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

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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.


  • Actor Allusion: Yet another character named Satine, in love with a character who was portrayed by Ewan McGregor, doomed to die in his arms thanks to a blood-filled lung.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Maul starts begging for mercy after Sidious defeats him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Savage's death is quite sad, as his only regret is that he was an unworthy apprentice for his brother.
  • The Alleged Car: The Twilight has seen better days; the control console starts smoking as Obi-Wan prepares to land on Mandalore, which the ship only barely manages.
    Obi-Wan: Anakin, that's the last time I borrow a ship from you.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Sidious proves just why he is the most powerful Sith Lord.
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  • Back for the Dead: The Twilight returns after having been last seen in "Children of the Force", only to be destroyed.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The only one who actually wins in this episode is Darth Sidious, who kills Savage and utterly breaks Maul.
  • Batman Gambit: Maul allows Satine to escape and send a distress signal to Coruscant, knowing that the Jedi and the Republic can't interfere on Mandalore without permission from the legitimate government and gambling that Obi-Wan would come to rescue his lady love alone. It works, and were it not for Bo-Katan, Obi-Wan would have spent the rest of his (likely short and very painful) life at Maul's mercy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: All of Maul's successes over the last few episodes are reduced to nothing in the face of Darth Sidious; after starting the episode at the peak of his power, he ends it having lost everything, begging for mercy and screaming in agony while Sidious tortures him.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: When Savage is fatally injured, Maul forgets all about fighting Sidious and runs to his brother's side, even holding his hand as he dies. When Sidious taunts him with the Rule of Two, Maul is visibly shaking with rage.
  • Blatant Lies: Maul claims all he has done has been to prove himself worthy of returning to Sidious' side. Unfortunately, his former Master sees through it in an eye-blink.
  • Blood Knight: Sidious is clearly having the time of his life dueling Maul and Savage; his maniacal grin never leaves his face. This makes sense since he probably hasn't had a chance to cut loose in a while. He even proved at the start of the fight that he could handle them just using the Force, but wants a drawn out fight, eager to indulge the sadism and bloodlust he normally conceals.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: For Bo-Katan, who is last seen fighting Maul's group of Death Watch while Obi-Wan escapes Mandalore.
  • Break the Badass:
    • Darth Maul murders Duchess Satine just to make Obi-Wan suffer and lose the will to fight.
    • Sidious later does this to Maul by brutally killing Savage and defeating him so utterly that Maul is left begging for mercy.
  • Call-Back:
    • Obi-Wan infiltrates Sundari using his Rako Hardeen disguise that was introduced back in season four.
    • The final duel is quite reminiscent of the climactic duel that occurred back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Obi-Wan lures a Death Watch commando aboard the Twilight to steal his armor, and then beats him up offscreen, in a scene extremely reminiscent of one in A New Hope.
    • Maul's line, quoted under Oh, Crap!, where he mentions "a presence [he] hasn't felt since...", is something Darth Vader will say regarding Obi-Wan in A New Hope.
    • Sidious has two lightsabers, just like he will by the time of Revenge of the Sith; only in the film, he will not use both of them at the same time on account of losing one during the duel in his office.
  • 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 armor (one of the lieutenants has Zabrak-like horns on his helmet, too) while those loyal to Bo-Katan have the same color scheme and design they always had.
  • Costume Evolution: Beginning with this episode, Sidious ditches the simple black cloak he's worn up to this point for more regal, burgundy-colored robes, the same outfit he will wear during his eventual duel with Yoda.
  • 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.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: After Savage's death, Maul alone manages to hold his own against Sidious, but his former master soon disarms and overpowers him with the Force.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: After sitting out most of the arc of Maul's return and playing no part in the episode beforehand, Darth Sidious opts to travel to Mandalore to deal with his former apprentice, singlehandedly breaking Maul and gutting all of his accomplishments.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Duchess Satine dies in Obi-Wan's arms after being stabbed by Darth Maul.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Obi-Wan tries to sympathize with Maul via saying that he knows Maul didn't choose to turn to the Dark Side, Maul becomes angry and eventually kills Satine.
  • Downer Ending: Satine is killed by Maul, Mandalore ends up engulfed in a civil war, Bo-Katan is left in a Bolivian Army Ending, and Savage is killed by Sidious, who brutalizes Maul while promising an even worse fate for his former apprentice.
  • 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 armor.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Sidious has a pair of identical red lightsabersnote .
    • Maul ends up using his normal lightsaber and the Darksaber.
  • Dying as Yourself: Savage reverts back to his pre-transformation appearance and personality as he dies.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: With her final breaths, Satine affirms her eternal love for Obi-Wan.
    Satine: Remember, my dear Obi-Wan... I've loved you always. I always will...
  • Enemy Mine: Bo-Katan helping Satine and Obi-Wan out. Even lampshaded by the classic line, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".
  • 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.
  • Evil vs. 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Sidious shows why he is the real Big Bad of The Clone Wars, by curb-stomping Maul and Savage so brutally that the seemingly unstoppable Savage is killed and the formerly unshakable Maul is left begging for mercy.
  • False Reassurance: Sidious promises that he won't kill Maul, ominously alluding to other plans for his former apprentice. Said "reassurance" comes off as twice as false since Sidious briefly interrupted a bout of agonizing torture just to deliver the line.
    Sidious: Don't worry. I'm not going to kill you. I have other plans for you...
  • Foil: Obi-Wan and Maul are noticeably compared and contrasted in this episode. Their confrontation in the throne room has them both espouse the power of their chosen side of the Force while referring to the weakness of the other. Obi-Wan remains calm throughout, while Maul gets angry when Obi-Wan tries to sympathize with him. They also both find themselves in similar situations, being at the mercy of an enemy (Obi-Wan at Maul's after the destruction of the Twilight, Maul at Sidious' after being defeated) and losing a loved one whose last words refer to their bond (Satine is murdered by Maul and dies expressing love for Obi-Wan while Savage is killed by Sidious and dies apologizing for being an unworthy apprentice for his brother).
  • Force-Choke:
    • Maul does this to Satine before he kills her.
    • Sidious casually kills multiple Death Watch commandos this way.
  • From Bad to Worse: First, Obi-Wan has to rescue Satine from Death Watch, then their ship is shot down, and then a dazed and injured Obi-Wan sees Maul walking towards him...
  • 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 clone troopers more than usual, possibly counting as Foreshadowing.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Bo-Katan, normally a staunch nationalist, asks Obi-Wan to report the civil war on Mandalore to the Jedi Council. Even though it means Republic interference on Mandalore, she's happy to accept it as long as Maul dies in the process.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Now that Bo-Katan counts as a good guy due to siding with Satine and later helping to rescue Obi-Wan, she barely wears her helmet in this episode despite having worn it constantly during combat in her previous appearances.
  • Heroic BSoD: 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.
  • Hope Spot: For a moment, it looks as though Obi-Wan and Satine will be able to escape Mandalore with their lives. Then the Twilight is shot down.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice in this episode, with Duchess Satine (courtesy of Darth Maul) and Savage Opress (courtesy of Darth Sidious).
  • Just Toying with Them: It's established early on that Sidious could end the fight with both Maul and Savage in seconds if he desired. The implied reason he doesn't is because he finds them trying to fight for their lives to be amusing.
  • Kick the Dog: Maul kills Satine to torment Obi-Wan. Two dogs, one kick.
  • 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 Opress die in this episode.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Not that he was ever harmless, but up until now, Sidious has been manipulating the Clone Wars from behind the scenes, playing the Republic and Separatists against each other. After he figures out exactly how much of a threat Maul, his apprentice, and his armies are, he opts to travel to Mandalore and deal with the issue in person.
  • 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 this episode features Darth Sidious triumphant, having just killed Savage Opress and in the midst of torturing Darth Maul. Cue the upbeat credits theme!
  • Mugged for Disguise: The Mandalorian super commando Obi-Wan lures onboard the Twilight.
  • Mugging the Monster: The two Mandalorian supercommandos who try to stop Darth Sidious because he doesn't have a landing permit. He doesn't even break his stride as he Force-chokes them to death.
  • 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 Savage 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 one 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.
  • Offhand Backhand: Sidious kills no less than four people (all of them highly-trained Mandalorian super commandos) this way via Force-choking.
  • 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... [realizes who's arrived] ...Master?!
  • Orcus on His Throne: Up until now, Sidious has been content to remain on it via his Palpatine persona, but with Maul beginning to create a power base that could rival his own, he gets off of it for the sole purpose of dealing with the issue at hand.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sidious delivers a brief one to Maul after killing Savage.
    Sidious: Remember the first and only reality of the Sith: there can only be two. And you are no longer my apprentice. You have been replaced!
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Death Watch soldiers express their new loyalty to Maul by repainting their armor to mirror his red and black skin.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bo-Katan is the red oni to Satine's blue oni. It is helped by the fact the two are actually sisters.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Maul has decided that rather than just kill Obi-Wan, he'd rather watch his archenemy suffer. He follows through by fatally stabbing Satine, letting Obi-Wan hold her as she dies, and planning to lock him away to wallow in despair.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Mandalore is a neutral world, and as such, the Republic and the Jedi have no authority to officially intervene on Satine's behalf. Obi-Wan decides to go anyway, borrowing a ship from Anakin and setting out to rescue Satine alone, playing right into Maul's hands.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Sidious briefly goes from a soft, pseudo-paternal tone to an accusatory snarl as he attacks Maul and Savage.
    Sidious: How unfortunate that you are attempting to deceive me. You have become A RIVAL!
  • This Cannot Be!: Obi-Wan is horrified to see Maul on Mandalore.
    Obi-Wan: No... it can't be...
  • Took a Level in Badass: Korkie and his friends, who were last seen as meddling students, are now teaming up with Bo-Katan to rescue Satine and gunning down Death Watch commandos in the process.
  • 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 in the turbolift. The guy is a bit slow, but eventually asks for the authorization code, at which point Obi-Wan has to knock him out.
  • Understatement: After Obi-Wan and Bo-Katan arrive on the scene of a huge battle between Bo's loyalists and Maul's commandos, Bo-Katan remarks that "Maul must really want you dead".
  • Villain Respect: Sidious is admittedly impressed that Maul survived the injuries from his defeat on Naboo.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Maul is utterly broken at Sidious' hands by the end of the episode, reduced to begging his former master for mercy. Sidious, of course, has none.
  • Welcome to My World: Darth Maul greets Obi-Wan with this line.
  • Wham Episode: Two major recurring characters (Satine and Savage) die, Darth Sidious is shown in action for the first time in the series, and it ends with Maul's fate unknown and Mandalore still engulfed in civil war, which sets the stage for the final arc of the series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Korkie disappears after being knocked out by a Mandalorian super commando.
  • World of Badass: Maul, Savage, Obi-Wan, Bo-Katan, and Darth Sidious radiating Badass in one episode. Even Korkie and his friends have levelled up.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Darth Maul fatally stabs Duchess Satine just so that he can make Obi-Wan suffer.


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