Clone Wars’ endgame has inextricably entangled itself in the events of the Star Wars prequel trilogy’s own endgame in a way that makes for some truly incredible drama (and lightsaber fights; it’s Star Wars, after all). So it does stand to reason that weaving them side-by-side makes everything that much more exciting.
The second episode in Clone Wars’ four-part finale arc saw Ahsoka confront Maul, who had a dangerous offer for her: help him stop Darth Sidious from ensuring his long-gestating plan to turn Anakin Skywalker into his next apprentice doesn’t happen.
We know Maul is doomed to fail, even before Ahsoka’s sheer disbelief that Anakin could fall to the dark ensures his pleas fall on deaf ears (deaf montrals? Ah, Star Wars physiology). We’ve seen Revenge of the Sith. Which is why this excellent side-by side cut by redditor u/GL0V3R of Maul and Ahsoka’s duel in “The Phantom Apprentice” alongside Mace Windu and the Jedi’s attempt to detain Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith and its ominous outcome is just a fantastic bit of editing. You can watch the original on Reddit here, but here’s a similar side-by-side inspired by the same idea from YouTuber John Jay for you to get the picture:
A lot of it is gleefully incoherent lightsaber slashing sounds, sure, but the moments you want to line up line up. Maul howling in failure as he’s detained and stunned by the Clones, as Anakin takes to his knees, pledging himself to the Dark Side? Mwah. Perfection.
Of course, the timing within Star Wars’ canon may not line up as perfectly. The events of “The Phantom Apprentice” take place just as Obi-Wan is about to head off to Utapau and Anakin is given his mission to spy on Chancellor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith’s second act. So while Ahsoka’s nighttime brawl with Maul and Anakin’s fateful choice in the Chancellor’s office are probably going to be pretty close to each other – god please don’t make me think about interplanetary night/day cycles in the Star Wars galaxy, although I’m sure there’s a Wookieepedia page for that – they likely aren’t as poetically dead-on as GL0V3R and Jay’s cut would make them out to be.
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