Several elements of the fifth episode of the animated series “The Bad Batch” foreshadow the imminent return of an iconic character from the Star Wars saga.
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In the fifth episode of the Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series, which aired last Friday on Disney +, the Clone Force 99 squad traveled to the planet Ord Mantell to investigate the sponsor of the kidnapping. Omega dud by bounty hunter Fennec Shand.
As the Clone Troopers traveled there to get information from an informant named Cid, fans of the Star Wars universe should note that the planet Ord Mantell is also known to have served as the main base during the Clone Wars for the organization of the Black Sun, whose leader was none other than a certain Darth Maul.
The main antagonist of The Phantom Menace, Darth Sidious’ apprentice was left dead after losing his lightsaber duel to Obi-Wan Kenobi, then himself a padawan of the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn. His surprise appearance at the end of the spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story had astonished many spectators, but not the most unconditional fans of the saga.
Miraculously kept alive after being cut in half by Obi-Wan, Darth Maul then made his comeback in the third season of the animated series The Clone Wars; discovered by his brother Savage, also betrayed by the Sith, he then built a crime empire to satisfy his revenge. Become master of Mandalore and holder of the black saber, he was finally defeated by the Republican troops led by the Jedi Ahsoka Tano.
Escaped into the wild, Maul nonetheless remained active to make his revenge plan a reality. Besides his appearance in the film Solo, the latter also played an antagonist role in the animated series Rebels; Discovered by the Jedi apprentice Ezra Bidger whom he manipulates with his powers, he manages to find Obi-Wan’s trail to challenge him to a new lightsaber fight.
The Bad Batch taking place between the events of The Clone Wars and those of Rebels, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Maul appeared in the new Star Wars animated series; the opportunity perhaps to explore his years of exile after his defeat against Ahsoka Tano, and why not hang up the cars with the plot of the film Solo, whose action takes place only a few years after that of The Bad Batch ?
The episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch are broadcast every Friday exclusively on Disney +.