Today is a big day for The Clone Wars.
At 9:30 a.m. Eastern, the Darth Maul arc concludes with “The Lawless.” In addition to Jason Fry’s Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy junior novelization, three preview clips have already been revealed (my favorite one is embedded below), and the episode looks to be incredible.
At 1:30 p.m. Eastern (10:30 a.m. Pacific), Lucasfilm‘s Pablo Hidalgo and Hollywood.com‘s Christian Blauvelt will host a Google Hangout. Live on Google+ and YouTube, they’ll discuss “The Lawless” with Dave Filoni, Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, and Sam Witwer, including questions from fans. [Update: The recorded Hangout video is available below, for those who missed it live.]
In anticipation of the Hangout, Blauvelt conducted a fantastic interview with Witwer. I especially liked this part:
HW: Now we get to see that Maul’s actually an intellectual character. He’s not just a blunt instrument, an assassin, like it seemed in the movie.
SW: He had to be. The Sith as a culture realized, “Hey, we’re all bad guys, we don’t work well together, so let’s keep it to two. Otherwise we’ll be killing each other left and right.” So if you follow the Rule of Two, you have to pick your apprentice very carefully. You don’t just pick a guy because he can do cool flips and swing a sword good. You choose a guy who is brilliant and gifted in so many ways, physically and mentally, and can carry on the Sith tradition proudly. A thuggish hitman would be a hindrance when trying to take over the galaxy. You need someone who can work with you and to whom you can pass the baton when the time comes.
And that’s a theme in the Star Wars saga as a whole. It’s so very much about Sidious trying to find that successor. He thinks he’s found that person in Darth Maul, but then Maul is cut down. And then he thinks, “Well, I’ll pick a guy who’s already trained really well,” but it doesn’t work out with Count Dooku because he quickly has his eye on this Anakin Skywalker guy. But sadly Darth Vader never becomes as good as he could have been because he’s disabled. And finally he sets his sights on Luke Skywalker, and that’s the guy who does him in.
Also be sure not to miss Sam’s engaging, entertaining, and insightful interview in yesterday’s edition of RebelForce Radio.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.