Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen the most recent episode of Star Wars Rebels or don't want to know what happened, turn away now. Or, y'know, go watch and come back so we can talk about it.
Normally you start at the beginning, but forget that. Let's talk about the end of this episode.
Kenobi? Yeah, they said Kenobi. The planet with the twin suns? Tatooine (which we all hoped when we heard the twin suns mentioned earlier in the season). This means a) Maul is headed for Tatooine and b) Obi-Wan Kenobi is the key to destroying the Sith. Sure, we knew that, but you get my drift.The immediate question has to be, will we see Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars Rebels? Well, I have a theory –– and you know me. I write these things down so I'm accountable. I think we're going to see the crew of the Ghost, or, at the very least, Kanan and Ezra, connecting with Kenobi.
The set up is already there. Maul's headed to Tatooine, which means Ezra and Kanan are as well. There's also this very interesting easter egg in Rogue One Show Spoiler showing a VCX-100 light freighter that looks a heck of a lot like the Ghost. If that is them, then we can directly connect Rebels to Rogue One. As far as anyone knows, and I'm guessing this includes Bail and Leia Organa, Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead. Bail and Leia Organa also know our Rebels. So, what if the Ghost crew is the carrier of the information that Kenobi is alive, prompting Leia to send him the Death Star plans? See? I think this is gonna happen, people. Not in Rogue One. It'll happen in Rebels. I think this is where the season is leading. You heard it here first.
Okay, all of that said, let's discuss.
I used to think Darth Maul was straight evil, but I don't see him that way after this episode. Bad guy? Yeah. Callous. Definitely. Self-serving, dangerous, and ruthless? Yes to all. But there was something in his need to have Ezra come with him, to be his apprentice, that was more personally driven. Maul wants to travel to Tatooine "as friends, as brothers," sounding almost desperate when he asks and genuinely pained when Ezra declines. Maul's frustrated with Ezra's inability to see that Maul is helping him, and it's really interesting to watch him submit to Ezra's demands –– not something we're used to from Maul.
He doesn't want a servant. He wants a partner. Or maybe he needs one. We'll see.
And how about all the artifacts in the cave? First off, that picture of Satine was eeeeeeerie. Maul is clearly obsessed with Kenobi, and his hatred extends to anyone Kenobi cared for or loved. Not to mention, the Darksaber. THE DARKSABER. I mean, we saw it in the Season 3 trailer, but there it was front and center.
We returned to Dathomir!
Once the home of Maul, Savage, The Nightsisters, Asajj Ventress, and others, the events of Dark Disciple have left Dathomir decimated and with very little magic left. But darn if Maul hasn't found enough to make his magic work. Just hearing the Nightsister's voices, specifically Meredith Salenger and Anna Graves aka Barriss Offee and Satine Kryze, was amazing. Add in the green sinuous smoke, the inherent danger, and the possession of Kanan and Sabine? Sold.
Sabine's relationship with the Darksaber is not only brought up again in the episode, but her possession by the Nightsisters put her saber to saber with Ezra. Light to dark literally clashing. In the same vein, how cool looking was Kanan sitting on that altar surrounded by the green mist? Also, did you notice that his saber changed color once he was possessed? Usually, his saber is blue, but once he was possessed, it turned purple for a second. Blue and red mixed, so again, light and dark sides co-mingled? I have questions.
Also, it was the combination of light and dark again that broke the altar and ultimately saved Ezra, Kanan, and Sabine. So we have a definite trend. Make of it what you will. I've thought for some time that the strongest use of the force is one that harnesses the dark and light equally. Balance. Bendu's favorite word.
Ultimately, whatever Maul wanted from Ezra, I'm guessing he's lost any shot (not like I thought he had one before, but you know what I mean) by leaving Ezra on Dathomir and, by extension, leaving Sabine and Kanan to die at the hands of the Nightsisters. Ezra has finally figured Maul out. Like Kanan says earlier in the episode, he doesn't think Ezra trusts Maul anymore and that's true. I think he held his own with Maul, for the most part. The only time he lost control was when Maul did something so far removed from anything Ezra could imagine and, even then, he moved past it and saved his friends.
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I think that means we have a pretty strong team.
I'll admit to being a bit worried about Sabine picking up that Darksaber, but it may also be the key to the next steps on Mandalore, so I'm excited to see what happens.
Rebels is taking a break until January, I'll see you in January. Until then, may the Force be with you!
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 PM ET/PT on Disney XD