Episode 58 – The Theoretical Space Pirate



Welcome back! It was a weekend full of Star Wars fun for your truly, and it was all capped off with our latest episode. There’s just so much to talk about, including:

  • Lucasfilm releases a statement on Carrie Fisher’s cg likeness
  • Woody Harrelson is officially in Han Solo anthology movie!
  • Cassian Andor also in Han Solo movie?
  • Ashley Eckstein hinting at Ahsoka’s future?
  • Convorees in episode 8?
  • Reviewing Rebels’ latest episode “Warhead”
  • And a bunch of listener questions!
  • It was a ton of fun and we hope you enjoy it!

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Will Ahsoka meet Obi-Wan again?

The hamster wheel keeps turning at the TumblingSaber! This week I’m wondering:

  1. When did Obi-Wan Kenobi learn about Anakin becoming Darth Vader? and,
  2. How and when Ahsoka Tano can be re-inserted in to canon, in an impactful way?
  3. Can the above two points be combined in to one spine-tingling, hair-raising moment?

One of canon’s great unexplored gaps is of Obi-Wan learning of Anakin survival, and life as Darth Vader. I’m sure Lucasfilm knows how Obi-Wan will discover the truth about his former apprentice. In fact, I’m sure that we’re already seeing the first steps down that story line in the Ahsoka novel. Merely including Obi-Wan in an unrelated plot point hints at that…why else include him if not to lay groundwork of his future story?

Dave Filoni has hinted that Ahsoka will be back following the Rebels season two finale, ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’. But in his typically cryptic style, Filoni was non-committal about when, where, how, or in what form Ahsoka would return. It wasn’t very long before we got more Ahsoka in the form of a young adult novel. Except that it pre-‘Twilight of the Apprentice’ Ahsoka where she becomes Fulcrum, a role she would keep for the next 15 or so years.

Set roughly one year after Order 66, the Ahsoka novel picks up when the Rebellion is in it’s early building stage. Ahsoka has no idea who Vader is, let alone who’s beneath the mask. In the novel, E.K. Johnston reminds usthat Bail Organa knows Obi-Wan is alive on Tatooine. But he preserves Obi-Wan and Luke’s safety by choosing not to tell Ahsoka, a curious choice. I don’t know if Johnston would have revealed that tidbit if there wasn’t more to come…in a sequel novel (of course there will be a sequel novel!).

During the time between being hired as Fulcrum, and learning of Anakin’s fate, could Senator Organa eventually reveal to Ahsoka that Obi-Wan is alive? What would Ahsoka do with this information? Might Bail ask Ahsoka to recruit Kenobi to the rebellion?

Depending on when (and if) Ahsoka returns, she would have to be the bearer of bad news that Anakin is now encased in the Vader armour, no? How powerful a moment would that be when Obi-Wan learns of his galaxy-altering mistake by not finishing Anakin off? At some point Obi-Wan has to learn this news. It’s a must-see moment! It could be the trigger that leads to us meeting the truth-altering, cynical Obi-Wan from A New Hope. And let’s face it: nobody in canon is a more appropriate choice to deliver that news to Obi-Wan than Ahsoka. Except maybe for Qui-Gon Jinn, who could be the one to tell him once Obi-Wan masters connecting with him through the Force.

“But Kyle, both of those things are needless. Obi-Wan could have just felt Vader in the Force and figured it out himself!” In my opinion it’s doubtful that Kenobi could “feel” Anakin’s presence behind that dark suit of armour if Ahsoka couldn’t. Ahsoka would continually reached out to Anakin’s presence after Order 66, but he just wasn’t there. He was gone; consumed by Darth Vader, as Yoda would say.

There are hurdles to jump in order to make this theory work, as is the case with nearly all fan theories. They would have to shoehorn this storyline in to a relatively short window between ‘Twilight’ and ‘A New Hope’. And if Ahsoka returns, why would she run back to the Rebellion?

The Obi-Wan we know in the prequels is much different than who we meet in A New Hope, and it would be a missed opportunity not to hit on this key moment in Obi-Wan’s journey. Sure, years of isolation on a desolate planet following the collapse of freedom that you were partially responsible for would be enough to sour anyone. But seeing Obi-Wan’s reaction to the news that his former apprentice is alive is a must-see.

What do you think? Is Ahsoka the right person to break the news to Obi-Wan that Anakin is alive?

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Episode 47 – Enter the Sith Disturbers!



Hi kids!

We’re back this week with some huge news, both from the TumblingSaber realm, and from the galaxy far, far away! This week, we announce our companion podcast: The Sith Disturbers! Stay tuned for that later this week, but in short: more Star Wars from the Great White North! We also tackle a long list of news, including:

  • Donald Glover officially cast as new Lando!
  • Rogue One theatrical and character posters!
  • Will episode 8 reveal identity of Rey’s parents?
  • Joss Whedon wants to do a Star Wars movie?
  • A breakdown of the latest offering from Rebels, ‘The Last Battle’.
  • Ads Addition, all related to Twilight of the Apprentice!

As mentioned on the show, check out friend of the show Carlos Candido’s kickstarter campaign to get his album off the ground. Head over there and if you can spare a few bucks, you can sleep better knowing that you’re supporting a good musician’s endeavours!

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Episode 45 – Something is Coming



Hey! Yeah I know, we’re very late this week! Canadian thanksgiving, and near-catastrophic technical difficulties nearly put us on a forced hiatus, but we persevere, and the wait is worth it! Episode 45 is finally here, and this week we talk about:

  • Announcing the Rogue Squadron Podcast as the 4th member of the Star Wars Commonwealth
  • The death of Ian Liston
  • The new Ahsoka young adult novel
  • Breakdown of The Antilles Extraction
  • Casting for Female lead in Han Solo Anthology down to three
  • Another rant on clickbait and lazy journalism in Star Wars
  • A Rogue One trailer coming this week (spoiler alert – yes!)
  • Ads Addition!
  • Listener questions
  • Twitter poll examination
  • Star Wars Commonwealth rap battle

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Episode 43 – He is the Commonwealth



Hola TumblingSaber listeners! It’s great to have you back for another episode of our podcast! As Star Wars Rebels finally kicked off its third season, we’re happy to bring you our thoughts on the premiere, Steps into Shadow. If you haven’t seen it yet, skip ahead to the 30 minute mark and check back again once you’re all caught up!

Other than a full 30 minutes on the Rebels premiere, we spend a ton of time talking about:

  • Dave Filoni stepping aside as supervising director on Rebels to deal with larger matters at Lucasfilm,
  • Some developments in the various comic titles, including a new ongoing title, and a story arc looking back on some of Yoda’s adventures pre-The Phantom Menace.
  • Our twitter polls,
  • Interesting, thought-provoking questions from some our amazing listeners like Ads, Marc, and Rob,
  • and our random thoughts!
  • Mentioned on the show are the T-shirts for sale to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Get yours here!
  • Also, we quickly mentioned Josh at Generation X-Wing’s comic book launch. Do yourself a favour and check “Fate” here!

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Episode 42 – Our Big, Ignorant Mouths



Hi again everyone!

It’s time yet again for the TumblingSaber podcast! We’ve got one of our most jam-packed episodes yet! I think we touch on every corner of the Star Wars universe in this episode including:

  • A rant on Disney XD UK showing the season 3 premiere of Rebels a week late. Not cool!
  • Death Star DLC for Battlefront
  • Star Wars Rebels music available for download
  • Star Wars Live Action show back in the spotlight ever so briefly
  • New Rebels clip featuring Bendu
  • International Rogue One posters – lame ones at that!
  • Desplat replaced by Michael Giacchino
  • Felicity Jones’ inspiration for Jyn Erso character
  • Adam Driver on Episode VIII script
  • Chewbacca Joins the Jedi Showdown in Episode VIII?
  • Can Luke leave Ahch-To at any time?
  • Twitter Polls!
  • And a slew of great questions from our loyal listeners!

Listen in as we tie ourselves in knots trying to explain the galaxy far, far away!

Weighing in at well over two hours, we’ve done our best to tide you over until the premiere of Star Wars Rebels!

We appreciate having your ears for a while! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review! As always, any questions for us (Star Wars related or not) can be sent to to kyle@tumbingsaber.com, or drop a comment below and we’ll read it on the show! Also, be sure to visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow our friends Talk Star Wars and Generation X-Wing!

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Ezra and Maul’s Big Mash-Up

Ezra and Maul mash holocrons

In the season two finale of Rebels, a lot of heavy duty things went down: the death of all three Inquisitors, the long awaited Vader vs Ahsoka matchup, and the return of Darth Maul. Throuhgout the finale, Maul peppered a lost Ezra with sweet nothings about the virtues of knowledge and power as a means to achieve goals.

Ezra struggled mightily with his grasp on the light over the course of season two, and much of what Maul was selling was music to Ezra’s untrained ears. So much so that he implored Kanan and Ahsoka to cut Maul a break and to trust him, despite what they know about him. Not to rehash the entire finale, but we know that Maul escaped unscathed, but without his treasure. Ezra has the Sith holocron in his possession.

In the recently revealed trailer for season three, we’re led to believe that Ezra is being influenced and swayed by the contents of the Sith holocron. Later on, we see what appears to be a shot of Maul and Ezra attempting to merge unlocked Sith and Jedi holocrons. To what end?

As @choprulz suggests, maybe they’re both searching for “the grey”. The concept of “the grey” is something that Dave Filoni has confessed will be a theme in season three. Presumably this is the part of the Force that is neither light nor dark. The in-between. Smart money says this new ‘Bendu’ character will shed a lot of light on this concept. Is this “grey” the essence of balance in the Force that everyone is always talking about? And if so, why would Maul want that? He’s only interested in power and in Filoni’s words, “he’ll never truly be good”, so what use would he have in searching for the grey? Here’s what Filoni has to say about Maul and where he’s at:

We’ve also heard the idea of knowing one’s enemy in order to defeat one’s enemy repeatedly. This idea seemingly goes out the door with the involvement of “the grey”, which presumably isn’t friend or foe to anybody. This indicates that Maul and Ezra aren’t looking for “the grey”, or balance, but for something else.

Back to the season two finale, Maul repeatedly says that he’s after knowledge. It seems likely in this instance that Maul is simply seeking ultimate knowledge. Going back to “knowing one’s enemy”, if Maul can cram everything contained within the Sith and Jedi holocron in to his horned head, then maybe he’ll have the power to defeat all of his enemies. If knowledge is power, Maul is certainly looking to be on the right track here by mashing up the Sith and Jedi holocrons.

Good things come to those who wait, and like everything else, we’ll have to sit by and wait for our answers. But until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


TumblingSaber Podcast – Episode 18 – Twilight of the Apprentice




It’s all Rebels, all the time as we dive in to Twilight of the Apprentice, the mind-blowing, heart stopping season two finale! Join yours truly and @choprulz as we take a good long look at what is sure to be regarded as one of the great submissions of Star Wars lore – not just when it comes to animated works – but including the films and all other media as well. It was just that good and so worth the months-long wait!

We also take a brief look at a couple of news items, specifically, the rumors that won’t die about the Obi-Wan spinoff movie, a new Irish location for Episode VIII, and word that season 3 will be the final one for Rebels, with a new animated series stepping up to take its place.

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Star Wars Rebels Review – Twilight of the Apprentice

Twilight of the Apprentice

After 20 something episodes and several months of waiting, the big payoff has come and gone. Even as I sit here minutes after watching this heart-pounding Twilight of the Apprentice finale, I find myself wondering what the hell we just saw? In scanning twitter in the first moments after the show ended, it was as if millions of voices cried out in one relieved, confounded, surprised and elated voice.

I still haven’t fully processed what we saw, so huge was this episode. First off, a giant kudos to everyone involved in putting this show together. It lived up to all the hype and anticipation. Sure, it left us with some questions that we may never get the answers to, but I think it’s safe to say that this episode is not just among the finest episodes of Rebels yet, but stand among the great Star Wars moments of film as well.

So what exactly did we see? We saw our 3 heroes following Yoda’s suggestion (a silly one, in my opinion) to visit Malachor in search of knowledge that will help them topple the Sith, and by extension, the Empire. I felt all along that Yoda was jumping the gun with this suggestion, as none of the 3 force wielders are strong enough or experienced enough to deal with what they’d find. I get having to rise to a challenge, but you wouldn’t ask a hot air balloon pilot to fly your space shuttle, even if there were no other candidates. The finale wasted no time in getting down and dirty, as once we moved past Ahsoka and Rex’ initial conversation, we’re introduced to yet another Inquisitor, and Ezra is split apart from Kanan and Ahsoka.

Enter “Old Master”. While his identity wasn’t much of a secret any longer, it did nothing to dampen our excitement of seeing the underserved Darth Maul once again. Ezra’s scenes with Maul were painful, in that Maul threw the kitchen sink at Ezra in a subtle attempt to get him to “break his chains”, a.k.a., turn to the dark side. We’re never quite sure whether Maul is simply using Ezra to get to the Sith holocron, or if he’s looking for an apprentice (turns out it was both), but to see the evolution of Maul’s character from The Phantom Menace, to The Clone Wars, and now on to Rebels has been nothing short of fascinating. He started as nothing more than Sidious’ personal weapon, and is now as scheming, conniving, and dangerous as any Sith Lord we’ve ever seen. Despite his advancing age, he’s still a total badass with the lightsaber. Clearly the walking stick was just for show as he clearly isn’t nearly as weak and helpless as he let on to Ezra. Once they secured the holocron, Maul had the opportunity to let Ezra fall to his death, but instead he hauled Ezra up back to the platform. You’d have been mistaken to think, even for a moment that maybe this was a possible turning point for Maul as a character. No sir, just all part of the evolution of a disenchanted Sith.

While Kanan and Ahsoka track down the newest lame-duck Inquistor, the Eight Brother, the Seventh Sister shows up to thwart Maul and Ezra’s ascent to the Sith temple. Bad move. Unable to handle Ezra, the Seventh Sister then has to deal with Maul, who intervenes and presents Ezra an opportunity to embrace the dark side yet again. Raise your hand if you sighed in relief when he stepped away from that precipice, “I can’t do it!”. Fortunately, Maul can do it, and he does. So long Seventh Sister. More furious action ensues, and Maul takes care of the Fifth Brother, while the Eighth Brother tries to flee using his saber’s gliding ability. Probably not the best idea when the damn thing is sparking like roman candle. So long, Inquisitors. Season finales have not been kind to you at all. So many cool visuals came out of this Battle Royale of Force-wielders. Maul lining up with Kanan and Ahsoka, the blur from so many sabers on screen at the same time…it was sensory overload of the best kind!

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And then Maul’s reveals his true motives. After sending Ezra to the top of the tower to unlock the buried secrets, he confesses (violently) to Kanan and Ahsoka that he intends to keep Ezra as an apprentice, and that the temple itself is a battle station that he will soon control! It was wise to let Maul help them defeat the Inquisitors, so trusting Ezra’s judgement worked out, but only briefly. Obviously taking umbrage to Maul’s plans, Kanan and Ahsoka take on Maul in a battle that does not end well for Kanan. In the most heart-stopping moment of the finale, the screen momentarily goes completely red as Kanan’s sight is permanently taken from him by Maul. Our first gut-punch moment of the episode, and not the last. But wait! Kanan quickly adapts to his brutal wound and stumbles upon the helmet of a Jedi Knight guard – exactly the same as he faces in his Force dream in Shroud of Darkness. Somewhere there’s a connection between this, and the oft-repeated “To defeat your enemy, you must understand your enemy”. We are also reminded of Obi-Wan’s first teaching to Luke; “your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them”. Blinded, but clearly not helpless, Kanan bests Maul and buys Team Jedi the reprieve they need to get off of Malachor. What’s terrible about all of this is the timing. The Inquisitors weren’t there for the three Jedi. They were hunting “The Shadow”, otherwise known as Maul. If Yoda had been a bit more patient in instructing the heroes to go to Malachor, they would have likely enjoyed a much less stressful trip.

But let’s cut to the main event, the encounter we’ve all been waiting for: Ahsoka vs Darth Vader. Vader’s entrance was unforgettable as he came in to the frame standing atop of his TIE fighter, red lightsaber ready to go. Let’s give Ezra a round of applause as he hung in there for a little bit against the galaxy’s most intimidating villain. Fans of Ezra’s combo blastersaber must be disappointed today as it lays in pieces, thanks to the man formerly known as Anakin Skywalker. Now Hasbro has to sell us a new toy all over again! For shame! As Ezra lies prone at Vader’s feet, he’s bailed out by Ahsoka, who finally gets her chance to confront the Jedi that she once fought side-by-side with. To say all Star Wars fans were as nervous as they’ve ever been is an understatement. What followed was a violent, intense lightsaber showdown that pushes both characters to the limits, and the dialogue between the two doesn’t just tug at heartstrings, it pulls on them with the weight of a 10-ton anchor. You can feel Ahsoka’s resolve to at least *try* to bring Anakin back, but as was made quite clear, he is beyond saving at this point. Tension for fans watching had to reached a boiling point when Ahsoka spurned Ezra’s aid and the Phantom left her there. The point of no return for our favorite Togruta, right? After getting in a head shot on Vader, which provided one of the most poignant visuals in the entire animated history of Star Wars, the split open Vader mask revealing Anakin’s face was a gasp-worthy moment.

Twilight of the Apprentice

The voice-over work of both James Earl Jones and Matt Lanter is beyond any superlative that I can assign it. As the battle drew on, you could feel the combatants getting worn out, and as we pull away with the Phantom, we leave Ahsoka behind to an ambiguous fate. Dave Filoni has stated that he’s more or less done with Ahsoka, as far as Rebels goes. Leaving the door slightly ajar that she *could* return in the timeline at some point is little consolation when Vader was the only one who walked away from the battle. The last we see of Ahsoka is a far, dark shot of her entering the Sith temple. Why? Looking for a place to curl up and die? Looking for a way out? Looking for a vending machine? In the best case scenario, she’s alone, stranded and probably injured. There’s little chance for the Rebels to believe she’s alive. There’s also the entire question of whether or not Vader would leave her alive. He specifically told her that she would die, but again, we see her alive (at least temporarily), so he wasn’t able to finish the job…maybe a lot like how Obi-Wan wasn’t able to finish Anakin on the Mustafar.

Once Ezra, Kanan and Chopper return to Atollon, we see how each member of the crew is happy to see their friends, but saddened that only two of them returned. Hera’s worries about the group not coming back were technically unfounded, but things will never be the same. Rex’ expression of sadness and loss was the most poignant, as he now truly has no friends left from his era.

Twilight of the Apprentice

The episode ends with Ezra doing what was said to be impossible: opening the Sith holocron. He’s obviously not a Sith, but he’s not a Jedi, either. Perhaps now more than ever open to the power of the dark side, Ezra may be embraacing the Sith way of thinking, which is the key to unlocking the holocron. Will Kanan sense this, or will Ezra follow the path of evil in secret? Admit it – in the final shot, you were expecting Ezra’s eyes to open and be the same red and yellow as a Sith Lord’s. It didn’t happen, but we did get a flash of red as the light from the holocron hit his eyes. The furrowed brow only adds to the bonfire of speculation that Ezra is going dark. Clearly his dalliance with the dark side is not over and will be the central focus of season three, right? How will Kanan reassert himself with his loss of vision? What’s Maul’s involvement going to be? Can Obi-Wan enter the fray or is he off-limits? How many damn Inquisitors are there? What is that owl-looking thing, and what does it mean? There’s so much to talk about and we have months to get to it!

Random Observations:

  • Why can’t Ezra keep his hands to himself? Silly teenagers. Keep your hands clapping, as my grandmother used to say.
  • Darth Maul quoting Yoda? Or the other way around? Either way, he’s become quite adept at explaining things “from a certain point of view”.
  • Now he’s giving mash-up pep talks combining Ahsoka and Palpatine’s wisdom? What? Does Maul have an original thought in his head?
  • Ezra! Stop touching things! Put that Sith holocron down!
  • Not sure I’m a fan of the Inquisitor using their sabers as helicopters. Too much like Inspector Gadget, no?
  • Maul uses every trick in the book to lure Ezra over to the dark side, in rapid-fire succession, doesn’t he? That Ezra falls for all of it makes him even more gullible that I thought.
  • I was 0/3 on my predictions, and happy to be wrong.
  • Asajj Ventress? Really? Naaaah!
  • Seeing Anakin’s mangled face, and the blending of Matt Lanter and James Earl Jones’ voice was spectacular and the coup-de-grace for us fans who had so much to process in this finale. It was the ultimate piece of connective tissue served up in the series, and a final glimpse of Anakin until we see him redeemed in Return of the Jedi.
  • Twilight of the Apprentice really did apply to Ahsoka, didn’t it? Please tell me I’m wrong!
  • Except we don’t know what happened to Ahsoka, do we? We saw her down in the temple after her battle with Vader…worst case scenario, she’s mortally wounded. Best case scenario, she’s alone and after the explosion of the Sith temple, probably presumed dead.
  • Ezra manages to open the Sith holocron. The hinted at red eyes was just a coincidence, right?

One of the running narratives this season is that season two was a lot like The Empire Strikes Back. That certainly is true, especially in the aftermath of Twilight of the Apprentice. Not only do the bad guys gain the upper hand, and the good guys suffer terrible consequences, but we’re left with a very open ending with more questions than answers. So if season two was Empire, then season three has to be Jedi, right? And the conclusion of the series?

We’ve got a long wait ahead of us before we start to get our answers in season three, and no doubt the summer is going to be filed with debate and conjecture from fans. Twilight of the Apprentice was a thrilling finale that delighted fans while simultaneously breaking hearts. Still, it was near-perfect and the ambiguous fate of Ahsoka only adds to the weight of this episode’s importance. Final verdict: 9.5/10.

Join in the next episode of the TumblingSaber podcast as we break down the finale in detail, and talk about what season 3 may hold. Please subscribe in iTunes so you’ll be notified as soon as the latest episodes drop! We’re also on Stitcher or wherever else you like to grab your podcasts from, and you can always follow along on twitter. Also connect with us via the facebook page and join our growing community of fans.


Star Wars Rebels – Mystery of Chopper Base Review

Inevitable Ezra vs Kanan showdown?

“It’s the deep breath before the plunge”

Gandalf in Return of the King

I’ll be totally blunt: there’s not much going on in this episode except for a bit of foreshadowing for next week’s finale. The Mystery of Chopper Base finds the Rebels setting up their new base on Atillon and running in to some old McQuarrie-inspired spider-crabs with impenetrable shells. Let’s just cut out the middle 20 minutes of this episode, shall we? The episode begins with Kanan and Ezra sparring in the Ghost’s cargo hold. The end result is a saw-off, which once again shows how equal the two have become. The “Ezra’s powers freight train” continues to run unchecked.

“Since when are you my enemy?” Ezra asks Kanan…foreshadowing as subtle as an anvil to the face. Moving right along through the episode until the final few moments….

We find Ezra relaxing and continuing to try to connect with the spider-crabs using his force abilities with no success, and he gets a little frustrated over it. It’s left ambiguous as to whether Ezra couldn’t do it, or if some creatures just can’t be connected to. A clever ruse I suppose, but for me it’s all part of the foreshadowing of what’s to come. Fast forward once again to Kanan and Ezra’s goodbye scene. In how many movies and TV shows has a promise to return ended in a broken promise? All episode long Hera displays an anxiety over Kanan’s upcoming mission that we’ve not really seen before, and it’s through Hera that we should be taking our cues, in my opinion of course.

Random observations: Predictions for season finale:

  • We already know that Darth Maul is going to make his entrance, and that he’s going to try sinking his hooks in to Ezra. What’s his angle? He’s claimed to be an enemy of the Sith, and of the Inquisitors, but a leopard doesn’t change its spots, so I don’t think we can consider him to be an ally.
  • Think back to “Shroud of Darkness”, where the episode’s closing line from Darth Vader is that the Jedi’s growing power will be their undoing. Yep, he’s probably right….
  • Ezra, feeling frustrated at his lack of progress, (like Anakin) wants more power more quickly, and will succumb to Maul’s promises of ultimate power, leading to ruin for all.
  • Kanan will not approve, obviously, and will step in, leading to a conflict between Ezra and Kanan, and maybe even Maul himself. Kanan ends up on the losing end, with fatal consequences.
  • Maul goes after Vader, only to lose his spot in the dance to Ahsoka. Seeing an opportunity to flee with a new apprentice, and have his enemies wipe themselves out, Maul hightails it out of there and let’s Ahsoka do his dirty work. Ahsoka narrowly escapes only to return to the Rebels, alone, and defeated.
  • With Ezra fallen to the dark side, and Kanan dead, there are truly no Jedi left. Ahsoka is a wild card in the sense that she renounced her membership as a Jedi, so whatever happens with her is up in the air. Her status would then align with Obi-Wan and Yoda’s “last of the Jedi / all but extinct / last hope” rhetoric.

Whatever happens in “Twilight of the Apprentice”, it’s going to be one for the ages. Check out a preview here. But for being so thin an episode with little to offer but hints at what’s to come, I give The Mystery of Chopper Base a Final Verdict of 5.5/10.