Star Wars Rebels - Season 3, Episode 3 //
The Holocrons of Fate Episode Guide
In this installment of Rebels Recon, we take a look at the Star Wars Rebels episode "Holocrons of Fate," in which Darth Maul returns to take on the Ghost crew. Host Andi Gutierrez sits down with the show's cast and crew, including Dave Filoni, Pablo Hidalgo, and Taylor Gray to discuss Maul's agenda, Ezra's growth, and more.
A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He wielded an intimidating double-bladed lightsaber and fought with a menacing ferocity. Though he fell in battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak from Dathomir would prove to be much harder to destroy than originally believed.
Darth Maul called his fighter the Nightbrother -- it was a Gauntlet starfighter in the Mandalorian tradition, but customized with a black and red color scheme and other modifications. Like other Gauntlets, it featured rotating wings, a large hull, and was armed with two forward laser cannons and a pair of rearward facing cannons.
Death Watch commander Pre Vizsla built a massive military operation during the Clone Wars, including secret bases spread throughout the galaxy. One such outpost was Vizsla Keep 09, which was hidden in the rings of Phelbos. Darth Maul, who’d assumed control of Mandalore after defeating Vizsla in combat, knew of the fort. During the Clone Wars, he brought Count Dooku and General Grievous to the Keep after capturing them on Ord Mantell; the Republic later tracked Maul there, leading to a battle between clones and Maul's Shadow Collective. Years later, Maul used it as a meeting point with the Ghost rebels, where he would join Sith and Jedi holocrons together to gain secret knowledge.
Sith holocrons hold knowledge and wisdom that can only be accessed by dark side practitioners. The artifacts can also be used as keys to unlock temple doors. The Sith temple on Malachor was the home of a Sith holocron that Maul attempted to steal with the help of Ezra Bridger. When placed in the temple's obelisk, the holocron could create a super weapon, designed to take life. Maul's plans were foiled, however, when Ezra and his Master Kanan were able to pull the holocron from the obelisk just in time.
Growing up on his own during the age of the Empire, Ezra Bridger relied on his street smarts -- and subconscious Force abilities -- to survive. He became a con artist and small-time thief, doing what he needed to get by on his home planet Lothal. But this reality also hardened Ezra, who by the time he was 14 years old, had little trust for anyone. That would change with his introduction to the Ghost crew, a small band of rebels fighting back against the Empire. Ezra came to believe in their cause, and saw that he could help change the galaxy for the better. And with the help of Kanan Jarrus, he began to learn the ways of the Jedi.