My views on Maul/Savage in TCW were a love-hate thing. When they started hyping up Maul's brother (with a double bladed lightsaber), I thought it was an incredibly stupid loophole they were exploiting to get "Maul" back into the story. That he would look like Maul, talk like Maul, fight like Maul, etc. Only it would be his brother. With the Nightsisters arc, I actually came to like Savage. Then I read the spoilers about Maul showing up in the crystal ball at the end of the arc and that sounded like the worst fan fiction ever. Then Maul shows up as an insane spider and it further cements the idea in my mind that a 5 year old had to have written that. But then they go on to tell some great stories with Maul IMO, but Savage becomes useless and they pretty much undermine the Nightsisters arc. They make Savage an interesting character in his own right, but then undo that because now they've got Maul to play with. There was a series of bad decisions made in regards to Savage/Maul IMO, but in the end they still managed to do interesting stories with them. I only wish they had used that creativity with characters like Grievous, Dooku, the CIS Council, original CIS villains, etc. Or even with Savage himself. Savage could have done everything himself with some slight tweaks to the story. Make him see Obi-Wan in the crystal ball as the murderer of his brother, have that lead to a plot in revenge, have his strength grow proportional to his hate for Asajj and Obi-Wan. Free of his shackles to the Nightsisters, have him prove to be more intelligent then initially believed, have him enter into an alliance with Death Watch. Have Sidious become aware that there is some poorly trained Sith apprentice running around (obviously meaning that Dooku went behind his back). Have there be a race in which Dooku realizes that he must eliminate Savage before Sidious finds out (too late). Dooku goes to Mandalore to confront Savage. Sidious walks in on them. Dooku and Savage decide to temporarily align to take out Sidious who they sense to be immensely powerful. Sidious kills Savage and defeats Dooku, ending with the same dialogue ("I'm not going to kill you, I have other uses for you"). Pretty much the exact same story, only without the need for Spider-Maul, Savage doesn't get thrown under the bus, no resurrecting dead characters, and giving Dooku something to do. Also wrapping up the storyline in which Dooku aims to usurp Palpatine.