Star Wars Rebels 3.11: “Visions and Voices” Review

The Twin Suns

A Television Review by Akash Singh


The catastrophe of last week has given way to an episode that is centered around the unique relationship that has been budding between Ezra and Maul. There’s a complexity in that relationship, a real push and pull that makes both of those characters more unique. The result of an episode focusing on that relationship is the best Rebels episode in quite a while, one that taps deeply into the mystical side of the Force and focuses on whom the characters are, what they want, and how those two often come to clashes with each other. In their own, contorted fashion, Ezra and Maul are not that different from one another. They’ve both led fairly isolated lives until all of a sudden they didn’t. They both feel lonely in some fashion, with Ezra wanting to be more like the leaders he sees surrounding him in the Rebellion, him wanting to be that skilled apprentice because he is in part confused as to where and whom he should be. Maul feels abandoned, left by everyone whom he had felt close to and has now become as unfulfilled, if not arguably more so, than the young man he wants to take on as his apprentice. The parallelism doesn’t work exactly between the two, but it gives them a common ground from where to grow their relationship if they chose to do so.

The episode opens with Ezra hearing Maul’s voice echoing around his head and his figure appearing in various forms throughout the rebel staging area. A concerned Kanan takes him to Bendu, who offers the rather unhelpful commentary that if Ezra and Kanan didn’t want to interact with Maul, they shouldn’t turn around. They naturally turn around for the sake of what is obvious and Maul is standing right there, waltzing quietly down in order to garner the proper capturing of dramatic effect. Maul has a proposal to uncover the true secrets of the holocron that had been joined together, a proposal Ezra and Kanan were quite understandably hesitant about accepting in the proposal. Maul, however, had a point both of them had to acquiesce was a fairly valid one. Maul only had a piece of the information that he wanted and the Jedi only had a small piece of the information they were after. It was a deal that would get both of them what they were after and as unsavory as they might his partnership, Kanan had to admit that they didn’t have much of a choice. Ezra, eager to find the key to destroy the Sith, agrees to go with Maul to find the answers necessary. Kanan does, however, make sure that Sabine places a tracker on Ezra’s comlink, which turns out to be a vital decision and not entirely for the reasons that Kanan did so to begin with.

Maul takes Ezra to Dathomir, his home planet where he had been reborn many years ago only to wait and suffer yet further heartbreak after he had inflicted more upon the man whom he had sworn to be his mortal enemy. Dathomir can be viewed as being a mirror of sorts to Maul’s mental state. He’s isolated, torn apart, with shreds of the past holding him together. The altar with the spirits of the Dathomiri witches held some clues, some vestiges of the power the witches one wielded under his mother Mother Talzin before they were wiped out by Lord Sidious, Count Dooku, and General Grievous. The spirits speak to the two of them and the answer they seek is the same. The poetic parallel there is a dark beauty, the key for both Ezra and Maul being the man one had never known and the other had been consumed by. The spirits from the altar possessed Kanan and Sabine, forcing Ezra to fulfill that heroism he had been chasing for so long at last, choosing his friends over Maul’s offer to become his apprentice. Maul quietly accepts that decision better than one would expect of him, the quietness in his voice making it known that he wanted something more than an apprentice. He wanted a friend, a confidante, and there was some hope left in him that he still might be fortunate enough to garner that. For now, however, both of their paths were destined to cross yet again on that fabled planet with two suns.

Great/Not So Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:

+The animation of Dathomir was gorgeous

+“Our futures converge on a planet with two suns.”



Episode Title: Visions and Voices

Written by: Brent Friedman

Directed by: Bosco Ng

Image Courtesy: Wiki Switch


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