THE ACOLYTE's Latest Episode Features Another Musical Cue Referencing STAR WARS Sequel's [SPOILER]...But Why?

THE ACOLYTE's Latest Episode Features Another Musical Cue Referencing STAR WARS Sequel's [SPOILER]...But Why?

For the third week in a row, The Acolyte includes a musical cue referencing a Star Wars sequel character, but what does this all mean and where is it leading? Find more details on the Easter Egg here...

By JoshWilding - Jul 11, 2024 05:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

This article was originally published on SFFGazette.com. Head there now for more on Star Wars and The Acolyte.

In the fifth episode of The Acolyte, The Stranger approached a downed Osha as Kylo Ren's familiar theme could be heard playing subtly in the background. Then, if you waited through the credits last week, the familiar musical cue was impossible to miss.

It's back in "Choice" (you can read our recap of the episode here), this time when the mind-controlled Kelnacca attacks Padawan Torbin. It's an odd place to include it, albeit one which makes us wonder whether the coven has ties to the Dark Side group - the Knights of Ren - that Ben Solo joins and takes charge of upon becoming Kylo Ren.

If The Acolyte is an origin story for the Knights of Ren rather than the story of how the Sith returned - leading to Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious making plans to take over the Galaxy - then it will be an unexpected twist. It's also a move which opens the door to The Stranger enlisting a group of Acolytes in future seasons, one of whom could be a familiar Sith. 

Last month, The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland was asked about the theme's inclusion in the series and responded, "Ah, wish I could [tell you]. It is there on purpose, but I can’t tell you why, and I can’t go into what it is. But you shall see."

At this point, it's hard to shake the feeling that there's a risk this is a pointless tease which is only there to get fans talking. Alternatively, the finale may confirm that The Stranger isn't part of the Sith lineage which one day leads to Kylo Ren and is instead a Dark Side user who forms the Knights of Ren, a mysterious group we still know relatively little about. 

The clock is ticking, anyway, and after this week's episode essentially just retold the third chapter, The Acolyte only has a single instalment left to tie everything together in a way that satisfies. 

Check out the show's latest nod to Kylo Ren in the X post below.

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 series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The next Star Wars TV series comes from creator and showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), who also serves as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King, and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers, and Rayne Roberts and Damian Anderson are producing.

Seven episodes of The Acolyte are now streaming on Disney+.

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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 5:14 AM
Whatever it is they’re trying to do here, they wasted too much time trying to unravel this unsatisfactory mystery plot to even do it. This isn’t a Sith show. They lied. And they fumbled nearly all the characters with that last episode.
DravenCorvis
DravenCorvis - 7/11/2024, 5:24 AM
"The Acolyte only has a single instalment left to tie everything together in a way that satisfies."

So, is this you starting to admit that the show is flawed (at best).

Remember when you rallied against folk the other week for judging the show too soon?
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 5:34 AM
@DravenCorvis - Well, that’s how these things tend to work. You’d need to watch enough of something to actually make an educated judgment on it. Isn’t this why so many people write off critics because they haven’t seen enough of show to give it such high ratings?
DravenCorvis
DravenCorvis - 7/11/2024, 5:35 AM
@FireandBlood - I know that's how these things work, but thanks for explaining it all to me.

Pointing out that he's been on his soapbox about this show bring judged, and he (might be) changing his tune again.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 5:41 AM
@DravenCorvis - The show was prematurely judged, for reasons mainly not even to do with the content of the show. Maybe he’s changing his tune on the show now because he’s seen enough of it to actually make an educated judgement, but that doesn’t change fact the show was prematurely judged, or make him wrong for pointing that out.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 7/11/2024, 6:18 AM
@FireandBlood - People may watch things and dislike them and say so. Why not do that? I don't know if that's the reason why most people write critics off or not.
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 7/11/2024, 6:24 AM
@FireandBlood - Show has been badly written since the 1st 5 minutes of 1st episode so to come to the conclusion that it's a badly written show this far into it is not a win. It doesn't mean you are now educated, it means you were wrong the whole time and mean to others that were right. It's something y'all should apologize for to the rest of us that saw what you see now all the way back then. If you hire untalented people and they lack the skill to write well it shouldn't be a surprise when the thing they make turns out to not be written well.

But sure call everyone racist and sexist again, since that's how you like to cope with defending garbage writing, even when you agree with the "racist and sexists" now. You called people racist for recognizing bad writing. You called people sexist for identifying terribly written and thought out scenes. And now you still are even after you recognize they were right and you were wrong all along.
BobbyDrake
BobbyDrake - 7/11/2024, 7:18 AM
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MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 7/11/2024, 7:55 AM
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Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 7/11/2024, 8:02 AM
@FireandBlood - prematurely judged...correctly
marvel72
marvel72 - 7/11/2024, 10:03 AM
@Ryguy88 - Exactly, I said it looked crap from the trailers and what do you know, it turned out being true.

This is why people should lower expectations when it comes to anything from Disney Marvel and Disney Star Wars.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 7/11/2024, 5:42 AM
Don't do a JJ Abrams. Tell us wtf is going on next episode. There's no guarantee of a season 2, so don't leave us dangling on the major teases.

Are the twins a clone of Mother Aniseya grown in a womb? What's the Ren of it all anyway?

I'm loving the show so far, despite it's flaws, but if they JJ Abrams us and then don't get a season 2...
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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 5:47 AM
@ObserverIO - They’re pulling a JJ Abrams. These lot over at Lucasfilm learned nothing from Andor, and seem to be under the impression that mystery boxes trump a good story. Or maybe it’s the fact they haven’t got any good stories to tell, so they using these mystery boxes to keep the content in conversation. Either way, it’s the main driving force of every Star Wars narrative since 2015, whether that be the sequels with Rey, Mando with Grogu or now with these Derek Chauvin wannabe Jedi in The Acolyte.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 7/11/2024, 11:30 AM
@ObserverIO - Leslye Headland has a track record of doing puzzle boxes well. I trust her judgement much more than ol' JJ, who is great at starting stories, and shit at finishing them.
Twenty23Three
Twenty23Three - 7/11/2024, 5:43 AM
If this show I’m enjoying turns out to be some secret origin story for nothing background characters I’ll be disappointed
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 7/11/2024, 7:18 AM
@Twenty23Three - Oh yeah, that'd be the pits. What I'm hoping for is that the show is fleshing out a very cool but underdeveloped concept from Sequel Trilogy, instead.
Twenty23Three
Twenty23Three - 7/11/2024, 7:31 AM
@clintthahamster - the Knights of Ren feel like the sequel trilogies Boba Fett. Looks cool, does nothing, dies. So just like Boba Fett I personally have zero interest in learning anything more about them.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 7/11/2024, 11:31 AM
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TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 7/11/2024, 5:45 AM
I did notice that during the scene and was curious about its inclusion because correct me if I’m wrong , the only other time we heard it was during the end of Ep 5 when Qimir finds Osha…

It’s placement in hindsight there i can understand because regardless of whether Qimir is the founder of the Knights of Ren or not , he does share certain similarities with Kylo especially in regards to how he’s trying to seduce Osha to the dark side like Kylo would do to Rey so it could be just a thematic link i feel.

In this case , I can only see it being just a rather similar motif since the end of it sounds different.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 7/11/2024, 6:08 AM
I thought Dean Charles Chapman did great in this episode…

Poor Torbin was just a young kid that was homesick from the only place he had known and just wanted to go back thusmaking an impulsive mistake that led to a tragedy.

He was right back in ep 2 that they felt they were doing the right thing but you can also understand the immense guilt he carried aswell.

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dagenspear
dagenspear - 7/11/2024, 6:13 AM
KYLO REN’S THEME???

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theBlackSquare
theBlackSquare - 7/11/2024, 6:22 AM
Why? Coz they don't got any new ideas? With the exception of Andor, Star wars is just stuck in it's own feedback loop. A snake eating it's own ballsack.
Twenty23Three
Twenty23Three - 7/11/2024, 7:27 AM
@theBlackSquare - Andor was a prequel to a prequel. So I’m not sure it really counts as a new idea either
theBlackSquare
theBlackSquare - 7/11/2024, 7:47 AM
@Twenty23Three - ha yeah you're 100% right, it's not. But, dunno, it felt new? Compelling without a single lightsaber in sight.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 7/11/2024, 6:46 AM
On top of bad writing the pacing for the flashbacks is just shit. I don't see this remotely wrapping up in a satisfactory manner with only one episode left.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 7/11/2024, 7:56 AM
@ModHaterSLADE - f*cking 0% chance. what a let down this show was.. massive
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 7/11/2024, 7:15 AM
"The Acolyte only has a single instalment left to tie everything together in a way that satisfies."

I remember reading an article on this very website where Headland said that they didn't intend to wrap up all of the mysteries on the show in case they get picked up for a second season, but that the season finale would wrap up that season's arc. So, if you're expecting them to tie everything together in a way that satisfies, you will be disappointed.

Is it really so jarring to y'all that Star Wars is doing something other than a straightforward heroes journey? Shows like Lost, West World, Game of Thrones, they would always resolve some plot threads while spinning others up to keep you hooked for the next season. This is that kind of show.
TheNewYorker
TheNewYorker - 7/11/2024, 7:50 AM
I’m surprised people are still watching this lol
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 7/11/2024, 11:31 AM
@TheNewYorker - Turns out that it's not for everyone, like most things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 7/11/2024, 7:53 AM
@JoshWilding

Interesting interview with Leslye Headland about Ep 7.

https://nerdist.com/article/the-acolyte-showrunner-leslye-headland-interview/?amp
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 7/11/2024, 7:58 AM
the premier of the show had me excited.... then it was bad, then episode 4/5 were decent and i thought maybe i can get past the AWFUL writing and plot holes... but after last episode... i just can't. what a HUGGGGGE LET DOWN... i just feel:

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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 8:16 AM
@WarMonkey - I watched the show and made my assessment based on its content. You wrote the show off before it even aired because it had gay and black people in it. We’re not the same, so

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Matchesz
Matchesz - 7/11/2024, 9:14 AM
@FireandBlood - gotta suck being tricked again and again repeatedly by the same mid company.

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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 9:54 AM
@Matchesz - Not really. I liked their last show a lot, and the one before that. It’s just Obi-Wan, Boba and now this that didn’t land, but I haven’t outright disliked any of them. And it’s Star Wars. Inconsistent quality has always been prevalent in the franchise, and was way before Disney came along.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 7/11/2024, 11:27 AM
@FireandBlood - Need to start raising your standards brother. No reason why a studio with budgets that could feed a small nation should come out with anything less than amazing. How many orphans could they have fed with the money these self righteous pompous ego driven actors/“activists” put into their pockets
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 11:40 AM
@Matchesz - Not really. As I said, Star Wars is Star Wars. It’s always been inconsistent, so my expectations are always tempered. If you’re walking into a Star Wars movie expecting prestige entertainment, maybe it’s you who needs to manage their expectations because it’s never been that type of franchise, nor will it likely ever be.

I love Star Wars for what it is, I enjoy that fictional world, always have, but it’s no Dune. If you want better entertainment, look elsewhere because Star Wars has never been the standard, regardless of how big the machine behind it is.
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 7/11/2024, 1:12 PM
@FireandBlood - OK, riddle me this then, if that's what you think happened then explain why I watched and loved an entire show made by a gay Black man, called X-Men '97? Or why is Revenge of the Nerds a movie from the 80s with a gay Black man in it ass part of the main cast one of my top 10 favorite movies of all-time?

You're right, we are not the same. I don't judge people by their skin colors, genders, or sexual orientations like you do or categorize people into groups and then judge them based on prejudices.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 7/11/2024, 2:21 PM
@WarMonkey - Because you didn’t have to look at that gay black man.

“I don't judge people by their skin colors, genders, or sexual orientations”

That’s funny, considering you spend 99% of your time on this site doing just that, with your incessant complaints about “woke” this or “DEI” that. Everyone’s got your number at this point, mate. Cut the crap.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 7/11/2024, 9:02 AM
Wow, people previously loving this show now finally seeing it for what it is. Kinda makes you wonder how it got a 83% critic score huh
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 7/11/2024, 9:12 AM
@Matchesz - I don't think they were loving it. They just saw that the people they hate kept trashing it, so they had to do the opposite. Like the endless compilations of people calling Biden "sharp" until they couldn't pretend anymore. All of a sudden it wasn't just "edited out of context Cheap fakes" It was so bad they asked him to step down. You can pretend all day but the truth eventually comes out.
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