“Twin Suns” the episode we’ve been waiting for is finally here! The episode was written by Henry Gilroy and Dave Filoni who also directed it.
It was actually not I had expected it to be, it was a real surprise. We were teased about a final confrontation between Maul and Obi-Wan the whole week and there was indeed a confrontation but not quite the one I thought it would be. I will talk about it later on.
The episode opened with Maul being lost in the desert, which was a great way to start the episode. Maul’s plan was to lure Ezra on Tatooine in order to get to Kenobi so once again he used Ezra as a bait and manipulated him. An interesting thing but somehow I kinda suspected it – Rex doesn’t know Obi-Wan is still alive, Bail told him he was dead. So basically, there is only Bail Organa and Mon Mothma who knew Obi-Wan was alive and it makes sense, they had to protect him from getting attention from the Empire and reveal the truth only when the time was right. Well now, Ezra knows too.
The episode was a lot about Ezra Bridger, it was pretty much the character we followed during the episode. And the pace was very slow, not much happened in a big part of the episode. Ezra was alone on Tatooine searching for Kenobi. There was a little bit of action when he was attacked by the Tusken Raiders (who were killed by Maul). But most of it was Ezra walking in the desert, being just as lost as Maul. Ezra presence in the episode was for him to realize that his place was with the Ghost crew, with the Rebellion and not going after Maul.
Obi-Wan and Ezra eventually met near the end of the episode and had a little talk about the holocrons and Maul. So, Ezra saw Obi-Wan because he wanted to believe it … and because of Maul’s manipulations. Which makes us wonder what was really in the Holocron, what did they really see? “Truth is often what we make of it.” What I think Maul actually saw in the Holocron was Luke, the new hope but they were too focused on Kenobi to see what it was about and the dialogue at the end between Maul and Obi-Wan makes me think that.
“Tell me … is he the Chosen One?” – Maul
“He is.” – Obi-Wan
“He will avenge us.” – Maul
So Maul vs Obi-Wan? MAUL DIED! Yes, this episode was the end of one of the most beloved villains of Star Wars. There was no fight, really, Obi-Wan made his classic Prequels pose which was amazing to see and in two seconds he cut Maul’s saber and killed him. I was so surprised, I didn’t know what to expect but I’m glad Maul’s story was finally concluded and it was on screen. Maul died in Obi-Wan’s arms, it didn’t feel like he was dying as an enemy but somehow as a … friend and an enemy of the Sith, hoping one day they would be destroyed. It was an emotional scene with Obi-Wan closing Maul’s eyes after his death, I’m sad about it, Maul was and always will be an iconic character of Star Wars. An old rivalry ending after all these years, it made sense that it was Obi-Wan who would kill him.
The final scene was probably the one thing I expected – the episode ending with Obi-Wan Kenobi watching over Luke. We didn’t see him very well, it was just a silhouette going back to the Lars homestead after hearing Aunt Beru’s voice. Obi-Wan in this scene was like Obi-Wan at the end of Revenge of the Sith when he brings Luke to Beru and Owen at the end. He has the same expressions and the hood on, a beautiful call back to this movie with this time an old Ben. The music was absolutely wonderful – the Force theme from A New Hope (Binary Sunset), it was perfect to end the episode and say goodbye to Maul.
9/10 A peculiar episode, not what I expected at all but that turned out to be an amazing one somehow! Maul story was finally concluded after all these years and I can’t lie, I’m sad about it but it was well written and directed.