Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 3 E 16 Altar Of Mortis

"He who surrenders hope, surrenders life."
Episode Moral

After refusing to stay on Mortis, Anakin and his friends prepair to leave the planet. However when the Son kidnaps Ahsoka, they're forced to stay and get involved in a fight, that might destroy the crumbling balance of the planet, and the Universe itself.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Always Save the Girl: In a non-romantic sense. When the Son kidnapped Ahsoka, Anakin went to confront him, shrugging off Obi-Wan's warnings about something like that could have devastating effects on the universe at large.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The entire plot is about how it crumbles.
  • Berserk Button: Being called "Snips" by Anakin for Evil Ahsoka.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: After being corrupted by Son, Ahsoka, who's usually cheeky, cheerful and prone to overconfidence, revealed that what she fears/angered by the most is that Anakin doesn't believe in her.
  • Big "NO!": Anakin, when Ahsoka was temporarly killed by the Son.
    • In the Japanese dub, he just yells, "AHSOKA!!!"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ahsoka was saved thanks to the Daughter, who however died, and with her death the Balance of the Force broke.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ahsoka
  • Cain and Abel
  • Continuity Nod: During Anakin's and Ahsoka's duel, Anakin disarmed Ahsoka the same way Vader disarmed Luke early on in their duel in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The Corrupter: The Son of Mortis to Ahsoka.
  • Disney Death: After the Son temporarly killed Ahsoka, she was healed by the dying Daughter and Anakin.
  • Evil Feels Good: When the Son of Mortis corrupted Ahsoka, she claimed that "she felt more like herself, than she ever had".
  • Evil Make Over: After the Son corrupted Ahsoka, her eyes turned Sith-yellow and got creepy shadows around them, her skin gained a grayish undertone, and the blood-vessels all over her body became highly visible.
  • Field Power Effect: The episode mostly took place on that side of Mortis, which was strongest with Dark side, empowering the Son.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: How the Son temporarily killed Ahsoka.
  • Forgiveness: Not only did the Daughter not blame her brother for mortally injuring her in his attempt to kill their father, she asked Father to not hate him for what he did.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: The Daughter could've just Force-pushed the Father away from the Son, or vice versa, instead of jumping between them. Might be justified as she seemed to have been exhausted by her previous battle with the Son, since they were fighting on his terms.
    • And also, why didn't Anakin just pull the Dagger of Mortis out of Ahsoka's hand to prevent her from giving it to the Son of Mortis?
  • Gargoyle versus Gryphon
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Daughter, twice: First by taking a dagger to the back to save the Father, and again by sacrificing what little power she had left to revive Ahsoka.
    • The first sacrifice could also be counted as a Senseless Sacrifice as it ends up breaking the balance of the Force.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted, Anakin tried to snap out Ahsoka from under the Son's control, but to no avail.
  • In the Back: The Son's first attack against the Father.
  • MacGuffin: The Dagger of Mortis is the only thing that can kill the Force-wielders.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Father had this, after Daughter was mortally wounded by Son. He had it because Son turned against him upon witnessing his own true potential in Anakin, who was brought to Mortis by Father.
    • Son was also horrified when he stabbed Daughter.
  • Phosphor-Essence: Daughter's glowing immediately faded when she was stabbed with the dagger. While Anakin channeled her remaining life force into Ahsoka, he was also glowing.
  • Pride: According to the Father, Son lost his self-control because of his vanity.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: When the Son corrupted her, Ahsoka called out Anakin on not trusting and believing in her.
  • Shock and Awe: The Son uses red Force-lightning.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Son's tower is a homeage to the Tower of Orthanc from Peter Jackson's film adaptations The Lord Of The Rings. Also the cave of the Altar is very similar to the Mines of Moria.
    • The scene in which Obi-Wan finds the Dagger of Mortis is a reference to the scene of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung, when Siegfried passed through a ring of fire to find Brünhilde.
    • The scene when Father regains his consciousness is mimicking the last scene of Avatar.
  • Taking the Bullet: The Daughter thew herself between Son and Father, to protect the latter from being stabbed by the former.
  • Tempting Fate: This exchange:
    Son: You look frail Father.
    Father: I am not dead yet.
    Son: Well..perhaps, I am TIRED OF WAITING! *attacks Father In the Back with Force-lightning*
  • Throat Light: While Anakin channeled the Daughter's remaining life force into Ahsoka, his eyes glowed up, and light broke-up from his mouth.
  • Well Done Padawan Girl: While corrupted by the Son, Ahsoka revealed how much it hurt her, that Anakin didn't trust and believe in her.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: The battle between the Daughter and the Son.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Ahsoka hands the dagger to the Son, he tells her she's served her purpose and knocks her dead.