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Warning: This post could, can and/or will contain SPOILERS!!!! You've been WARNED!
THIS! This will explain the "dreadful, character ruining moment" between Obi-Wan and Maul's duel! Granted, I imagined this duel would turn out differently, as we all did; in an epic showdown of the century, two longtime rivals duke it out... One. Last. TIME!!! But funny how reality works, isn't it? I've already seen videos with people pointing this little factor out and it's great that Dave and crew ended it this way, if you ask me! It's the classic storytelling that George has done in the past, which was of course passed down to his "apprentice", Dave Filoni. Those of you who have seen the episode already know what moment I'm talking about (I hope).
*But as always, fans want to cry out and pitch a fit for their "epic showdown" pacifiers and fan-serviced things! They have no love or respect for a character's journey or the classic storytelling of old or the realism behind this duel! George (and in ways even Dave) have a method of storytelling that we don't understand, so it's not surprising that a bunch of millennials (even those who grew up watching the Originals back in the day) would bash the creator of a franchise they grew to love, a franchise he created simply because he had a story to tell. Very liberal, if you ask me! I can't stand people (liberals) that have this sort of attitude, this hypocrisy: "I'll tolerate the things you say and do, but only if I agree with it" or "I'll agree with the things you say and do, but only if it fits my criteria"...
^:::ahem::: "Political" issues :::cough, cough::: The Prequels :::ahem::: Return of the Jedi :::cough, cough, AAAAHEM!::: Sorry, had something stuck in my keyboard... But, yeah... breaks my heart...
Sometimes things don't go our way; sometimes it's not what we expected events to turn out, but it serves the story well! This episode (and Maul's eventual demise) is exactly what we didn't want, but it is what we needed; the ending we needed to finally finish Maul's and Obi-Wan's many years of rivalry! Poetry... Pure poetry!
Sorry for such a lengthy rant, but had to write it out before I could lose my thoughts on the matter...
This duel was perfect. It's exactly how it should have been portrayed.
I can't help but feeling sad for Maul though, as he realized that his life attempt at getting his revenge on Obi Wan, was not worth it. You have to give Kenobi mad respect for his restraint. He had zero anger against the man who killed his master, and the woman he loved. He wasn't even going to fight him until Maul forced his hand by revealing that he had put two and two together about Obi Wan protecting 'someone'.
Those 20 seconds of them standing and then dueling carry so much deep information. Every second of it counts. The writers did an amazing job. When I saw Obi Wan revert to Qui Gon's lightsaber dueling form, it was as if the circle had been completed all the way from the Phantom Menance, only this time, Maul was probably thinking that it would be an easy kill, just like Kenobi's master, but Obi Wan knew better, and used that to his advantage. It's amazing how Kenobi is so tuned in with the force that he doesn't need any fancy tricks to defeat his opponent, that's how powerful in the force he has become.
The best part about the whole thing was when Obi Wan was holding Maul in his arms. I mentioned before how this is a complete finished circle of the Phantom Menace. Obi Wan using Qui Gon's form, against the same old enemy, and then Obi Wan holding Maul in his arms as he died, discussing the chosen one... just like he did with Qui Gon. Amazing parallel, absolutely amazing.
"He will avenge us" Loved this line so much. It's also the most shared connection that Obi Wan and Maul will have. Maul realizes the importance of the chosen one. Sidious has taken everything from both Maul and Obi Wan, and as he drew his final breaths, that similarity they share, was key to their moment of connection.
Notice how Obi Wan refers to Luke as the chosen one. Though there is much debate over this topic, I still believe that Anakin Skywalker is the chosen one. Obi Wan obviously thinks that Luke is the chosen one, because in his mind, Anakin is gone, beyond redemption. But it is Anakin Skywalker, who later brings balance to the force, and peace to the galaxy.
Is it me or did Luke seem a bit young in that ending scene? He's supposed to be the same age as Ezra and Leia, as they were all born on the same day that the Clone Wars ended.
Anyways, what a wonderful episode. So much meaning, it was beautifully made. I wish Rex and Obi Wan had the chance to speak to each other though, but that's just the Clone Wars fan in me.