The story of Darth Maul’s return continues as he seeks revenge on Obi-Wan Kenobi
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 Revenge, which originally aired back in 2012…
The season four finale Revenge concludes to the story of Maul’s return begun in Brothers. As a continuation of this story, this episode contains a lot of the same elements that make the previous episode so memorable, including another gripping performance from Sam Witwer as Darth Maul. The key difference now is that Maul’s desire for vengeance is contrasted with Obi-Wan’s reaction to the news that the man who murdered his master is still alive.
There are several key scenes in this episode, one of which is an early scene when Mother Talzin restores Maul’s mind and body by giving him a pair of robotic legs. We’ve seen Nightsister magic at work before, but seeing how Talzin forges a pair of legs using magic alone testifies to how powerful the Dark Side witch is. Another important moment comes in the manner that Maul chooses to get the Jedi’s attention. Rather than contacting the Jedi directly, which Maul could have surely done, the Sith chooses to massacre an entire village and send the footage to the horrified Jedi council. This demonstrates that, along with his desire for revenge, Maul’s cruel streak also remains alive and well. He doesn’t just want to kill Obi-Wan, he wants to torture him along the way.
Obi-Wan’s reaction to Maul’s survival is interesting. Initially he denies the truth, which is understandable considering he did cut the Sith in half. However, upon seeing undeniable proof, it’s obvious Obi-Wan is shaken by the thought that Maul is still alive. It’s clear that he is still haunted by Qui-Gon’s death, since he insists on facing Maul alone to finish it once and for all. The ensuing duel between Maul and Obi-Wan does not disappoint and is completely charged with emotion. You wouldn’t think of Obi-Wan as one to give in to anger, but when Maul taunts the Jedi by reminding him what he did to Qui-on, it pushes Obi-Wan over the edge.
Another key moment in this episode is when Asajj Ventress, formerly Dooku’s apprentice, temporarily allies herself with Obi-Wan while pursuing the bounty on Savage Oppress. Seeing the pair work together is quite the sight, because it’s clear they have real chemistry during a fight, enough to make me wish this pairing could have teamed up more often had the series ran longer.
Revenge brings season four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to a satisfying conclusion. While Maul’s revenge remains incomplete, he’s definitely struck a powerful blow that has left Obi-Wan shaken to his core. As a continuation of the story begun in Brothers, I feel that this episode is slightly weaker though not by much. As before, Maul is the main highlight of the episode, as he will be in most of his appearances from now until the end of his story arc in season five.
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