Star Wars fans are raging over the recently released finale of the beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, now streaming. In 2008, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film debuted, introducing the subsequent popular show. The series introduces us to now fan favorite characters, such as Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Hondo Ohnaka, Asajj Ventress, and the top-notch bounty hunter Cad Bane. In addition, the show also succeeded in reviving old favorites, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Boba Fett. However, most importantly, the series presented the rebirth of Darth Maul, a name synonymous with the Star Wars double bladed lightsaber.
Reintroducing Darth Maul
The Clone Wars series single handedly took the character of Darth Maul from a silent, throw-away character hardly featured in his debut film Star Wars: Episode l – The Phantom Menace to a devious, scheming villain that fans now love to hate. Episode l left Maul assumed dead and half the man he used to be, and it is not until the fourth season ending of The Clone Wars that we are reacquainted with him. Abandoned and deranged Maul is found by his newly introduced brother, Savage Opress also a double bladed lightsaber wielder.
Maul’s Quest for Revenge
Taken by his brother back to his home planet of Dathomir, Maul is healed and gifted with new cybernetic legs. His madness was then reduced to a singular focus for revenge against his mortal enemy Obi-wan Kenobi. With his new drive for vengeance he and his brother embark on a crusade to draw the eye of his enemy, spreading fear and destruction in their wake. After many attempts on the life of Kenobi, Maul begins to plan his biggest campaign for dominance. Building a criminal syndicate, later referred to as The Crimson Dawn a major factor in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Maul draws in several crime families, such as The Black Sun, The Pikes, and a collaboration with the Mandalorian warriors known as Death Watch.
The Siege of Mandalore
These story threads culminate in the Clone Wars series finale arc, taking place on the planet Mandalore. Beloved series protagonist Ahsoka Tano has returned to aid Mandalorian loyalist Bo Katan in regaining control of her home from Maul and his criminal associates. Maul, now betrayed by the order of the Sith he used to serve, still clings to his quest for power and vengeance. Once again armed with his double bladed lightsaber, with which he is most deadly, he awaits the series climactic final confrontation.