Star Wars: The Clone Wars 6.11: “Voices” Review

Qui-Gon. Qui. Fucking. Gon.

A TV Review by Akash Singh

NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!

Qui-Gon is in this episode. That is all. I’m kidding, of course. That is not all. But whenever there’s Qui Gon in a Clone Wars property, it immediately elevates it to a different level. This is a phenomenal spiritual and psychological journey for Jedi Master Yoda that begins his connection to Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode III. It’s thrilling and speaks volumes about character, the Jedi way of life, and the philosophy of a conscience.

Master Yoda hears Qui-Gon’s voice and at first it’s difficult for him to believe it. His fear is a nice character moment, his thoughts overshadowing the Council’s revelations about Dooku merely being the apprentice and not the Sith Lord. As the autumn leaves float by, Anakin discovers Yoda worried. For a second he pauses as if he too hard Qui-Gon’s voice but he shakes it off. The Mortis Qui-Gon Anakin and Obi-Wan believed to be a trick conjured from their memories. The sequence of the Council meditating across the day and night with Master Yoda was absolutely stunning. Yoda undergoes a test and he nearly dies in the process, but there’s nothing biologically wrong with him the Doctor concludes. Ki-Adi and other Jedi are reasonably worried about the possibility of the Sith penetrating Yoda’s mind. But Yoda is not one to rest silently. Using Anakin’s expertise at disobeying the Council, he escapes to Dagobah.

The entire Dagobah sequence is stunning, from the beautiful animation to Kevin Kiner’s blissful score. Yoda’s communication with Qui-Gon throughout is a beautiful exploration of the mythological aspects of the Star Wars saga. Terrified of the vision wherein all the Jedi die, Yoda asks Qui-Gon one simple question: “Is there hope?” “There is always hope,” Qui-Gon replies softly. And Yoda’s journey continues. A successful, beautiful installment of The Clone Wars, Voices pushed the envelope of the show further than it ever has been pushed, and that includes Mortis in Season 3. As much as Star Wars has been about space fights, rebellions, and lightsabers, the spiritual side of the saga has always been integral. The mythology of the saga garners a wonderful treatment here and it’s fitting that it’s Master Yoda who carries the mantle and gets to shine here.

Brilliant

9/10

Title: Voices

Writer: Christian Taylor

Director: Danny Keller

Chronologically Episode #119

Image Courtesy: Star Wars OS

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