We are now mid-season for Star Wars: Rebels and sadly, there hasn’t been a direct tie-in to Rogue One. The good news though is that this episode features Darth Maul, which is usually a good sign for all of us because Sam Witwer brings a level of intensity that goes unmatched when he performs his characters on Rebels or Clone Wars. Will this episode satisfy all of us until the show’s return in a few months? Let’s find out!
What worked for me:
- (Darth) Maul
As I said at the start, Sam Witwer is fantastic as Maul and his greatness continues in this episode. Maul is one tricky bastard; he manages to fool the rebels so many times, but it doesn’t come off as old to me. Instead, it only shows how brilliant of a strategist he is. He needs Ezra to obtain the other portion of info that the two received during the episode where they merged the Jedi and Sith Holocrons together. Maul makes no secret that he views Ezra as a missing aspect of his life by passing his knowledge onto someone. I wish Ezra would just go with him, honestly. That would make for a much better show, IMO. This episode REALLY tells us where it’s headed for it’s second half with the possibility of the crew getting to Obi-Wan Kenobi before Maul does. Will this mean Kenobi will actually show up in Rebels, or does it mean that the rebels will get to Maul before he reaches Kenobi? Something to think about….
The Clone Wars episodes that featured Dathomir and the Nightsisters were among my favorites of the series for it’s creepy and very alien looking planet. Dathomir and the Nightsisters were originally created in the old Legends novel, The Courtship of Princess Leia, but I never read it. Honestly, I haven’t heard the best things about it either.
Maul brings Ezra to Dathomir where Maul has obviously been staying. Together they use Nightsister magic to obtain the last of the missing information that both parties desired. Maul tells Ezra that all the Nightsisters are gone, that he is the last of his kind, and insinuates they posed a threat to the Empire so the Empire wiped them all out. I’m not sure if this is alluding to the Clone Wars episode “Massacre,” in which the separatists rain down holy hell on the Nightsisters, or if the Empire came there and literally took out the remaining Nightsister and Nightbrother clans that were left. I’m assuming both.
Dathomir looks amazing on this show. It looks like it’s on the same level as the Clone Wars animation. When Ezra and Maul are walking in the Nightsisters’ lair, it literally looks the exact same as the old series. We got confirmation that the Nightsisters tap into an aspect of the Force, but their power comes from the Planet itself. VERY interesting.
- Bendu returns!
It’s always great to see Bendu come back, even if it’s only for a short time. I really wish that the show would focus even more on the aspects of the light and dark side of the Force. I find it interesting that Maul didn’t see Bendu when Maul snuck up on Ezra and Kanan when they were talking to Bendu. Perhaps only they can see this Force being? Sure seems that way.
What didn’t work for me:
- THERE WASN”T MORE TIME ON DATHOMIR!!!!!
- Can we have an episode where Maul brings people to sacrifice on Dathmir so we can bring back the Nightsister clan? Thanks.
- AP-5 > Chopper. ‘Nuff said.
- Sabine now has the Darksaber. Hmmmmmmm.
This episode is up there with previous Maul episode as one of my favorites of the entire series. Yes, I am being biased because I love Dathomir and the Nightsisters too, but I think the show is at it’s best when it deals with the greater aspect of the Force. I also think this episode did a great job of setting up the last of the season, and could be creating the way for a truly amazing finish. All in all, the first half of season 3 was stronger than the first half of season 2, and I expect the second half of this season to be great as it begins to tie all the loose ends with Maul and Thrawn.
As always I look forward to reading your thoughts, reactions AND corrections.
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