This Star Wars Rebels review comprises spoilers.
Star Wars Rebels: Season three Episode 20
One of season three foremost arcs involves an finish in a stark, mythology-heavy episode. It no secret that Maul is one in all my favourite characters, but seeing him killed – and killed quickly – was just one of the many things to unpack in win Suns
This episode, written by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy, balances three tales in one. Ezra sets off on a mission to search out Obi-Wan Kenobi in opposition to Hera wishes, while Maul haunts him and heads for a collision with Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan himself additionally has his personal small arc, as hidden as it is behind the mystery of the Jedi Master whereabouts.
Maul is unraveling in the desert, and if something, we didn get sufficient of his madness: I had half-anticipated him to hallucinate Obi-Wan out there within the sand. As an alternative, he uses Ezra connection to the holocrons to attract him in. The scenes on the Ghost are physically darkish, but properly paced. Ezra needs to go back to sleep when he first hears the voice, which is a realistic, quiet little moment that gives him the affect of a prophet listening to the distant voice of his god.
I rolled my eyes a bit when Ezra butted heads with older, extra experienced soldiers yet once more, but the writing for Obi-Wan is convincing sufficient that Ezra change of coronary heart at the tip of the episode feels earned. Encountering a Jedi Grasp of Obi-Wan caliber, even briefly, is a life-changing expertise. I felt for Chopper on this episode, too. He reveals some uncharacteristic altruism, but it Ezra grief that really sells Chopper as someone worth rooting for.
Close to the beginning of the episode, the only signal of Obi-Wan is his disembodied voice saying regret, I regret, as if all he has is his identify and his loss. As quickly as we meet him, though, it simple to inform that that is a person with weighty history and a balanced, serene outlook. Actor Stephen Stanton does an Alec Guinness impression that isn watertight, but sounds comparable sufficient that I felt like I was watching A brand new Hope once more. (I nonetheless don love Sam Witwer take on an aged Darth Maul, however that an outdated wound.)
Usually, watching this episode gave me the feeling of watching actually good fan fiction occur on screen. It most likely time for Maul to be shuffled off stage finally, but doing it this way made his death really feel like a significant part of both the Star Wars saga and Ezra story. Star Wars Rebels all the time had some trouble balancing its authentic characters and saga characters, and together with Ezra proper up till the end is an effective compromise. Now, the present is free to concentrate on Lothal in the finale, and Maul story has come to a satisfying finish.
Especially near the start when Maul is using Ezra as bait, this episode reveals Maul because the tactician he was in the Clone Wars. The episode additionally puts the emphasis on Luke as an alternative of on Maul revenge, and that tremendous. We e already seen the grand rematch between Maul and Obi-Wan, because that was in the Clone Wars, too. As a substitute, we get a short duel and the revelation that each Obi-Wan and Maul consider Luke as the Chosen One.
It arduous not to consider the velocity of the duel as a requirement to comply with the show runtime. Nonetheless, there a lot to unpack that I hardly mourn the loss of a struggle scene. The 2 clearly do some psychological chess earlier than the battle, shifting through completely different stances as if already having the duel of their heads. And of course Obi-Wan would win the battle of wills; he been spending his time in the desert perfecting a patient, defensive zen, whereas Maul remains to be topic to the whim of his own feelings.
I like that Obi-Wan shifts by way of all the main lightsaber varieties he known for, shifting as if by way of the totally different stages of his life earlier than ending on an archetypical Jedi stance.
The by means of-line within the episode is an oft-repeated message, however it delivered by way of characterization somewhat than simply words. Maul sees Obi-Wan life in the desert as a punishment of its own, but Obi-Wan had the same message for him as he did for Ezra. f you define yourself by your desire to possess, you then have nothing. Maul is all the time impatient and dissatisfied, emotions he has also used to control Ezra. Obi-Wan, then again, preaches peace whereas doing his personal work of defending Luke. The lesson works in part because of how clearly it has manifested within the characters, all of whom we e identified for years.
And I like the sudden shift at the end. In dying, Maul is not on the lookout for Obi-Wan. Instead, he looking for what he at all times wished: revenge and the rise of the Sith. Maul dies pondering that he has received. He dies considering that there remains to be a hope for the Sith, and he dies with his greatest enemy because the just one to mourn him.
Then there the idea of Luke because the Chosen One as an alternative of Anakin. I don think it particularly stunning to hear that confirmed, since we know that Luke finally did carry some steadiness in Return of the Jedi. (It will certainly be fascinating to see how which may play out within the Sequel Trilogy.) I used to be additionally struck by how each Maul and Obi-Wan should really feel about figuring out that Anakin isn the hero of the prophecy. Obi-Wan can let go of a few of his regret, knowing that even when he failed Anakin as a Grasp, he did not fail the galaxy. Maul can nonetheless imagine that he has a chance. Those few do words do so much: they wrap up two tales many years within the making, in addition to tying them to the original Trilogy. The combat scene might not have lasted very lengthy, however it did a ton of labor.