With senator Padmé Amidala all set to throw an important state banquet, diplomatic disaster looms when she realises that she's forgotten to stock up on delicious Jogan fruit. As Anakin sends droids C-3PO and R2-D2 on an errand to pick up the delicacies from downtown Coruscant, little does he know that lying in wait is ruthless bounty hunter Cad Bane. Capturing the dawdling duo, the malevolent mercenary does indeed have evil plans for our metallic heroes.
Brian Kalin O'Connell
Opening Moral: A failure in planning is a plan for failure.
"A cautionary tale indeed." C-3PO
Review: Season three of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been pretty intense and serious so far, with plenty of epic battles, heart-wrenching sacrifice and thematically complex storylines. As such, it's great to see that Evil Plans get back to the light-hearted roots of Star Wars as C-3PO and R2-D2 take center stage and display the winning chemistry and tetchy banter that first made them fan favourites after the original Star Wars movie.
In fact, the whole Clone Wars crew seem to have gone all out to capture the original spirit of the lovable duo, particularly the sound team who do a fantastic job of re-creating the whirrs, beeps and whistles that give R2 so much personality.
Also indispensable is the original C-3PO Anthony Daniels who effortlessly brings old Goldenrod to life with all the fussiness and faux pas that have made him such an iconic character.
It's not all knockabout japes, however, as Cad Bane gets his hands on the droids and puts them through the robotic wringer in an attempt to get his hands on the plans to the senate building.
Interestingly, this episode takes place before the first two episodes of season two and Bane's daring rescue of the vile Ziro the Hutt. It's an odd place to pick up the story strand, no doubt, but it's a great refresh for the following episode, The Hunt for Ziro, which brings certain elements of the plotline to an unforgettable conclusion.
Best moment: While there's some ace action as R2 attempts to escape the bounty hunters, Evil Plans finest moments come with the little comic touches that are so reminiscent of the original movies. Most notable is the scene where R2 zooms his way though an oil bath using his periscope to find the way, much like he did on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back.
Classic Star Wars references: Star Wars fans may well notice that the droid tasked with torturing C-3PO is the same model of robot that we see giving a Gonk droid hell in the Jabba the Hutt section of Return of the Jedi. Not all droids are built for etiquette and protocol!