Darth Maul is returning to Star Wars in Star Wars Rebels season 2B, and I have an issue with it. Probably not for the reason you're imagining though...
I'm aware that Darth Maul returned in The Clone Wars TV series, expertly portrayed by Sam Witwer, so I know that he is once again a part of Star Wars canon. That's not my issue. My issue is with what that now means we won't be getting. Watch the trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 2B below and then join me on the other side for a little moan.
One of my favourite things to come our of the prequels was Darth Maul, but not the version in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. No, and artist from Lucasfilm name Warren Fu brought Maul back to life in a graphic novel called Star Wars Visionaries, metal legs to boot. In the short story, Maul tracks Obi-Wan to Tattooine in an attempt to exact revenge on the man who left him for dead. As we would later be told in The Clone Wars, Maul and Kenobi had crossed paths once more since the credits rolled on Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, but in this story the old Jedi was shocked to see his old adversary return from the dead, and devastated when Maul appeared to realise who the very young Luke was, and more importantly how valuable he is. Maul got the better of Kenobi in the Star Wars Visionaries and in the end it was Uncle Owen who had to put the Sith Lord down with a blaster. How uncivilised. This must have been why Owen didn't trust Ben. Anyway, that story is now well and truly legends, so we have to ignore it. Which is terrible for more than one reason.
I had been harbouring secret hopes that Warren Fu's story, or something like it would take shape as the first in and Obo-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story trilogy starring Ewan McGregor. An Obi-Wan movie makes so much sense to me, with Ewan still be young enough to pull the character off and interested enough to want to do it. I also thought Maul would make the ideal character to feature as the main villain, especially when a valuable prize like a young Luke is in the mix. Unfortunately, with Maul returning for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, the Warren Fu story can't be told because we know Darth Maul goes on to survive and appear in the TV show, just a couple of years before Luke leaves home with Ben Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. I guess a version of it could be told, but really, who wants to see Obi-Wan get his own movie if the main villain doesn't get utterly destroyed.
I guess there is always the chance that the Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels is less corporeal than when are lead to believe? What do you think, is bringing Darth Maul back in Star Wars Rebels a cheat? Is it a waste? Would you be interested in seeing Darth maul and Obi-Wan go at it again? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Thank you for reading,