Expanding the Clone Wars – Brothers

In Episode 4.21 “Brothers” Savage Opress scours the galaxy for his brother, Darth Maul. In this week’s edition of Expanding the Clone Wars, we explore how the Jedi knew Maul’s name, the junk world of Lotho Minor, and the Sith Code.

Check out our review of the episode here.

Maul’s Name

At the very end of the episode Obi-Wan mentions Darth Maul’s name and this raises the question; where did the Jedi learn of the Sith Lord’s name? Nute Gunray’s trial is a possibility, as is Maul’s Sith Infiltrator.

In the novel Darth Plagueis, Palpatine says to Dooku that the Jedi Council don’t even know Maul’s Sith name, but that the Council hopes that Gunray can shed some light during his trial. Nute Gunray would undoubtedly be questioned as to the identity of Qui-Gon’s murderer on Naboo during his trial and he would probably claim that he was taking orders from a fellow by the name of Darth Maul. This has not be confirmed in any Expanded Universe source.

In the novel Rogue Planet, Darth Maul’s name is mentioned in Obi-Wan’s thought narration, and the first Decide Your Destiny book has the youngling refer to Darth Maul by name. However, Obi-Wan’s report in The Essential Guide to the Force doesn’t actually mention Maul by name, while Tionne Solusar’s clearly does. Saesee Tiin’s report on the Scimitar, Maul’s Sith Infiltrator, states that he found nothing to identify the Sith Lord slain by Obi-Wan.

I guess we have to assume that Maul’s mother wrote his name on the label of his cloak he dropped before the duel of the fates.

One thing to note: Yoda knew of the Banite Sith Rule of Two because of the Jedi Padawan Kibh Jeen. When Jeen fell to the Dark Side in 188 BBY and learned that the Sith now hid under the Rule of Two, the Jedi at the time viewed this as mad rantings. When Darth Maul was revealed, Yoda knew these rantings to be truth.

Darth Maul

When Darth Maul’s spider-legs were finally revealed, I was expecting them to be more along the lines of the B’omarr monks from Jabaa’s palace, but instead his legs were made up of trash and scrap from the planet. It is safe to assume that Maul is holding his legs together with the Force much like the Junk Golems from The Force Unleashed were held together through the Force by the Jedi Master Kazdan Paratus, and how Darth Sion kept his body together in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

In an interview with Ryder Windham about The Wrath of Darth Maul, he said “As for The Clone Wars episode Brothers, secrecy was such that Lucasfilm Animation didn’t want to release a script. Leland Chee described Maul’s appearance to me over the phone, and also provided some dialogue from an episode featuring Maul. Leland really gave me everything I needed to get the job done.” It should be noted that in Wrath, Darth Maul is the one who kills Morley instead of Savage.

Garbage World

Lotho Minor, the garbage world where Maul was hiding, bore a striking resemblance to Raxus Prime from The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars games. I also thought the Firebreathers, giant droid behemoths that melted down garbage, could be a variation of the same droid model of the Great Heep from the Droids cartoon. The Great Heep’s primary function was to rid a planet of its natural resources and that is similar to what the Firebreather’s were programmed to do.

Other Stuff

It was awesome to see Sam Witwer bring in elements of the Sith Code that first appeared in the Expanded Universe in Knights of the Old Republic into his Darth Maul ramblings. He talks about breaking the chains and that is directly from the Code of the Sith:

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

Another thing to note is that the Jedi Council have stated that their ability to use the Force has diminished and the Dark Side has clouded everything. How could Yoda pinpoint Darth Maul through the Force when they can’t even sense the Sith Lord right under their nose?

Thanks for joining us this week as we expanded Episode 4.21 “Brothers”, and make sure you join us next week for the Season 4 finale in Episode 4.22 “Revenge!”

Sources 

Darth Plagueis, Decide your Destiny, Droids, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Rogue Planet, The Clone Wars, The Essential Guide to the Force, The Force Unleashed

Written by Andy Ury
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About the Author

Andy Ury joined EUCantina in 2012 as a columnist of the weekly Expanding The Clone Wars column, exploring the current Expanded Universe and fitting it in with the new continuity brought about with The Clone Wars TV series. Andy has been a huge Star Wars fan since first viewing the VHS Special Edition of the Original Trilogy in 2002, and since then he has poured over every detail of the SWEU. Andy believes every aspect of the Star Wars Expanded Universe can somehow be retconned into one cohesive continuity, including Lil’ Maul and Skippy the Jedi Droid.