Shades of Reason

July 2, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

#103 Season 5 Episode 15

“Alliances can stall true intentions.”


Backed by the criminal underworld, the Sith and Death Watch launch an attack on Mandalore.

Pre Vizsla launches his triumphant return to Mandalore, arriving as savior to his beleaguered home planet that has been set upon by a rash of violent criminals. But what of his plan to betray Maul once the planet is secure?

Commentary, Preview, Bonus clip and Episode Guide.

Original Airdate: 26 January 2013

Writer: Chris Collins

Director: Bosco Ng

Concept Art and Trivia

Ziton Moj, first dressed as a guard for the Falleen crime lords, now wears the robes of Black Sun leadership.

The Peace Park that Ziton Moj attacks was first seen in the Season Two episode, “The Mandalore Plot.” It still bears the scars of the Death Watch bombing from that episode.


The plaza mural at the foot of the royal platform has an enormous cubist artwork depicting a battle between ancient Mandalorians and Jedi Knights. This is done in a style reminiscent of Pablo Picasso’s famed work, Guernica. This is a different painting than a similar mural seen in Governor Vizsla’s residence in “The Mandalore Plot.” Environment illustration by Pat Presley.


The mural directly beneath the speaking balcony depicts Mandalorian crusaders in battle with Jedi. It can be seen clearly when Prime Minister Almec addresses the citizens.

The tour guide droid that gets blasted in Peace Park has the same body design as the rickshaw droid that gave Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala a lift in Mos Espa in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Art by Chris Glenn.


The Mandalore Banking Center is a redesign of the Mandalorian hospital seen in Season Three.

At one point, Vizsla’s defeat included his head visibly rolling down the stairs, but this was removed very early on in story development as being too graphic.