WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars series finale, “Victory and Death,” streaming now on Disney+
The Star Wars franchise has been known for some pretty epic bridge sequences. The original trilogy houses a few iconic bridge scenes, including in A New Hope when Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker have to fend off Stormtroopers with blasters before swinging to safety as they tried to make a swashbuckling escape aboard the Death Star.
In The Empire Strikes Back, there’s the moment on a bridge where Darth Vader cut Luke’s hand off and tried to lure him to the Dark Side after admitting he was his father. And in the new era, who can forget Kylo Ren killing Han Solo on the bridge in The Force Awakens to seal his loyalty to Snoke. However, while those moments were unforgettable, they pale in comparison to what Darth Maul just did on an overpass in The Clone Wars finale.
Maul’s been a force to be reckoned with in this series, especially the final season. The last episode had him cutting a bloody path aboard a Star Destroyer after Ahsoka Tano freed him. This was so he could provide a distraction and allow her to free Rex from Palpatine’s mind-control. She didn’t arm Maul, but that didn’t prevent him from a brutal hallway scene where he used Force telekinesis and the wall panels to shield himself and attack the Clones. But as voice actor Sam Witwer said, this was just precursor to something more amazing.
In the finale, Maul (who’s also marked for death by Order 66) makes his way to the bridge that leads to hyperdrive generators of the vessel. Without a lightsaber, he starts the scene off by Force-choking troopers and then launching one straight down the bridge to knock a couple of soldiers hundreds of feet to their death. From there, Maul begins dodging gunfire, using telekinesis to throw another off the bridge. He then uses the Force to control a trooper’s gun, getting him to shoot some of the others with the high ground, before flinging the sniper off the platform.
Maul is unforgiving, lightning-fast, and very efficient, causing immense damage without a weapon. What makes this even more impressive is the fluid dynamic and animation of the show. Maul proceeds to the control panel where he punches and then knees a trooper, knocking his helmet off and catching it. Maul holds onto it, uses it as a shield, and then Force-pushes it as a projectile to knock a firing trooper out cold in the blink of an eye. Simply put, he’s innovating, adapting, and improvising, which adds so many dimensions to what has been seen in the past. Maul then uses the Force to bring the hyperdrive towers down as the ship’s in mid-jump, carving a very intimidating scene that’s truly evocative of a Sith Lord. As the towers collapse, they destroy the bridge and the slew of clones on it, leaving Maul with a sly smile on his face that completes the scene.
This places the ship into the gravitational field of a mysterious planet after the botched jump, and as it tumbles towards the surface, it provides the cover and chaos Maul needs to escape. The sheer scope, pace, and action vibe of it all outdoes all the other bridge sequences in the Star Wars franchise. In The Clone Wars, the threat’s much larger, painting the Sith killer in a totally different light by turning him into a terrifying powerhouse.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. The series finale is available now.
The Clone Wars gave Darth Maul the best bridge scene in the Star Wars franchise as he tries to escape Order 66 in a breathtaking sequence.