Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 5 E 15 Shades Of Reason


  • The Bad Guy Wins: When you have Villain Protagonists fighting each other, this is the obvious outcome...
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Pre Vizsla earns this trope in this episode. He betrays Darth Maul, but doesn't kill him (despite saying that he would) and sends him to prison instead, Maul breaks out, he has Bo-Katan give Maul his lightsaber back (ouch) to fight a fair fight, and ultimately gets his butt kicked by Maul.
  • Challenging the Chief: Maul preyed on Vizsla's honor, and challenged him to see who's the most worthy one to lead Death Watch and Mandalore.
  • The Chessmaster: Maul plays Vizsla like a fiddle the entire story arc, plotting first to unite the syndicates to form an underworld under his control, with Vizsla providing the muscle in exchange for the throne of Mandalore (considering Mandalore led 2000 neutral systems, handing one over was chump change to Maul); then when Vizsla betrays him and imprisoned him, he saw it coming a mile off and incorporated it into his plans, requiring a visit to prison to break out Almec. Lastly fighting Viszla directly in single combat, using Mandalorian culture against him, so that Vizsla was screwed no matter what.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Pre Vizsla rivals Cad Bane in this regard: during his fight with Maul, Vizsla uses every weapon available to him: the Darksaber, blasters, flamethrowers, jetpacks, grenades, rope, and all manner of projectiles. It still doesn't help him...
  • Crowning Momentof Awesome: Beside the concluding fight, Savage Opress destroys the prison cell he and Maul are kept in with the Force by flexing his arms. He also effortlessly takes down three Death Watch members.
  • Darkest Hour
  • Downer Ending: Duchess Satine's government has fallen, Darth Maul kills Pre Vizsla, Bo-Katan is forced to retreat with some of her comrades who don't side with Darth Maul, and Darth Maul becomes the new ruler of Mandalore, with Prime Minister Almec reinstated as Prime Minister of Mandalore.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bo-Katan refuses to side with Darth Maul after he kills Pre Vizsla, claiming she does not see an outsider as the ruler of Mandalore.
  • Honor Before Reason: Maul preys on this aspect of Mandalorian culture to force Vizsla into a duel for the crown. Should Vizsla refuse, he would be seen as weak by his underlings, and unfit to be their leader. If he accepts and loses, trying to double-cross Maul would be seen as dishonorable, and would suffer an even worse fate than refusing outright.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pre Vizsla.
  • Master Swordsman: Darth Maul, obviously, but Vizsla's prowess with the Darksaber is considerable. Note that he fought Kenobi (a Master of Form 3) and won only due to having his soldiers as backup, and fought Ahsoka (a Padawan half his age with Jar'Kai training) to a stalemate in a one-on-one duel. Vizsla is good, but he was nowhere near Maul's caliber, even with pragmatism on his side.
  • Off with His Head!: Following the climactic fight, Maul takes the Darksaber and exceutes Pre Vizsla in this fashion.
  • Vertigo Effect: On Bo-Katan when she sees Darth Maul right before he executes Pre Vizla.