50 Most Memorable Moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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20. Force sensitive Younglings are hunted down by Darth Sidious

Episode:  Season 2 Episodes 1-3: Holocron Heist, Cargo of Doom, & Children of the Force 

"Episode Summary: Cad Bane has been hired by Darth Sidious to steal a Jedi holocron. The holocrons — data storage systems that can only be opened through the Force — are protected within a vault inside the Jedi Temple. Recruiting a changeling posing as a Jedi in his plot, Bane infiltrates the building’s security systems and leads Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka on a chase. Anakin and Ahsoka travel to the planet Devaron in pursuit of Cad Bane, who has stolen a Jedi holocron. Bane has captured Jedi Master Bolla Ropal, keeper of the Kyber crystal, which will reveal data on every known Force-sensitive child in the galaxy when combined with the holocron. Failing to force Ropal to open the holocron, Bane needs another Jedi. Capturing Ahsoka, the bounty hunter forces Anakin to open the holocron to save his Padawan. The holocron’s secrets revealed, Bane attempts an escape, but appears to be killed by a clone. Anakin, however, still senses Bane’s presence in the Force… The first step to correcting a mistake is patience.” Cad Bane has stolen a Jedi holocron which holds the secret locations of the galaxy’s Force-sensitive children. Bane is tasked by Darth Sidious to kidnap several of the children to train as Sith spies. On one such kidnapping attempt, Bane is captured by Anakin and Ahsoka and brought before Obi-Wan and Mace Windu to have his mind probed. Unable to resist the combined Force powers of the Jedi, Bane agrees to lead Kenobi and Windu to his hidden base while Anakin and Ahsoka venture to Mustafar to save the stolen children from Darth Sidious’ evil plot."

The Moment: Darth Sidious sets his plan in motion, with the skills of Cad Bane, in tracking down Force-sensitive younglings in order to experiment with them and keep the rest as Dark Side enforces, later using them to hunt down his interests across the galaxy.

Why It’s Memorable: For the first time on screen we see a Holocron. Yes, a freaking Holocron! This was the stuff of Legends in former books and tales but now has come to life. Ahsoka is correct when she says there’s always a bit of truth in legends!

We also see just how dark, twisted, and evil Sidious really is, by how he disposes of and uses these young ones. This moment also reveals that these Force-sensitive kiddos later would become the Dark Side Inquisitors of the Empire ( well the ones the Dark Lord didn’t kill, that is).

We also get to see Mustafar, where many of these Jedi hopefuls go to die, which now has a rich history within the entire Star Wars canon. More Mustafar Lucasfilm, keep those stories coming!