The Legacy Of Obi-Wan And Darth Maul Chapter I: A Remarkable Debut
Posted by Steve on January 26, 2018 at
04:04 PM CST
With Star Wars Rebels nearly over, itís only right that we look back on the series that was and celebrate a show that expanded our view on the mythology and meaning behind some of the greatest Star Wars moments put on screen.Chapter I: A Remarkable Debut
Over four seasons of great programming there are almost too many key moments to look at for inspiration but one moment stands out for me personally as a longtime fan. It was during Season 3 in an episode titled ďTwin SunsĒ where we saw the now famous final meeting between legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and former Sith apprentice Darth Maul, by this time however he was just Maul.
This scene on its own is powerful enough with striking imagery, a haunting musical score by Kevin Kiner, superb writing by Filoni and Gilroy, and dynamic voice work by Sam Witwer (Maul) and Stephen Stanton (Kenobi). But luckily for us this moment in time, which is the final meeting between these two legends, is something that has been building and building for some time, since 1999 in fact. This relationship, which lasted 30 years, is unique even in the confines of the Star Wars universe.
The connective tissues between this scene and all their previous encounters is right there for us to piece together like an intriguing puzzle. This kind of rich storytelling rooted in the deep Star Wars tradition is a romantic and emotionally rewarding experience. As their paths crossed one final time in glorious fashion their story is complete, and we were witness to it.
Itís both a journey back in time and a look to the future as Obi-Wan bravely ends one chapter and starts another. But like all good stories, there must be a beginning...
"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."
~Darth Maul to Darth Sidious
It was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace where we first met Darth Maul. The Zabrak from Dathomir was a Sith Apprentice learning the ways of the dark side from Darth Sidious who unbeknownst to us at the time was masquerading as Senator Sheev Palpatine from Naboo. Maulís hatred of the Jedi went back to when he was young, and Sidious forced him to observe a great battle on Malachor between the Sith and Jedi. He was forced to breath in the ashes of the fallen Sith warriors consuming their fear and hatred of the Jedi in the process.
As he grew older, his thirst for revenge against the Jedi only got stronger so by the time Palpatine was ready to reveal the Sith to the universe once again around 32 BBY, Maul was a formidable Force user and chalked full of rage.
As the war between the Galactic Republic and the Trade Federation reached Naboo, Queen Amidala along with Jediís Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought to reclaim the capital and take it back from the Federation. Maul was there waiting for them, working with the Federation, and the two Jediís fought Maul while war raged outside.
This is where our story begins in many ways. Jinn had faced Maul earlier on Tatooine but Kenobi, who had seen Maul, did not face him. So, this meeting on Naboo would be the first between the two would be rivals. A rivalry which, lasted 30 years, would end under a blanket of stars in the cold lonely Tatooine desert. The two settings, much like to two men, could not be more different.
The now infamous duel was long and violent, and Maul held the upper hand on the two Jediís for most of it. Maulís strategy was to separate the two which he achieved once they were drawn into a generator complex. It was here Jinn and Maul became isolated from Obi-Wan and fought one on one with a helpless Kenobi standing by.
Maul would gain the upper hand on Jinn, using a hilt strike, and would stab the Jedi Master through the torso seemingly killing him. An enraged Kenobi then took on Maul, all alone this time. Kenobi was disarmed at one point and Maul had the upper hand taking advantage of Kenobiís rage at the murder of his mentor and friend. He calmed himself using the Force and was able to out maneuver Maul and slice him in half at the waist. Itís worth noting that this defeat of a Sith was the first by a Jedi in over 1,000 years. Kenobi got to his fallen master, but it was too late with Jinn dying in his arms making him promise to complete a young Anakin Skywalkerís training.
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