Was it that Maul had a brother though? I got the impression, and maybe some of this was rationalizing it in my own head, that these Zabraks are almost kept here, like they're bred to some degree, as peole that can either be trained, or created, into something. So was Maul bred to be like he was, or was he force-adept and chosen?
The episode deviates 100% from his backstory... I think there's some scenes of his childhood in the EU, and how he's found by Palpatine/Sidious.
I could see it tying to his backstory some though, if Maul was sort of handed off as a child to Sidious because of his force-adept nature...
I don't know what to make of Opress' ultimate "force sensitivity" or whatever. it's almost more like they gave him mystical Star Wars roids, beefed him up, and made him just a really badass warrior. Is he using the force? Maybe a little, but he sorta seems like more a brute than a force-user. I don't know. Either way, the longer Clone Wars goes on, the more and more I look at it simply as "more expanded universe". It's good, don't get me wrong, but its utter lack of cohesion with anything established already makes me look at TCW3D as really just another comic book, or novel, or video game. A lot of it rocks, but sometimes I think I'll stick with the established storylines and things, and just sorta put Clone Wars somewhere behind it.