Bodies are dropping left and right this season and it seems that no one is safe unless they were in Episode III. Kenobi heads to Madalore to free Satine from imprisonment after the Jedi Council receive a distress call from the captive former prime minister. Kenobi takes the mission alone as the Jedi Council refuse to help since Mandalore is considered a neutral system with neither Republic nor Separatist ties. I know there is a huge war raging in the midst of this, but I have to say, the decision to not help didn’t sit well with me. I always considered the Jedi to be the peacekeepers of the galaxy, not just the Republic. To decide to not help Mandalore almost made them sound like Republic flunkies and not keepers of the peace. I thought they went where help was needed, but I guess not.
Kenobi makes his way into Mandalore and fails at rescuing Satine. It also seems that he has played right into Maul’s hands, and Maul takes the opportunity to hurt Kenobi in a drastic way. Maul executes Satine right in front of him, which if you know about Satine and Kenobi’s prior relationship, then you know this cuts Kenobi deeply. The Death Watch renegades spring to action and help free Kenobi, and we find out that head Death Watch renegade Bo-Katan, is also Satine’s sister. This should make for interesting story going forward and I have the feeling that when all is said and done, Bo-Katan may be the one to lead Mandalore.
Then it happened. Episode after episode has gotten increasingly better, and the end of this one was no different. Darth Sidious himself senses Maul’s presence and he takes a trip to Mandalore to deal with the upstart Sith. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than Maul’s dual with Pre Vizla last week, we get a super treat as Sidious takes Maul and Opress two-on-one. This had to be the coolest lightsaber dual of the whole show as Maul and Opress start to realize they are out matched by the head Sith Master. This leads to another huge death in the Clone Wars Universe as Sidious dispatches of Opress. I loved seeing how this affected Maul and how hard he took it. Of course this is his brother we’re talking about, but I didn’t expect it to cut Maul so deeply. It also seemed like karma coming back around for Maul’s killing of Satine. Sidious also lets us know that he has something in store for Maul, and we know it’s not another apprenticeship, so I can’t wait to see what it is. My only gripe about this scene was that Maul seemed to grovel at Sidious’ feet a bit too much. He’s become pretty powerful as of late and I thought he would want to replace Sidious rather than serve him again, but I can live with what we got.
Overall this was another strong episode in a season that is really bringing it like no other season has. Sure it went a little sideways with the droids arc, but man, these last few episodes have all but erased the droids arc from my mind. This episode also seemed to be close to this arc as it had some finality to it, but I can’t be sure of that. I am hoping for one more episode at least before we move on to new territory. Seeing Sidious in action will always earn extra nerds on the rating system.
4.5 out of 5 nerds
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