Whatever your opinions of the Prequels, you cannot deny that Maul, formerly Darth Maul, is an iconic figure within the Star Wars universe. We were first introduced to him in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where he was killed off too quickly. This was a shame because, for me, he was one of the few decent elements of an otherwise terrible film. He should have been an antagonist throughout the Prequels.
Maul was brought back to life in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was on this show that he was fleshed out as a character. He returned again in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Since his introduction in Rebels, he has appeared in some of the best episodes of this current season. Because of this, I was going into this latest episode, titled ‘Twin Suns’, with high expectations as we would finally see Maul confront his oldest foe, Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi.
My Thoughts on ‘Twin Suns’
I liked this episode a lot. It does a good job of building the anticipation for the re-uniting of Maul and Kenobi and, before that, seeing Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in animated form. When Kenobi finally appeared, I was blown away with the quality of the voice work. Stephen Stanton was the actor who voiced Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in this episode and he sounded just like Alec Guinness. It was truly uncanny and it was a brilliant element of the episode.
The confrontation between Maul and Kenobi itself was….very….swift. To be honest, I was surprised how quickly their fight ended. I really liked the dialogue that they had with each other before they clashed but I expected a bit of a longer fight. Perhaps the reasoning behind such a short duel was to emphasise how far Maul has fallen as a warrior and how in tune with The Force Kenobi is at this stage of his life. Still, I was satisfied with the final outcome which was the death of Maul. He died with a bit of grace and acceptance of his fate. It was a fitting way to say goodbye to the character.
We Saw Luke!
I also liked how Ezra went through some important character development in this episode by realising where he is needed the most and that is with the Ghost crew and the Rebel Alliance. Yet, while there were a lot of things I liked, it was the final scene which really got me. We see Kenobi looking in the distance towards Luke Skywalker at the Lars homestead. This was an emotional tie-in to Star Wars: A New Hope, especially as Binary Sunset played in the background.
Overall, this episode was very good at bringing Maul’s journey in Star Wars to an end. Additionally, Ezra was developed as a character and the team behind Rebels achieved the difficult task of respecting Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi by nailing his voice and staying true to the essence of the character.