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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S4E22 "Revenge"

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The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Savage Opress has finally found his brother, Darth Maul, crippled and insane as a result of his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now Savage brings Maul to their home planet, where Mother Talzin, the Nightsister shaman-witch, might help him recover...


  • All There in the Manual: Obi-Wan and Ventress escape the transport by using the specially built cockpit/escape-ship, apparently leaving Savage and Maul drifting in space. However, the episode guide reveals that the room in which the brothers discuss their next steps at the end of the episode is a secondary cockpit for the transport.
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  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Maul is standing on one when he first appears to Obi-Wan on Raydonia.
  • Best Served Cold: By the end of the episode, Maul realizes that after waiting for his revenge for so long, he really can afford to wait a little longer.
  • Body Horror: Maul's transformation by Mother Talzin.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Obi-Wan pretends he doesn't know Maul, but Maul rebuts this by calling him out on forgetting Qui-Gon's death so easily.
    Obi-Wan: [feigning ignorance] I'm not sure I've made your acquaintance.
    Darth Maul: I am surprised you could have forgotten me so easily after I killed your master and you left me for dead on Naboo!
    Obi-Wan: [horrified] It is you.
  • Call-Forward; When Maul and Savage arrive on Raydonia, we see a shot of Maul igniting his lightsaber while standing in front of a group of unsuspecting children in the same way Anakin will do in Revenge of the Sith (that serves as the page picture for Villainy Discretion Shot).
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  • Central Theme: Revenge, of course. Maul's obsession with revenge on Obi-Wan is one of the only things he managed to hold on to through his years of insanity, and once he's healed, the plot of the episode is driven by his attempts at taking revenge for his suffering. It's downplayed, but it's implied that Savage wants revenge against Ventress for his previous mistreatment (his tone as he tells Maul who she is definitely implies some bad blood) and Maul taunts Obi-Wan by implying that he, too, wants revenge, in this case for Maul's killing of Qui-Gon.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Obi-Wan and Ventress barely escaping in the cockpit/escape ship. Savage wants to go after them, fearing that the Jedi will know too much if they inform them, but Maul dismisses his concerns, counting on the Jedi to come after the two of them.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle/Curb Stomp Cushion: Savage effortlessly defeats Obi-Wan in their brief duel. Of course it helps that Obi-Wan is distracted by Maul's presence, and he didn't expect Savage to be there either. Then Maul easily smacks Obi-Wan around some more when they are fighting one-on-one though this was after Maul and Savage roughed Obi-Wan up and Maul was taunting Obi-Wan about Qui-Gon's death which enraged Obi-wan and made him sloppy with his mind clouded by anger.
  • Enemy Mine: Obi-Wan and Ventress team up against Maul and Savage. Bonus points since Maul has taken Obi-Wan's lightsaber from him, so Ventress lends Obi-Wan one of hers.
    Ventress: I want that back.
    Obi-Wan: That's fine. Red's not my color.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Maul's trap for Obi-Wan on Raydonia fully establishes his new characterization; As opposed to being a blunt instrument just like he was back in The Phantom Menace, Maul is now his own agent, and demonstrates the brutality (slaughtering a village full of innocent people) and cunning (using the village as bait and having Savage be ready to ambush Obi-Wan) that defines his appearances from this point on.
  • Foreshadowing: Maul comments to Savage that they will "start" with revenge, hinting at the larger goals he starts working towards in later episodes.
  • Genre Blindness: Obi-Wan insists on going alone to Raydonia, where Maul waits for him, because he fears if he goes there with a Jedi strike team, Maul will slaughter all the villagers. Maul and Savage of course slaughter them before he arrives anyway.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Only the lead-up and aftermath of Maul and Savage's rampage on Raydonia is seen. Maul's message to the Jedi Council, which has him behead a group of hostages, also noticeably cuts away from the actual violence, only showing Maul swinging his blade and the bodies falling to the ground (some of them still twitching).
  • He's Back: Maul finally regains his sanity, and is dead set on getting revenge on Obi-Wan.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    Maul: Your master, Qui-Gon Jinn; I gutted him, while you stood helpless and watched! How did that make you feel, Obi-Wan?
  • Kick the Dog: Maul threw his murder of Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan's face just to provoke him.
  • Large Ham: Maul is really Chewing the Scenery during his speech about his hatred towards Obi-Wan.
  • Mythology Gag: Maul's second set of legs are based on his appearance from the non-canon Old Wounds comic.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Savage and Maul beat up Obi-Wan really badly.
  • The Power of Hate: How did Maul survive his bisection at Naboo? His hatred for Obi-Wan fueled him to stay alive.
  • Revenge: The episode's title, Central Theme, and Maul's driving force.
  • Rule of Cool: A lightsaber battle between 3 former Sith and a Jedi, involving the Jedi teaming up with a Sith and everyone wielding red lightsabers? Awesome.
  • Satanic Archetype: As if Maul wasn't this based on his appearance normally, he reintroduces himself to Obi-Wan on Raydonia backlit by a burning building and standing on a pile of corpses.
  • Sibling Team: Maul and Savage.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Ventress and Obi-Wan.
  • Special Edition Title: The opening logo is red instead of yellow, for this episode and "Brothers".
  • Staggered Zoom: When Maul runs out of the cave on Dathomir and screams to the sky, the camera jump-zooms out twice to emphasize his volume.
  • Tempting Fate: Obi-Wan says that he will defeat Maul again just like last time — right before Savage shows up to kick his ass. This is even lampshaded by Maul:
    Maul: [chuckling darkly] Don't be so certain.
  • Title Drop: A conversation between Maul and Savage.
    Maul: I was apprenticed to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to be... so much more. But I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi. By Obi-Wan Kenobi...
    Savage: Then you must have your revenge, my brother.
    Maul: Yes. We will start with revenge.
  • To the Pain: Maul goes into some pretty horrifying detail about his planned revenge on Obi-Wan.
    Maul: I will make sure you stay awake long enough to feel every single cut. Your death will be beyond excruciating. You will suffer as I have suffered!
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Call-Forward mentioned above heavily implies that the aforementioned children were the first victims of Maul and Savage's rampage.


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