– He looks a bit like a young Cikatro Vizago, a crime lord of the same species who appeared in Rebels and part of its connection material. They both have yellowish green skin and brown eyes with a red tint, but they are not related or canonically related in any way. However, there is another point in favor of the idea that they could be connected. Vizago’s gang is called the Broken Horn Syndicate, a nickname that could apply to Roland at the end of the episode.
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– This versatile organic material, with uses ranging from medicinal to recreational, is a catch-all term for certain drugs in Star wars. It’s a sought-after resource since Han Solo’s introduction, when his loss of a shipment of spices got him into trouble with Jabba the Hutt in New hope.
– Although it is difficult to find a straightforward answer as to whether George Lucas was inspired to New hope (1977) and the rest of the novel’s sprawling saga Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert, there are enough comparisons that fans tend to connect the dots. The spice in particular is also used as a term for a multipurpose drug in Dune called blending, which can unlock prophetic visions and allow long-distance space travel.
The site of Cid’s bar has a long history in the Star wars Expanded universe, especially when it comes to the adventures of semi-legal adventurers like Han Solo. It has always been known as a hub for bounty hunters and other criminals.
The Pyke Syndicate gang are recurring villains in The clone wars, often affiliated with the spice trade. A wealthy gang, they clashed with Ahsoka Tano and were temporarily allied with Maul. While not all Pykes are criminals, Canon focused on the Pyke Syndicate rather than the species as a whole.
Their homeworld, Oba Diah, first appeared in The clone wars.