Star Wars: The Acolyte Episodes 1 and 2 Review


Star Wars The Acolyte Episodes 1 and 2 Review

Star Wars The Acolyte promised to deliver a fresh take on the Star Wars universe, breaking away from the Skywalker saga and exploring the golden age of the Jedi. However, after watching the first two episodes, I found myself feeling rather empty and unengaged.

A New Direction for Star Wars The Acrolyte

I’ve been somewhat disengaged from the Star Wars franchise since the controversial return of Palpatine. While I've followed the ensuing discourse, much of it has revolved around familiar characters and nostalgia. The Acolyte aimed to offer something different, set in a time unconnected to the Skywalkers. Unfortunately, the Golden Age of the Jedi comes off as quite dull based on these initial episodes.

Plot Overview

On a basic level, The Acolyte follows the story of two twins, Osha and Mae, who were separated after a devastating tragedy. Osha joins the Jedi Order but later becomes a meknek, an illegal freelance mechanic, while Mae aligns herself with a dark entity and learns to use the Force.

Amandla Stenberg's Dual Role

Amandla Stenberg takes on the challenging role of portraying both Osha and Mae, delivering a commendable performance. The twins are unaware of each other's survival until Mae embarks on a Jedi killing spree, leading to Osha’s wrongful arrest. This twist leads Osha to reconnect with her former master, Sol, portrayed by the talented Lee Jung-jae, as they investigate Mae’s actions.

Character Dynamics and Development

While the premise is intriguing and the world-building is solid, the story doesn’t quite come together. The relationship between Sol and Osha has potential, but the series doesn’t allow enough time to develop their characters before plunging them into the main plot. This lack of depth makes it hard to invest in their journey or the overarching narrative.

Writing and Dialogue

The dialogue is another weak point, often feeling stilted and predictable. Despite this, the cast delivers their lines with impressive enthusiasm. Lee Jung-jae shines as Sol, and Manny Jacinto brings energy to the minor character Qimir, a former smuggler assisting Mae.

Visuals and Fight Scenes

Visually, The Acolyte excels with stunning environments, excellent lighting, and top-notch costume design. The fight scenes are particularly well-executed, providing clarity and purpose to the action sequences, which is a refreshing change for a series involving Force-powered characters.

The Dual Roles of Amandla Stenberg

Instead of just playing Mae, a vengeful assassin targeting Jedi, Stenberg also portrays Mae’s twin, Osha, a space mechanic (Meknes) wrongly accused of Mae’s crimes. The twins were separated 16 years ago, and their reunion drives the plot. Stenberg and Headland managed to keep the character of Osha a secret, surprising the audience.

Maintaining the Secret

“I totally thought it was going to leak earlier, like a lot earlier,” Stenberg told The Hollywood Reporter. Headland added that Master Sol’s words might continue to hold significance throughout the season, not just in the promotional materials.


Despite its visual appeal and strong performances, Star Wars: The Acolyte left me feeling indifferent. The first two episodes failed to evoke any strong emotions or investment in the story. I’ll likely give it a few more episodes, but if the series continues on this path, I doubt it will retain my interest for long.

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