none of the campy cheesiness of Cad or Hondo
I don't know that I'd go that far... Well, with Hondo I would.
Bane's pretty badass though, and as much as Embo's a nod to a guy from a Kurisawa movie, Bane's a nod to Clint Eastwood's silent stranger from Spaghetti Western's... I consider them similarly rooted, just different styles. I thought that actually made him even cooler then last week.
Bane's still one of my favorite things to come from CW3D though... Someone actually winning over the Jedi's? That's pretty nice to see.
I 100% agree that, besides Landing at Point Rain/Geonosis Story Arc, this is one of the better episodes. It was interesting seeing the Jedi work WITH Bounty Hunters... a hesitance that I think Vader carries forward with him, but ultimately learns to trust more than others do.