Siege of Mandalore and Speculations of Maul

I’m not sure there’s been a Star Wars story to date that I’ve been anticipating as much (or for as long) as the Siege of Mandalore. I’ve certainly had my share of hype over the movies, and while “Twin Suns” has since been, well, “Twin Suns,” the anticipation leading up to that episode was miniscule compared to the aftermath. One major assumption I’ve carried over these years is that the story of the Siege would focus on Rex and Ahsoka. In contrast, Maul probably wouldn’t have much character development, being there to primarily be the threatening antagonist like he was in The Phantom Menace.

Even though Maul has since become my favorite character, I was okay with that. I already got my “Twin Suns,” and, after all, Maul lives in a cycle. Gaining power, losing power, and clawing his way back up the food chain. It’s a cycle that he’s still on in Rebels. It’s a cycle that he dies in. So I assumed that Mandalore would simply be another rotation, Maul spinning the wheels on his own character development.

Then Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 happened, and I was physically in the same room when this bombshell went off.

“Honestly, [The Siege of Mandalore is] my favorite stuff that we’ve ever done as the character… [Maul] hasn’t been able to think or see his way out of this horrible, evil cycle that he’s found himself in. And what I found most interesting about this arc, is for a second, he actually tries to think his way out of it. He actually tries something different that he’s never tried before or since. And we see how that goes.” – Sam Witwer

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Delicious Irony (Arbiter Watch) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Partner piece to Ghosts of Onyx review and analysis.

Companion piece to my reading journals of the Halo novels.

Here we have another outright mention of Thel in Ghosts of Onyx, a comparison to Xytan ‘Jar Wattinree and an example of the treachery of the Prophets. We also get a subtle glimpse of just how much Thel impacted humanity as a whole.

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The God and the Kaidon – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Following the betrayal of the Prophets, the Sangheili found themselves without leadership.  Small portions of the former Covenant began following Shipmasters and commanders likes Rtas ‘Vadum and Voro ‘Mantakree, but with the simultaneous outbreak of the Flood, the threat of the Halo rings, and the sudden alliance with the humans, these factions were far from unity.  In the days and then months following the Schism, two leaders arose that sought to rebuild what the Sangheili had lost and gather the scattered factions together.

While neither Xytan ‘Jar Wattinree nor Thel ‘Vadam are ultimately successful in uniting the Sangheili, their speeches found in Ghosts of Onyx and Glasslandsshare interesting parallels.

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Ghosts of Onyx – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Review and analysis of Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund

When the Spartan-II program goes public for the sake of morale, the Office of Naval Intelligence loses their strongest covert operation. They decide it’s time to make more. Enough to make them expendable.

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#SWRepMatters: Women and Romance

Today, the community-driven campaign of Star Wars Representation Matters, run under the hashtag #SWRepMatters on Twitter, is focusing on the representation of women in that galaxy far far away. For me, this conversation is difficult to divorce from romance, because it is in romance that Star Wars has failed me as a woman the most.

Since we’re going to get into a bit of the reeds with some negativity here, let’s start with a positive.

I like Satine Kryze. No, I love her. I adore her. She is my second favorite character in all of Star Wars. And that’s a big deal because I was ready to reject her entirely.

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First Impressions (Arbiter Watch) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Partner piece to First Strike review and analysis.

Remember last time on Arbiter Watch how some updated canon put to rest an old theory regarding the identity of the Arbiter? Well, this time around, some updated canon resurrects a theory long dormant. Welcome again to this companion series to my reading journals, where Thel ‘Vadam(ee) is everywhere if you just look hard enough.

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First Strike (Definitive Edition) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Review and analysis of First Strike by Eric Nylund

Alpha Halo was not the end of the war. The Covenant continue their genocidal campaign, the Master Chief, Cortana, and a team of survivors must race to Earth and stop the Covenant’s advance. This novel follows up on the events and characters of both Fall of Reach and The Flood and sets the stage for Halo 2.

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