Star Wars Rebels review: Season 3, Episode 20, “Twin Suns,” Aired March 18, 2017
The long-awaited confrontation between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi is here! Let’s dive in and talk about some of our favorite moments from the emotional “Twin Suns.” Massive spoilers ahead!
Judging by initial reactions, some fans were disappointed by the duel between Obi-Wan and Maul, namely the length of the duel. If you look back at Maul’s previous duels, they usually run for minutes, but this one was barely a few seconds. While I would’ve loved to see a longer duel between these two skilled Force users, we’ve seen them battle each other time and time again.
As mentioned in Rebels Recon, the speed with which Obi-Wan takes Maul out is meant to show us how much Obi-Wan has learned during his hermitage. At the start of the duel, Obi-Wan uses Form III, one of his favored lightsaber forms, but then switches to Form IV, the form his former master Qui-Gon Jinn used just before he was killed by Maul. Recognizing the form, Maul attacks Obi-Wan in the same way he attacked Jinn all those years ago, hoping for a similar outcome. He attempts to strike Obi-Wan in the face with the hilt of his lightsaber, just as he did with Jinn, but Obi-Wan anticipates his move and delivers a fatal blow to the former Sith Lord.
Maul Finds Peace
Though the Jedi Master and the Sith don’t have a lengthy conversation, the dialogue between Maul and Obi-Wan is laden with so much emotion and history. One of the many lines that struck me was when Obi-Wan said, “I will mend this old wound.” Given how the duel plays out and Maul’s moving final moments, I wonder what Obi-Wan exactly meant by this. Is Maul the wound? Or is it the Sith’s pain, a pain that Obi-Wan finally quiets when he defeats his long-time foe.
In some ways, Maul’s and Obi-Wan’s arcs are similar. Both lost a lot between the events of The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan lost his best friend and the love of his life, and Maul lost the lower half of his body and his blood-brother, Savage. Both endured prolonged periods of isolation after sustaining these losses, but the way they dealt with and reacted to their respective losses is what differentiates them. Obi-Wan found peace and wisdom during his isolation, whereas Maul spent his time spouting revenge-filled, Shakespearean soliloquies (which I will dearly miss), further fueling his anger and resentment for the Jedi. I think maybe Obi-Wan recognized this in Maul, that they had experienced this twin journey, and that’s why he held him so tenderly, like he held Qui-Gon, in his final moments.
“He will avenge us.”
I think what Maul really means when he says Luke will avenge us is “he will redeem us” – but obviously he would never say that. He and Obi-Wan, powerful as they were, have become relics of the past. Yes, they matter, or in Maul’s case, cause trouble for people within the galaxy, but everyone has bigger fish to fry. Palpatine is busy controlling the galaxy, Vader is busy doing his bidding, Thrawn is hunting the Rebels, the Rebels are trying to survive – with few exceptions, no one cares about these two ghosts of the Republic. That’s why they have their final duel in the middle of nowhere, under the veil of the Tatooine night sky.
And what’s heartbreaking is after all this time, after years of fighting, these two rivals finally understand one another. While they were both wronged and manipulated, neither of them were innocent. Ultimately, Luke does avenge them by convincing Vader to kill Palpatine, the man who was the source of so much of Obi-Wan’s and Maul’s suffering, but he also redeems them, as he redeems all Force users, by convincing Anakin to come back to the Light Side.
Obi-Wan Gives Ezra Some Advice
Obi-Wan tells Ezra, “What you need you already have.” What Obi-Wan means of course is the home Ezra’s made with the Ghost crew, but despite the number of times his friends have been there for him, sometimes you just need a Jedi Master to tell you what you already know. Taking the Jedi’s words to heart, Ezra returns to the Rebel base and tells his friends, “This is where I’m supposed to be. You’re my family.”
A New Hope
The episode ends with a picturesque view of the Lars homestead, with Obi-Wan watching from a distance. We hear Aunt Beru calling for Luke, and shortly after we see the silhouette of a young boy running across the sand towards his home. Cue the Force theme and major feels. We finally got our cameo of Luke. We just need a cameo from Han to have a full set!
Behind the scenes:
- According to Dave Filloni, they cut a lot of scenes from the episode, and early drafts of the episode had Kanan accompanying Ezra and a detour to Mos Eisley
- The voice actor for Obi-Wan is the same actor who voiced the younger version of the character in The Clone Wars
- Filloni called the duel between Maul and Obi-Wan an homage to the Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai
- Will Ezra tell the Ghost crew that Obi-Wan is alive?
The Season 3 finale, “Zero Hour,” airs next week!