I Have One Massive Problem With The Acolyte Episode 6

Even though I think “Teach / Corrupt” is the best episode of The Acolyte season 1, it still has a major issue that I find bothersome. I want to be clear that there were still a number of things of episode 6 that I found enjoyable, including the slower pacing which allowed the story to go deeper into each character, every scene with Osha and Qimir, and Lee Jung-Jae’s outstanding performance as Jedi Master Sol. Having said that, I will not pretend that this episode was flawless, and I will own that part of my admiration for it comes from the fact that it was superior to earlier episodes.
A slower tempo is fine if it accomplishes something, but it also makes me think that The Acolyte’s runtime was bloated significantly to reach eight episodes. After I rewatched the episode, I started to feel like Osha and Qimir’s scenes were quite similar to Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These, however, are not the main complaints I have with episode 6, which is a problem I have with the entire season. It all boils down to the writing and the characters, in my opinion—one of whom received the worst treatment in episode six of The Acolyte.

What Was Mae’s Goal In The Acolyte Episode 6?

Mae Aniseya’s motives—or lack thereof—for posing as Osha were the one major issue I had with The Acolyte episode 6. Mae’s objective was to kill Sol and the other Jedi who had taken Osha as a child ever since the first episode of the series. This was partially explained as an assignment from her enigmatic master to establish her as his acolyte and partly as retaliation for some unidentified offence they had done. But given that Mae attempted to murder Osha in episode 3, I don’t think it’s truly about retaliation.
The Acolyte is incessantly indecisive about Mae’s desires, motivations, and strategies for achieving them.
This was furthered in Episode 4, when Mae decided to give herself in to Osha, severing her connection to her lord and eliminating any reason to murder the Jedi. Now that Mae travelled with Sol while posing as her sister, I’m not sure what Mae was going to do. She could have waited until they got to the Jedi Temple if she had needed answers or protection from Qimir. She had plenty of opportunities to kill him but chose not to. The Acolyte is incessantly indecisive about Mae’s desires, motivations, and strategies for achieving them.

It Doesn’t Look As Though The Acolyte Will Ever Explain Mae’s Motivation.

I doubt The Acolyte will provide Mae’s motivation, even though it appears that episode 7 will be yet another flashback. Nothing will alter how poorly Mae’s character has been written, even if her objectives are made clear when Sol divulges the facts about what actually transpired the night her family perished. This is particularly true with regard to her connection with Osha, whom Mae first appeared to be seeking revenge against before threatening to “kill you” in the flashback. She was prepared to surrender herself to Osha, only for them to switch positions and abandon her to Qimir’s compassion.

I could go back and examine each scene in detail, trying to figure out how Mae’s contradicting acts may be resolved, but right now it seems like I would be taking over the writers’ duties. Maybe I’m being too critical, and after the mystery has been fully answered, maybe the last two episodes will make everything fit together. In any case, getting there is a little annoying given that the title character of the show has erratic objectives and driving forces. It will be interesting to see whether my thoughts change after The Acolyte season 1 is over.

 

 

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