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Vader and Ahsoka's epic face-off on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episodes 21 & 22 | “Twilight of the Apprentice, Parts 1 & 2” | Aired Mar 30, 2015

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Before proceeding, please be aware that this is a spoiler zone. Reading the following will be much more understandable after viewing the content of Star Wars Rebels‘ new episode, “Twilight of the Apprentice, Parts 1 & 2.” Proceed at your own risk.

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Where and how do I actually begin? I say that 100 percent seriously. I honestly don’t even know where I should start because I’m pretty sure that anyone who’s seen the episode is in the same kind of emotional turmoil I’m in. And if you haven’t seen the episode, GET OUT OF HERE AND GO WATCH IT.

I don’t even know if I truly understand what actually happened. I mean, Darth Maul fell, but we never saw him dead. Ahsoka walked away from the battle with Anakin/Vader, but did she survive? Is Kanan really blind? What happened to Ezra’s eyes when he opened that Holocron? I have SO MANY QUESTIONS.

And it’s not like we’re going to get the answers. I wish I could tell you I had them because I did attend the screening on Monday along with the Q&A with Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Ashley Eckstein, and Taylor Gray after the episode. But all I really learned is that Dave Filoni may be the evilest mastermind on the planet, and he’s committed to leaving us all so full of feelings that we don’t even know how to process.

If that was your goal, Dave, mission accomplished! Gah!

So, instead of focusing on what we don’t know and what I want need to know, let’s look at what we know happened and deal with those things … or try to, at least.

1. Darth Maul, aka Old Master
No matter how evil or sinister we think Maul is, or how sure we are that he has an ulterior motive, watching Ezra trust him almost made me believe he could be trusted. There I was, trying to figure out his angle—and I knew he was going to betray them at some point because, I mean, he had to. But I thought he’d get the Holocron and pretty much bug out, maybe fight his way out. You know what I mean.

But when he called Ezra his APPRENTICE? I flipped out. It was bad enough that he manipulated the kid, but the idea that he thought he could take Ezra from Kanan: Nonononononononono.

The Maul-Kanan fight was epic, natch, and Maul overall was evil and delightful and delicious. Not to mention Sam Witwer’s performance (he’s a vulnerable-sounding S.O.B).

2. Deaths
We may not have lost people we truly feared to lose (well, I know some of you were rooting for people who DID die), but the deaths that did occur were no less impactful. The Seventh Sister’s death came as such a surprise to me that I lost my breath. I don’t care how evil she was; that moment was just a gut punch. Hell, we lost all of the Inquisitors, and every death had an impact.

3. Ezra’s journey to hell and back
I’ve been saying for a while now that I want Ezra to go dark, but I realize now that it’s the furthest thing from I want to happen to him. If he goes dark, he loses all of his compassion, his honor, his humor, and his commitment to making the world a better place. There’s no doubt that he’s had to deal with being more Jedi-like than Sith-like, but I see now that Ezra really is a good and sweet kid. He genuinely wants to make the world a better place, and he loves Kanan and his Ghost family. He wants justice, not revenge—and says as much to Maul—but it takes this journey for him to realize what those words really mean. Justice earned in anger isn’t justice.

He may realize it too late to save everyone, but Ezra gets it. Maybe it takes Kanan and Ahsoka’s various sacrifices, but he gets the lesson—and both Kanan and Ahsoka were teachers committed to teaching him, no matter the cost.

4. Vader and Ahsoka
We knew this meeting would come. Anyone watching knew that one day, somehow and some way, Ahsoka was going to come face-to-face with her former master and the Sith Lord he’s become. Dave Filoni told us months ago. The midseason trailer guaranteed it. But y’know what? No matter what I knew, I wasn’t prepared. I just wasn’t.

First off, the lightsaber battle was amazing. Vader in his prime and Ahsoka at her peak battling it out with the roil of emotions that their past and present bring to the party? That was already amazing. But then that helmet cracked and everything stopped.

That mask split, and all I could see was Snips begging Anakin to tell her it wasn’t true. That he hadn’t gone so completely to the dark side that he couldn’t come back. All I could see was that Sith-yellow eye filled with hate and seething with anger at Ahsoka for leaving and for abandoning him. This once mentor and mentee, master and apprentice, big brother and little sister standing face-to-face, with a chasm of pain between them.

And then Ahsoka refused to abandon her Master again. As the temple was crashing down and Ezra was getting his now blinded master to safety, Ahsoka did the only thing she could do: Protect her Master. Protect him from himself, from abandonment, even from death—as she was trained to do, even at the cost of her own life.

Dave Filoni warned us that not one of these characters will ever be the same; I believed him the first time and every time he reiterated it. I knew things were going to change, and I knew there would be scars left behind.

What I didn’t expect, even a little, was how masterfully Filoni and the entire team behind Rebels would succeed—and how utterly moved and overwhelmed I would be by the experience. I’m glad for the well of emotion I got out of this, and I absolutely cannot wait for season three.

That’s going to do it for me. Thank you so much for reading this season, and may the Force be with you.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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