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The Acolyte: Episode 3 (Destiny) - First Reactions (SPOILER ALERT)

Updated: Jul 6

The Acolyte continues to deliver an extraordinary narrative in its third episode, "Destiny." Set on a mysterious planet, this episode weaves a captivating tale of two sisters whose tragic journey is as heart-wrenching as it is beautiful. These are the scenes we have been told about in the first two episodes, so it was very nice to see it played out. Lest we forget, "from a certain point of view." No offense Jedi, if I don't see it myself, I have to take it will a grain of salt.

From the opening scene, the visual and auditory elements immerse the audience in an otherworldly landscape, rich with intricate details and an eerie, almost haunting atmosphere. The show's production design shines, creating a setting that feels both alien and familiar, drawing viewers deeper into the story with each frame. It was also great to get information on a new group that we are unfamiliar with in regards to Force users. The idea of witches in Star Wars is not new, but this group seems to be. They are definitely not the Nightsisters of Dathomir, but they do seem to have some similarities, or at least some of the same species of alien we've come to know. Specifically, we see a Zabrak, namely the Mother Koril (Margarita Levieva). I love that we are expanding the Star Wars universe!

The core of "Destiny" is the profound bond between the two sisters, and their expected path of succession within their familial clan. Real life twin sisters, Lauren and Leah Brady, (Little Ohsa and Little Mae respectively) deliver stellar performances, capturing the nuanced emotions of love, loyalty, and despair. Their chemistry is palpable, making their tragic journey all the more impactful. The writing brilliantly balances their personal struggles with the larger, more enigmatic elements of the plot, ensuring that viewers are emotionally invested in their fate. All this happens under the guidance of Mother Aniseya (Jodie Turner-Smith) who also doubles as the leader of the witches.

One of the standout aspects of this episode is its pacing. It masterfully balances intense, action-packed sequences with quieter, introspective moments. This rhythm kept me engaged, while building suspense and anticipation. The direction is sharp, with each scene carefully crafted to enhance the unfolding mystery and the emotional stakes.

It was also nice to see the Jedi painted with more of a truth brush than we're used to. The quartet of Indara (Carrie-Anne Moss), Kelnacca (Joonas Suotamo), Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae), and Torbin (Dean-Charles Chapman) infiltrate the tight knit clan in order to test the children for Jedi purposes. Indara literally protests when she is accused of kidnapping children. But in a sense, that is exactly what they do. Yet, during the episode we are led to believe the witches know they are not wanted, nor respected in the universe at large. Oh, and it was very nice to see Carrie-Anne Moss back in action. I think just about all of us were thinking what a waste of a big name to die in the first five minutes of episode one.

The themes explored in "Destiny" resonate on multiple levels. It delves into destiny, choice, and the inevitable pull of fate, all while maintaining a strong focus on personal relationships and sacrifices. It is also easy to see how each sister could feel betrayed by the actions of the other. The narrative complexity is handled with finesse, offering viewers layers to unpack and ponder long after the episode concludes.

In summary, The Acolyte - Season 1, Episode 3, "Destiny," is a solid chapter in an already impressive series. It combines breathtaking visuals, stellar performances, and a deeply moving storyline to create an episode that is both thought-provoking and emotionally gripping. I am well aware that loud Star Wars fans have already decided to hate on this series, which is of course ridiculous and toxic for the franchise. Sadly it has come to be expected. I highly recommend this series so far, and very much enjoyed the expanding mythos introduced in "Destiny."

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