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Rebel Transmissions: Visions And Voices

OK so I’m super super excited to be writing this one today! Visions And Voices simply has so so much to talk about and think about and theorize on! So I’m thinkin’ I better get started…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, TCW “Siege Of Mandalore” Arc (also virtually any episode pertaining to Maul and Dathomir), and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Twilight Of The Apprentice, The Holocrons Of Fate, and Visions And Voices

Of all the days for a certain horn-headed darksider to make a reappearance. Ezra had finally gotten the chance to lead a mission for the mini-Alliance again, finally! And then… what starts as quiet whispers and faint glimpses turns to dark echoes and terrifying images, all of Maul. Um yeah that was the most gutwrenching opening I’ve seen in a while. How does Sam Witwer do it, getting his voice that… *shudders* …dark and cold? It’s no wonder Ezra’s out like a light. No one else saw or heard anything, so they’re not sure what to make of it. He tries to shake it off, but he’s not back out on the base for a minute before he starts pursuing Maul again — only to find he was actually about to strike a fellow soldier. It’s nothing short of horrifying, the entire experience. I do love, though, that throughout it all, the Ghost fam is totally there for him. I suppose it’s redundant to point out because I’ve pointed this out a lot, but I truly adore the fact they’re family first and Rebels second, and you see that in a very personal way as all of them, especially Kanan, Hera, and Sabine, are trying to help him during this strange development. Kanan has his suspicions as to why this is happening, but ultimately turns to the Bendu for answers. Apparently something went wrong during that little holocron-joining of theirs, particularly when Ezra cut the whole thing off. Bendu decides to let Maul explain the rest. WAIT WHUT. Kanan and Ezra turn around and yep there’s Maul, the real deal, in the half-flesh-half-machine! They turn back around and Bendu’s disappeared. Wow OK that was mind-blowing because I sort of thought he stayed in the same place all the time, using his branch-like form as a disguise. Well he is rather powerful so I suppose he can come and go how he chooses. But yep Maul is back again! Because of the abrupt end to their holo-Q&A, neither of them got a clear answer. So Maul decides now’d be a good time for him and his apprentice to exchange the last couple fragments of knowledge. Considering he’ll gladly reveal their base’s location otherwise, it looks like Ezra and Maul are gonna be hanging out again. Kanan does not approve. Good thing he gave Sabine Ezra’s com. Because yeah when Maul gets involved… things just don’t have a tendency to go well. Also on a random note can I just say I really love that Kanan doesn’t wear his mask as much in this episode? Not saying I don’t like the mask. His mask never hindered our ability to read his emotions, his voice and mouth expressions portray that wonderfully on their own. But for sure, seeing the eyebrows added a lot of expression there that worked amazingly well in this episode. It’s sort of a small thing, but I felt it was worth mentioning.
We soon arrive on dark creepy Dathomir. Somehow it’d never crossed my mind that Maul would consider this place home, but it really makes sense. It’s his birthplace, and it’s also where Mother Talzin restored him. Plus, he and Dathomir are kind of alike… red, dark, and broken. OMG you guys this episode stirred up so so many more questions about the zabraks and the Nightsisters and Nightbrothers and their world. The concepts they came up with in TCW have never ceased to be fascinating and cool and I honestly I’m thrilled they brought this branch of the mythology into SWR. Maul’s plan is to use some old magick to temporarily merge their minds and finally get the rest of the answers they were given. With the remains of the Nightsisters’ society still standing, it shouldn’t be any trouble far as the Old Master’s concerned. Also wow let’s just spend the rest of the post talking about Maul’s place. I could stare at all the details for hours, pondering and pondering what exactly he’s been doing all this time. What’s that writing on the wall supposed to be if not Aurebesh? Where in the galaxy did he get all those candles? And how’d he make it off Mandalore with all those souvenirs? Of course, that last question brings up a lot of questions, since I’m still in the dark about exactly what Maul was doing during his reign and what eventually got him off the throne. Certainly will need to do my research and read Son Of Dathomir to start with. It is personally very interesting to me that he kept the painting of Satine. I assume he values it because she represents his conquering of Mandalore and possibly his half-victory with Obi-Wan. Though I have to wonder if there’s something more to it that I’m not getting entirely. It’s still incredibly fascinating seeing these connections, though. Of course, truly, the all-around most interesting artifact might be that blade resting beneath the portrait. Yes we’ll definitely come back to that later because OMG THE DARKSABER!! Anyway, all this mind-merging’s gonna take is a quick potion-drinking. I seriously am amazed they could both do it with a straight face ’cause it looks nasty, but it certainly does its job, and they’ve got their questions fully answered at last. Ezra knows who he’s looking for and Maul knows where to look. Now, I was pretty certain at the time that it was Obi-Wan who Maul was giddy to find, but in the time between that episode and this one, I started to sort of doubt my hunch. After all, would he really be happy to see his worst enemy still lived? Probably it was someone else Maul had more respect for. But hehe I was quite proud to see my theory confirmed fact. Interesting that Maul refers to this location as just “a desert planet with twin suns”. He literally doesn’t remember its name? I know he’s a little old now but… eh probably it’s just that the name didn’t matter to him much at the time back in the day. Whatever the case probably good he doesn’t know its name, because once he figures it out, well… old Ben’s quiet life is about to get severely interrupted. Yeah of course Maul’d be happy! It’s not so much that his worst enemy’s alive, but that his worst enemy’s not dead yet… and therein lies his opportunity, his hope. Unfortunately though… that magick ain’t free, far as the NIGHTSISTER SPIRITS are concerned. And they don’t take cash or credit they take FLESH O.O It’s about then when Kanan and Sabine show up and quickly find out blasters don’t work on ghosts. Not that I blame them for trying or anything they be reallll scary. And watching those spirits up and possess Kanan and Sabine is completely spine-chilling. It’s fun when SW does stuff with these vastly different, dark angles of the Force, but it all gives me all kinds of shivers. I love it all, but… yikes, man. Though I imagine the Nightsisters didn’t use such weaponry during their lives, they sure know how to aim blasters and how to slash lightsabers, at least in the hands of their pawns. Maul and Ez are makin’ a break for it. The spirits can’t venture too far from the altar though, so that gives them a little time to figure out their next move. Well, the Old Master already had his next move figured out — with Kanan out of the way, Ezra can finally be his apprentice and they can go merrily on their way to Tatooine and do darksidery things! Ez is absolutely all kinds of “DUDE, NO.” on all accounts, so Maul gets on his ship and flies off. I don’t get the impression he’ll be giving up or anything though. You know how Maul is. Ezra figures all he has to do is get his comrades out of the cave and the possession problem will be solved. And then the Sister in Sabine decides to whip out THE DARKSABER. AHHHH MY GOSH SEEING IT BACK IN ACTION IS AMAZING. Seeing in the hands of a crazy ghost witch though… that’s pretty frightening. It’s still amazing, but… yeesh hearing that voice coming out of Sabine’s mouth… *shudders* that ain’t right. Ezra manages to Force-push Sabine out of the cave and releases the spirit, but he’s still got Kanan to free. And the Sister-spirit who took over his master is pretty darn stubborn. Ezra makes a deal with her, but y’know how these spirits are they’re gonna fight you anyway just ’cause. Finally the Nightsisters take him up on his offer… just as Ezra uses his lightsaber and the darksaber to destroy the altar. THE EPICNESS WOW. GO EZRA! WINNER WINNER NOONA DINNER!! I do sorta feel bad this entire civilization will likely never return, but then I remembered they’re dastardly darksider witches and suddenly I was slightly more OK with that. After all that excitement died down, Ezra finally had a chance to tell Kanan and Sabine what he found out — Obi-Wan Kenobi is the answer to their Sith problem. And they’re gonna make sure they find him before Maul does. I was confused for a couple seconds because I couldn’t remember how it was Ezra knew who Obi-Wan was, but once I was reminded of the message in the holocron, everything made sense. It’s fascinating that ultimately Maul and Ezra had the same answer to each of their desires, like say, I’d originally thought Ezra seeing Tatooine meant someone else, maybe more literally like Anakin or Luke, but this infinitely made more sense. Master Kenobi’s kind of made some major impact on the galaxy, y’know? Then I got all giddy because it fully sunk in that we’ll be getting to see Obi-Wan at some point this season and that is AMAZING. And then, before our three heroes left the darkness behind… Sabine decided to give the Darksaber a good home. Finally, the magnificent blade has found itself a rightful owner :3
Whew that was a lot of writing there! But it turned out really well I think. Again, it’s amazing seeing the connections between these different chapters in the SW galaxy. Hopefully I sparked some interesting thoughts and conversations here. Catch you next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: The Holocrons Of Fate

If some deep Rebels discussion is the kind of knowledge you’re seeking and just what you’re hopin’ for, no need to smash two holocrons together — you’re already in the right place! Pff OK I’m probably giving myself more credit than I deserve but I certainly do hope you get something out of this…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode VI, Episode VII, The Clone Wars “Siege Of Mandalore” arc, Rebels episodes Twilight Of The Apprentice, Steps Into Shadow, and The Holocrons Of Fate

Ah, it’s so very nice seeing Ezra and Kanan chatting like they used to! They spent much of the last episode out of balance, so it feels great getting an episode focused mostly on the unconventional master-and-padawan-team. Granted, they’re chatting about the Sith holocron, which you’d think by now would be old news, but Ezra just sorta kinda really wants to know where it is. After all, Ezra reasons, why else did Yoda send them to Malachor if not for all that Sith-destroying knowledge? Kanan believes it was for the chance to defeat them, it just… didn’t go well. Y’know that’s one question I’ve been pondering for a while but never really queried on the blog itself. Why Malachor when it seemed to do more harm than good? Not that Yoda could’ve known what would happen, but what specifically did he have in mind when he pointed the Jedi Rebels in that direction? Was it for a chance like Kanan has surmised? I kinda doubt messing with the dark side was what the master had in mind, but we may never know for sure. Just gotta do like Sabine in season one and trust that everything’ll make sense in the end. But their chat’s put on hold as they come upon a Rebel transport that’s been torn apart. The sole survivor makes mention of a red blade… and the unfortunate fact he was forced to spill his guts on the Ghost‘s location. Ezra and Kanan immediately think they’ve got another inquisitor problem. IDK man the Empire’s lost, like, four in the last couple years; it’s not the best investment. No, the one wielding the red blade is not working for the Empire… he just wields one for the sheer fun of it. Dude… when Maul stepped into the holo from behind Hera… I think my heart stopped. It’s not like I didn’t know he was gonna be involved this episode, but I had no idea it’d be so soon. And I was already nervous about this one to begin with. It’s a well-known fact that when the former Darth gets involved, things will end badly… one way or another. Anyone who’s spent any time watching The Clone Wars will know this. Heck, even if your only knowledge of him was gained from Twilight Of The Apprentice, you know this. So him… on board the Ghost… with the people most important to Kanan and Ezra… O_O It’s NBD really Maul just wants the Sith ‘cron back. And also Kanan’s old Jedi ‘cron. Some Jedi might’ve called no deal, but these Jedi go along with it… reluctantly. At this point I’m relieved nobody’s died yet (I mean, this is Maul we’re talking about), but I’m also a little concerned what will happen to the rest of the galaxy if they take up this offer. Right now they’ve got bigger fish to fry though… getting that Sith holocron’s gonna be a bit of a challenge.
So again, MAUL. IN THE GHOST. WITH KANAN AND EZRA’S FAMILY-CREW. And did I mention the former Mandalore welcome-wagon droids that are now deadly blaster-wielders? *Faints from terror* I spent the entirety of this episode literally quivering. And honestly there’s no reason I shouldn’tve been… he killed Qui-Gon, killed Satine, blinded Kanan… and he did it all so quickly, so out-of-nowhere, and in turn left me in tears. I was trying to prepare myself for the worst, but I knew I’d still be unprepared either way. Every breathing second I was on edge. So when he asks Hera for a tour by not really asking ’cause he had his lightsaber all up in her face… shoot there’s no emoticon I can type that properly defines the feeling of sheer terror running through me at that moment. The Old Master’s really only interested in the part of the tour where he finds Kanan’s ‘cron. Doesn’t stop him from making some color commentary on the others quarters onboard though. DUDE THAT RUDENESS WAS UNCALLED FOR. WHO SPIT IN YOUR BEAN CURD? Though it does make you wonder a little what Ezra and Zeb’s room smells like. We already know that evidently Zeb has a particularly strong scent, and apparently Ezra kinda smells like Lothal sewers (or at least did). I’m gonna say it probably resembles a mixture of corn chips, sweat, and body spray XP Sorry that probably wasn’t the knowledge you were looking for. But hey, one thing I love about SW is its tangibleness, its relatability, just how very real it is, down to the finest details. Now enough weirdness, once Maul finally enters Kanan’s quarters things get real. Maul won’t just search the premises himself, oh no, that would be too much work for an old zabrak like himself. It’s so much easier to do a little dark side mindreading like Kylo Ren made famous. Oh gosh that was horrifying to watch. I mean, when he uttered Kanan’s former name I got literal chills. Hera’s been a complete bosslady this whole time and peppered her captor with sass and shot him well-aimed death glares, but that in that instant she no longer looks as certain. She looks so broken and ashamed when Maul comes upon the holocron… 😥 All my messed-up emotions aside, it’s actually still pretty cool watching him do that move; I had no idea anybody but Kylo knew how to do it, so that begs a few questions. Or it could just be a move darksiders don’t do a lot for some reason. Either way *shudders*
Elsewhere, Ezra finally got to meet Kanan’s good friend, the Bendu. Right after he borrowed their sensor-pole (or “thumper” as I now know they’re called) and invited the spidercrabs over for a visit. Ezra knows good and well these crawlers are trouble, and he doesn’t hesitate to defend his master, despite Kanan’s objections. It’s about then when the Bendu finally arrives in his magnificent, awe-inspiring way. Ezra is kinda shocked ’cause he wasn’t sure this Bendu guy was actually real. Kanan’s smile I’m sure is partly due to hearing the friendly beast’s voice again, but I imagine there was a dash of I-told-you-so smugness in there too 🙂 After hearing of Maul’s interest in the holocrons, Bendu believes he’s intending to combine the two ‘crons — something that could potentially cause some big problems. When you mix a Jedi holocron and a Sith holocron, you get the potential to see the future or have a question answered through the Force… which sounds good on the surface, but this has happened before and it does not end well. OK Wow. Ezra doesn’t really care what Maul’s gonna do with it, he just wants to protect the fam. The Bendu tells Ez that if he wants that imbalance-causing pyramid, he’s gonna have to find it with Kanan’s help. Also it may be in a dark mysterious cave. Had everything gone Ez’s way he’dve gone completely alone with his lightsaber at his side, but instead all he’s got when he enters that cave is a flashlight and Kanan on the com. He might not a fan of this plan now, but he’ll definitely be a fan later…
Back on the Ghost, Maul was yelling at a smol blue box. I’m sorry man this made me laugh so hard even though it shouldn’t have. Mostly it’s because I started imagining him reacting the same way with other small objects. Smartphones, TV remotes, frozen entrees… “YOU WILL YIELD TO MY POWERRRR!” XD While he tries to crack open Kanan’s ‘cron, the crew decides to make their move. Oh goodness gracious I love love this scene. Maul is one of the deadliest villains in the SW galaxy, but he don’t scare the Ghost fam. Sabine, Hera, and Zeb utterly tear up those smiley-droids with the hands cuffed! And then they magnetize him to the ceiling! Oh that was so awesomely genius I just love it! These guys never fail to blow my mind with their awesome genius! Of course then Maul eventually got off the ceiling and got the upper hand and made clear he had no problem killing them. But it was a great stunt regardless. Aw boo Maul why ya gotta be like that? But hey, he still hadn’t killed anyone so that’s a win if nothing else.
So getting the Sith ‘cron was going great. Sorta. Maybe it would’ve gone better if Ezra had just kept to the left like Kanan told him to. Instead he walks down the right tunnel and loses his flashlight and his comlink just like that. Now it all up to Master Jarrus. “Perhaps master and apprentice will rediscover their balance… or perhaps they will be eaten. Such is the way of things.” Bendu just tells it like it is XD Yeah Ezra was a little surprised when Kanan fished him out of that crawler-infested hole. And again when his master calmly Force-connected with another crabspider and it quietly walked away. Could it be Kanan’s not as broken as he believed? As they continue their search, Ezra apologizes for what he felt he allowed to happen. Kanan assures Ezra it wasn’t his fault and he didn’t blame him. The only forgiving that needs to be done here is for young Bridger to forgive himself. The hug that follows gives me alllllllll the feels. I’d believed they’d come back into balance at the end of the last episode, but actually… this is where the real balance was restored. And it is a beautiful thing. And that’s all I got; I should have more to say but I lost my train of thought dangit. All I know is Bendu’s smile matches my own :3 Don’t worry I’ll figure this out by the time I do the season recap! Anyway, so together Ezra and Kanan come upon the Sith ‘cron at last, perched safely on a spider’s back. You’d think that wasn’t the safest safest place ever, since I’d figure it’d get lost if the spider moved around and dropped it or something, but I guess the Bendu knows something we don’t. Using the Force they’re able to get the ‘cron without a hitch. Of course soon as Ezra turns around oh look there’s another crawler/spider//spidercrab/crabspider/whatever the canon name’s supposed to be! Kanan’s response? “Don’t be a threat, go in peace” And suddenly I understood the spider-Force connection I’d been missing last episode. And just like that, master and apprentice walked out of the cave unscathed and truly back in sync. Bendu is proud of their progress, but warns them that their troubles aren’t over, as one of them’ll have to help with the ‘cron-combining too. And well… you know. Potentially dangerous stuff, that knowledge. Ezra looks to Kanan for their game plan from here, but all his master knows is they’ve gotta relax and not let Maul’s fear tactics get to them. “You don’t sound relaxed” “But I look relaxed.” At least you look relaxed Ez, I don’t look or sound that way! I’m a quivering little chihuahua over here! Especially as they stepped into the hangar and there’s Maul looking chill like nothing’s weird. He sends “his” apprentice off to go get the holocrons ready while he shows Master Jarrus the door. And by “door” I mean “airlock”. I’d already seen this clip at Celebration but it didn’t make it any less terrifying a second time. Or a third time. Or any other time. I don’t think I’ve made clear enough how terrifying this is: KANAN HAS BEEN SUCKED OUT INTO COLD DARK UNPREDICTABLE SPACE. I literally couldn’t breathe. By far that was the longest twenty seconds of my life. HE HAD ICE FORMING ON HIM, MAN. The instant I noticed that I was shook. One of the closest calls in SW history right there, but also one seriously seriously amazing use of the Force. Seriously. And I have run out of words again. Forgive me the feels are too much.
With ‘crons in hand, Ezra and Maul are ready to get this junk over with. I couldn’t help but keep wondering if Ezra had another plan, like maybe to get Maul to ask the holocron a dumb question or something (“why is blue milk blue?” perhaps). But it seems Ez is ready to take advantage of the opportunity. He wants to find out how to destroy the Sith, while the Old Master is looking for… hope. I know I’m not the only one who found that utterly fascinating. It first took me back to Malachor, to the time we briefly saw Maul’s humanity. His life has been so full of failure and darkness, a little hope could change everything. In my everyday life “hope” is a beautiful word, but for Maul… I imagine it’s something entirely different. Especially where he is now as he desperately seeks purpose and a legacy. And then the holocrons came together, emitting a light that grows more and more intense with the possibility the darksider and the lightsider will find the answers they’re looking for…
Things looked pretty grim for the Ghost crew as Maul’s mechs draw their weapons. But in a flash, Kanan jumps in and lightsabers the smiley-droids apart in one fell swoop. And then uses the Force to snap his comrades’ cuffs clean off. It was impossible not to cheer. KANAN IS A BOSS. I don’t exaggerate when I say I feel this is one of his most defining moments. So much wow. Now he’s got his apprentice to rescue, and Hera and company are by his side all the way. YAYYYYYY FAMILYYYYY ^w^
So far Maul hadn’t had much luck finding any answers, but Ezra dug in deeper as he began to see something. By the time the rest of Ghost crew got there, the room was bathed in blinding light. None of them could see — except Kanan. He could actually see Ezra and Maul amidst the bright flash of the Force, and he was gonna get Ez out of there. Padawan was a little busy atm tho he really wanted them answers. Kanan calls for him, reiterating Bendu’s warning. Maul insists he keep it up ’cause they’re so close. And then… “I SEE HIM…” “TWIN SUNS…” O.O His master voices once more to look away, and finally Ezra takes the ‘crons apart, releasing them from the light and ending their Q&A session with the Force. Oh gosh I’m completely butchering this, but the important thing is, everyone’s OK. Including Maul who seems a little too happy right now as he flies off muttering “HE LIVES!“. Before we talk about anything else I gotta talk about that. My instant thought was Obi-Wan. ‘Cause man I can’t think of anyone else Maul would be that excited about. And then I thought OK if that happens then what if Maul goes after someone his adversary cares about? Like a certain Force-sensitive boy he’s watching over? The idea is utterly gutwrenching. My only comfort is that, well, I certainly would love to see ol’ Ben again! But otherwise yeah dis is bad. I could be totally off but don’t tell me you didn’t think it, too. Anyway, as for Ezra, he isn’t sure what he saw except for a lot of places. What it says to me is he saw hints of Luke’s journey, maybe even some of Anakin’s. I didn’t think about this until after the episode, but though clearly the dark side lives on (See: the Knights of Ren), Vader defeating Palpatine really was the destruction of the Sith, at least the group known as the Sith. Though we all know that story, I look forward to seeing further how this incredible crew influences that story. And how, in small ways, they help bring about that destiny.
Welp I hope that made sense. I hate that I didn’t do as well on this, because this is truly an incredible incredible episode. Things are super-tense and super-terrifying with twists at every turn, but by the end of the episode there’s a sense of victory. Yeah I know Maul’ll be back… but scary as he is, I’m kinda looking forward to seeing him again 🙂 OK I’m done sorry for the trainwreck post next week will be better byeeeee.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Twilight Of The Apprentice

And so we’ve finally arrived at the last Transmission of the glorious second season, the episode that transcends all epicness and changes everything and sent me spiraling on an emotional rollercoaster. Though it took a while to get to writing on it, I’m glad I had a month to process everything before I started blogging on it. Still, there will be major feels, and there’s a good chance I’ll mess up this post due to the excess of feels. Also I will probably overuse that internet-jargon word for “feeling strong emotion” to such a bad extent you’ll question if I know any other word to describe it. With that understood, we begin… except first let’s get the spoiler alerts out of the way. Then we begin!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VII, TCW “Maul Returns”, “Fall Of Mandalore”, and “Yoda’s Journey” Arcs, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces, The Siege Of Lothal, Shroud Of Darkness, and Twilight Of The Apprentice.

So right off the bat they decide to mortally punch me with the feels as Ahsoka talks with Rex on the flight to Malachor. Rex is completely ready to go should Ahsoka need his help, but she knows this is the Jedi’s journey alone to make. After a few friendly who-outranks-who jabs to one another, Rex signs off with a sweet, honest “May the Force be with you”. THIS FRIENDSHIP. I CAN’T. I CAN’T EVEN. Yep this post is gonna take a while to write. Ezra wonders what the deal is with this mysterious Malachor he’s heard so little about. Welllll, Kanan and Ahsoka know a few things about it, mostly legends. But bottom line it’s not really a good place. One might say, “off-limits”. Ahsoka puts it well when she says “There’s always a bit of truth in legends”. And yeah for the record I know very little of The Old Republic era so Malachor’s as much a mystery to me as it is to these three. But certainly after all we see in this episode I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about that era, especially from a canon POV. None of them know why Yoda sent them here, but they can only trust he knows what he’s doing. Also yeah it’s not just the Jedi who were heading out here, Chopper came with. I’m guessing he didn’t get any tearful goodbyes from anyone though 😛 It happens to be as the Phantom approaches Malachor, Chopper picks up on another ship nearby. Oh joy. Can’t anything just be simple?? Of course not, it’s just life. But first things first.
So Malachor has quite an eerie air to it, not quite as obviously dark-side-y as say, Moraband, but still really unsettling. But also still really cool, too. The trio comes upon a towering stone covered in carvings in the Old Tongue. As Ahsoka attempts to decipher the lettering, something about that rock sorta calls out to Ezra. Dark whispers convince him to get closer, reach out his hand, and… well, his touch leaves a frightening red glow and shatters the ground beneath them. Yeah Ez immediately regrets that decision. But OMG so much intrigue!! And it’s only a few minutes in! And there’s still so much more to discuss!! Like for example, the fact that the three Jedi have landed at the foot of an ancient Sith Temple. O.O And of course they’re going to go in it, after all, Ahsoka believes inside they’ll find the knowledge they need to defeat all them Darksiders. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE SHADOWY INQUISITOR-ISH-LOOKING FIGURE WATCHING FROM ABOVE! Ezra right now is a mixture of fascination at the mysterious ruins and caution at who or what could be down here. They come upon the remains from some ancient Jedi vs. Sith battle, where of major note Ezra finds a green three-blade! Basically this means Kylo Ren wanted to go really old-school with his choice of weapon. Coooool. Anyway you all know that by now, let’s talk about that battlefield. Very fascinating, seeing another glimpse at this history, but still very eerie. “From what I can tell? Looks like nobody won”. Eerier still might be the fact that THERE’S AN INQUISITOR RIGHT BEHIND THEM!! And they really play it well because you only notice the slightest twitch of movement behind Kanan just as Ezra’s witty retort was cut short by the sudden attack. This particular inquisitor’s new, he goes by Eighth Brother. And danggggggg he’s good. Ignoring his epic fail later on, he’s about as deadly as they come, agile and flexible and moving constantly and not afraid to throw a few grenades around. It all happens so fast my brain can barely comprehend what just happened. The explosion causes the ground to fall out from under Ezra in the midst of the fight. He urges Kanan and Ahsoka on to continue pursuing the fiend. Also wow the fact that they can fly with those spinny lightsabers is awesome. Granted, we find it’s not the safest method, but it sure looks cool! Eighth kept wanting to join Sev and Fifth on their missions, but they didn’t think he was good enough. So now that’s he’s gotten his chance, he’s making sure he proves he’s the coolest, toughest ‘Quiz ever! HE SHALL NOT BE SHUNNED AT THE COMPANY PICNIC AGAIN!! Yep I’m still making these jokes because I’m not sure I can make ’em again after this one.
So while Kanan and Ahsoka have all the fun, Ezra’s kinda stuck in a hole. Then out of the shadows comes a weary voice. Bridger’s not about to let his guard down and throws out his lightsaber. The voice belongs to an old man in a hooded cloak, poor fellow’s been stranded here for years. Ez has other things to worry about besides this random guy, but the shadowy figure offers help, considering he came here for with a similar goal in mind: the pursuit of knowledge. Dude knows how to get in the temple if Ez’ll help him open the door. And so begins a shaky alliance between “Jabba” and “The Old Master”. OK so before seeing the episode, the fact that we’d be seeing Maul again was spoiled for me. Regardless, this episode still knew how to keep me guessing. The couple of screenshots I’d seen made him look so fierce! Who was this old man with the robotic legs and yellow eyes? How could they be the same person? Were they the same person? Those were some of the first thoughts I had running through my head while watching this. And also the biggest thought of all: “What are you up to, Maul…?”. Plus, I’m at somewhat of a disadvantage because I haven’t read the Son Of Dathomir comics, assuming that they’re canon, of course, since I can’t remember if they were published before or after the canonicity rule came into play even though it was based on an unmade TCW storyarc. So who knows what he’s been up to since I last saw him? I wasn’t even sure if at this point he was alive! Well, I could only sit back and watch and see which of my questions would be answered. Until then, I gave Maul the benefit of the doubt that he was just a nice old stranger… mostly.
Meanwhile, Kanan and Ahsoka started to wonder if there might be a reason this ‘Quiz was giving chase. Kanan sends Chopper to find that ship and find out if there are any other surprises waiting for them here…
As Ezra and the Old Master continue on their journey, some interesting things come to light. OM is not a fan of that inquisitor down here. Ezra queries if that’s ’cause he’s a Jedi, but OM’s all “Naahh I just used to do… other… Force-related stuff”. Bridger raises an eyebrow to that “You is Sith then?”, and then something happens I never thought I’d ever see… Maul showing his humanity. A wounded, feeling side of him reveals itself as he recounts all that the Sith took from him, and how they used him and then cast him aside. I’m not gonna lie this threw me majorly. I mean, back in the olden days of Episode I, he was a good little apprentice and did his job without question and with malice. When he resurfaced during the Clone Wars, he was so bent on revenge and power he was pretty much a monster. I’ve always loved him as a villain, but I could never really empathize with him, he was just so evil! Or so I thought. Seeing him here, mourning the family he was taken from, the brother he lost, and how the Sith treated him like garbage ultimately, actually makes me feel for him. And I still do, even knowing the horrendous things he will do before this episode’s end. Proves once again that SW 100% knows how to write their villains, because they’re not just evil, they’re people. Dude if this doesn’t remind you how messed-up the Sith are then IDK what will. Ezra can also feel for him, because he lost his family too, except he’s more interested in justice than revenge. So Maul is quite excited to show him the secrets in the temple that will help them destroy the Sith for good. And at this point I’m struggling to keep my feelings from blinding my suspicions…
This episode is full of many great heroics, but we’d be foolish to overlook those of Chopper’s. He may not get a planetshaking fate-determining lightsaber duel, but he does break into Eighth’s ship and gives the foe a taste of his own firepower! And may we mention he nearly DIED? Dude, Eight knows how to use that ‘saber in the most terrifying way as it blazed right past Chop, just barely hitting him! “Chopper, sometimes you do it right”. #Understatement #SortaKinda
Things get honestly really unsettling once Maul and Ezra reach the door to the temple. Knowing your enemy is one thing… doing what your enemy does is another. And Ezra’s still a bit suspish of the old Zabrak. Buuuut all he has to do is open the door so what’s that gonna hurt? It doesn’t work on the first try, and then Maul suggests using a little anger to gain the strength and power he needs. I recently reread my post on Gathering Forces, talking about how frightening it was to see Ezra tampering with the Dark Side when he brought forth the fyrnock queen. This is far scarier, and all he’s doing is opening a door. As the Old Master and Ezra open door after door with the Dark Side, I pretty much spent the entire time muttering “NUUUUU EZ WHAT’RE YOU DOING?!”. Maul is a really good teacher… which in his case is not a good thing. Taking a moment from the intense workout, Ezra finally gives him his real name… and in return, Maul, well, confirms his Maulness. And everybody but young Bridger got serious chills. Though I guarantee you he was kinda freaked out by those horns and dramatic markings.
So turns out Eighth wasn’t here for Jedi, but rather “a shadow”. You can guess who that is. It’s the guy currently walking alongside our young hero. And now the two come upon the key to defeating their mutual enemy: a Sith holocron. At first glance it looks almost like it’s right there and all they’d have to do is grab it and go, but did I mention the major 100-foot-deep gap in between them and the ‘cron? Ezra suggests Maul Force-toss him like he and Kanan do. I’m literally all “YOU WOULD TRUST HIM TO THROW YOU?!?!” and about grabbed and shook the screen. And yet Maul does it pretty well. It’s downright frightening that Maul and Ezra work together so well already. But as soon as Ezra has the holocron in his hands, the temple both starts to crumble and starts to light up and– ooh is that Force lightning coming from an orb in the ceiling? Kanan and Ahsoka decide they need to go find their young comrade NOW, and run off with their captive Jango Jumper in tow. It looks like now Ezra has little choice but to make a jump for it with the Old Master’s help. Ez comes dangerously dangerously close to falling, especially as it seems the ex-Darth might be doing a “you-throw-me-the-idol-I-throw-you-the-whip” sorta deal. I’m all “SEE?! I TOLD YOU NOT TO TRUST HIM!!” >A< I mean, when he grabbed Ezra's clutching-the-'cron hand I could only hold my breath. And then… though he was clearly conflicted about it, he surprised me again and helped the apprentice up instead. DANG IT MAUL STOP KEEPING ME GUESSING! (OK not really, I seriously enjoyed this drama) Ugh I felt like I botched that entire scene forgive me. Also did I mention outside the temple Fifth and Sev showed up? And having freed Eighth, things are definitely about to get intense. Then Maul casually uses the Sith holocron to open a few doors and they walk right on into that very fight. Ezra’s ready to help Kanan and Ahsoka take on the ‘quizzes with help from his new friend. But weeeeeeelllll… Ahsoka’s all “OMG MAUL???”, the inquisitors are all “OMG THE SHADOW???”, and Maul suddenly loses the nice old man vibe as he proclaims delightfully in a very creepy way “Oh, what fun!“. Kanan’s all “Wow I leave you alone for one minute and you become BFFs with a previous Sith apprentice.” Ezra still defends him despite the array of shock and accusations. And then Maul takes what looks like a cane and reveals it’s a double-bladed. Ah now this is the fierce Zabrak I remember seeing! Maaaaaan with these lightsaber skillz he really done aged well. And you’d think he’d be rusty from not having performed any combat for a while but evidently no. Maybe a little Nightsister magick still working for him? Or maybe Zabraks just don’t get old the same way humans do. Or maybe he’s killed a few other ‘quisitors while he was down here. Who knows, but whatever the case, this solitude on Malachor has really worked for him. This entire scene is tense and terrifying and amazing, with lightsabers goin’ everywhere. OK realization: Sev comments “What’s he doing here anyway?” and Fifth replies “Loser probably wants that artifact” which occurs to me he probably hasn’t been here that long. Just took Sidious a long long long long while to figure out what “other uses” he had for the ex-apprentice I guess. Maul probably lives in a regular suburban neighborhood with a pet massiff and goes to the gym to practice lightsabering and works a day job at an insurance company. Then Sidious called him up all “So hey remember that favor you owe me? Could you possibly get me a certain Sith holocron and make a superweapon for me?” to which Maul is all “Um no I can’t stand your guts remember?” “BUT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO YOUR PUPPY…” “ok ok fine whatever.” I’m totally sure this is how it went XD Though yeah good question is he doing this for himself or for someone higher up? I believed him when he said he was done with the Sith, but is he really truly done? I know I might be way off with this theorizing but I’m just thinkin’.(NOTE: I just got further into the episode and realized this entire conversation is inaccurate and I’d kinda forgotten everything but it’s so funny I had to keep it in here) But yeah after a brief confrontation the inquisitors are all “NOPE WE’RE GONE” and fly away. Now that the lightsabers are put away, Ahsoka asks the question we’ve all been asking since he showed up: “What game are you playing?” “The end game” WHUT. Also I find it interesting it almost seems like Ahsoka and Maul know each other. I’m pretty sure they never clashed during the Clone Wars, though I’m sure Ahsoka heard a lot about him from all that Obi-Wan put up with. So maaaaaybe they met sometime before this?? Both hung out at the same gym in the same suburban neighborhood? Interesting thought. Regardless I give Maul props for being classy and calling her “Lady Tano”. Bottom line, Maul is also a rebel… of sorts, and with Vader surely on the way, he knows the four of them need to get going. Ezra attempts to further convince, showing the Jedi the holocron and how it could be used for good. Maul knows a place in the temple they can open the ‘cron, so what’ve they got to lose? Plus, he’s not facing Darth Vader alone, no sir. Though not entirely convinced they can trust the old Zabrak, Kanan and Ahsoka decide to give it a shot.
Meanwhile, the inquisitors know they really need to get that holocron back, so Eighth Bro excitedly volunteers to go find them. Yep I definitely think he’s trying to prove himself. Poor guy’s sat alone in the cafeteria for far too long. I could entirely hear Sev mutter “He’s such a dork” and Fifth respond “Indeed” XP
So yaaaas all the teamworks with Ezra, Kanan, Ahsoka, and Maul! OK maybe not so much. Maul triggers a temple lift for him and Ezra to ride, but Kanan’s all “haha no rule of two here buddy” and gets on the lift instead. I’m sure Maul and Ahsoka had a great time on their turn on the lift. Probably some awkward small talk. Seriously still makes me wonder if they’ve met before. Lookin’ forward to that Ahsoka backstory book for sure. Anyway, on the lift Kanan voices his concerns that Ezra’s being used. Ezra argues that Maul sees his potential and trusts him. Oooh some drama here… and once again there’s no time for talking things through because out of the sky comes Eighth Brother, kicking Kanan in the face! Ezra pulls out the blaster-saber and holds his own well… at least for about five seconds before Eighth knocks him over the side, demands the holocron, and then makes his spinny-blade into a sharp-edged wheel of death. I’m all “OH NOOO EZRA’S GONNA LOSE A HAND!!” and then suddenly Maul jumps into action, giving that jerk a real lightsaber duel, and then knocking him off the temple. While Eighth flies away, Maul offers Bridger a hand. And Kanan and Ahsoka look on like “WHUT”. To better handle the inquisitors, Maul suggests splitting up, and this time goes with Ezra. Ez once again implores his master to trust him. And that’s really all Kanan can hope to do as he watches the dark dude and his padawan go up the lift. Yet another amazing line on Ahsoka’s part: “He’ll be OK” “How do you know?” “Because you taught him”. DEEEEEEEEEEP.
On the lift, Maul encourages Ezra to fight mercilessly if he wants to win these battles, something Ezra’s not entirely sure what to think considering what his master has taught him. “You’ve been given a gift for one reason only, to use it”. Yeesh that Maul is slipperier than a sidewinder in a pickle barrel. The master vs. master conflict in this episode is absolutely fascinating to watch, especially as the former-Darth is as I’ve said before, a super-good teacher. He knows what to say and how to say it, gives positive reinforcement, and treats Ezra pretty well. Not at all like you think a Darksider would do it. Well, Maul was taught by the best… or should I say worst? ‘Cause if you look at the way Palpatine reeled Anakin into the Dark Side not too long ago… it was kinda in the same manner. And then just as they turn around, Maul and Ezra have miniprobes to deal with… and soon after that, the most sinister of sisters, Sev. And then Kanan and Ahsoka come face-to-face with Fivey… and Eighth too. Whoopee. As Ezra duels with Sev, Maul continues to encourage him to use that anger. And I’m sitting here wondering if we’re about to get one of those mirroring moments, if Ezra will be to Sev as Anakin was to Dooku. Maul decides to make this easy for his “apprentice” and Force-grabs the inquisitor and allows Ezra to choose how he’ll go about killing her. I’m all OmO But Ezra… he can’t bring himself to do it. Sev seems pleased for a second, buuuuut yeah… Maul decides to handle it. Dude… Seventh Sister was a nasty villain, that’s for certain, but she did not deserve that. Even Ezra is shocked, though who wouldn’t be if you saw someone die like that? THE GREAT SEVENTH SISTER WILL BE MISSED. Maul encourages him again to maybe not hesitate next time. Next stage of the plan is that Ezra will take the holocron to the temple and Maul will help the others. Yeah in a weird way Maul, Kanan, and Ahsoka make for a pretty boss squad takin’ on the ‘quisitor boys. Of course, I can really only applaud Ahsoka and Kanan’s methods, as they merely busted the inquisitors’ lightsabers. Again, Fifth didn’t deserve to go down like that, but I suppose it was the only way he could. Eighth, well… he’s the example of what not to do as a ‘quiz. Perhaps future generations of inquisitors will learn from his mistake. RIP Eighth Brother; he will always be one of the cool kids to me. And then things get really really painstakingly real, starting with Maul laying claim to Ezra as his apprentice now… and making that point by using his double-blade to blind Kanan. Not gonna lie I cried out “NOOOO NOT HIS PRETTY BLUE-GREEN EYES!!!!“, even though I know that makes me sound horrendously weird. I think it hit me hard personally because I’m very visual; if there’s one sense I couldn’t live without it would be sight. As an artist and lover of art forms (such as Star Wars), I can’t fathom how major a loss that would be. So my heart went out to Kanan 100%. MAUL WHYYY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?! ALWAYS PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!! Ahsoka rushes to defend her friend, while Maul fully explains that Ezra’s actually about to activate his new battle station, so no one on his long list of foes gets left out of the revenge party! Well, gee, you couldn’ta mentioned that BEFORE? Just Maul for ya… unfortunately.
So I’m sure Ezra wished he’d known that ahead of time too, because the explosion of Force energy that followed was not the kind of knowledge he’d been looking for. Also Nika Futterman doing awesomely as the Presence. Scared me for a second ’cause she sounded so much like Ventress, but nope Presence-voice is a whole different ballgame… an absolutely terrifying one. Wow Maul defs means business right now. Definitely seen as he continues evilly ranting as he fights Lady Tano, if the firey blast shooting through the temple through the ground to the sky to potentially space wasn’t proof enough. Ahsoka handles herself awesomely against Maul, not letting his crud get to her once and slingin’ her white ‘sabers like an absolute boss. And then Kanan gets up, an Old Republic mask shielding his wounded face, but looking all kinds of unshakable nonetheless. Also can we just note the mask kinda resembles the Jedi Temple Guard mask the ex-Grand Inquisitor wore in Shroud Of Darkness? WHOAAA THE IMAGERY AGAIN. Maul thinks Kanan’s easy prey. But ohohoho Master Jarrus was more than ready. Those brief moments where you can tell Kanan is picking up on the sound of Maul’s footsteps to locate his position… WOW! Just WOW! He deflects his adversary’s every move, and ultimately grabs him by the arm and pitches him over the side of the temple. Talk about “making this quick”! And then he gets a call from Chopper, who may’ve seen a TIE nearby…
Yeah Ezra is not interested in the kind of power the Presence is offering. Now he might’ve realized Maul played him like a card. The Presence is all “well if you’re not gonna do it maybe that guy will”, and that’s when DARTH VADER entered, in spectacular fashion, standing on his TIE fighter, red blade in hand, cape flowing. Both incredibly cool and incredibly gutwrenchingly terrifying. And in one swift move, he leaps from the TIE and right. at. EZRA. “I’m not afraid of you” “Then you will die braver than most” OH WOW. Ezra deserves a serious amount of credit for how awesomely he fought Vader. His abilities have definitely grown since their last confrontation, and very rarely does anyone confront him more than once and actually live. However, despite this, one swing of that red ‘saber, and Ezra’s beautiful blaster-blade is in pieces. Bridger’s look of terror as Vader brings down his blade brings out the dark lord’s comment “Perhaps I was wrong” and then… “Wouldn’t be the first time…”
AHSOKA…
And VADER…
IN THE SAME ROOM.
“Our long-awaited meeting has commenced.”
CANNOT. COMPUTE. THE EARTHSHATTERINGNESS.
I don’t even dare try to reiterate what happened. Except that what happened was one of the most simultaneously exciting and simultaneously terrifying and simultaneously doubling-over-with-feels-inducing things I have ever witnessed in Star Wars history, and possibly my life. Because I don’t dare try and act like I’m explaining it all to you for the first time, let’s just talk about my own thoughts.
I was not prepared when Vader found Ahsoka in the season opener. And despite I could see it as something that would likely happen… when I first heard the title of the finale, Twilight Of The Apprentice… I realized how truly unprepared I was. With a title like that, I knew that no one would come out of this episode unscathed in some way. After all, even with Kanan’s knighting, the three are all still apprentices in some way or another. The very idea of Ahsoka and Vader facing each other was almost unfathomable. Yes, I’d always wanted to see Ahsoka join the Rebels, but no, I wouldn’tve wished for her to fight the man once her master. But yet, it was also unavoidable. I had no idea what to expect ultimately. Ahsoka and Vader would know each other’s weaknesses and strengths better than anyone, but they’ve also both grown, Vader in Dark Side prowess, and Ahsoka in real-world skill that enhanced and added to her Jedi training. Who’s side would the fight tilt in favor of? And considering Darth Vader is alive and well by the time we get to A New Hope… how could she be by then? But the one thing I knew for sure, that IF Ahsoka went down, she was not going to go down in vain. That was my sole comfort in all of this. I could only watch and see what would happen. And I was on the edge of my seat, breathing like I’d run a marathon. I don’t think I’d felt this on-edge since Kylo Ren and Han Solo’s confrontation a few months ago. And then when Ahsoka sliced open his mask… and saw the fragment of his face… oh wow. Even after all he’s done, she still refuses to give up on him. Something not even Obi-Wan or Yoda could do. She saw past the dark, monstrous form, and saw her friend. Ahsoka’s always loved people, maybe even more than traditional Jedi values would allow, and that’s something I’ve always loved about her character. And we see that part of her crystal-clear as she sacrifices herself to save Kanan and Ezra. As that happened I cried out “AHHH SHE’S PULLING AN OBI-WAN!!”, recalling Master Kenobi’s own great sacrifice in his final confrontation. Ezra’s tears match my own. But they did it just the right way, respectful and a shining example of her selflessness and kind heart.
And in the stirring, enigmatic, and epic-in-scale last few minutes of the finale, we see the mini-Alliance react to the losses and scars (as if I didn’t cry enough seeing Hera’s reaction, Rex’s face pretty much shattered my heart). We see the Darth and the ex-Darth walk away from Malachor, Vader looking worn, and Maul looking for his next big revenge plan (I’d make some reference to Lego’s The Empire Strikes Out but I don’t want to come off as disrespectful). We also see a figure in the shadows… a figure who looks a whole lot like… AHSOKA?? (I’d sit here and dump all my theories on that matter too but again, not the right time and place to do that) We see Kanan Jarrus, unable to see, but with the Force as his ally, not truly blind. And then we come upon Ezra Bridger, who with a Sith holocron in hand and a glint of red in his eyes, has many difficult decisions ahead of him. But in the midst of the uncertainty and the pain and confusion, life goes on… and so too will the growing Rebel Alliance.
OK brb crying. But seriously wow, there are no words. This episode, this series… I love it. So so much. And next week I’ll do my annual recap post to look at the season as a whole and cover any interesting thing I might’ve missed. And so the Rebel Transmission comes to a close.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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