What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: There were quite a few plot twists, which I liked. It turns out that Maul never wanted to kill Obi-Wan (which was surprising since it certainly looked like he was trying to kill him in previous episodes), but instead wants him to feel the same psychological pain he had to endure, the guilt of having made a mistake, which he ultimately succeeds in by taking something that was dear to Obi-Wan. Since all this happened because Kenobi failed to kill Maul, Satine’s death is somewhat his fault. It also turns out that Bo-Katan is Satine’s sister, which made her character even more interesting. Also, Palpatine randomly decides to put an end to Maul’s plans and goes to Mandalore to fight him. I don’t know why he decided to do this only now, or how he even knew where to find him, but this was inevitable and I guess since this is the last episode of this arc, they had to put it into this story. What surprised me, though, is that he didn’t kill Maul as he supposedly still has use for him. What use could he possibly have for a rival who tried to interfere with his plans? I guess we will find out next season…
CloneyO: This arc started strong, continued strong, and now ended strong! The couple bits of humor with Obi-Wan at the beginning were well placed, helping to show that Obi-Wan couldn’t possibly expect his mission to go as badly as it does. Satine’s death was quite well-done: sad and moving. Just like Viszla, Satine had grown a lot as a character and it’s sad to see her go, but at least her death served the plot well. The final Sith duel was executed superbly, though I was at first taken aback by Sidious having two lightsabers. I’m tired of all the duel-wielding in this show, but I suppose that against Savage with his double-sided blade and the quite powerful Maul, two sabers for Sidious makes sense. I for one did not in the slightest mind Maul pleading for his life; he’s at the end of his life and likes being alive, what else could he do? I think it’s telling that the Sith plead when they’e about to die: Dooku pleads with his eyes in EpIII, Sidious pleads to Mace Windu (albeit just to get a rise out of Anakin), and now Maul pleads. Unlike the Jedi, the Sith are very egocentric and like living, so it makes sense that they wouldn’t just resign to being killed without any possible last ditch effort. Jedi, on the other hand, are willing to become one with the Force when they feel that it’s over.
What are your thoughts on the Characters?
Oky: While Maul’s new motive seemed to come out of nowhere, it does make sense for him to make Kenobi suffer instead of just killing him. What I didn’t like is that he begged for mercy after Palpatine defeated him. That didn’t seem to fit his character at all and almost killed the episode for me. Obi-Wan on the other hand grew as a character. The fact that he resisted the dark side after what Maul did to him really showed how strong and what a true Jedi he is. It’s a shame Satine had to go, even if she didn’t do much in this arc. I never cared much for Savage, and I’m still not sure if his introduction was completely necessary, so I’m actually kind of glad he is gone now. I also liked those Mandalorian Super Commandos (or “Mauldalorians” as I call them). Very cool looking.
CloneyO: Loved everybody. Satine was the best she’s ever been, Obi-Wan exhibited some real depth and showed his resolve to be a truly noble Jedi. Sidious was almost a tad too crazed, but I guess we see him like that in EpIII, so it’s all good. Savage’s dying words didn’t make much sense, but then, Savage never had the strongest characterization. I hope we see more Bo Katan in the future, as she was just getting interesting.
What is your opinion of the vehicles and locations?
Oky: Mandalore looked pretty cool the way it got damaged during the battle. The prison continues to have terrible security, but at least it made sense this time around since Maul wanted Satine to escape. There were lots of nice references to the movies and previous episodes, such as the appearance of grown up versions of the cadets from the episode “The Academy” (which made no sense since this takes place only two years after that episode, but whatever), Obi-Wan’s Rako Hardeen disguise, or Savage turning back into his pre-transformation form right before his death. Oh, and the Twilight made its return too, thankfully for the last time. There was also a semi-new vehicle, Palpatine’s personal Eta-class shuttle, which was fitting considering that this ship’s design was based on concept art for the Imperial shuttle.
CloneyO: Nothing new besides Sidious’ grey-variant shuttle. I don’t know why they can’t just use the shuttle from EpIII yet, but alright, whatever. This shuttle design has never been my favorite.
Oky’s Rating: 4.5/5 – This episode was pretty good. It had lots of good action, plot twists, and character development. It did feel a bit rushed, though, and didn’t really give a satisfying end to this arc since Maul is still alive and the Republic has yet to invade Mandalore. Plus I really didn’t like seeing Maul beg for mercy. But other than that, it was very entertaining.
CloneyO’s Rating: 5/5 – Another solid 5. Well done Clone Wars. If arcs were always this good, Clone Wars would be amazing. Maybe this is a new trend? We’ll see.