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If you ignore the past, you jeopardize the future.

While investigating rumors about conspiracy surrounding Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore about her secretly creating an army for the Separatists despite being neutral, Obi-Wan uncovers the truth about a mysterious Mandalorian plot and is assigned to protect Duchess Satine from a terrorist organization called Death Watch.


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  • Abandoned Mine: Subverted. On Mandalore, everyone believes the old mines on the moon Concordia are abandoned, but Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch and the governor of the moon, had them restarted. Obi-Wan of course doesn't believe them to be abandoned for a second.
  • Actual Pacifist: Satine and the New Mandalorians, in sharp contrast to the planet's warrior history.
  • Artistic License Physics: Concordia is the moon of Mandalore, so it's smaller than its parent planet by definition and should therefore have weaker gravity. However, there's no evidence of any kind of gravity difference. Weaker gravity would have actually come in handy when Obi-Wan has to fight a bunch of Death Watch members with jetpacks, but his jumps aren't any higher than on Mandalore.
  • Badass in Distress: Obi-Wan briefly winds up in this position after two Death Watch commandos ambush him and stick him in a mining conveyor belt with plans to kill him.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Two Death Watch terrorists (one offscreen, the other onscreen) commit suicide rather than submit to capture and interrogation.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Obi-Wan disarms the Death Watch bomber by deflecting one of his own shots into his blaster. He is then later subjected to it himself when a Death Watch commando shoots his lightsaber out of his hands.
  • Bungled Suicide: Downplayed in that it's not instant. The Death Watch bomber who tried to kill Satine leaps off a ledge to avoid being captured and interrogated only to smash into the floor roughly a story down. He lingers for a minute or so, but ultimately his attempt was successful as he's in no condition to reveal information other than Death Watch propaganda and he passes soon after.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Two Death Watch soldiers trap Obi-Wan in a force-field holder on a conveyor belt designed to carry rocks from the mine to a crusher. Satine manages to rescue him.
  • Cool Sword: Vizsla's weapon is an ancient black-bladed lightsaber called the Darksaber, which has an inverted color scheme to standard lightsabers in that its core is colored and its edges are white in addition to being uniquely shaped like a katana. Vizsla says it was recovered by his ancestors during the fall of the Old Republic.
  • Due to the Dead: Satine takes a moment to offer comfort to the dying Death Watch bomber, and Pre Vizsla later drafts a letter of condolence to the man's family.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pre Vizsla (who is a reactionary and a traitor to Satine) gives Obi-Wan his lightsaber back in order to have a proper duel.
  • False Friend: Pre Vizsla poses as a loyal ally of Satine's to cover up his actual role as leader of Death Watch.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Once again, Obi-Wan is captured and left hanging behind a force field, and once again does not use the Force to break out. It's particularly egregious this time because the Death Watch guard holding his lightsaber is approximately three feet away from him, and Obi-Wan doesn't even try to Force-grab it.
  • Good Old Ways: The Death Watch's entire goal is to overthrow Duchess Satine's regime and undo the reforms she put in place so they can return to being an aggressive Glory Seeker military culture, much more like they were in the Star Wars Legends canon.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Downplayed, as there is no gore to be seen and the person involved still dies onscreen, but when the Death Watch bomber commits suicide, the audience is only shown him flinging himself off a ledge, then cuts away without showing the impact.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The Death Watch soldiers' reason for sticking Obi-Wan in the mine's conveyor belt.
    "Time for General Kenobi to meet with his fatal accident."
  • Multitasked Conversation: When Obi-Wan contacts Satine to ask her to come and help him, she's in the middle of a conversation with Pre Vizsla. She does her best to make her responses to Obi-Wan seem like natural things to say to Vizsla.
  • Retcon:
    • Previous material from the old Expanded Universe indicated Jango Fett was a Mandalorian and a member of Clan Fett. Almec claims he was nothing more than a common bounty hunter that somehow acquired Mandalorian armor. His status as a "true" Mandalorian in the new Disney canon was uncertain for a while as people argued over whether Almec's statement was literal truth, or meant as a dismissive insult. The Mandalorian finally resolved the issue by splitting the difference - Jango was a Mandalorian foundling who earned his armour fair and square - but not a Mandalore born one, and also part of Mandalore's old warrior culture, which is likely why he dismissed Jango as "not Mandalorian". To be fair however, this was also Jango's backstory in Legends, where the True Mandalorians fought against Death Watch- the same organization that Almec himself would later be revealed to have ties to.
    • The Darksaber was created for this episode and became important to canon. Here, Vizsla claims it was stolen from a Jedi Temple. In Rebels, that was tweaked to it having been constructed by the Mandalorian Jedi, Tarre Vizsla, and stolen from the Temple by his family clan after his death, making this a case of Exact Words.
  • Shoot the Fuel Tank: When two Death Watch members are flying towards Obi-Wan and Satine using their jetpacks, Obi-Wan tosses a third jetpack towards them and then shoots it to create an explosion.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Vizsla boasts of the "many Jedi" who have died on the Darksaber, but in his duel with Obi-Wan, proves unable to match a Jedi Master and calls in his troops for back-up.
  • The Starscream: Pre Vizsla is the Governor of Concordia, but seeks to topple Duchess Satine to take over Mandalore.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Almec is later revealed to be this when he claims Jango Fett wasn't a true Mandalorian. Part of this comes from being a corrupt politician, and the other from the fact that Jango was adopted into the culture as a Foundling, as confirmed by his son Boba years later.
  • You Have Failed Me: Pre Vizsla kills one of his subordinates after he fails to execute Obi-Wan.


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