After that first 30 minutes, there is no way this last 30 minutes could disappoint. We were left with a face off between the three inquisitors and Kanan and Ahsoka. Then Maul and Ezra arrive and things are about to get real.
This finale as a whole might be the best Star Wars I have ever seen. The look was amazing, the music was epic, and we are left off with a vibe that nothing will ever be the same.
Maul joins forces with the heroes because the enemy of his enemy is his ally. They make quick work of the inquisitors and it's likely that we won't see anymore of them in the future. Maul then betrays Ezra and Kanan's trust and Kanan is left blinded. At that moment my heart stopped and I found myself believing that he had died. That was the kind of action and adventure we got in this one. Kanan then overcomes and throws Maul off the cliff.
Ezra then takes the holocron to the center of the temple. That's when Vader arrives. That shot of him on the tie fighter was literally the most epic form of Vader I have ever seen. He then uses his power and gravitas to disarm Ezra and that's when the real magic happens.
That is something we have all waited for since 2008 when Ahsoka stepped off that ship. James Earl Jones and Ashley Eckstein deliver emotional line after emotional line and all Star Wars fans got what they were waiting for.
They face off and Ezra delivers the holocron. Then a voice from beyond (Nika Futterman) reveals what the sith were after -- power. Ezra quickly realizes his error and he and Kanan remove the holocron. That moment was pulled off perfectly and you feel their relationship strengthen.
Then as Ezra and Kanan attempt to leave Vader tries to steal the holocron. Ahsoka intervenes and now the most emotional moment in Star Wars history happens. Vader's mask is damaged and you can see half of his face. Then Matt Lanter and James Earl Jones mashup to say "Ahsoka" and at that moment all is still. Is that Anakin? Is Vader just playing on Ahsoka's emotions? Either way it was pulled off perfectly. Anakin saying "then you will die" crushed millions of fans worldwide.
The temple closes and explodes with power and now we are left with questions. Where is Maul going? What happened with Vader and Ahsoka? How will Kanan cope with being blind? We then see Ezra open that sith holocron with red eyes and you know darkness is in his future.
Then there is the fact that we see Ahsoka go down stairs and fade away. Is she alive? What's next for her?
All of this was perfect. The ending with that music was emotional and as we did a single-cam look at all of our characters had you being reflective. We now know nothing will be the same.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
Those saber copters.
That was some of the best Star Wars I've ever seen. It was emotional, action-packed, filled with classic character, and had moments that Star Wars fans will be talking about forever.
From the music to the visuals to the performances, this was a masterpiece. For all the talk about season two being filler-heavy, all of that character building made this more epic. I have a lot of questions, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
This review was done by Fan of TheForce.net Ryan Donoho. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.