The return of Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and the closure of Darth Maul’s quest for vengeance.
At the beginning of this episode, we find out that Maul has been searching Tatooine for Master Kenobi since learning his location in “Visions and Voices”. Having no success, he decides to lure Ezra by manipulating Jedi holocron to replay Obi-Wan final message before he went into hiding. Despite being told that Kenobi is not alive and that this undoubtedly another trap set by Maul, Ezra leaves for Tatooine anyway, with Chopper coming along for a ride.
However, soon after landing on the planet, Ezra and Chopper are attacked by Tusken Raiders and their ship is destroyed in the process. They are forced to make their way on foot and end up wandering through the billowing desert sands, under the light of Tatooine’s twin suns. When all seems lost with the young padawan and droid at their limit, Ezra sees an outline of a hooded figure before he pass.
When Ezra wakes up it is evening and he discovers that the hooded figure is none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi himself. Ezra says that he is here to warn him about Maul, but Kenobi states that he already does know and it is more important for Ezra to return. He reveals to the young padawan that Maul manipulated the entire scenario just to get to him and that he is alone must face him. Maul makes his presence known and after bidding Ezra make his way north on his dewback, Kenobi and Maul face each for the last the time. In the exchange of words, Maul deduces that Obi-Wan is on Tatooine to protect someone to which Kenobi draws his lightsaber.
The battle is quick, with Kenobi slicing Maul double blade in half and inflicting a fatal wound to his chest. As Obi-Wan holds his fallen adversary, Maul asks if he is protecting the Chosen One to which he answers “yes.” In response, the Darth Maul says that he will avenge them before succumbs to his wound. The final scenes show Ezra returning to Rebel base on Atollon in Maul’s ship, and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi overlooking the Lars moisture farm as the outline of Luke Skywalker runs towards the house at the behest of his Aunt Beru.
For all the anticipation of this episode being a square off between Maul and Obi-Wan, I am so glad it did not end up that way. It is a driving force to be sure, but the focus remains on Ezra as he journeyed to Tatooine to correct the intentional mistake he made in revealing Master Kenobi’s location to Maul. I loved the scene between Ezra and Obi-Wan and it gives us an idea what it would have been like if the Jedi Master interacted with Luke earlier on since Ezra and Luke are similar ages. It was a great blending of Prequel and Original Trilogy elements which makes this episode worth the wait.