Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 3 E 15 Overlords
"Balance is found, in the one who faces his guilt."
Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are sent to investigate the origins of a mysterious message, that contained a secret Jedi distress code, that hasn't been used for over 2000 years...
This episode provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: The Daughter's outfit.
- All There in the Manual: Mortis was never named on-screen either in this, or the following episodes.
- Anthropomorphic Personification:
- The Daughter for the Light side of the Force.
- The Father for the Balance of the Force.
- The Son for the Dark side of the Force.
- Badass Family: The Force-wielders. Not surprising, given that they're Physical Gods.
- Badass Grandpa: The Father, who can grip a lightsaber blade without flinching more than deserves to be called Badass, and he's at least two-thousand years old.
- Badass in Distress: Obi-Wan and Ahsoka captured and threated to be killed by the Daughter and the Son respectively. Justified, as their captors are Physical Gods.
- Bald of Evil: The Son.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Father used it on Anakin's lightsaber.
- Bizarro Episode: Acknowledged In-Universe, by Ahsoka lampshading the weirdness they witnessed:
- When they witnessed the Son transforming into his Gargoyle form for the first time she asked "What in the Universe was that?" on a bewildered tone.
- The following morning, as she and Obi-Wan went searching for Anakin, they witnessed the flora renewing itself with the rise of the sun, and she remarked that "The longer we stay here, the stranger this place gets."
- Call Back: Anakin talking about the Tusken massacre he commited in Attack of the Clones.
- The Chosen One: The entire episode is about the Father wanting to find out whether Anakin is indeed the Chosen One.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Anakin vs The Daughter and The Son simultaneously.
- Curtains Match the Window: The Daughter has green eyes and green hair.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: The Father, embodiment of the Balance of the Force, having Anakin as a guest on a stormy night.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: See Curb-Stomp Battle above.
- Dramatic Wind: The first thing that happens when Anakin draws on the Force to defeat the Daughter and the Son, is a gust of wind erupting from him.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Ahsoka had a vision about her future self warning her about the darkness within Anakin, and about the darkness he's planting in her.
- Fore Shadowing:
- Gold and White Are Divine: The Daughter's outfit is white with gold neck and shoulder parts, and she is the embodiment of the Light side of the Force.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Son.
- Holy Backlight: While Anakin tamed the Son and the Daughter, the sky of Mortis was darkened, and the Yin-Yang symbol he stood on, and the other symbols surrounding them all started glowing. Anakin stood in the centre of the glow and the Ying-Yang symbol.
- Looks Like Jesus: Qui-Gon.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: The Son can transform into a Gargoyle.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: The Daughter can transform into a Gryphon.
- Physical God: The Force-wielders. Implied that Anakin could've become one if he stayed on Mortis.
- Phosphor-Essence: The Daughter is visibly glowing.
- Place of Power: Mortis is an intersection of the Force.
- Pocket Dimension: Mortis.
- Post Humous Character: Qui-Gon Jinn.
- Power Trio: Two of them, the Force-wielders and usual Obi-Wan-Anakin-Ahsoka team.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Son.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Son.
- Refusal of the Call: Anakin turns down the Father's request to stay on Mortis and keep the Daughter and the Son in balance. This comes back to bite Anakin in the net two episodes.
- Sadistic Choice: The Father orders his children to kill Obi-Wan and Ahsoka, and tells Anakin to choose which of them to save. However, the entire point of the test was to see if Anakin had what it took to Take a Third Option.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Literally, with the Daughter being the Light side's manifestation and the Son being the Dark side's.
- Shout-Out: Mortis's levitating rocks make it suspiciously similar to Pandora.
- Technicolor Eyes: The Father has green irises with black sclera.
- Tranquil Fury:
- Voice of the Legion: The Force-wielders and Anakin while taming the Son and the Daughter.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Daughter and the Son.
- World-Healing Wave/World-Wrecking Wave: They come hand to hand, as part of the balance symbolism: when night falls all plants die, and are reduced into ghastly glowing forms, and massive thunder storms start, when dawn approaches all plant life is renewed.