What's interesting to me is that the character we're not mentioning is probably the best villain in the prequel trilogy, much better than the bad guys in the newer Disney reboots, probably 2nd only to Darth Vader in terms of general coolness. I can see why they might want to bring him back, since his death was so stupid the first time around.
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Honestly, I have the opposite opinion. If you look at Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus, he has motivation, he has a backstory, he has a clearly defined function in terms of setting up the Separatist movement and in terms of Anakin’s fall (by being Anakin’s victim), he delivers great dialogue. If you think about Kylo Ren or even Snoke, they have relationships, they have goals, etc. Darth Maul is just a blank slate, there to look kewl, and he doesn’t even really look kewl IMO. The only worse villain than Darth Maul I can think of is Captain Phasma, but only because she was over-hyped as someone we were supposed to think was kewl and, uh, a female icon somehow. Also her unexplainable resurgence in TLJ (only to die again) was garbage. But even watching TFA on its own merits, she serves her limited function to good dramatic and ultimately humorous effect. Darth Maul could be removed from TPM completely and it would be the same story, except the Jedi would have no-one to stand in for their epic final battle. (But why exactly was Darth Maul even sent there—did Sidious want to win or not? Didn’t things fall out in his favor?)
Honestly, the cameo in Solo is infinitely more intriguing than anything he did in TPM. But it’s still dumb.
Went to Goodwill the other day (probably not the best idea right now) and found Clone Wars: Vol. 2 (the Genndy Tartakovsky one). I had seen a few episodes back when they were on TV, but I couldn't get into the "here's two minutes of out-of-context story". I watched both volumes yesterday, and it's actually pretty decent...though a lot of the more Genndy-fied bits feel a little out of place. Season 3 definitely works a lot better than the first two seasons, having a longer format to really dig into the stories.
I'll have to dig out my Clone Wars movie DVD next, and Season One of the CGI show should be arriving in the mail shortly.
All of it's really got me itching to play Battlefront and the LEGO games.
Clone Wars movie: I think I would rather watch eight consecutive hours of the Holiday Special. Wow. I like bad movies sometimes, but this one was painful to sit through.
Clone Wars series: surprisingly one million times better than the pilot film. I don't know how they managed to fix everything in such a short period of time; it dropped only a few months after the movie bombed. I will have to pick up more of these.