“Bounty Hunters” is an okay episode. It has a good message and some great character designs, especially among the Bounty Hunters, and I did enjoy Obi-Wan’s dynamic with Fugi and Captain Hondo. The rest felt wasted though and the episode could have been better with less characters. Anakin and Ahsoka felt needlessly added on for a lot of it.
The episode was directed by Steward Lee and written by Carl Ellsworth.
The story involves Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka crash landing on a planet after being attacked and working with a village and Bounty Hunters to protect the village and in the end find a way off the planet. The threat to the village is from Captain Hondo who has taken advantage of the war to force tribute from the undefended worlds.
The Pros: Captain Hondo – He holds his own against Anakin and manages to be a good enemy to deal with. He fights in a tank and injures the Bounty Hunter Embo and kills the Bounty Hunter Rumi. He goes out with style too and sees the world as unprofitable since his killing of the local populace and their protectors didn’t stop them from fighting.
Anakin and Ahsoka – Train the local populace to fight and are mostly focused on helping them find a way to defend themselves. Anakin also stops Hondo’s tank and is the main person who takes him on while Ahsoka connects with the Bounty Hunters.
Obi-Wan – Obi-Wan is rightfully worried about helping given that the village could become a Separatist target but he does and comes around to respect Sugi and her men. He has a great arc and tries diplomacy with Hondo until it fails and he agrees with training the villagers.
Okay: Sugi and The Bounty Hunters – Sugi is great and rationalizes them as having honor, even though they fight for money. She has personality though and defends them. The rest are largely a mystery and we never get to know them all that well. They have great designs though, especially Embo.
The Cons: The Nysillin – These guys are super derpy and their entire arc is learning to fight, which given how old the Star Wars Galaxy is, the fact that they hadn’t dealt with any threats before that was surprising. None of them were memorable either so putting them down as a con.
This episode was enjoyable but should have just been about Obi-Wan, Sugi and Hondo as they are the strongest part of the episode. The farmers should have been given a culture and a better design. I did like that this episode had cost though, the pirates felt like a threat because they succeeded in killing both villagers and bounty hunters.
Final Score: 7.5 / 10