November 19, 2003

Storyboarded and Written by
Paul Rudish

Directed by
Chris Savino and Genndy Tartakovsky
Samurai Jack / Captain / Guard
King / Chitron 6 / Chamberlain
Queen / Verbina
 Phil LaMarr
 Tom Kenny
 Matt Levin
 Tara Strong

Astor and Verbina, prince and princess from planet Chrysalis land on Earth to repair their ship during a mission to the Pydian System. Burdened by Earth's gravity, Astor and Verbina are captured by Aku. Jack rescues them and helps them escape the planet.







This episode is heavily inspired by Star Wars

Chitron 6 resembles C-3PO in voice and appearance

Astor's strategy to lose the Squoomians by flying into an asteroid ring is a direct nod to the asteroid field sequence from The Empire Strikes Back

The Squoomian targeting computer resembles the TIE Fighter targeting system

The failed hyperdrive system is a standard plot device in the Star Wars films

Jack disguises himself as one of Aku's henchmen just as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo disguise themselves as Imperial Stormtroopers aboard the Death Star

Aku senses Jack's presence in his lair, just as Darth Vader sensed Obi-Wan Kenobi's presence on the Death Star

Notable dialogue directly referencing Star Wars:
- "You are our only hope"
- "Ha-ha, We lost of of 'em" "Great... but don't get cocky"
- "I have a bad feeling about this"
- "Aren't you a little short for a... ?" "Oh, the uniform... I'm here to rescue you"
Footage from Episode I is used as Jack flashes back to his past as Verbina explains the situation on Chrysalis

Jeremy's Review

A fun episode filled with Star Wars references but one of the weaker ones overall. Though Jack saves the day once again, Astor and Verbina are the true lead characters of this chapter. The action is pretty standard, hurting this episode's overall score. B