“…Or so they think.”
Isn’t that the best type of foreshadowing? It’s the kind that only an omniscient narrator can give, and it was how Tom Kane, our disembodied chronicler of that Galaxy Far, Far Away, ended his especially bombastic intro to “Altar of Mortis” last night. That’s right, folks. Just as Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka thought they were out, Mortis pulled them back in.
And it all began with a dream. Like in Luke’s vision in that mythically creepy cave on Dagobah, Anakin was confronted with… himself. Of course, his alter ego soon transformed into the Son, the Force-wielder who embodies the Dark Side on Mortis. Apparently, the Son felt that Anakin could most easily be seduced to the Dark Side in his dreams, a kind of Force-assisted inception, if you will.
Last week, I suggested that Mortis may be a symbolic battleground. If the Son were to upset the balance of power and gain control on Mortis, then the Dark Side would reign throughout the galaxy and the Sith would be ascendant. If there’s any one person in the galaxy to whom the Son corresponds, it’s obviously Darth Sidious, Palpatine himself. Writer Christian “Awesome Name” Taylor peppered the Son’s dialogue with lines that Palpatine has previously used. He attempted to seduce Anakin in his dream by saying, “Join me and together we will change the balance of the universe, my friend.” Sound familiar? He’d go on to suggest that balance could be achieved only by destroying the Sith… and the Jedi.
Is this ultimately how Anakin is the Chosen One? To be honest, I always thought it was because he was destined to destroy the Emperor, to know how to defeat evil by becoming it. Admittedly, the Dark Empire comic books, which saw Palpatine resurrected by having his spirit transferred to a fresh clone body, rather undercut that reading of the Chosen One prophecy — unless, like Mara Jade, you don’t believe that that really was Old Yellow Eyes. I suppose another reading of the Chosen One prophecy is that Anakin brought about balance by destroying the rigid, literal-minded practitioners of both the Dark Side and Light. In a sense, he does destroy both the Jedi and the Sith, leaving… Luke, his son, “last of the old, first of the new,” who would a build a new, more free-spirited Jedi Order.
NEXT: Has Scotty left the Federation and moved to that Galaxy Far, Far Away?