Clone Wars and Theology: Mortis Revisited

Three Jedi arrive on a deserted island, only to discover they are not alone but in grave danger.  Welcome to the next installment of “Clone Wars and Theology”.    When we last left our heroes, Anakin had been confronted with his destiny by the father and chose to leave the Mortis realm with Asoka and Obi-Wan.  Unfortunately, not everyone agreed with that choice…

This episode opens much like the Lost pilot did, with a character laying on the ground opening his eyes.  Instead of Jack Shepard, this time it’s Anakin Skywalker confronted by the son and asked to join him in much the same way he will entreat a future Skywalker on Cloud City.  Waking from a dream, he’s on a shuttle leaving Mortis until the son appears and abducts Asoka.  Anakin races off to find her while Obi-Wan consults with the father about what to do,  Meanwhile, things get pretty dark for Asoka who is imprisoned and taunted by a small gobin whose bite, we see, turns the bitten to the Dark Side.  Thus affected, Asoka allies with the son.

Seeking a way to defeat the son, the Daughter takes Obi-Wan to a sacred place, the Altar of Mortis, to retrieve a Legend of Zelda influenced, Master Sword, type blade that will be the bane of the son.  Arriving at the son’s Sauron-like tower with it, Kenobi joins Anakin’s attempt to restrain Asoka and a Duel of the Fates sort of battle ensues.  Meanwhile, the daughter and son contest for control in a throne room scene reminiscent of the Death Star II throne room scene in Return of the Jedi.  

The episode escalates as Asoka steals the Mortis blade for the son and is subsequently killed by him.  Intent on using the blade to kill the father, the unexpected happens when the daughter intervenes in the son’s plans and the balances in the family is forever changed.  As the daughter’s life ebbs away, she pleads with the  father to not blame the son for the evil that is his nature and her last living act is one of restoration as she breathes life back into the dead padawan through Anakin.

As with the previous Mortis episode, so too does this one have some interesting parallels that I think fall into the Lewis/Tolkien view of man-created-myth reflecting something greater.  The conflict between the daughter and son echos the words of the Apostle Paul when he describes the conflict of sin at work within him in Romans 7, the conflict between the new man clothes in the light of Christ and the old man still prone to sin and evil.  So too, the daughter’s act of sacrifice and what flows from it – from beseeching the father to not blame the son to giving of herself to save Asoka and breathe life into her reflects both the sacrifice of Christ and the Trinity’s collective act of creating man as described in Genesis.   I also find it interesting that Obi-Wan seeks to beseech the father for help, knowing not where he is to be found, and upon turning around is at the steps of the father’s citadel.  Moreover, in seeking the father, he finds the answer to defeating the evil of the son, the Mortis Blade.

More to come…

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