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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S4E21 "Brothers"

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A fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

Savage Opress is finally reaching the end of his quest to find his long lost brother.


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  • Actor Allusion: Among the things Maul mumbles is this line taken from the Son of Mortis during the Mortis arc, who was also voiced by Sam Witwer.
    Maul: The chains are the easy part. It's what goes on in here [points at his temple] that's hard.
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  • Actually, I Am Him: Non-verbal and unintentional, but Savage initially assumes that the spider-like creature attacking him is a monster that did something with his brother. Then he gets a good look at the creature in the light of the glowing talisman and realizes that it is his brother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Savage angrily strangles Morley when he catches on to the fact that Morley was taking advantage of Maul's ruined state.
  • Body Horror: Maul looks absolutely horrible when Savage finds him.
  • Death Glare: In a brief moment of sanity, Maul delivers a bone-chilling one to Savage at the end of the episode.
    Maul: Revenge. I must have revenge...
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Darth Maul, of course, is still missing his lower half after Obi-Wan sliced him in two back in The Phantom Menace. He's attached himself to a mechanical spider-like collection of legs that carries him around.
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  • Hostile Weather: On Lotho Minor, the acid rain is so undiluted that it immediately starts to melt Savage's armour. It’s of course understandable, given the planet is a Landfill Beyond the Stars.
  • Kick the Dog: Savage nearly strangles a waitress for no obvious reason, essentially carjacks a ship pilot to get a ride to Lotho Minor, and throws the pilot out of his own ship.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Savage strangles Morley pretty brutally, but Morley, who had just led Savage (the latest of what's implied to be many victims) to be killed and devoured, is hardly a sympathetic victim.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: Lotho Minor joins Raxus Prime and Ord Mantell as another planet where the denizens of the galaxy far, far away dump all their garbage. It's home to a few locals, including a tribe of possibly mechanical beings and a talking snake that lures in victims for Darth Maul to kill, then eats the leftovers.
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  • Laughing Mad: Maul. And crying and weeping mad, too — he swings between emotions at the drop of a hat.
  • Missed Him by That Much: The episode begins with Savage choking a waitress in a diner before running out following the trail from the amulet Mother Talzin gave him. Moments later, Anakin and Ahsoka enter in search of food that isn't standard rations. They even ask the waitress if something happened, but she says it's nothing to worry about.
  • Moment of Lucidity: Maul's mind is fractured, but Savage coaxing him to remember his past starts to pull the pieces back together. Maul appears to start remembering his old master's words before he suddenly announces his intents for revenge on Obi-Wan, cold and clear as day, before relapsing back into craziness.
  • Mood-Swinger: Darth Maul starts a sentence with one emotion and might express two or three others before it's over.
  • Mundane Utility: While wandering Maul's catacomb beneath the surface, Savage uses his lightsaber as a lantern.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Morley metaphorically soils himself when he sees that Maul didn't kill Savage.
    • Downplayed, but Obi-Wan is clearly troubled by the idea that Maul is still alive.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Savage uses the same tone as the T-800 when he orders the cargo pilot to "Get. Out."
    • Morley and Maul give off a strong Gollum and Shelob vibe, complete with the latter resembling a spider.
  • Special Edition Title: The opening logo is red instead of yellow, for this episode and "Revenge".
  • Spider People: Maul has built himself a crude spider-like apparatus to get around on. According to Filoni, he used the Force to build it.
  • Title Drop: Courtesy of Savage.
    Savage: We are! We are brothers!
  • Unnecessarily Creepy Robot: Is there a reason that this landfill's incinerators need to be giant walking crab-things with glowing orange eyelights and fiery dragon mouths? Apparently yes.


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