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Had a go at the first two episodes of The Acolyte. It starts out as a whodunit but we fnd out very quickly whodunit, so the question that emerges is “Why is she doing this?” We have six more episodes to find out.

Not as much fun as The Mandalorian or as gripping as Andor, but certainly better than Obi-wan or poor sad Boba Fett
 

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Had a go at the first two episodes of The Acolyte. It starts out as a whodunit but we fnd out very quickly whodunit, so the question that emerges is “Why is she doing this?” We have six more episodes to find out.

Not as much fun as The Mandalorian or as gripping as Andor, but certainly better than Obi-wan or poor sad Boba Fett
I didn’t think it was good at all, like the other shows much better
 

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Had a go at the first two episodes of The Acolyte. It starts out as a whodunit but we fnd out very quickly whodunit, so the question that emerges is “Why is she doing this?” We have six more episodes to find out.

Not as much fun as The Mandalorian or as gripping as Andor, but certainly better than Obi-wan or poor sad Boba Fett
More similar to Andor than Mando...and Boba Fett was just Mando season 2.5.
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More similar to Andor than Mando...and Boba Fett was just Mando season 2.5.
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Dunno. Rouge One and Andor were captivating because they were not about space wizard demigods, but about the people who get trod underfoot—the collateral damage, as it were—in the battles of the space wizard demigods.

Acolyte returns to the space wizard demigods, but they—at least the decently-written ones—seem more encumbered by merely human emotions than previously. (Cue Rian Johnson’s haunted Luke Skywalker here.)

That said, the initial meeting between Osha and Mae didn’t have the bite I thought it should have. How much of that is on Stenberg is hard to say without seeing the script.
 

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Acolyte Ep. 3. Osha and Mae's backstory.

Sixteen years before Episodes 1 and 2: We learn that Osha and Mae are the immaculately-conceived twin offspring of the two leaders of a coven of witches. These witches may well be a remnant of the Witches of Dathomir, who are skilled in wielding the Dark Side of the Force, although they call it the "Thread".

For reasons barely hinted at in this episode, the witches hate and fear the Jedi. We're left to believe that the Jedi wish to exert all control over the use of the Force and that the witches, having their own skills and powers, are therefore justified in their resentment. As the Mother says, "It's not about good or evil; it's about who gets to exercise power."

Alas, the witches' Shaker-style existence is apparently doomed for want of procreation until Osha and Mae miraculously appear. As the twins approach puberty, their mothers wish to initiate them into the witch-cult. One--Mae--accepts eagerly; the other--Oshal--wants know about life outside the coven and wants to be a Jedi.

Meanwhile, the long-range sensors of the Jedi on Coruscant have detected the unauthorized training of children--Osha and Mae--in the Force and dispatch four Jedi to "offer" training to the twins. (I put "offer" in quotes because cults demand your soul as payment for any training they might offer.)

The Jedi test the twins, whose mothers have already instructed them to deliberately fail the test. Mae complies and fails; Osha refuses to comply and passes.

Whereupon Mae goes beserk and literally burns down the house and everyone in it, hoping to stop Osha from leaving. We're left with the images of the witches all lying about apparently dead, Mae falling into a chasm, also apparently dead, and one of the Jedi--Sol--promising Osha that she will be his padawan.

Mae as a prepubescent psychopath? It was hinted at when she used her powers to torture a small flying creature; for a child to torture small animals is definitely a warning of pathology.

Of course, we have already learned that Osha has dropped out of Jedi training, etc., etc.

I have to think some more about this episode. It's intriguing to see the Witches (presumably of Dathomir) and the Jedi being posed more or less as two equivalent cults, competing for "adherents"--especially when we know that cults love to groom children. My sympathies lie very much with Osha, who was born into the cult, which makes it even harder to escape. I also like that she knew that she wasn't quite ready to hitch her wagon to the Jedi star either.

So in some senses, Acolyte is setting up to be a portrait of the costs of cult membership: inevitably, Osha and Mae will confront each other. It will be very interesting to see where the writers go with this.
 

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I find it dull and the characters do nothing for me
I think I would be completely befuddled if I hadn’t watched Youtube walk-throughs of Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi: Survivor. The Nightsisters of Dathomir are central to each. Without them, I wouldn’t have had a clue about witches in the Star Wars stories. The characterizations in the games are also pretty good—but they’re spread out over quite a few hours of gameplay. Acolyte has some work to do to reach that level.
 

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Heading towards Bott's opinion, but I'll give it some more time. I'm fine with cheap FX, but annoyingly bad child actors never work out well in these stories -- Young Leia brought down an already bad Obi Wan series.
 

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Heading towards Bott's opinion, but I'll give it some more time. I'm fine with cheap FX, but annoyingly bad child actors never work out well in these stories -- Young Leia brought down an already bad Obi Wan series.
Ouf. I'd--happily--forgotten about her. I suppose the difference between the les enfants de Star Wars and those of Harry Potter, who were to me at least charmingly annoying, is in the writing? But the more I think about it, the less happy I am with Mae/May as a character. She seems too young to be consciously evil.
 
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