This is it. We’re down to the last two episodes of the second season of Star Wars Rebels. The journey has been an exciting one filled with memorable and heart wrenching moments, and now, it’s time for Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka to separate from the group in order to face their own challenge.
In a special one-hour finale, the three Force sensitives seek out an Inquisitor to gain information about Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Soon after, they encounter an unexpected ally in their fight against the dark side. When their search leads them to a confrontation with Vader himself, the three heroes and their new ally are forced to muster all their strength in order to survive.
Maul returns–again! We last saw him in the comic book series Son of Dathomir, where we discovered additional details about him and Mother Talzin. Things don’t turn out so well for him, and as a result, he now harbors animosity toward the Sith. It’s a strange feeling, but you can’t help but feel sorry for the old Dathomirian Zabrak (voiced by the talented. He is being honest with Ezra when he says that he was taken from his mother, that he lost his brother, and that he was cast aside. And he’s definitely not lying when he says that the Inquisitors and the Sith are his enemy. Although we don’t what he’s been doing over the years, I like to think he spent his time hunting down Inquisitors and being a thorn on Sidious’ side.
It’s also interesting to think of Maul as an ally, since he’s not the first person to come to mind when using that word. That said, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and that’s definitely where Star Wars Rebels is going with this unusual alliance. Is it a smart move on Ezra’s part, though? It’s hard to tell whether Maul is also being deceptive for his own gain. For all we know, he could be using Ezra to get something he wants, and Ezra being so desperate to help Kanan and Ahsoka, might end up falling for whatever ruse Maul has planned.
Then, there’s the question of whether someone’s going to die. Although I think it’s not necessary to tell a compelling story, the majority of the audience feel like the stakes need to be raised. This season, in a lot of ways, resembles The Empire Strikes Back. We all know that the good guys don’t win at the end, so should we expect something along those lines to happen in the season finale? Will someone fall in the confrontation with Vader?
The only way to know is to tune in on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 9:00PM ET/PT on Disney XD.
Images from the upcoming episode, “Twilight of the Apprentice”. (Photos: Lucasfilm)