Sunday, April 10, 2011

Altar of Mortis Episode Guide

Episode Information...
Premiered February 4, 2011

"He who surrenders hope, surrenders life."

Before the Jedi can leave Mortis, the Son takes Ahsoka captive in an attempt to entice Anakin into joining him to use their combined strength to overpower his Father and Sister. To this end, the Son casts Ahsoka under the spell of the dark side. Meanwhile, the Father attempts to stave off a disastrous showdown between his children and maintain the Force's increasingly precarious balance on the planet. Fearing that the Son may be unstoppable, the Daughter does the forbidden by taking Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Altar of Mortis, wherein is kept the Dagger of Mortis, a weapon capable of killing a Force-wielder. The Son steals the weapon, and attempts to use it against his Father to steal his power and end his rule, but the Daughter sacrifices herself, placing herself in front of the blade.

Written by Christian Taylor

Tom Kane as the narrator

Behind the Scenes...
The Son's "prison creature form" has no proper name. Sam Witwer provided the voice for it as well.

The look of the Altar was very much derived from the Wagner opera Siegfried. In it, Siegfried crosses through a ring of fire to find the valkyrie warrior Brünnhilde, who shall "work the deed that redeems the world." This description could apply to the Mortis dagger, as well as to Anakin.

The Son's cathedral is an homage to the tower of Orthanc from The Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers, which was also a single dark tower set within a circle. "If you know The Lord of the Rings films you may notice that the tower itself resembles Saruman's staff," says Supervising Director Dave Filoni. Saruman was portrayed by Christopher Lee who also played Count Dooku in Episodes II, III and The Clone Wars movie.

Official Commentary...
Here you can view and download all of the official screengrabs and concept art images.
This links to a site where you can download a zipped folder that contains over 70 official images from including screencaps, concept art, and clone cards. 

This site includes hundreds of screengrabs from the version of the episode that aired on Cartoon Network.

Articles... discusses the episode with Sam Witwer, the voice of the Son.

If you have any suggestions on how to make this guide better, feel free to comment. I'm always looking for more resources to add to this.


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