Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “Twin Suns.”
Aaron: In a story that seemed more likely to come out of an old Legends comic than a canon animated series, we finally got the Obi-Wan/Maul confrontation we had all been waiting for. But before we got to that confrontation we first had to travel with Ezra to set everything up. I was okay with that. Being that this is Star Wars Rebels and Ezra is basically the main character, I actually thought it made a lot of sense that much of the episode focused on his journey to find Obi-Wan. It also gave us some great Ezra/Chopper moments and maybe some of the best Chopper material of the season.
When it did come down to the confrontation, I was surprised by how it played out. The fanboy side of me was hoping for an epic battle between these two characters. A glorious fight which would go down as one of the best we had ever seen onscreen. Instead we got a 4 second conflict that was over in 3 strikes. It took a second for my mind to register what happened, but I quickly found I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually impressed and happy that the show had not just given us fan service. The resulting conversation between Maul and Obi-Wan ended up being more powerful than any lightsaber fight I had imagined.
Teresa: When you have characters like Maul and Obi-Wan the question becomes, how do you do them justice? This story was one back in 1999 that never seemed like a possibility. If I am being honest, when Maul was brought back in The Clone Wars I thought to myself…why? Yes he is my favorite Star Wars character of all time, but it seemed like a soap opera move. As time has gone on I have seen that there was in fact a greater purpose as there always is in Star Wars.
We knew this particular story had to end. The question was, what will the end be? How will it play out? In my head I knew that Maul had to die. It seemed like the only logical course of action. I have to hand it to Dave Filoni and his team. The execution of this episode was one of the best we have ever seen.
We did spend quite a bit of time on Ezra. While for my personal taste I could have done without it, I do see why it was necessary. One of my favorite moments happens when he meets Obi-Wan. The final confrontation between Maul and Obi-Wan is one of the best and most finely executed pieces of Star Wars to ever occur. Upon first viewing it caught me by surprise. It was hard for me to understand, but as I watched it over and over and began to break it down, I understood it. I am so glad they did not take the road most traveled. Instead they took the opportunity to tell a story. I applaud that decision.
Aaron: Chopper was so good in this episode. I swear I am starting to understand him. I could clearly hear him say things like “What?” or “Well duh” and “No, I don’t.” I’m still not sure how he knew which A-wing to stow away in, but I’m glad he ended up going along for the journey.
I never thought I would say this, but I felt bad for Maul. I am not one to typically relate to a bad guy or even think they are cool. Maul had been so manipulative and evil in his time on screen (I am specifically remembering him killing Satine right in front of Obi-Wan) that I had no desire to see any good in him. And really, I still don’t see good in him. But after his moment with Obi-Wan, dying in his arms, I found myself trying to understand the character. He had been taken from his family as an infant and twisted by maybe the most evil man in the galaxy. All he ever knew was hate and fear and revenge. But in his dying moments he showed a little humanity. He didn’t curse Obi-Wan for killing him. Instead he showed concern for the success of their common purpose.
Teresa: Wow! What can I say about the characters in this one? They were all just so perfect, even Ezra. I do think it was necessary for him to defy Hera and try to go find Obi-Wan, because for a moment he got to see what a legendary Jedi Master is like. He also discovered that he is not indestructible, and not every idea he has is a brilliant one.
Chopper, to you I say bravo! What an amazing little droid. There were so many moments where he stole the episode. I could hear him saying phrases but most important he cussed Ezra out and it was glorious!
DEWBACKS! Just had to toss that in there!
Obi Wan was perfectly executed. I thought I was interacting with a younger Alec Guinness as I watched it. He was the pinnacle of calm, put together, and it took me straight to A New Hope.
My beloved Maul, may you rest in peace. He was perfect but he’s always perfect! I am so glad we saw him as lost, desperate, and confused because this is who he is now. He had no purpose and nothing to conquer. The only purpose he knew was to seek Kenobi. I think a part of him wanted Kenobi to end things for him so he could be free. I have always loved him. His darkness has been, in a strange way, an inspiration for me. Maul rescued me from darkness, because he showed me strength, power, and confidence in myself. He came along at a time that I really needed him. His ultimate end, where he sees himself as another victim of Palpatine’s evil, was groundbreaking. I love that Kenobi and Maul were both victims of the same thing. In the end, they could acknowledge it, and meet at a neutral place. Maul will never be good or redeemed but, at the very least, he showed humanity in his final moments and for that I’m grateful.
Aaron: For my outstanding moments I just want to recap the moments of the episode that hit me emotionally or got some sort of visceral reaction out of me. This episode had more than most.
- Seeing Obi-Wan’s boot come into frame as he walked by powered-down Chopper. I literally got chills.
- When Obi-Wan said “I will mend this old wound.” As a fan of much of the Legends material that came before, I always love when there are nods to those stories. “Old Wounds” was a short comic story that was written and drawn by Aaron McBride. It too was a story about Maul tracking down Kenobi and battling with him on Tatooine. This story is also what inspired the bionic legs version of Maul that we saw in The Clone Wars.
- Maul and Obi-Wan discussing the Chosen One. Sure it may just be Obi-Wan’s personal belief, but I am completely on board with the idea of Luke being the Chosen One as opposed to Anakin.
- Seeing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Rebels. When Beru shouted “Luke!” and teenage Luke sprinted across the desert, I nearly lost it. What a great way to end the episode.
Teresa: For me the outstanding moments, much like Aaron, are the ones that got me emotional.
- When Maul fell it caught me off guard, because I was not sure what happened. I slowly began to realize what was happening. As Kenobi holds Maul and talks to him, it hit my heart with so much force. When Kenobi closed his eyes so much respect for Kenobi came flowing out of my heart. It was a stunning moment, and even as I write this, tears come to my eyes.
- When Kenobi was speaking to Ezra and Ezra did his little thing of “I can help. I am awesome.” Kenobi just shut him down. He told him “no”, loaded him on a Dewback, and told him to go. It is so impressive to me just how amazing a master Kenobi is. Ezra finally listened to someone!
- The end scene gave me chills and made me cry. Although I am pretty sure it was the music and Kevin Kiner that made me cry. I loved the connection to A New Hope. It was perfect.
- When Maul killed the Tusken Raiders I literally couldn’t breathe. It was so so reminiscent of when Anakin killed all the Tusken Raiders. I couldn’t believe they went there AGAIN! Poor Tusken Raiders….
- “A new hope will emerge.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
- “I will mend this old wound.” – Ben Kenobi
- “He will avenge us.” – Maul
- “Is it the chosen one?” – Maul
- “No…protecting someone!” – Maul