Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels: “Twin Suns”
In this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, Ezra – reacting to a vision of Maul – makes his way to Tatooine against the wishes of Kanan and Hera. He hopes to stop the former Sith Lord before he can enact a troubling plot. However, Bridger inadvertently aids Maul in his quest. Yes, his sheer presence on the planet draws out Obi-Wan Kenobi, leading to an epic encounter between the long-time adversaries and the death of Maul. This episode had a ton of potential, but it never quite hit the mark. In all honesty, simply from a fan perspective, it was very disappointing. But what makes it a lackluster episode? Well, to answer that question, let's take a look at the ups and downs from “Twin Suns”.
Right, let's not beat around the bush... WTF was that? After all the hype, all the build-up, weeks of anticipation, the duel between Maul and Kenobi ends before we can even grab the popcorn?! Look, I'm all for surprises and shocks. Sometimes a combination of the two can be awesome... if done right – RIGHT being the key word there. It was just too rushed, wasn't it? To be fair, they were backed into a corner, given Kenobi's slowing fighting style. However, it's as if they looked at the run time, saw there was only five minutes left and panicked. Even Maul's death was incredibly inconspicuous. At first, it seemed as if his lightsaber was simply cut in two. But I guess he was also slashed in the chest? And why was Ezra shoehorned into the episode? Sure, he inadvertently lured out Kenobi, meaning his presence was needed. But he somewhat overshadowed Maul and Obi-Wan. I kinda wish they were just left to it. Regardless, I'll give them props for Maul's death. The Zabrak's passing was truly heartfelt, and the final interaction between the two was perfect! Even the way Kenobi held Maul was a spectacular image. All of this, of course, would not have been achieved if not for the incredible voice acting. Stephen Stanton did a particularly fantastic job of channeling Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan. Let's also give props to Kenobi for finally slaying his nemesis and gaining the accolade once and for all. Fingers crossed he doesn't somehow come back to life with metal abs or something. One thing I couldn't wait to come back, on the other hand, was Tatooine. From the Tusken Raider attack, to the sandstorm and twin suns, everything about this episode was executed flawlessly to tie in with A New Hope. Especially the ending! Oh, that ending. How empowering was it to see young Luke and hear the classic score? Wow!
“Twin Suns” had a ton of potential, but it failed to reach everyone's high standards. Sure, there were some amazing moments, as proven by the three ups, but it was also incredibly disappointing, as displayed by the three downs. I now know why this episode didn't cap off the season. Here's hoping next week's finale hits the mark. Speaking of which, the 25th of March will mark the release of “Zero Hour”, in which the Rebels prepare to attack Lothal, only to find their base under attack from Thrawn and his forces. So, let me know what you think of the premise of next week's episode, as well as your opinion on “Twin Suns” in the comments below.