It seems like an incredibly long time since the reveal of Darth Maul still being alive. An entire season and a half in fact. I’d wonder if I’d have been chomping at the bit for this plot element to return had I watched this series as it was coming out. Truthfully, while writing about these episodes, I kind of forgot all about Maul and his brother Savage Opress.
It’s cool to see them back though, in no small part due to how much the series itself throws onto this event. They treat it like it’s a big deal.
Season three ended on such a big cliff-hanger, I’m kind of shocked it took us to the final four episodes of season four to actually return to that story thread. These first two episodes begin the slow and surprising redemption of Asajj Ventress, something I never knew I really wanted until it started happening.
I’ve said before, I love a good redemption story. And this story is as ripe for pushing those buttons as a good guy turn could ever be.
Upon rewatching these episodes, I have a distinct memory of having seen them once before. Although most of the details of them had been lost to time and my bad memory. I think it was around a time where a friend of mine encouraged me to watch them as this was the part of the series where it “got good”, although upon this revisitation I feel like it’s been pretty good right from the beginning.
This is certainly a collection of episodes that acts as a major turning point in the series and a shift in the dynamic of power between a number of our character’s villains.