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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'Rebels' is Planning Another Epic Season Finale

Star Wars Rebels reached (and arguably surpassed) Clone Wars-level heights with its emotional duel between Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano in its Season 2 finale. As confirmed in the new mid-season trailer today (and hinted at in earlier episodes), its third season will end with yet another epic duel between two well-known Star Wars characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul.
Ever since returning to the Star Wars canon in Season 4 of The Clone Wars, Maul's principal goal has been to seek revenge on the Jedi who famously sliced him in half in The Phantom Menace. Maul caused endless trouble for Kenobi and even murdered his soulmate, Satine Kryze, but apparently only a battle to the death will resolve this grudge – a battle that Kenobi will almost certainly win, finally ending Maul's reign of terror. 
At the end of the trailer, Kenobi – looking like his very first appearance in A New Hope – is confronted by Maul next to a campfire on Tatooine. Maul ignites his lightsaber. "You're in the wrong place," Obi-Wan warns in a very Alec Guinness-y voice (courtesy of Stephen Stanton) and strikes a classic Kenobi fighting stance.
Admittedly, this rematch isn't nearly as emotionally affecting as Vader and Ahsoka's duel, since Kenobi and Maul have a far less complex and well-documented history. But it'll still be fascinating to see a much older Kenobi show off some fancy Jedi moves. It'll be like a practice session before his decisive duel with Vader in A New Hope, a few years later.

Other exciting moments from the mid-season trailer:
  • James Arnold Taylor returns to voice a younger Kenobi in a pre-recorded hologram watched by Ezra. It's amazing how both Taylor and Stanton expertly imitate Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness, respectively.
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn and Director Krennic apparently share more than a penchant for white suits; Thrawn is seen with the iconic Death Troopers that guarded Krennic in Rogue One. Hopefully, we'll hear confirmation that these silent soldiers earned their name because they're actually zombies.
  • We get another quick look at Saw Gerrera's role, following the promo from a few weeks ago. He'll help the Rebel team investigate an Imperial superweapon's construction on Geonosis in this week's two-part episode. Obviously, they won't discover the Death Star yet, but we'll probably learn why Saw split from the Rebel Alliance.
  • "We're building an alliance. This is our Rebellion," Mon Mothma tells the Ghost crew as the Rebel fleet assembles. It sure sounds a lot like Genevieve O'Reilly is reprising her role from Rogue One. In any case, it's great that Mothma will get more screen time as one of the most prominent Alliance leaders.
  • There's extensive footage of Sabine Wren visiting some old Mandalorian buddies (including her mom) and training with the legendary darksaber in an effort to convince them to join the Rebellion. This is also hinting at the return of Bo-Katan (voiced by Katee Sackhoff), the badass Death Watch lieutenant from The Clone Wars, which was unofficially announced back in September.
What are you hoping to see in Kenobi and Maul's duel? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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