Missing in Action

June 28, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

#99 Season 5 Episode 12

“A soldier’s most powerful weapon is courage.”


In a nearly vacant town, R2-D2 and his team find a clone commando suffering from amnesia.

D-Squad emerges from the endless wastes of The Void to arrive at the dilapidated mining town of Pons Ora. In this deteriorating town, they discover a chance to complete their mission.

Once a veteran clone commando thought lost at the Battle of Sarrish, Gregor suffered from amnesia and has been quietly working as a dishwasher on Abafar, unaware of the galactic conflict that needs his service.

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Original Airdate: 5 January 2013
Writer: Brent Friedman

Director: Steward Lee

Concept Art and Trivia

The surly Aqualish seen spitting into a bucket on the streets of Abafar is designed to resemble the simplified look of the original Kenner action figure of Walrus Man.


Borkus’s diner has a sign that reads OWER SLIDERS — it would have read POWER SLIDERS, but the disrepair rampant throughout Pons Ora means the “P” has fallen off. The logo is of a slider-like burger with a tail of flame extending from it.

The Republic attack shuttle has been modified for this episode, its body has been lengthened and its wings are moved back further along the body. The shuttle in this episode has an extra cargo pod (stenciled with the serial number PT019-U) slung beneath the ship’s main hull.

Clone Commando Gregor’s helmet markings are based on the hash-marks that Boston Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers stenciled on his mask to denote the stitches he would have gotten had he not been wearing protective gear.


Although it may look like Abafar dust, the off-white coloring on Gregor’s armor is actually a digital camouflage pattern. Illustration by David Le Merrer.


Borkus calls Gascon a “conduit worm.” This is a parasitic creature first named and pictured in the Attack of the Clones Visual Dictionary, published by DK Books in 2002.

In one of his colorful phrases, Gascon says “There’s no way in Malachor…” Malachor is a hellish wasteland world that first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Gregor mentions the Battle of Sarrish. This is an event dramatized in an Expanded Universe comic book, “Routine Valor,” which was the Star Wars title available for Free Comic Book Day in 2006.

The dilapidated buildings in Pons Ora sport some hand-posted bills, such as a sales sheet offering such remarkable wares as a lightsaber (500,000 credits), a Trandoshan bird (60 credits), and a turtle tank, “a great place to hide your bounty” (350,000 credits). Caveat emptor. Another posting showcases an ill-fated Snivvian frozen in carbonite, with the text “Interior Decorator Wanted; call Jabba for appointment.” Art by Will Nichols.

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Also somewhere in Abafar are posters based on classic LucasArts Adventure Games, but done with a Star Wars twists: “Kowakian Monkey Island,” “Full Throttle” (with a swoop), and “Day of the Sarlacc.” Art by Amy Beth Christenson.


Other bizarre signage in Pons Ora is the Admiral Snackbar (with the warning “It’s a Frap”), Land O’ Capes, Dr. Evazan Cosmetic Surgery, Abafar Junior Dejarik Club (No Wookiees), Game Go and Adopt-a-Wampa. The most common signs in the mining town, however, are “CLOSED,” “OUT OF BUSINESS,” “FINAL SALE,” and “FOR LEASE.”

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