Air Date: 16 March 2012
Written by: Katie Lucas
Directed by: Brian Kalin O’Connell
Special Guests: Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), Clancy Brown (Savage Opress), Barbara Goodson (Mother Talzin)
This review contains minor spoilers.
This episode of The Clone Wars is Season 4, Episode 22, called Revenge. After finding his brother on Lotho Minor, Savage Opress brings Darth Maul to Dathomir, where Mother Talzin restores Maul’s body and mind, giving him advanced robotic legs. Maul wants revenge against Obi-Wan Kenobi, so the brothers go to the planet Raydonia to slaughter a village, drawing Kenobi near. The two Zabrak knock Kenobi out and trap him. Meanwhile, Ventress is being drawn to confront Savage, leading to an epic battle: Ventress and Kenobi vs. Maul and Savage.
I loved this episode. Everything about this episode was amazing. After Maul was restored, he looked powerful, menacing, and in control. Sam Witwer’s voice is wonderful, close to the original Episode I voice but unique too. Maul’s new legs were really cool, and reminiscent of the legs he had in the non-canon comic Star Wars: Visionaries. Overall, he and his brother made excellent villains.
The relationship between Kenobi and Ventress was also very well done. These two beings have been enemies for years, and dueled countless times. They know each other well. Added to that is the fact that Ventress was betrayed by the Sith, and Kenobi has an open and forgiving heart. Their banter during the big fight was believable and fun. Like an old bickering couple. They were both very well voiced; James Arnold Taylor does Kenobi’s sarcasm very well, and Nika Futterman does the same. Any relationship they build here (hopefully not a romantic one, but I wouldn’t be bothered too much if they went that way) will help bridge The Clone Wars with the comic miniseries Star Wars: Obsession, which is a popular story chronicling the conclusion of Ventress’s story.
This episode was a perfect conclusion to an otherwise great season. I look forward to any more episodes they do with these characters.
This was the Season Finale of The Clone Wars. We will not get new episodes until September or October of 2012. In the interim, I will be publishing, on occasion, reviews of past episodes of the series, starting with The Clone Wars movie and Season One. I hope you’ll stick around!
Reviewed by Andrew Halliday
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