The Clone Wars Review: Ghosts of Mortis

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This was definitely my favorite episode of the Mortis trilogy. There are still some unanswered questions, and plenty of things were left unexplained or simply just didn't make sense. But overall, this episode was still my favorite. Though, I’m not even really sure why.  It might be the fact that it just felt more like Star Wars to me. I know that’s an easy answer, and kind of cheap, but it’s true.

As the episode starts, one thing is clear. The balance of Force on this planet has tipped towards the Dark Side, just as the Son has. We see the father go to the Daughter's tomb to mourn her death.  This was the beginning of a revelation for me. This episode showed that the trio of Force wielders were rather “human” in nature.  By that, I mean that this episode showed an emotional and mortal aspect to the “gods”. This was especially apparent when the Son visited his sister’s tomb. He obviously loved her and felt horribly guilty. These are not the feelings of someone who is a pure manifestation of evil. As a result, the Son is no more of a threat to the balance of the Force than any other evil force user. He's someone in whom the very fabric of the universe is dependent, but he is still a threat nonetheless. In my humble opinion, this is a good thing.

The Daughter is buried with the Dagger.

The biggest contributor to my enjoyment was that this episode had by far the strongest connection to the story of Anakin Skywalker; more than any other episode of the series to date. At the suggestion of Qui-Gon Jinn, who makes his second appearance as a Force ghost, Anakin travels to the Well of the Dark Side to confront the Son… and fails miserably. A glimpse of his future was all it took for the Son to turn Anakin to the Dark Side. This was a very significant moment for Anakin. He's already in a state where even the slightest threat to his remaining loved ones could cause him to take drastic and forbidden measures to ensure their safety. I dare say that seeing hints of Anakin’s selfishness reminded me of Darth Vader and the tragic conclusion of Revenge of the Sith.

Anakin is disturbed by his vision.

It’s pretty rare that I think of the Star Wars films when I watch an episode of The Clone Wars. I usually find them fun and entertaining - some better than others - but never film-quality. However, the Mortis trilogy, particularly this episode, will make me see Revenge of the Sith in a different light. I’ll think back to the mysterious world of Mortis where Anakin began inevitably approaching the Dark Side of the Force. The tragic part is, he doesn’t even know it.


About the Author

Riley Blanton writes EUCantina's weekly reviews of The Clone Wars TV show. He started contributing to EUC through writing in 2011, but was a temporary host of our official podcast in 2010. He is now the host of The Bothan Report, a Solo Sound podcast. Riley currently lives in Georgia with his family, which includes his sister and The Bothan Report co-host, Bethany. He is an all-around Star Wars fan, enjoying many of the different platforms the franchise has to offer.