Bombad Jedi

The Clone WarsSenator Padmé Amidala takes it upon herself to meet with Senator Onaconda Farr on his home planet of Rodia, hoping to pursuade him to stay loyal to the Republic. Much to the dismay of Chancellor Palpatine, she brings along only her protocol droid C-3PO and fellow representative from Naboo, Jar Jar Binks. Unfortunately, she finds that Rodia is already in league with the Trade Federation and she is captured. It is up to Jar Jar and Threepio to find a way to rescue Padmé and when Jar Jar is mistaken for a Jedi, they may have the leverage they need.

written by Kevin Rubio, Henry Gilroy & Steven Melching
directed by Jesse Yeh
music by Kevin Kiner / original Star Wars themes by John Williams

Cast: Ian Abercrombie (Chancellor Palpatine), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Dee Bradley Baker (Onaconda Farr / Gree), Tom Kenny (Nute Gunray / Silood), Matthew Wood (Battle Droids), Tom Kane (Narrator)

LogBook entry by Philip R. Frey

Notes:This episode is production number #5.

Jedi Fortune Cookie: “Heroes are made by the times.”

Rodia is home to the Rodians, a race best known for the bounty hunter Greedo.

This episode marks the most screentime Jar Jar has received since Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

“Bombad Jedi” was written because George Lucas specifically requested an episode that centered on Jar Jar Binks.

Ahmed Best returns to the role he portrayed in all three films of the prequel trilogy. He also provided the voice of Jar Jar for several video games and the Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials.

Tom Kenny is a well-known voice actor, most famous for the role of Spongebob Squarepants, which he has performed for over five years. He previously worked in the Star Wars universe by providing the voice of Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike for the Nintendo GameCube. Other voice work includes Godzilla: The Series, The Powerpuff Girls, Duck Dodgers, Dave the Barbarian and Kim Possible. Non-voice work includes Mr. Show, the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” video and Mark Hamill’s Comic Book: The Movie.

Co-writer Kevin Rubio is best known to Star Wars fans for his groundbreaking parody short Troops (which also featured work from fellow Clone Wars scribe Stephen Melching). He has also made his mark with several humorous Star Wars stories appearing in Dark Horse Comics, most notably the adventures of Tag and Bink, two hapless neer-do-wells who seem to find themselves at every crucial event in the Star Wars Saga. His other work includes directing TV movies Colossor and Stormwatch and episodes of Alien Hunter.