THE ACOLYTE Episode 3 "Destiny" SPOILER Recap - Mae And Osha's Mysterious Past Is (Mostly) Revealed

THE ACOLYTE Episode 3 "Destiny" SPOILER Recap - Mae And Osha's Mysterious Past Is (Mostly) Revealed

Today's episode of The Acolyte finally pulls the curtain back on Mae and Osha's past, revealing what happened during their childhood and how they were separated (along with the role the Jedi played...).

By JoshWilding - Jun 12, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

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The third episode of The Acolyte, titled "Destiny," opens on a planet called Brendok where we find a young Mae and Osha. Each of them can use the Force, but do so very differently, with Mae clearly inclined to be cruel to the local wildlife while using her powers. 

There's a clear divide between the twins and Osha doesn't seem to care much for her sister. We learn that their coven plans for them to go through an ascension, a process the future Jedi has little interest in. 

She doesn't wish to be like her two mothers and rejects the idea of becoming a witch. It's also revealed that the coven was exiled, hunted, and forced into hiding simply because some, presumably the Jedi, view their power as "dark" and "unnatural."

An intriguing hint about Mae and Osha's connection to the Force - and perhaps even the wider Star Wars franchise - comes when their birth mother, Jodie Turner-Smith's Mother Aniseya, reveals that the girls have no father. They were created through the Force. 

Mae later goes through the ceremony, only for the Jedi (Sol, Indara, Torbin, and Kelnacca) to interrupt. They demand to test the girls, with Mae and Osha told to deliberately fail. The former does so happily, but Sol sees through Osha's act and realises how strong she is. 

She pleads with her mother to let her leave and become a Jedi, something Mae simply can't accept. Burning her twin's book (in which she's been drawing the Jedi symbol), she traps Osha in her room, seemingly with the intention of killing her. 

While Osha manages to escape, the fire gets out of control very quickly, leading to a series of explosions that somehow kill the coven's witches. Mae and Osha come face-to-face, with the former seemingly falling to her death before Sol manages to save his soon-to-be Padawan.

He comforts the girl and vows to train her, but back on Brendok, we see that Mae has survived. 

That's where the episode ends, though it raises a great many questions. For starters, we see the Force being used in a completely new way by that coven, while there's definitely something strange about how quickly the coven died. 

Does Mae want revenge because the Jedi secretly killed them under the guise of doing the "right" thing? That remains to be seen, though the twins are clearly important and, if we had to hazard a guess, are a Force dyad.

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

The first three episodes are now streaming on Disney+.

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UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/12/2024, 5:42 AM


I get the story they're possibly trying to tell, but the execution is all over the place.

I'm quite interested in any Star Wars story that could show the Jedi are not necessarily the good guys. They say they don't kidnap children but still ask them to make a decision (normally at a younger age, 4? ) to choose to leave their family and all that they know to join a cult!? To learn balance etc... and to be told their feelings, attachment and connection with others is the route to the dark side and so on... I want more of that kind of exposition.

But the execution is lame...the acting or maybe it's the lame dialogue, the stakes don't feel real and cinematography just doesn't elevate it. It's hard to blame it on child actors as they're kids, but no one aside from Jung-jae seem to be seems to be trying here.

Anyway just my own thoughts. I'll stick with it to see where the story goes, but I'm putting it on par with Book of Boba for now.
TheAstoundingMan
TheAstoundingMan - 6/12/2024, 6:21 AM
@UniqNo - My thoughts exactly. I'm trying to give it a chance, but it's just not gripping me.
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/12/2024, 6:28 AM
@TheAstoundingMan - Yeah, that's a good way to put it. I'm not gripped.
TrentCrimm
TrentCrimm - 6/12/2024, 7:02 AM
@UniqNo -

It feels unnecessarily convoluted, like they're trying to make it more complicated and interesting then it really needs to be.

Osha and Mae's conflict is enough to carry things imo, I think adding in the subplot of them being born by the force or whatever is just diluting things, even them adding in Mae's master was a lackluster reveal, they obviously want us to be interested in that, but they're not really giving us any reason too.

On paper this should/could be a really fun story to tell and to watch, but the execution feels so bland in the most Disney of ways.
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 6/12/2024, 7:47 AM
@UniqNo - $180,000,000
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/12/2024, 9:21 AM
@UniqNo - the order in which they’re telling the story is dumb. After seeing this episode I feel like they should have started here instead of trying to have the “surprise that they were twins”.

The only reason I this doesn’t feel like Star Wars to me is because it’s boring as fukc.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/12/2024, 1:22 PM
@Ryguy88 - I'm rewatching House Of The Dragon Season 1. The acting, writing and directing is so much better than The Acolyte and it cost $200 Million for 10 episodes.

You can see where the money went unlike The Acolyte.
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 6/12/2024, 1:23 PM
@marvel72 - I'm convinced Disney is cooking books
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/12/2024, 2:08 PM
@Ryguy88 - Probably, nothing surprises me anymore with Disney.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 5:42 AM
So what was all the outrage meant to be over again? The fact the Witches used Force IVF?
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 6:03 AM
@FireandBlood - Probably cos there was no Father, and pregnant due to the force alone without needing a Dad? Even tho that was already a thing with Anakin and part of Jedi law/mythology from the start, but in this instance they had two mothers so...

...not watched but seems a lot of fuss over nothing realy, witches are bad and use their powers in unnatural ways as is oft the case with fiction and all of that.
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 6:07 AM
@FireandBlood - The fact that this show chose to sh*t all over Anakin Skywalker by basically implying his birth, which was suppose to be a unique and special event, is no longer special. That he is no longer the first of his kind. Most likely for whatever buffoonary to happen to "preserve" the canon, the Jedi will wipe the twins from history through some means. That's usually how this goes.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 6/12/2024, 6:10 AM
@Apophis71 - Plenty of people already and have for a long time, see that as bad for Anakin. I don't think much of anyone likes that that happened with Anakin. As a devout Christian, I see it as just bad. Doesn't matter two mothers or not.

However, this is a cheap story concept to use here and serves no real point as far as I've read.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 6/12/2024, 6:11 AM
@FireandBlood - Might be because that's a dumb idea, it was dumb in the PT too.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 6:17 AM
@TheLight - Anakin was an immaculate conception born entirely by the will of the Force. The twins were created using the Force by one of the mothers. It’s not the same.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 6:19 AM
@dagenspear - Jesus didn't have a human father either in the biological sense, do you have an issue with that?
Mrnorth1921
Mrnorth1921 - 6/12/2024, 6:26 AM
@TheLight - it’s implied that Plageuis created Anakin. You know that right? That scene confirms it.

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Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 6:35 AM
@FireandBlood - No, it isn't the same, however regardless if in this instance it was well written or not the idea of some form of 'divine' power causing someone getting pregnant, such as with Christianity has been around for many millenia.

So the idea that a witch could focus and channel the force to that end isn't exactly a new and original concept (how many horror films have had witches causing a woman to get pregnant from a demonic force over the decades without an actual demon showing up to impregnate) and instances of things like that in a lot of ancient mythologies/stories it is being pulled from I feel just reading this.

Always fair however to question the quality of writing and execution of stories of this type however, not easy to do them well, just unsure it realy goes against established Jedi law at all that it should be causing the blowback it is (beyond just a fair critique of quality of the script).
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 7:06 AM
Virgin births are a recurring theme in various mythologies and legends. Here are some examples:

Ancient Mesopotamia:
In Babylonian mythology, Marduk, the “most potent and wisest of gods,” was created by Ea and Damkina. Ea was the primal god of Babylon, and Damkina conceived Marduk without a human father.

Additionally, procreative deities played a role in the birth of other gods and great figures in Assyrian and Ugaritic traditions.

Egyptian Mythology:
Ra (the Sun) was said to be born of a virgin mother named Net (or Neith) and had no human father.

Horus, another Egyptian deity, was considered the parthenogenetic child of the Virgin Mother, Isis.

Greek Mythology:
Dionysus was believed to have been born of a virgin mother, Semele.

Adonis, a figure from Syrian mythology, was also associated with a virgin birth.

Hittite Mythology:
Anu, a Hittite god, was overthrown by his cupbearer Kumarbi. Kumarbi bit off Anu’s genitals and swallowed them, leading to his impregnation with Anu’s son, Teshub, and four other offspring.

Other Pre-Christian Figures:
Sargon (Babylon), Osiris (Egypt), and even Apis (the sacred bull of Memphis) were believed to have been born of virgins or through miraculous circumstances
Vigor
Vigor - 6/12/2024, 7:13 AM
@FireandBlood - people read a leak and also listened to outrage artists on tik tok or YouTube or where ever they get their daily hate rations. They jumped to a conclusion and that coupled with their cognitive dissonance, they believed acolyte episode 3 jumped the shark in the name of woke

But the episode was actually pretty decent. Most captivating yet. My wife almost called it quits after episode 2. But episode 3 brought her right back in
GeneralZod
GeneralZod - 6/12/2024, 7:44 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - Such a great scene. The cadence of Ian's voice. And the sound in the background. Lucas' swan song.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/12/2024, 8:02 AM
@TheLight - it's still a rare event. This show is set 100s of years prior
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 6/12/2024, 8:16 AM
@Apophis71 - Jesus did have a father and why would you compare this show to the bible?
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 8:30 AM
@SteelGunZ - I'm not comparing but Parthenogenesis was a common recurring theme LONG before Christianity and since with millenia worth of stories, both religion based and pure fiction, all around the globe including Virgin births in various differing ways thus not a new concept. I just find it odd someone who declares themself to be a devout Christian as I was raised to be to have an issue with any fiction specificaly due to the inclusion of a virgin birth by other means.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraculous_births
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 8:43 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - It was implied, never truly confirmed.
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 8:48 AM
@FireandBlood - Doesn't change the new reality that we now have with Anakin's birth coming in "second" place. And now this is unfortunately part of the canon of Star Wars.
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 8:50 AM
@Slotherin - Until someone uncovers it later down the line. How much do you want to bet that this was done specifically for the basis of Rey's upcoming movies?
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 9:05 AM
@TheLight - There was never anything to suggest that Anakin was the “first” anyway, and certainly not by Qui-Gon’s reaction. On the contrary, neither Qui-Gon or the council were that fussed about Anakin being conceived by the Force, almost implying that this wasn’t the first time they’d heard of such an occurrence.
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 9:29 AM
@FireandBlood - "On the contrary, neither Qui-Gon or the council were that fussed about Anakin being conceived by the Force, almost implying that this wasn’t the first time they’d heard of such an occurrence".

I love how you aiding in this whole ordeal😂. And "almost implying" says nothing.
Mrnorth1921
Mrnorth1921 - 6/12/2024, 9:39 AM
@TheLight - but still a guy who can create life but a person before him a hundred years ago is in impossible? He could have learned from them or maybe they learned from him?
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 9:51 AM
@TheLight - But it’s true, and adds context to their reaction. Why wasn’t they making a thing about Anakin’s birth? Probably because it’s not something that’s entirely unheard of.
TheLight
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 9:54 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - Is it possible, yes. But it doesn't fit into the concept of the Chosen One. Anakin's case was supposed to be something unique. A will of the Force itself, not by artificial influence. Anakin is literally the son of the Force.
Odekahn
Odekahn - 6/12/2024, 10:28 AM
@TheLight - But isn’t it still unique? Anakin’s mother isn’t a witch who willed the Force into creating offspring, but it is with the force witches. I haven’t watched the episode yet, and I’m not sure if the witches were Night Sisters or not, but if they were it would make perfect sense imo. This doesn’t sound as bad as I was expecting. I’m still of the opinion that the show isn’t “good” but I’m still giving it a chance to get better. I just don’t feel this issue alone is a big deal. I think some of the plot holes, writing, and some of the wooden acting is much more of a problem.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/12/2024, 11:01 AM
@TheLight - Wasn't Luke and Leia twins as well, so they weren't special either.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 11:15 AM
@TheLight - True, Anakin was maybe implied to be unique, and a far bigger deal, but still would be if chosen by the force itself not someone using the force to create a child.

Same is true with a lot of old stories with Parthenogenesis that an instance that stands out as something bigger, more unique is not the first or last instance like it in differing ways and all of Star Wars from it's initial concept was in part inspired by a lot of myth and mythology (such as Merlin who was also a miraculous birth).

This is not the same story as those ones from Abrahimic faith so not comparing but the birth of Jesus was a HUGE thing, but prior to that and after there were other miraculous birth like the stories of Isaac, Immanuel, Melchizedek, John the Baptist and Kabir...

...the point being that once a mythology establishes a concept of a miraculous birth, be it religion based or pure fiction, it tends to result in more stories of miraculous births with the expansion and additions to the lore and the stories.

Anakin was still chosen by the force, this just adds in the witches channeling the force used magic to induce pregnancy. Having issues with the quality of a narrative, writing and acting of it is always fair, having an issue with expanding on a concept already introduced in differing ways however is questionable.
Mrnorth1921
Mrnorth1921 - 6/12/2024, 12:17 PM
@TheLight - even then, he could still be the chosen one because the will picked him. Maybe the sith and women wanted the twins to be their chosen one but force reject them. Making two. Should have been one being but made twins. This is why they fight all the time?
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 6/12/2024, 1:39 PM
@Apophis71 - What?

you got all of this from "Wiki"?

BOL!
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 1:49 PM
@SteelGunZ - Nope, already new it from these things made of paper called books but can't post links from those online, lol, wiki is just oft easier :D
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 6/12/2024, 1:59 PM
@Apophis71 - LOL!
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/12/2024, 2:28 PM
@SteelGunZ - I'm mildly dyslexic so to deal with it I read a LOT of books, find it easier to read and research using those than online (think it is the tactile aspect) and have always had a keen interest in Ancient mythologies. So got literaly dozens just on that (Greek, Roman, Norse, Asian, Aztec, Native American etc etc) before even starting on all my books of stuff like LOTR and assorted other fiction that has an expansive mythology behind them I also own (some of them first editions).

One of the things that crops up a LOT in almost all of them is virgin births or similar regardless if faith based or fiction :D

Same when you get into stuff like the early Arthurian mythologies and the like, we went to a big touring thing for Star Wars back around when the first prequel came out and alongside the props (they even had one of the full size N-1 fighters with an animated R2 used for the film) there were a load of videos about all of the mythologies Lucas supposedly based Star Wars on (some argue he didn't and retrospecively claimed to have but that is besides the point).

Most of those mentioned in those had stuff like this in it even if it wasn't fully introduced until Episode one and the whole good twin/evil twin with a mystical origin is also very familiar to those mythologies featured in that exhibition and others ancient and modern tales.
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