“Dangerous Debt” was largely a filler episode, but one that at least set up the arc’s closer with an unexpected cameo.
This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, episode 7, “Dangerous Debt”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
It’s straight out of the frying pan and into the fire for Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Trace (Brigitte Kali) and Rafa Martez (Elizabeth Rodriguez) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 7, all mostly in service of the arc’s climax next week. Our heroes literally end “Dangerous Debt” in the same place they started it, which is symptomatic of a classic filler episode, but at least we get some hefty foreshadowing thanks to a cameo appearance from some familiar Mandalorians.
You’ll recall that Ahsoka, Trace, and Rafa are guests of the Pyke Syndicate after trying to swindle them over the spice shipment that Trace dumped into space during her whole Han Solo bit. That’s bad news since the Pykes, under the instruction of their boss Marg Krim (Stephen Stanton), are quite eager to torture them over the shipment’s whereabouts. With no information to impart, escape is their only option, but that’s trickier than it might otherwise be since Ahsoka is still determined to hide her Jedi past.
“Dangerous Debt” actually gives us some more context for the Martez sisters’ mistrust of the Jedi. It turns out that their parents were killed during Ziro the Hutt’s prison escape, and the Jedi who caused their demise – nameless, but sounding very much like Luminara – offered an unimaginative “the Force will be with you” platitude by way of apology. This cynicism around the Order, and the sisters’ general preference of doing things for themselves, help to give an overall sense of anti-Jedi sentiment throughout the galaxy, which is useful since most Star Wars media is couched in their perspective. It’s also why Ahsoka keeps her Force usage to a minimum throughout the episode; she unlocks the cell when Rafa is unconscious, gives Trace a little boost over a widening gap, and flings herself across the same with a flourish. Her excuse that she’s more athletic than she looks isn’t a very good one.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 7 is the appearance of Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Ursa Wren (Sharmila Devar), mother of Sabine Wren of Rebels fame. “Dangerous Debt” largely exists to facilitate the Mandalorians spotting Ahsoka and namechecking Carlac, teeing up a potential rescue and reunion in the future – and possibly some shenanigans with their “common enemy”, Darth Maul.
Either way, Ahsoka, Trace, and Rafa will need a rescue next week when you imagine that the details of Ahsoka’s background will be revealed among the Mandalorian intervention. Something to look forward to after what was largely a utilitarian episode.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.