The True Architect of Evil Emerges in an All-New Episode of Star Wars Clone Wars

Jay Cochran - October 07, 2009


As STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS launched its second season, ruthless bounty hunter Cad Bane was wreaking his maliciously distinctive brand of destruction upon the heroes of the Republic - but he was merely a pawn in the greater game for galactic supremacy. In the thrilling conclusion to the events set in motion by Bane’s treachery, the ultimate architect of evil emerges to threaten the “Children of the Force,” in an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, October 9 on Cartoon Network.

After outwitting his Jedi foes and escaping with the Holocron, bounty hunter Cad Bane sets into motion the next stage of his nefarious assignment: to find Force-sensitive younglings and take them to Mustafar for Sith training.

But Bane is merely the instrument of evil, a deadly distraction to occupy the Jedi while the true source continues to plot from the shadows. While he has been glimpsed in previous episodes – and in his seemingly benevolent double-role as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic – Darth Sidious emerges in “Children of the Force” as a direct threat to the galaxy’s future.

“He’s all the hidden secrets most of us have,” says Ian Abercrombie, who provides the smooth and silvery voice of the Janus-faced Sith Lord. “Palpatine is the face, and Sidious is the dark soul. When people are that bad, they cannot change. Somewhere in the back of my head, I know that Sidious is always there and that he will take over. Evil often does.”

For Abercrombie – perhaps best known for comedy roles such as Seinfeld’s doddering Mr. Pitt – providing the voice of THE CLONE WARS’ central villain has been a delicious departure – and a unique career challenge.

“Somebody told me once that when you play a villain, you must try to find a redeemable quality,” says Abercrombie. “I haven’t found it. He’s cold and completely shut down. So, in my head, it’s stillness; he’s very precise. He’s authoritative, he knows everything that’s going on, and so often he’s pulling the strings. It’s difficult to play, but it’s also interesting, because you can’t predict what he’ll do. I love it.

While embodying the evil of such an iconic character may be new to the venerable British actor, the Star Wars universe itself was not – though he could not have predicted that he’d be portraying the subversive driving force of that “galaxy far, far away.”

“It’s quite something, as they say. I was at the very first screening in May 1977 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The first Star Wars movie ever! I can’t even believe it, because I never stand in line like that,” he recalls. “But someone sold me on it, and that’s why I did. I never imagined I’d be a part of it. It’s an actor’s dream, playing something bigger and larger than yourself. You can have a field day.”

And with the outcome of the Clone Wars a foregone conclusion and his character’s triumph inevitable, Abercrombie can let his dark side run rampant and have a field day, indeed.
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pesatyel - 2008-06-22 @ 7:36 am
It was originally announced as the movie set, and not a Best-of.

I too would have preeferred a movie set.

-Kevin

I wonder if WE will get to vote on the episodes for "best of". I'd imagine they would be limited choices since only certain characters could/would be available to fill the set, but it would still be a cool idea.

Admiral Hunter - 2008-06-22 @ 6:41 am

It was originally announced as the movie set, and not a Best-of.

I too would have preeferred a movie set.

-Kevin

JohnnyRebelV2 - 2008-06-21 @ 9:45 pm
Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Well Flint in Cobra disguise is coming. That is from Revenge of Cobra.

Well Flint in blue cobra uni looks cool. Snake Eyes in uni and wearing a hat looks goofy as hell. The set for the movie has the most promise. Hopefully we get classic Serpentor and since we're getting Lt Falcon and Nemisis Enforcer in a comic pack maybe we'll get Golobulus, Sgt Slaughter or one of his renegades. I would love to get Jinx or Tunnel Rat or maybe even Big Lob! Ok thats going a little to far... haha.

did they say the Movie was one?? i missed that... I dont think it is one.

this list says:

Set 1: 65296 "The M.A.S.S. Device" Console & Element Containers

Set 2: 65297 "The Revenge Of Cobra" Generator

Set 3: 65907 "Arise Serpentor Arise!" Control Turret

Set 4: 65908 "Pyramid Of Darkness" Transport Chassis

Set 5: 65909 "G.I.Joe - Best Of Episodes" Beam Emitter

No movie in there.. I wish it was too.. Certainly deserves a set.

I am betting that they aren't including one because next year it will be released along with all the new Movie hooplah

Yeah I misread the list when I saw 5 different set I assumed it would be the 5 mini series. Not a "best of" dvd.

Blackmada - 2008-06-21 @ 2:34 pm
Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Give me a set with some Fatal Fluffies and I'll buy it

I'd love to have Fluffies. There has to be a big one and small one.

Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Well Flint in Cobra disguise is coming. That is from Revenge of Cobra.

I hope we get a Mutt too. You can't have that Flint without Mutt. I wish Hasbro would make that sand boat Shipwreck had. I have always wanted one of those.

We are getting classic Mutt and Junkyard in one of the last waves of the year. Since its taking this long to get our first 25th Mutt the chances of getting him in cobra uni are VERY slim.

If Mutt as a Cobra does not get made it would not be too hard to make our own at least.

joenubb - 2008-06-21 @ 2:10 pm

I'm wicked excited for the Arise Serpentor Arise because this means we'll finally get 'classic' Serpentor. Yay!

I'm curious as to who will come with the other sets.

I want Fatal Fluffies too!

CLAM34 - 2008-06-21 @ 12:48 pm
Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Well Flint in Cobra disguise is coming. That is from Revenge of Cobra.

Well Flint in blue cobra uni looks cool. Snake Eyes in uni and wearing a hat looks goofy as hell. The set for the movie has the most promise. Hopefully we get classic Serpentor and since we're getting Lt Falcon and Nemisis Enforcer in a comic pack maybe we'll get Golobulus, Sgt Slaughter or one of his renegades. I would love to get Jinx or Tunnel Rat or maybe even Big Lob! Ok thats going a little to far... haha.

did they say the Movie was one?? i missed that... I dont think it is one.

this list says:

Set 1: 65296 "The M.A.S.S. Device" Console & Element Containers

Set 2: 65297 "The Revenge Of Cobra" Generator

Set 3: 65907 "Arise Serpentor Arise!" Control Turret

Set 4: 65908 "Pyramid Of Darkness" Transport Chassis

Set 5: 65909 "G.I.Joe - Best Of Episodes" Beam Emitter

No movie in there.. I wish it was too.. Certainly deserves a set.

I am betting that they aren't including one because next year it will be released along with all the new Movie hooplah

JohnnyRebelV2 - 2008-06-21 @ 5:41 am

Oh lets not forget the Pyramid set could have Cobra Commander dressed as an old lady or Destro as a construction worker. The only good idea I can think of that a Pyramid set could offer is Quick Kick or a Yodeling Alpine. And maybe from a the Arise set we'll get Zarana, Monkeywrench or Low Light. I'm sure there will only be one new figure per set and the rest will be repaints.

JohnnyRebelV2 - 2008-06-21 @ 2:47 am
Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Give me a set with some Fatal Fluffies and I'll buy it

I'd love to have Fluffies. There has to be a big one and small one.

Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Well Flint in Cobra disguise is coming. That is from Revenge of Cobra.

I hope we get a Mutt too. You can't have that Flint without Mutt. I wish Hasbro would make that sand boat Shipwreck had. I have always wanted one of those.

We are getting classic Mutt and Junkyard in one of the last waves of the year. Since its taking this long to get our first 25th Mutt the chances of getting him in cobra uni are VERY slim.

JohnnyRebelV2 - 2008-06-21 @ 2:41 am
Why are they releasing Pyramid of Darkness? It is plain horrible. Since they are they better give us Snake Eyes dressed as Boy Gorge!

Can he come with dancing Timber?

It would be cool if the Pyramid Of Darkness had a few stone statues that came to life. I really do not want an undersized cube. Snake Eyes and Shipwreck in Cobra worker disguises would be cool though.

Well Flint in Cobra disguise is coming. That is from Revenge of Cobra.

Well Flint in blue cobra uni looks cool. Snake Eyes in uni and wearing a hat looks goofy as hell. The set for the movie has the most promise. Hopefully we get classic Serpentor and since we're getting Lt Falcon and Nemisis Enforcer in a comic pack maybe we'll get Golobulus, Sgt Slaughter or one of his renegades. I would love to get Jinx or Tunnel Rat or maybe even Big Lob! Ok thats going a little to far... haha.

jedimaster-c - 2008-06-21 @ 2:27 am

Oh the first to haven't even come out yet.It is little too ealry to pass jugement on these new sets.I am not sure what they can do for Pyrimid but you never know.It could suck for it could blow our minds. @hmmm@

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