Episode: "Altar of Mortis"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 16
Original Air Date: February 4, 2011
I'm going to break one of my own self-imposed rules with this post. Up to this point, I've avoided giving away the ending of each episode. Once we move on to the next installment in a story arc, I figure it's fair game to talk about the end of the last one. But, on the off chance someone out there is watching along with us, I don't want to spoil anything for the current week. This week, however, I must. There's just too much to talk about this time. And so...
Important note before we dig deeper: as I write this, I have not yet watched the third episode of this three-part arc. I am sure there are other shoes yet to fall and I know I am making assumptions based on incomplete information. We'll reassess accordingly next week.
Predictably, the Daughter sides with the Jedi against her brother. In so doing, she takes a big risk and pays a steep price. She gives the Dagger of Mortis - a weapon capable of killing a Force wielder - to Obi-Wan. During the ultimate confrontation, the Son steals it from the Jedi and turns to use it against the Father. The Daughter sacrifices herself by stepping between them at the last minute. She dies and the balance of the Force is disrupted, for Mortis and for the rest of the galaxy. The rise of the Sith, according to the Father, is now inevitable.
While I certainly appreciate the allegorical nature of the Mortis arc, I am not entirely comfortable with this conclusion. As I have said before, I'm not a huge fan of the prequel trilogy but I do feel the turning of Anakin to the dark side is the part Lucas got right. In the young Jedi's pride and arrogance, Darth Sidious saw vulnerabilities he could manipulate. Anakin was seduced by power. People often are. To imply it all happened because of supernatural forces being thrown out of balance in a morality play on another astral plane is dissatisfying to me.
The Mortis story would work better, I think, without the explicit connection to the broader saga. The metaphors would be more effective if the viewer were left to interpret them for him/herself.
And yes, I know we're not quite done with this story yet...
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The Son is voiced by Sam Witwer. Witwer was born October 20, 1977 in Glenview, Illinois. He briefly attended Julliard before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
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