It's an exciting time to be a fan of Star Wars Rebels, as the animated series was just renewed for a fourth season that will premiere this fall. On the heels of a standout second season, year three for the Ghost crew has delivered one big development after another. Viewers have seen Ezra Bridger continue his training (and flirt with the Dark Side), Sabine take a step forward to accepting her place among the Mandalorians, and the formation of the Rebel Alliance seen in the original trilogy. There's a lot to look forward to as the show continues, but one of Rebels' subplots is about to take center stage.
In a couple weeks, the penultimate season 3 episode "Twin Suns" will air, and it's safe to say it's one of the more anticipated Rebels episodes yet. As the title suggests, the main action takes the series to Tatooine, where Darth Maul will once again do battle against his old foe, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's expected this will be the final encounter between the two rivals, so many are excited to see how their latest confrontation is resolved. Disney XD continues to get the hype train rolling with a new preview centered around their fight, which you can watch above.
The promo mainly focuses on Maul, who has clearly fallen into madness in his quest to extract revenge on the old Jedi. Voice actor Sam Witwer is in stellar form (as usual) here, tantalizingly conveying the villain's obsession. Maul's mindset is actually not too dissimilar from viewers', as he is wondering if it all ends on the desert planet with twin suns. After several decades, the two have returned to Tatooine (for very different reasons), and if the footage is any indication, they are not going to reconcile (at least, initially).
What is not teased in the clip is another key aspect of the episode. According to the synopsis, Ezra is going to travel to Tatooine himself in order to stop Maul from carrying out his plans. Ever since the early-season episode "Holocrons of Fate," the two have been tied together, as they believe the planet is the source for what they're looking for. Maul, obviously, wants to rid the universe of Kenobi, but Ezra is searching for a way to destroy the Sith. It's nice to see there's going to be some kind of payoff for that storyline. If it's anything like last year's Darth Vader vs. Ashoka duel, audiences will be in for a treat.
For those concerned about the intricate minutiae of Star Wars canon, Maul refers to his enemy only as "Kenobi" in an impassioned cry, and ideally nobody in this episode will call the hero "Obi-Wan." As he told Luke in A New Hope, that was a name he hadn't heard in a long time, and it's on the story group to maintain some sort of consistency between the mediums. They knew it was smart to not have Wedge Antilles pop up in Rogue One, so they're clearly staying on top of things. Hopefully, viewers can simply enjoy what "Twin Suns" has to offer without worrying about retroactive plot holes.
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays on Disney XD.
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