Last night Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave us probably the funniest “moral” ever to open an episode of the series: “Love comes in all shapes and sizes.” A fine message, true, but hilarious when you consider that it’s referring to the Hutts, those slug-like kingpins of the interstellar demimonde. In this case, it’s referring specifically to Ziro the Hutt and his problematic relationships with his mother and his girlfriend, lounge singer Sy Snootles. Ziro, who supervising director Dave Filoni has said is based on Truman Capote, but who really seems like a Tennessee Williams matriarch played by Divine, has quickly distinguished himself as one of the breakout new characters on Clone Wars—probably the most enjoyable other than bounty hunter Cad Bane. Amazingly, both Ziro and Bane, two characters that couldn’t seem more different, are played by the peerless voice actor Corey Burton, who has acted opposite himself on more than one occasion throughout the course of the series.
“Hunt for Ziro,” an immediate sequel to the season 1 finale “Hostage Crisis,” first took us to Nal Hutta, the polluted homeworld of the Hutts. It looked exactly as I would imagine—covered in waste of varying shades of brown, sulphuric vapors wafting queasily through the air, toxic mud covering everything. The refuse of a decadent civilization that consumes all and produces nothing. How great that the Hutts are really getting the spotlight here in season 3—to deny them this bigger role on the show would have been an oversight, considering their prominent role in galactic commerce and politics.
On Nal Hutta, Ziro stood before the council of the Five Families, and blackmailed his fellow crime lords by telling them he kept a holodiary with dirty secrets that could ruin them all. In fact, it was because of that inventory of scandal that they hired Cad Bane to spring him out of prison in the first place, or as Ziro put it, “I have no illusions about the fact that my escape was a result of the highly-sensitive knowledge I possess.”
Back on Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi was investigating Ziro’s escape from Republic prison. The Jedi Council paired him up with renegade knight, Quinlan Vos, for his Hutt hunt. Fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, particularly of the Clone Wars comics that were published between 2002 and 2006, know Vos very well. If Christian Bale’s Batman were a Jedi Master, he would be like Quinlan Vos.
During the Clone Wars, Vos operated a vast spy network. Eventually he went deep undercover with the Separatists, acting like he’d turned to the Dark Side to gain access to Count Dooku and his inner circle. Above all, he hoped Dooku would lead him to the “Second Sith,” Darth Sidious, the mastermind of the war. He never got that far, but, still, he almost sold his soul. How long can you pose as a dark-sider without actually becoming one? Eventually, with the help of his former Padawan, Aayla Secura, Vos left the spy game—and the dark side—behind. He’d go on to survive Order 66 and father a son with his non-Jedi girlfriend, Khaleen, forming the kind of nuclear family Anakin, Padmé, Luke and Leia were never destined to be.
In “Hunt for Ziro,” Vos certainly did not come across like the brooding, haunted avenger he appears to be in the comics. In fact, he seemed rather devil-may-care. When he made a dramatic entrance jumping out of a Republic gunship, Obi-Wan scolded him with “If you could tell time half as well as you can stick a landing, we wouldn’t be behind schedule now, would we?” To which Vos responded with “Well, that’s your opinion, man.” Wow. Quinlan Vos is The Dude of the Galaxy Far, Far Away! Needless to say, it didn’t take long for Obi-Wan and Vos to high-tail it to Nal Hutta where their quarry found himself locked up by the Hutt Council.
NEXT: Ziro finds out destiny is a fickle bitch. Also, a Star Wars musical number!