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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S3E15 "Overlords"

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Balance is found in the one who faces his guilt.

A mysterious force draws Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka to a distant planet and its inhabitants — a family of exceptionally powerful Force-wielders — in an attempt to determine whether Anakin is truly the Chosen One. The patriarch of this family, known only as the Father, has spent ages maintaining the balance between his Daughter, who is strong with the Light Side of the Force, and his Son, who aligns with the Dark Side. The Father reveals his days are numbered and he seeks Anakin to take his place as the fulcrum of this balance. A series of tests proves that Anakin is capable of controlling both offspring, as the Father does, but Skywalker refuses to take the Father's place.

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  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • The Daughter's outfit.
    • The future vision of Ahsoka also shows her quite "grown-up" as well.
  • All There in the Manual: Mortis is never referred to by name by any of the characters. However, it is named by the narrator in the following episodes.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification:
    • The Daughter serves the role as this for the Light Side of the Force.
    • The Father served the role as this for the Balance of the Force.
    • The Son serves the role as this for the Dark Side of the Force.
  • Badass Family: The Force-wielders. Not surprising, given that they're Physical Gods.
  • Badass in Distress: Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are captured and threatened to be killed by the Daughter and the Son respectively. Justified, as their captors are Physical Gods.
  • Bald of Evil: The Son is bald and a personification of the Dark Side.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: The Father uses it on Anakin's lightsaber.
  • Bizarro Episode: Acknowledged In-Universe, by Ahsoka lampshading the weirdness they witness:
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    • When they witness the Son transforming into his Gargoyle form for the first time she asks "What in the Universe was that?" in a bewildered tone.
    • The following morning, as she and Obi-Wan are searching for Anakin, they witness the flora renewing itself with the rise of the sun, and she remarks that "The longer we stay here, the stranger this place gets."
  • Call-Back: Anakin talking about the Tusken massacre he committed back in Attack of the Clones.
  • Call-Forward: When the Son appears in the guise of Anakin's mother and gets him to confess his secret guilt.
    Anakin: The only love I feel in my heart is haunted by what would happen, should I let go?
  • 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.
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  • Curtains Match the Window: The Daughter has green eyes and green hair.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A human Jedi manages to tame the Daughter and the Son, the god-like embodiments of the Light and Dark Sides of the Force, simultaneously.
  • Distress Call: The Force-wielders send one using a Jedi code over 2,000 years old to get Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka out to their location.
  • 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 has a vision about her future self warning her about the darkness within Anakin, and about the darkness he's planting in her.
  • Eldritch Location: Mortis, as an intersection of the Force, is a very strange planet, with the plants dying every night and renewing themselves every morning, the hovering rocks, and the implication that it's only accessible to Force-users.
  • 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 tames the Son and the Daughter, the sky of Mortis is darkened, and symbols decorating the temple all started glowing. Anakin stands in the centre of the glow and the Yin-Yang symbol.
  • Leitmotif: Qui-Gon's appearance is accompanied by a slow rendition of music that debuted back in The Phantom Menace. Obi-Wan's subsequent discussion of Anakin's abilities and training is accompanied by the Force theme, made famous by the binary sunset in A New Hope.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Qui-Gon's Force spirit.
  • Morphic Resonance: The Daughter's griffin form and the Son's gargoyle form both have the same colouring as their normal forms.
  • Obviously Evil: Bald of Evil, Glowing Eyes of Doom, Red and Black and Evil All Over, transforms into a gargoyle. Yeah, Brother/Son is totes trustworthy.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: The Son can transform into a Gargoyle.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: The Daughter can transform into a Gryphon.
  • Phosphor-Essence: The Daughter is visibly glowing.
  • Physical God: The Force-wielders. It is implied that Anakin could become one if he stays on Mortis.
  • Place of Power: Mortis is an intersection of the Force.
  • Pocket Dimension: Mortis.
  • Posthumous Character: Qui-Gon Jinn appears as a Force spirit to Obi-Wan and the Son appears in the guise of Shmi Skywalker to Anakin. Both Liam Neeson and Pernilla August reprise their roles.
  • Power Trio: Two of them, the Force-wielders and the 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 next 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 is to see if Anakin has what it takes to Take a Third Option.
  • Shout-Out: Mortis's levitating rocks make it suspiciously similar to Pandora.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Literally, with the Daughter being the Light Side's manifestation and the Son being the Dark Side's.
  • Sinister Geometry: A giant octahedron that appears in front of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka's shuttle and twists apart to reveal a blinding white light into which their shuttle is pulled.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The Father has green irises with black sclera.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    Anakin: [drawing on the amplified power of the Force] You will let them go! ... Down! On! Your! Knees!
  • 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 in hand, as part of the balance symbolism: when night falls all plants die and are reduced into ghastly glowing forms, and massive thunderstorms begin; when dawn approaches all plant life is renewed.


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