Opening Moral: He who surrenders hope, surrenders life.
“Aligned, you and I can restore balance wherever we go.” The Son
Review: The gripping Mortis storyline continues with the second part of the mind-blowing trilogy. As Altar of Mortis is set in a mystical world where the usual rules of the Star Wars universe don't apply, this episode gives the Clone Wars creators another chance to really let loose with some inspired ideas and designs. Featuring characters that are the living embodiment of the Force proves to be a particularly ingenious idea that provides the audience with greater insight into that mystical energy field and the ongoing conflict between its Light and Dark sides.
With the shape-shifting Son and Daughter once again locking horns, the earth-shattering storyline that delves into the very nature of the Force gets even more intense. Building to a tragic and shocking conclusion, this is the Clone Wars at its most inventive and revelatory and really shows that the writers are ready and willing to push the Star Wars universe into previously unexplored realms.
This particular story arc is penned by British writer Christian Taylor, who is best known for his work on US TV shows like Six Feet Under and Lost, which may explain why his Clone Wars episodes have such a surreal, dreamlike quality.
Along with featuring one of the most jaw-dropping lightsaber showdowns in the history of the Clone Wars, Altar of Mortis is also notable for Kevin Kiner's exceptional score. Weaving some of the most memorable themes from John Williams' original Star Wars scores into the action, Kiner expertly enhances the episode's epic feel, making it all the more moving and memorable.
Best moment: Under the influence of Dark Side denizen the Son, Ahsoka undergoes a sinister change that leads her into conflict with her mentor. As Jedi Master and apprentice do battle, could this be the end for the plucky Padawan?
Classic Star Wars references: Sam Witwer's performance as the Son is clearly a homage to Emperor Palpatine. Hissing out his darkly seductive lines, Witwer evokes Ian McDiarmid's beloved turn as the wrinkly-faced Sith, makes particular reference to the character's electrifying appearance in Return of the Jedi.