The Acolyte Episode 6 Review

This review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Acolyte Season 1, episode 6.

After the intense and action-packed previous episode, episode six of The Acolyte takes a slower pace, allowing for more character development among the new groupings formed in the aftermath of episode five. While there are some shortcomings in a couple of the storylines this week, one storyline stands out as captivating, offering a unique perspective on the Dark Side through the character of Qimir.

Set on a planet reminiscent of Ahch-To from the sequel trilogy, the interactions between Osha and Qimir provide an intriguing exploration of the Jedi way versus alternative approaches to the Force. Qimir challenges Osha’s belief that the Jedi teachings are the only way to connect with the Force, prompting questions about the nature of the Dark Side and the Jedi’s rigid stance on its use.

Is the Dark Side an easy, dismissive label the Jedi have come up with for anyone using the Force in a way that isn’t their own?

This ongoing theme in The Acolyte raises thought-provoking questions about the dichotomy between the light and dark sides of the Force, showcasing a complexity in Force philosophy that goes beyond simple categorizations. Osha’s gradual shift towards Qimir’s perspective adds depth to the character development in this episode.

In a recent interview, The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland highlighted the dynamic between Qimir and Osha, drawing parallels to the seduction of Darth Vader by the Dark Side in the original trilogy. The evolving relationship between Qimir and Osha explores themes of temptation, power, and emotional connection in a fresh and engaging manner.

Further revelations about Qimir’s quest for “the power of two” introduce intriguing possibilities, hinting at Sith traditions and the concept of a Force dyad. The episode sets up potential alliances and power dynamics that could have significant consequences in the future.

While the Osha and Qimir storyline shines brightly in this episode, other plotlines, such as Sol and Mae’s interactions, fall short in comparison. The repetitive and somewhat convoluted scenes hinder the overall pacing of the episode, detracting from the main narrative focus.

As is often the case on this show, there was a strong idea that felt poorly told.

Similarly, the Jedi’s investigation on Coruscant feels drawn out, with certain plot developments lacking sufficient build-up to justify their impact. Despite these shortcomings, the potential for future twists and revelations keeps the audience intrigued about the direction of the story.

Overall, episode six of The Acolyte delivers a captivating exploration of the complexities of the Force, while also setting the stage for intriguing developments in the ongoing narrative. With strong character dynamics and thematic depth, the episode successfully builds anticipation for what lies ahead in the series.

Other thoughts

  • Several Jedi traveled to Khofar with Vernestra, but the absence of Tasi Lowa raises questions about her role in the series.
  • The portrayal of the Unknown Planet evokes Ahch-To from the sequel trilogy, introducing new creatures and captivating visuals.
  • The balance between modern technology and Star Wars aesthetics is explored through Mae’s use of technology in the storyline.
  • The introduction of lightwhips and their significance hint at future character developments in the series.
  • The age difference between Manny Jacinto and Amandla Stenberg raises intriguing questions about the characters’ backgrounds and abilities.
  • Criticisms regarding character awareness of Sith influence echo previous instances in the Star Wars universe, adding layers to character motivations.