Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 5.01 Revival
Eleven years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced the world to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that filled in the gap between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story takes place during the Clone Wars, with the Jedi-led clone army facing off against the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. With the announcement of a surprise seventh season by Disney, The Digital Fix will be revisiting the animated series, looking back at the most important episodes and story arcs of the show’s five seasons, highlighting the elements that made this show so beloved by Star Wars fans.
We return with a look at Revival, which originally aired back in 2012...
Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a series that got progressively darker with each passing year and season five (which unexpectedly became the final season after Disney acquired Lucasfilm and cancelled the series) was no exception. Season five of Star Wars: The Clone Wars begins where the previous season ended: with Darth Maul on a quest to get vengeance on Obi-Wan Kenobi. As noted earlier, this drive for vengeance will define Maul for the rest of his life. We've already seen how Maul is willing to kill to get the Jedi's attention. Now, starting with Revival, we are shown a glimpse of how expert Maul's skills of manipulating people to get what he wants have become.
This episode lays bare the key difference between Maul and Savage, most noticeably when the brothers come across a small fortune in credits after attacking a station. While both see the credits as a means to an end, Savage wants to share the fortune (and any resulting power) equally with his brother. Despite everything that's happened to him with the Nightsisters and Count Dooku, Savage still retains a strong sense of family, and, it would seem, a small piece of humanity. Maul, on the other hand, having been raised as a Sith apprentice, either can't or won't accept a world where anyone is his equal. Maul's response is to assert himself as the master of the two.
This episode is also notable for being the first appearance of the pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka since season two. Hondo's gang comes to Maul's attention when the former Sith decides he needs an army of pirates to help him get vengeance on Kenobi. Here's what makes that decision funny: every time a Sith comes into contact with Hondo, it never ends well for the Sith. Remember when Dooku came into contact with these pirates, he ended up captured and humiliated. And if Dooku couldn't get the better of these pirates, was it really going to be any different for Maul and Savage?
There's something undeniably funny about watching Maul and Savage, two would-be Sith Lords, running for their lives from angry pirates. It's a rare example of Maul's cunning failing him. He can manipulate people rather easily, but he struggles when it comes to keeping them on his side. It's a sign that Maul isn't as clever as he thinks he is, but Maul's desire for vengeance won't let him see it.
While Obi-Wan takes up a fair amount of this episode, along with cameos from several Jedi, the highlight of the story continues to be Maul. The remainder of Maul's arc is one of the best parts of season five.