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Return of Darth Maul

He was the coolest villain in the Star Wars universe.  He had bad-ass black and red tattoos covering his entire body.  He had horns sticking out from the top of his skull, which would make a headbutt from him lethal.  He was the first force-user we had ever seen to wield a dual lightsaber.  And he did so spectacularly.  He leaped around and fought with a grace that will likely never be duplicated.  And then, to the dismay of fanboys everywhere, he was sliced in half and fell into a bottomless abyss, thus making him the most irrelevant villain in the Star Wars universe.

Surely he died, right?  Right?  Of course he did.  And stop calling me Shirley.

But wait!!  He’s back.

That’s right.  You didn’t think being sliced in half at the waist and falling from umpteen stories high could kill the coolest Sith ever, did you?  Well, truthfully, I did.

LucasFilm has yet to announce a story for Maul’s survival, so I guess you have to watch the show to find out.  It’s probably going to be something so ridiculously stupid that it’s not even possible nor sensical.

Personally, as much as I like Star Wars and Darth Maul, this is somewhat asinine.  There is no way Maul could have lived through what happened to him.  See for yourself:

As you can see, he falls an awfully long way.  And in two different pieces.  Sure, he could survive that.

This is not the first time they have brought back somebody that died, either. In Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett dies, lamely, by having his jet pack accidentally activated. He slams into the side of a sail barge and then plummets into the desert and rolls into the sarlacc pit where he is to be slowly digested for over 1,000 years. Or so we thought.

He was brought back to life in the Star Wars books and comics. Boba Fett apparently escaped the sarlacc’s clutches by simply. . .climbing back out. Gee, why didn’t anyone else think of that? Obviously, it’s not supposed to be possible or everyone would do it.

By the same token, it’s not supposed to be possible to live after being cut into two pieces and plunging into depths unknown. Even if by some miracle Maul survived the fall, he was still severed at the waist. Sure, you could attach the two pieces of his body back together, but he would be paralyzed.

Ugh, I’m getting on a tangent. If you’re interested, below is a preview of the episode in which Maul returns.

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10 thoughts on “Return of Darth Maul

  1. *slow head shake* Not right. It’s just not right.


    Posted by flippingchannels | March 10, 2012, 12:51 am
  2. To watch the movies requires a pretty hefty “hold on reality” button. It’s sci-fi/fantasy. And anything can happen.


    Posted by Elyse | March 10, 2012, 12:42 pm
  3. I thought Darth maul was returning in t the Clone Wars episodes which take place BEFORE he “split” the Star Wars universe?


    Posted by The Hook | March 10, 2012, 7:31 pm
  4. The Clone Wars series is tearing apart the Star Wars canon.

    The most egregious example of this is the canceling of the Imperial Commando novels (a continuation of the Republic Commando series): http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_Commando_2#Behind_the_scenes. That series was my favorite of all the Star Wars series but it was canceled because Lucas wanted to do some Clone Wars episodes portraying the Mandalorians as mostly peaceful. The Imperial Commando novels portrayed a warlike Mando culture in great detail so they had to be canceled. The Mandalorians have always been portrayed as warlike since Boba Fett in the original series, so their portrayal in the Clone Wars as pacifist really stretches the imagination.

    This BS about Darth Maul in The Clone Wars is just another example of the crap that The Clone Wars is doing to the canon. It’s partly because people love to see Darth Maul and his lightsaber staff. I’m all for seeing more of Darth Maul, too, but it needs to be done appropriately. His appearance in The Force Unleashed (he was “simulated” by the droid Proxy) was a good example of bringing him back the right way. He can also be portrayed appropriately by books and shows of him as Palpatine’s apprentice before he died (e.g. the Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter book).


    Posted by Null | March 10, 2012, 10:51 pm
    • You’re absolutely right. And it’s too late to show the Mandalorians as peaceful. They were portrayed as warlike in both KOTOR games along with (more than likely) the KOTOR comics. They are also portrayed that way in the Republic Commando series.

      As dumb as Lucas is nowadays it’s hard to imagine that he created Star Wars…


      Posted by twindaddy | March 11, 2012, 1:10 am
  5. Well I just saw the Clone Wars episode on the Return of Darth Maul. It was cool. Because I read Star Wars novels I understand the return.

    It all starts with Darth Plageius he had the ability to heal factor. After injuries the mediclorians would heal his body. Now he trained Palpetine. Who trained Darth Maul? Palpetine!!! So I can understand Darth Maul’s survival. I just hope Obi is ready for round 2.


    Posted by Lord Raulious | March 11, 2012, 11:53 am
  6. I’m not a fanboy of the Star Wars series, although I do enjoy watching them. I did see the ad for the Clone Wars show and Maul coming back and even I shook my head. Next they’ll say Vader isn’t Luke’s father. Can we get them on Maury?


    Posted by beefybooyawn | March 11, 2012, 4:04 pm

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