Andrew Leon and I are watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Every Tuesday, we will be featuring an episode from the series which
began in 2008.
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Lost Missions (Season Six), Episode 12
Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
In this, the third episode of a four-part arc, Yoda travels to a mysterious world that is the source of midi-chlorians, the microscopic life form through which the Force speaks in the Star Wars galaxy. Once there, he is set upon several trials by the Five Priestesses, trials not dissimilar to the ones he will eventually set for Luke on Dagobah. I sense many homages in this episode. The Priestesses look a lot like No-Face in Miyazki's Spirited Away. Much of the world's aesthetic seems awfully Tim Burtonesque. In one trial, Yoda confronts his own dark side shadow, reminiscent of Tolkien's Gollum.
There is much discussion among the writers themselves as to whether or not the Priestesses are five beings or five aspects of one being. In the story, they represent five emotions: Serenity, Anger, Confusion, Joy and Sadness. This episode and the next mark their only appearances. All are voiced by Jaime King.