Is Darth Maul dead
Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Maul
Darth Maul is "only" a minor character. And yet he has counted in since his first appearance Episode 1 to the most popular characters in the Starwars-Universe.
Even if this gig was his last on the big screen, the old and new canons stuck to him - just like his fans.
Despite a staged death, he was not let go, his own story was knitted around him and he was featured in the animation series Star Wars Rebels one new high point given. Darth Maul is perhaps "only" a minor character, but a particularly fascinating one.
Revenge of the Sith
The fact that he's a minor character was actually a disappointment back then. The famous first teaser trailer too Episode 1 interpreted him as that Antagonists at. He was, too, but just like Obi-Wan Kenobi, he only appeared as a marginal figure - even if the grand finale belonged to both of them.
So mixed and indecisive Episode 1 Also what - the film couldn't decide who the protagonist of the story is - the two best scenes belonged to the secondary characters. The first meeting of Qui-Gon Jinn and Maul symbolizes the millennia-old that was only hinted at until then Conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.
What the viewer could only imagine suddenly leads to an exchange of blows at eye level. The secret operating Sith finally reveal themselves and surprise the unsuspecting Jedi. If you can get an overarching, actually interesting topic from the prequel series, then this is it Decline of the once proud Jedi order by one's own mistakes and the hand of the Emperor.
Excitement instead of action
The other outstanding scene takes place between Obi-Wan and Maul. The choreography of the new films was one visual revelation. In the midst of the opulent fights, however, the dramaturgy is missing.
You never really get the feeling that there is a real height of fall. The arguments are choreographed in such a way that you don't want to suspect the final blow behind every blow. Man torpedoed the tensionby preferring opulence.
But what makes this fight the best of the prequels for me is the tension. The tension between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul at the very moment when they are not fighting. Obi-Wan, who has to watch helplessly how Maul does Sith superiority demonstrated to Qui-Gon.
When action is the discharge of a great buildup of tension, and not just for its own sake, it is always at its most addicting. So Darth Maul has the two best moments of Episode 1 created and made unforgettable.
Boba Fett's cousin
So unforgettable that he quickly went to the Crowd favorite advanced. And like that at Starwars Well, that's how it is, when a minor character unexpectedly plays his way into the hearts of the fans, they are happy to bring them back - just like in the past Boba Fett.
The Bounty Hunter and the Sith Assassin both grew from their near-inglorious deaths redeemed in retrospect. They got smaller roles, but were not set to music by their actors and also no longer made it onto the screen.
A story of its own as an alternative
That Maul did not die at the hand of Kenobi has been since Clone Wars No longer a secret anyway. The story that was then given to him tells of his Emancipation from the emperor. About the search for one's own path and the urge for self-determination.
His story shows some parallels to that of the Skywalkers, only Maul is metaphorically that Antithesis to the chosen one. In all of his endeavors he is repeatedly rebuked as a minor character.
This story of constant rebellion and the rivalry between two former students, could in Clone Wars never be told to the end. Years later, the Baton was passed on to the successor series Rebels.
The late purification
Anyone from Rebels want to surprise, stop reading now.
Twin Suns, the penultimate episode of season 3 ends the story of Darth Maul. The final duel between the two aged opponents is a reminiscence of theirs common key moment out Episode 1. The moment when two supporting characters, the mentor and the challenger, fight out their own finals.
Again they face each other: Obi-Wan assumes the fighting stance of his master Qui-Gon Jinn - the opening position of his fighting style Ataru. Maul, of course, recognizes the posture and tries to overcome it, just as he did with Qui-Gon - with a blow of the sword hilt. Exactly what Kenobi anticipated. He outsmarts him.
If there's one thing I love about stories, it's a sensitive circular reasoning. When the beginning of a story determines the outcome and both the beginning and the end say something about each other. The ruse of Kenobi, the tension before the fight, the split of the sword, the death of Darth Maul and the classification of both characters within a fateful story.
In the last breaths, Darth Maul takes on his role. His rise and fall show us that Value of the minor characters in Starwars. Your little story writes the big one.
About the author: Marco Risch is host & producer at Webedia and looks after the YouTube channel Nerdkultur in cooperation with IGN Germany. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @rischisseur.
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