The best stories encourage exploration. This iconic episode of Star Wars Rebels is no exception. So let’s take some deep dives into Star Wars lore, filmmaking techniques, and literary themes. Welcome to the “Twin Suns” Close Read.
“Always remember… I am nothing.” All the themes of Maul’s life are coming together in this fateful encounter.
Ezra isn’t being stubborn for arrogance’ sake. He’s responding out of an over-inflated sense of responsibility.
Ezra finds himself on a Hero’s Journey, but it’s the wrong one. It’s one where Maul has carefully crafted every detail to fit his own goals.
Maul’s constructed, false Journey for Ezra continues, but Ezra’s experiences start to match someone else. Also: our first interpretation of the suns’ symbolism.
Our three leads have finally come together, two legends and one legend-to-be, and it’s all about purpose and relationships.
Kurosawa, camera cheats, and old wounds. How the briefest of lightsaber fights tells a story all on its own.
Knighthood was bestowed upon Obi-Wan after violently defeating Maul on Naboo. Now immortality is made his by following the example of the pacifist Duchess Satine Kryze.
Maul probably wouldn’t be the first choice for a character whose arc demonstrates the power of compassion in Star Wars, but here we are.
The final shot of Obi-Wan and Maul is an extreme long shot, used to convey the idea of something bigger at work. Which is fitting, because Maul’s story finds redemption three decades on.
Ezra’s transformative empathy is key. Luke becomes the Ultimate Jedi. Maul and Obi-Wan are what they both grow beyond.
Part 11 Lessons Animation Taught Me
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Science fiction is best when its story cannot be disconnected from the trappings of the genre. That’s what makes Maul’s story good science fiction.
Pardon the librarian metaphor…
A conversation-starter regarding the representation of mental disabilities/mental illness in Star Wars. Content warning for discussion of suicide