Monday, March 20, 2017

Star Wars Rebels - Twin Suns

The long-teased showdown between Maul (Sam Witwer) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Stephen Stanton) finally arrives. Alerted to Maul's plan by the Holocrons, Ezra (Taylor Gray) ignores orders to stay and help the Rebellion ready themselves for the fight to retake Lothal. Instead, Ezra and Chopper head to Tatooine in search of Maul, not realizing that the former Sith Lord is using Ezra to lead him to the Jedi Mater in exile. By the end of the episode Ezra will learn a valuable lesson about understanding and trusting his place in events, and Kenobi and Maul will square off for the last time.

Although short, the lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan and Maul was worth waiting for. Like much of the episode, the fight doesn't give us what we expect. Hardly epic, the short battle nonetheless turns out to be a perfect ending to the pair's feud. Bested numerous times by Kenobi, did we really expect the former Sith Lord, dehydrated from his journey through the desert, to stand a chance? And his final words prove to be a fitting end to a character obsessed with even the smallest measure of revenge possible. The episode offers a bit of a twist with Ezra being superfluous to the events (not even staying around to see how he battle ends). Of course without his intervention we wouldn't even know of this battle. Fans of the original Star Wars should also appreciate the episode's closing scene of the Lars' moisture farm featuring the icon twin sunset and John Williams' famous "Binary Sunset" from the first film's score.

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