“The Phantom Apprentice” Reveals More Surprises Than Expected — ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ Episode 10 Review

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ahsoka squares off against Maul in

Order 66 is gaining nearer and nearer, and extra facets are clicking into place in connection to Revenge of the Sith. All of the prequels needed to cope with the truth that the viewers knew what was going to occur ultimately. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is in that very same state of affairs but it surely’s nonetheless delivering shock after shock. New info was anticipated since followers don’t precisely know the way this ends for Ahsoka and Rex, however Episode 10 additionally revealed extra about Anakin’s future. And Ahsoka virtually comes to a decision that followers by no means even knew was on the desk. It’s protected to say that “The Phantom Apprentice” is elevating the bar, but once more, on The Clone Wars Season 7. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers forward for The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 10].

Ahsoka squares off against Maul in 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.'
Ahsoka squares off in opposition to Maul in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ | Disney+

Ahsoka will get some solutions out of Maul, however nothing that is smart to her but

Just like Episode 9, “The Phantom Apprentice” opens and not using a title card and lesson, however with the “Lucasfilm Limited Production” brand intro and extra somber music. It picks up proper the place “Old Friends Not Forgotten” left off, with Ahsoka standing off in opposition to Maul. He doesn’t assault her, although she’s outnumbered. 

Instead, he sheds some gentle on his present thought course of. He mentions that they’ve “mutual friends,” though that’s very a lot a stretch. Maul kind of reveals why he wished Kenobi and Skywalker to return as a substitute of Ahsoka and in addition alludes to Order 66. The viewers is aware of that’s what he’s referring to, nonetheless, she doesn’t. 

Ahsoka gives Maul a smile as they duel Ahsoka gives Maul a smile as they duel
Ahsoka provides Maul a smile as they duel | Disney+

Regardless, he will get away they usually’re again to sq. one. In this assembly, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes via through hologram to take heed to their replace. Ahsoka relays that Maul talked about Darth Sidious. Maul mentioned he could be the brand new galactic energy in control of the Republic, nonetheless, she doesn’t know who that’s. Kenobi does, to an extent, as a result of Count Dooku instructed him so in Attack of the Clones. However, all hope of getting extra info out of Dooku is gone as a result of Anakin killed him after they have been saving Palpatine. 

Ahsoka is reminded of how unfair the Jedi Council may be when she learns of Anakin’s particular task 

This is fascinating as a result of Obi-Wan sounds disillusioned Count Dooku is useless. In Revenge of the Sith, he appeared pleased with Anakin and mentioned it was one thing that wanted to occur. The viewers is aware of Anakin killed an unarmed man, however Kenobi and the Council thought it was in battle. Now, although, Kenobi doesn’t painting that very same vitality. It may simply be disappointment on the lack of info, although. Not in his former Padawan killing him.

Kenobi reveals that he’s going to Utapau to search out Grievous, and because of this he can’t spare any extra troops for Mandalore. When Ahsoka asks for Anakin to return, Obi-Wan explains that he’s on a particular mission. Of course, it’s no shock that when he tells Ahsoka about how Anakin was despatched to spy on Palpatine, she has the identical response Anakin did. 

Ahsoka is a lot like her former grasp in each persona and mentality that she provides the identical causes to Obi-Wan why that’s a nasty thought. The viewers additionally is aware of that making Anakin “keep an eye” on Palpatine simply makes them spend extra time collectively, and reinforces Palpatine’s maintain on Skywalker. Anakin’s disillusionment with the Jedi is just strengthened by this abuse of belief to considered one of his mentors, and Palpatine doesn’t need to do a lot to weasel his manner and seduce him with extra Dark Side powers. 

Bo-Katan and Ahsoka see Maul in the throne room, 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.'Bo-Katan and Ahsoka see Maul in the throne room, 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.'
Bo-Katan and Ahsoka see Maul within the throne room, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ | Disney+

Ahsoka is reminded why she doesn’t belief the Jedi Council, due to their banishment of her and refusal to assist her out when she was framed. They almost put her on loss of life row, if Anakin hadn’t cleared her identify. Now, Anakin is being pressured to spy on Palpatine, and Ahsoka is disgusted. Obi-Wan hopes she may give Anakin a name to speak to him about this, possibly ease his thoughts. However, she doesn’t get the possibility. 

Maul’s dread and plan collect kind because the episode goes on

As Almec explains, Maul has been stuffed with dread just lately. He even had a imaginative and prescient about Skywalker, though he doesn’t reveal what it was till later. Maul tells his Mandalorian military that one thing is brewing. He “can thrive in the chaos that is to come” and he rallies his troops to kill Almec. 

Maul kidnaps Clone trooper Jesse, and though he fights him off from going into his thoughts, Maul succeeds and finds out extra about Ahsoka. Jesse is likely one of the oldest Clones with them and would know probably the most. 

While Maul is speaking to the Syndicate, viewers can see different members together with Dryden Vos from Crimson Dawn. He’s performed by Paul Bettany in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Maul tells them to enter hiding, after which proceeds to hype his Mandalorians up. He tells them that they’re a individuals who don’t do effectively in hiding and subsequently have to battle. If they die, they’ll accomplish that as warriors. This is fascinating while you take into context the place the Mandalorians are by the point The Mandalorian occurs. This is a long time later they usually lay low within the tunnels. A variety of unhealthy issues go down within the meantime, it appears. Starting right here, as a result of Maul leaves his crew of Mandalorians within the mud on the finish. 

Ahsoka’s duel with Maul is every thing you’d anticipate it to be, however shocking on the similar time

When Ahsoka, Rex, and Bo-Katan stroll into the throne room and discover Maul simply casually sitting there, after all, Bo desires to assault. He simply swats her apart and returns Jesse. He’s blasé as a result of his Mauldalorians strike an enormous assault. This leaves Ahsoka alone with Maul, which is what he wished. 

He now is aware of she left the Order and tries to show her to his facet. He factors out the hypocrisy of the Jedi Council and the way they’ll’t be trusted. Nor do they stand an opportunity since this large change is coming quickly. 

Maul stops Ahsoka's attacks in the tunnels of Mandalore.Maul stops Ahsoka's attacks in the tunnels of Mandalore.
Maul stops Ahsoka’s assaults within the tunnels of Mandalore | Disney+

One of probably the most revealing issues on this dialog, although, is the truth that Maul asks Ahsoka to hitch him. She does the identical, however once more, he’s not about to hitch a dying breed, aka the Jedi. Ahsoka has to make a call; does she be a part of Maul to doubtlessly overthrow Darth Sidious or does she defeat him? She’s not likely debating becoming a member of the Dark Side, however extra so making an alliance to place an finish to the combating under them and probably saving the Republic. 

However, it’s not Ahsoka’s morals that cease her from becoming a member of Maul. Instead, she asks him what he noticed in his imaginative and prescient as the one factor standing in her manner, and he confesses that Anakin “is key to everything.” He says that Sidious has been grooming him, and he received’t deliver steadiness to the Force, however destroy the Jedi. He tells Ahsoka that he’s the apprentice. The entire purpose he even went again to Mandalore was to lure Kenobi and Skywalker there so Maul may kill Skywalker himself. 

Ahsoka loses it, as a result of she has all the religion in her grasp, and their epic duel follows. Unfortunately, these at house know that Maul’s imaginative and prescient is true, however Ahsoka doesn’t. 

Anakin is the “Phantom Apprentice,” which brings new gentle to “Twilight of the Apprentice”

Ahsoka’s duel with Maul is likely one of the greatest issues to ever come out of Star Wars. The fluidity and results present how far the collection has come, and each second is significant. Their banter continues to be nice, which we noticed in Star Wars Rebels which comes greater than a decade after this within the timeline. 

The Phantom Menace‘s title referred to the Sith, specifically Maul, because that’s who Kenobi got here nose to nose with. At that time, the Jedi thought the Sith had been extinct for a thousand years, so Maul was a phantom to them. Going into this episode, Maul may need been a superb guess for the Phantom Apprentice. However, it’s Anakin, who at this level is mere hours away from turning to the Dark Side. This brings a complete new dimension to the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale title, “Twilight of the Apprentice.” 

Ahsoka didn't let up her fight against Maul and won... for now.Ahsoka didn't let up her fight against Maul and won... for now.
Ahsoka didn’t let up her battle in opposition to Maul and received… for now | Disney+

While Ahsoka beats Maul, he screams, “We’re all going to die, you don’t know what you’re doing!” He is scared out of his thoughts, now that he’s going to be caught in captivity when Order 66 goes down. But poor Ahsoka, Rex, and the others do not know what’s to return. 

Next episode is Order 66. Will Ahsoka have one final speak with Anakin earlier than he totally turns to the Dark Side? The trailer exhibits a scene that appears like she’s feeling it occur via the Force whereas in hyperdrive. This is the second we’ve all been ready for; make certain to emotionally put together your self, in the event you can.

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