Wishing the senators and Jedi a "most respectful farewell," Bane left the building with his team. On Taa's orders, the Coruscant Guard broke through the transparisteel window of Palpatine's office and ensured that the Chancellor was safe. Outside on a landing platform, a pair of LAAT/i gunships arrived, and Coruscant Guard troopers led by Commander Fox[6] piled out and cornered the bounty hunters.[5]

Palpatine contacted Bane and ordered him to surrender, but the bounty hunter revealed the still-trapped senators, and in order to keep them safe, Palpatine reluctantly relinquished his attempts to apprehend Bane. Commander Fox ordered his clone forces to stand down, allowing Bane and his team to leave. Back in the East Wing, Skywalker awoke, and Amidala cut Skywalker's binders off with his lightsaber. Once he and his team were a safe distance away from the Executive Building, Bane remotely activated the explosives as payback for the indignities Ziro had suffered in prison. However, Skywalker was able to cut a hole in the floor around the senators, allowing all of them to drop into the room below seconds before the explosives went off.[5]

Aftermath

"Congratulations on a job well done, bounty hunter."
"Time to pay up, Hutt. I don't work for free."
"Hmm."
―Cad Bane demands his payment from Ziro the Hutt — (audio)Listen (file info)
Bane and his team debrief after their successful mission.

Following their escape, Bane transferred the reward to his comrades' accounts and ordered them to flee separately, escaping from the eyes of the Republic. However, Alama was ambushed by a Confederate Munificent-class frigate and a Republic LAAT/i gunship over the planet of Florrum.[2] Robonino was attacked at his underwater headquarters on the planet of Rodia by Republic forces,[12] and HELIOS-3D's battle droid encampment in the Thicket of the planet Iego was destroyed by the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Bane, meanwhile, was able to evade capture by the Jedi Order.[13]

On a preceding HoloNet News broadcast, the young Gran Salo swore vengeance on Bane for murdering Senator Philo—whom Salo had greatly admired—during the raid.[14]

Behind the scenes

"You get to see that short of coming up against a Jedi, these bounty hunters are incredibly dangerous, so dangerous that they take over the entire Senate. That's a very difficult thing to do. This group does it—quite effectively, quite violently."
―Series Director Dave Filoni

The Senate hostage crisis was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series' first season finale, "Hostage Crisis."[3] The episode itself garnered the highest ratings since the series' premiere of "Ambush" and "Rising Malevolence."[15] The web comic Invitation Only led into "Hostage Crisis" and depicted Bane's test of his team against Davtokk. The raid notably featured the debut of bounty hunters in the series,[3] as well as one of the first appearances of Cad Bane,[9] a bounty hunter featured more throughout the series' second season.[16]

Some publicity materials relating to the first season finale mistakenly implied that Darth Sidious and the Separatists had hired Bane to free Ziro. Although it was later stated in Bane's Databank entry to be the Hutts that gave him the assignment, the 2009 publication Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide: Season 1 further complicated the matter by claiming that Bane's employer has yet to be revealed in the television series' second season. Until it is clarified, this article assumes that the Hutts were Bane's employers.

The raid was supposed to take place entirely in the Republic Executive Building, but several of the episode's dialogue sequences indicated otherwise, implying that the senators were being held in the Senate Building. To further complicate matters, the smoke from Bane's explosives was seen coming from the Senate Building instead of the Executive Building, an animation error that the series' crew noticed but did not fix in time.[17]

Appearances

Sources

  • StarWars.com The Chilling Season Finale Introduces a Deadly New Enemy on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  • StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Hostage Crisis on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  • "Ask Lobot" - Star Wars Insider 110
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide: Season 1
  • StarWars.com Inside The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org) (Indirect mention only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
  •  Cad Bane in the Databank

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part I)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Hostage Crisis on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis(Decoded)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  9. 9.0 9.1 StarWars.com The Chilling Season Finale Introduces a Deadly New Enemy on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2  Cad Bane in the Databank
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Clone Wars: Invitation Only
  12. The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part II)
  13. The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part III)
  14. HoloNet News — A Galaxy Divided (Part 1)
  15. Nielsens: Reality shows duel it out in Tuesday's ratings on USA Today
  16. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Season Two Preview on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  17. "Ask Lobot" - Star Wars Insider 110

External links

  • The Official Star Wars Blog » Report from WonderCon 2009: Lucasfilm Presentation (Part II: Meet Cad Bane)

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