The Clone Wars
Episode 5.14: Eminence
We start the episode off with Maul and Savage on board an escape pod, barely conscious, and cold. Another ship piloted by Death Watch soldiers including their leader, Pre Vizsla, and his right hand lieutenant, Bo-Katan, board them. Vizsla orders their weapons to be taken off them and, curious about their stories, picks them up and revives them in their camp on planet Zanbar. Maul was first to fully heal and received new robotic legs from the medical droids at the camp. He then spoke to Vizsla and learned about the Death Watch, and their motives on “reclaiming” Mandalore and how the Duchess, Satine Kryze, was the cause of their downfall, and has powerful allies including Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul believes it was the Will of the Force that brought the two together as they both share the hatred towards that particular Jedi. They eventually decide to team up to help both kill Kenobi and take back Mandalore together.
Savage wakes with a new robotic arm of his own to replace the one he lost, and follows Maul’s lead to form an alliance with the Death Watch, but Maul still believes that their soldiers will not be strong enough to take over Mandalore by themselves. They quickly go to planet Mustafar to threaten leaders of the Black Sun crime organization and get supplies of off them. Word of their building army spreads in the underworld attracting members of the spice traders of Pyke Syndicate to also join them. Death Watch then travel to Nal Hutta to meet with the Hutt Grand Council for their resources but are rejected and have bounty hunters Embo, Dengar, Sugi and Latts Razzi set on them. This sparks a big fight between the two parties and all the Hutts apart from Oruba escape only narrowly with Death Watch letting the bounty hunters go free. Through Oruba Death Watch then know travel to Tatooine to seek Jabba and finally enlist him into their army. Tensions between Maul and Vizsla run high and it is revealed that Vizsla and Bo-Katan are planning to, after taking back Mandalore, kill off Maul and Savage, but the episode ends there.
This episode was pretty awesome, with the return of Maul and Savage teaming with Death Watch, and the appearance of some Bounty Hunters and underground organizations like the Black Sun.
Just to begin with the very idea of the deadly brothers pairing up with Mandalorians is a very cool enough thought as is, but then on top of that we have the standard leadership tensions and secretive plans against each other. Plus the enlisting and forming of an underground army, and some pretty slick Bounty Hunter battles, with some being one on one, it was more than enough to make a really exciting episode. It’s the first episode of the arc and I feel it really hints at something big happening in the near future and things really changing. I’m looking forward to it.
The only major fault I can complain about in the episode was how quickly Death Watch got the help of the Black Sun and maybe even Pyke Syndicate, just because of the little screen time they had, causing the episode to seem rushed, or bullet pointed. I, personally, looked well past this fault once I noticed it. The other positive aspects of the episode were too good to ignore even for a small time noticing the episodes flaws. It was really well done by the Clone Wars team, and I’m looking forward to the next installments.