This review is only a week late, but better late than never, right?So, after Eminence, Maul’s crime lords attack the targets that Pre Viszla selected on Mandalore. This causes chaos on the planet as the world’s security aren’t enough to withstand the attacks. Death Watch steps in, “saving the day” in a series of planned battles against the criminals, winning public support and overthrowing Duchess Satine’s regime in the process. Pretty quickly, Viszla turns on Maul, having him imprisoned. Maul and Savage break out of jail and discover the former Prime Minister Almec, who has been imprisoned ever since his poisoned tea scandal from back in Season Three. Maul challenges Viszla to a duel for the leadership of Death Watch and wins, beheading Viszla and causing Death Watch to split into factions loyal to Maul and opposed to him. Maul then appoints Almec as the head of Mandalore so that he can rule from the shadows.
I was pretty impressed with this episode, for the most part. I felt like the criminal disruptions on Mandalore were a bit underwhelming, and I’d have liked to have seen it shown in grander scale, but what we were given was passable, if rushed. However, after that, I found the episode fantastic. All of the back and forth about the Mandalorians’ warrior past versus Satine’s pacifism, the back-stabbing, and the fight with Maul against Pre Viszla were fun and engaging. And leave it to this one episode to make that awful poisoned tea arc relevant to the show as a whole (I don’t know whether to praise the Clone Wars team or curse them for this…).
At the end of the day, this was a set-up for the finale of this arc (though, man, what a set up). And boy, was that finale ever something!