The Acolyte Episode 3 Explores a New Perspective on the Force

Jodie Turner-Smith as Mother Aniseya in The Acolyte
Credit: Lucasfilm

Jodie Turner-Smith as Mother Aniseya in The Acolyte
Credit: Lucasfilm

The recently-aired episode 3 of The Acolyte offered a new perspective on the Force that is different from any of the previous portrayals that we've seen before in the Star Wars franchise.

The flashback episode gave us the backstory of the twin characters Osha and Mae set around 16 years before the present-day events of the series and how they ended up getting separated in a tragic event.

With its High Republic setting, the series has an opportunity to explore new mythology and lore that we haven't seen in the live-action projects, and the new episode expanded the concept of the Force in ways the franchise hasn't done in the past.

Spoiler Warning: This article includes spoilers for The Acolyte episode 3, so proceed with caution.

The Acolyte Episode 3 Explores a New Force Philosophy

Since the beginning of the franchise, we've seen the Jedis and the Siths use the Force and the concept has always been associated with the characters that are capable of using the metaphysical power.

However, the new episode of The Acolyte titled "Destiny" gave us a new take on the Force that we haven't seen before in the franchise.

Episode 3 explored the witch coven in Brendok led by Mother Aniseya, the parental figure of Mae and Osha when they were children. It was revealed that they have their version of the Force called the "Thread."

The witches see the Thread as an energy field that ties an individual to their destiny, which is a contrast to how the Jedis and the Siths see the power.

While the usage of the Thread is still the same as the Force, the difference is mostly in the philosophical idea of how it is being used and how the witches view it.

This is an intriguing new concept about the Force that we've never seen before as it shows that not everyone in the galaxy sees it the same way as the Jedi does and each culture has its interpretation of a long-time tradition.

It would be interesting to see how they'll explore the Thread in the upcoming episodes, especially with the death of the coven, and whether someone will carry it outside Brendok and continue this philosophy.

New episodes of The Acolyte premiere every Tuesday night on Disney+.

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