I watched the episode this morning. I thought it was pretty good, I just wish there was more back story on how he survived...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_%28film%29
"..Todd seemingly dies when he falls from a great height
"..Todd and his dead comrades are dumped on the surface of Arcadia 234, a waste disposal planet with dangerously high wind velocities
. Though badly injured, Todd limps his way toward a colony of humans who crash-landed there twelve years earlier, and have managed to survive and build a society from the planet's ubiquitous mountains of trash
"..In a subsequent conflict with a curled SNAKE
, Todd teaches Nathan how to face it down..."
--> ANYBODY who has seen the movie "Soldier" with kurt russell and gary busey, knows exactly how Maul survived:
he was "presumed dead
", dumped on a "garbage planet
" with other trash, and forced to survive/rebuild using "ubiquitous mountains of trash
" as a resource.
--> add the "snake" for good measure and, (with NO ROOM FOR DOUBT), you've got "Katie's Inspiration": a 1990's sci-fi B-movie with kurt russell and gary busey.
as soon as I saw the "garbage planet" environment I knew Mauls' entire backstory ::) it comes from a (cornball) kurt russell movie. ::)
its ironic because StarWars used to INSPIRE copycats. in 1976 GL said one of the reasons for essentially 'remaking flash gordon' was to "bring back" sci-fi (!like socks and sandals baby
!) he wanted to inspire an entire "Genre" of sci-fi/fantasy copycats.
--> now it seems the 'copycats' are the ones inspiring star wars :( oh how the mighty have fallen :( [/full circle]