« on: March 31, 2016, 10:45 AM »
I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting last night's season finale to be an hour long. But I'm glad it was, because getting all of that story into a half hour would have been a major disservice to the story.
Maul proved that he was far more than the feeble "Old Master" in short order. And I like the fact that the 8th Brother Inquisitor had been tasked with finding Maul, aka "The Shadow". It shows that the Inquisitors were not merely focused on Ezra and Kanan, and gave the Inquisitors a broader sense of purpose. I would still very much like to know what happened to Maul in the time between his duel with Sidious on Malachor in CLONE WARS and his reappearance now. But perhaps that's a story for another medium.
Regardless, I really like that Maul started to teach Ezra the Sith Code as they worked their way into the Temple. That alone was one of the numerous story points that made it into this episode that I really appreciated. The fact that they were on Malachor was a big deal, too. Especially if you played the KOTOR games. And the process of lifting the doors with The Force seemed like something straight out of the games. And when Ezra placed the holocron in the Sith obelisk? Call me crazy, but the voice really reminded me of Darth Traya from KOTOR II.
The one thing that drove me crazy? The Inquisitors using their lightsabers to fly like helicopters. That was just too much to swallow. All of that aside? The Inquisitors seemed like a big threat to Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka. They also served to show just what novices Kanan and Ezra are in their Force powers. When Ahsoka fought both the 5th Brother and 7th Sister, she showed just how powerful she was in comparison to them. But the Inquisitors seem more evenly matched with our relatively untrained Jedi like Kanan and Ezra. And when Maul took them on? He completely outclassed the Inquisitors! His fighting abilities and ruthlessness were so brutal.
I have to say, when Vader turned up it got scary. Because there seemed to be a whole new level of menacing darkness introduced to the situation. I thought that Ezra might not make it out. And it was even more concerning when Kanan got blinded. But when Ahsoka faced off against Vader in the full knowledge of who he really was? That was emotional. I thought that this might be Ahsoka's end. But seeing how we didn't really see that happen on screen? Something tells me that she made it out somehow.
But now Ezra has that Sith holocron. And that seems like it could open a whole new can of worms. With his master, Kanan blinded? I'm wondering how that will play into things. I saw a tweet from Pablo Hidalgo this morning that drew some comparisons between Kanan, Rahm Kota and Zatoichi, a blind wandering Samurai.