Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S5E16 "The Lawless"

Morality separates heroes from villains.

Maul has taken control of Death Watch, and lures Obi-Wan to Mandalore using Satine. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious does not like what he is hearing about Mandalore.

This episode provide examples of:

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Sidious proves just why he is the most powerful Sith Lord to ever live.
  • Badass Grandpa: Darth Sidious in spades, at last.
  • Back for the Dead: The Twilight returns after having been last seen in "Children of the Force", only to be destroyed.
  • Blatant Lies: Maul claims all he has done has been to prove himself worthy of returning to Sidious's side. Unfortunately, his former Master sees through it in an eye-blink.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: For Bo-Katan, who is last seen fighting Maul's group of Death Watch while Obi-Wan escapes Mandalore. But she will probably return.
  • Break the Badass: Darth Maul murders Duchess Satine just to make Obi-Wan suffer and lose the will to fight.
  • Call Back: Obi Wan infiltrates Sundari using his Rako Hardeen disguise from Season 4.
  • Call Forward:
    • Sidious has two lightsabers, like he does in Revenge of the Sith; only in the movie he doesn't use both of them at the same time, on account of losing one during the duel in his office.
    • Obi-Wan lures a Death Watch commando aboard the Twilight to steal his armour, and then beats him up offscreen, in a scene extremely reminiscent of one in A New Hope.
  • Cartwright Curse: Obi-Wan's hits back with a vengeance, courtesy of Darth Maul.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The now-divided Death Watch. Those following Maul are indicated by red and black armour (one of the lieutenants has Zabrak-like horns on his helmet, too) while those loyal to Bo-Katan have the same colour scheme they always had.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Depending on your point of view, the epic Sith fight is one of these: on the one hand, the brothers manage to land a blow each on Sidious (who, at one point, seems fatigued); on the other hand, Sidious is laughing maniacally the entire time and ragdolls the brothers more than once with the Force, and every blow they do land, Sidious ends up taking advantage of.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Duchess Satine dies in Obi-Wan's arms after being stabbed by Darth Maul.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Darth Sidious to Darth Maul.
    • Subverted hilariously with Savage Opress, who doesn't quite seem to grasp the nature of the old hooded man before him.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Obi-Wan knocks out a Death Watch commando loyal to Maul and steals his armour.
  • Dual Wielding: Sidious has two red lightsabers, and Maul ends up using his normal saber and the Darksaber.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Bo-Katan is pretty saddened when Obi-Wan says, "You're Satine's sister, aren't you? I'm so sorry . . ."
    • Darth Maul is pretty upset when Savage Opress is killed by Darth Sidious.
  • Enemy Mine: Bo-Katan helping Satine and Obi-Wan out. Even lampshaded by the classic line, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Nightbrothers vs Sidious. Fans have waited years for Palpatine to show why he is the Dark Lord of the Sith, and boy, does he not disappoint. Dual Wielding two red sabers against Maul and Savage, he is able to go toe to toe with both of them, and he is having a whale of a time doing it.
  • Fanservice Pack: Soniee and Lagos, the female cadets from the Season 3 episode 'The Academy', were hit by puberty rather hard over the Time Skip.
  • Funny Background Event: The relief in front of which Sidious duels the Nightbrothers depicts Mandalorians fighting Jedi. The Jedi (but not the Mandalorians) are drawn in a very cartoonish, caricature style. Some of the Mandalorian helmets depicted also resemble those of the Clones more than usual, possibly counting as Foreshadowing.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Obi-Wan gets one when Darth Maul murders Duchess Satine.
  • Heroic Second Wind: After Sidious kills Savage, and mocks Maul about being replaced as the Sith apprentice, Maul goes toe-to-toe with his former Master in the remainder of their lightsaber duel, but is ultimately defeated.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice in this episode, with Duchess Satine (courtesy of Darth Maul) and Savage Opress (courtesy of Darth Sidious).
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The episode ends gloriously with one of these for Darth Maul at the hands of Darth Sidious.
  • Killed Off for Real: Duchess Satine and Savage Oppress.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • This episode is a somewhat light-hearted rescue mission up until the Twilight gets destroyed. This was discussed in the Clone Wars Google Hangout.
    • The ending of the episode features Darth Sidious triumphant, having just killed Savage Oppress and in the midst of torturing Darth Maul. Cue the upbeat credits theme!
  • No Ending: The episode abruptly ends with Darth Sidious torturing Darth Maul with Force Lightning, while saying that he may have some use for Maul. It was in fact meant to lead into a four-part finale for Maul in Season Six, before the show was cancelled; this was eventually released as the comic storyline Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sidious deals a ferocious one to Maul with the Force after disarming him in the wake of Savage's death.
  • Not So Different: While Obi-Wan and Darth Maul are very much different, the episode shows some similarities between them:
    • Maul loses his brother to Sidious and has a parting moment with him much like Obi-Wan did with Qui-Gon when Maul killed him. For bonus points, this is just after Maul has taken away another of Obi-Wan's loved ones.
    • When Sidious is about to attack, Maul takes the infamous "sword hand back, free hand forward" defensive stance typical for Obi-Wan.
  • Oh, Crap!: Darth Maul gives one of these when he senses his former Master's arrival
    Darth Maul: I sense a presence, a presence I haven't felt since . . . [realises who's arrived] . . . Master?!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bo-Katan is the red oni to Satine's blue oni. Helped by the fact the two are actually sisters.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: When Obi-Wan (disguised as a Maul-factionist Death Watch member) attempts to break Satine out of prison, they run into a Death Watch member at the elevators. The guy is a bit slow, but eventually asks for the authorization code, at which point, Obi-Wan has to knock him out.
  • World of Badass: Maul, Savage, Obi-Wan, Bo-Katan, and Darth Sidious radiating Badass in one episode.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Darth Maul stabs Duchess Satine just so that he can make Obi-Wan suffer.