The path to evil may bring great power, but not loyalty.After the remains of of Savage Opress's first victims are returned to the Jedi Temple, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are sent to investigate this new menace. Meanwhile on Serreno, Dooku begins to train Savage in the ways of the Dark Side.
This episode provide examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The Jedi never learned Darth Maul's name in The Phantom Menace, so many Legends works just referred to him as an unknown Sith. This practice, however, ignored the fact that Nute Gunray was arrested in the film, and he knew Maul's name. In this episode Obi-Wan refers to Maul by name, and the episode guide confirms that indeed Gunray was the one to reveal it to the Jedi.
- The Cameo: Delta Squad has a cameo in this episode, returning the bodies of Master Halsey and his Padawan to the Temple.
- Call Forward: During their training duel, Dooku disarms Savage and crosses his and Savage's lightsaber at Savage's neck in a scissor formation, a position Dooku would find himself in in his last duel with Obi-Wan and Anakin above Coruscant.
- Continuity Nod:
- Obi-Wan confuses Savage for Darth Maul on the security footage.
- Obi-Wan and Anakin assume that Dooku sent Savage to Toydaria to exact revenge against King Katuunko, who chose to join the Republic instead of the Confederacy.
- The Dog Bites Back: After suffering Dooku and Ventress's taunts and insults about his ability, Savage finally snaps and turns on them both.
- Double Weapon: Savage gets his double-bladed lightsaber in this episode.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Darth Maul's fractured visage is seen in Talzin's Crystal Ball.
- Electric Torture: Dooku uses Force lightning on Savage, as a punishment for killing King Katuunko, whom he was supposed to capture alive.
- Evil Versus Evil: The battle between Dooku, Ventress and Opress.
- Instant Expert: Might be a side-effect of the Nightsisters' magic that transformed him, but Savage's a frighteningly quick learner given that with only the first levels of his training complete, he is able to fight Obi-Wan and Anakin on equal footing and Force-choke Ventress and Dooku simultaneously.
- The Juggernaut: Savage is totally unstoppable in the latter half of the episode. Even being subjected to multiple rounds of full-powered Force lightning by Dooku can only temporarily paralyze him, and after the beating he takes from Dooku and Ventress he is still able to force Obi-Wan and Anakin on the defensive. It takes being surrounded and repeatedly shot on the torso by about a dozen droids to force him to retreat.
- The Power of Hate: Dooku teaches Savage how to use his hatred to channel the Dark Side.
- Training from Hell: Dooku puts Savage through this.
- Training Montage: We only get to see two lessons of it.
- Wham Shot: At the end of the episode, Mother Talzin shows Savage a face in her crystal ball, tells him it's his brother, gives him a magic amulet to help him track down his brother, and sends him on his way. We are then shown whose face it is — Darth Maul.