Okay, it’s official. Asajj Ventress is one of the most interesting characters that Galaxy Far, Far Away has ever given us. From her brutal, blood-soaked, yet ultimately redemptive appearances in the 2003-2007 line of Clone Wars comics to Nika Futterman’s portrayal on Dave Filoni’s better-all-the-time TV show, she’s been possibly the most scarred soul we’ve seen in Star Wars. She’s a hairless harpy with a heart. And “Bounty” showed her tremendous growth, as epitomized by that opening moral: “Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.”
Last season, Ventress was a powerful study in how violence can be perpetuated in an endless cycle. She was betrayed and left for dead by Count Dooku, who thought of her as nothing more than a servant to do his bidding. Then she sought revenge against Dooku by training Savage Opress, who she herself saw as nothing more than a servant to do her bidding. A servant who she was willing to sacrifice to achieve her revenge. The moral blindness of those who do wrong to others because they themselves have been wronged found its perfect expression in Ventress. But now…with even more suffering under her belt, Ventress may finally become a more humane soul.
After General Grievous wiped out the Nightsisters on Dathomir, Asajj wandered across the galaxy trying to figure out what her new life should be. Of all the blue milk joints in all the Galaxy she had to walk into Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley. Personally, there weren’t enough dewbacks and rontos roaming Mos Eisley’s streets for my taste. But I loved the new Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes song! Asajj ordered a rahl straight-up. Not one of my favorite drinks in the Star Wars universe. I’m definitely a ruby bliels man.
So sensing Ventress’ at-first-not-apparent-but-totally-there hotness, an alien bar patron walked up to her with the immortal pick-up line, “What’s a pretty bald babe like you doing in a desert like this?” So, like any woman who’s protecting her personal space should, she impaled him with her lightsaber. “I’m not much of a talker,” she said to the briefly stunned crowd, who almost immediately went back to their smooth Bith jazz. What does this say about Obi-Wan, really? He was also willing to slash first and ask questions later when confronted with that Aqualish here some 20 years later! Anyway, Asajj received a drink “compliments of the lizard in the back.” Turns out that lizard was a Trandoshan, and not just any Trandoshan, but the notorious bounty-hunter Bossk, fresh out of his stint in Coruscant’s maximum security lockup. Bossk had a problem. He was assembling a team for a job, and this bald-headed babe just killed a member of that team. But, hey, Asajj certainly has the disposition necessary to be a bounty hunter. So she had a choice. She could take that dead dude’s place, or they could turn her over to the authorities. Asajj was in.
NEXT: We meet the leader of Bossk’s band of bounty hunters. And Simon Pegg lets Phantom Menace bygones be bygones to voice Dengar!