Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Voices” REVIEW
What happens when one encounters the unknown? When you experience something that contradicts your core believes — something that surpasses your understanding of the world? The Jedi have always been a very spiritual group, but even with all their wisdom, they do not have all the answers. These are all questions Jedi Master Yoda has to face in “Voices.”
It can be said that Star Trek was mainly structured around tangible ideas and concepts, science and logic were the driving forces of the show. Star Wars on the other hand was as much about mysticism and spirituality as it was space adventure. What’s great about this episode is we get to experience a variation of that dichotomy on a smaller scale within the Jedi Order.
“Voices” takes a look at how the Jedi deal when they encounter the impossible. What is the impossible? Hearing a voice from beyond the grave – specifically when Master Yoda is contacted by Qui-Gon Jinn. The Jedi teachings say that this is impossible – a lesson that Yoda has taught to Obi-Wan and Anakin before, so when he himself experiences the same thing, it makes sense this encounter would trouble a Master as wise as Yoda. What’s interesting is the response from the different members of the Jedi Order.
The Jedi council cannot believe this. So they try to tackle it with conventional wisdom and logic. The dead cannot communicate with the living, so this must be something else like a Sith attack on Yoda or stress from the taxing war. They meditate, run test, all while not able to define what Yoda experienced. Even the voice of Qui-Gon says “this is not the way.” It is only when Yoda gives way to convention does he grow closer to Qui-Gon. Out of all the other Jedi, only Anakin was able to feel Qui-Gon’s presence calling out to Yoda. One could say this is because Anakin has spoken to Qui-Gon before, but it is also because he is a Jedi that believes in the impossible. One who will freely let the force guide him.
In a nice bit, Yoda enlists Anakin’s help. Joking that the young Skywalker is an expert in breaking rules, making him just the person he needs to help him escape from the watchful medical facility staff. Once out, Yoda heads to Dagobah under the direction of Qui-Gon (because disembodied voices are always telling characters to head to Dagobah in the star Wars universe J/K). Once there, Yoda is able to truly connect with Qui-Gon. Liam Neeson once again gives an excellent performance as the fallen Jedi. He may not appear on screen, but his voice carries a gravitas that makes this appearance as special as the first time he guest starred on The Clone Wars.
Long time Star Wars fans will remember that Neeson was supposed to film a scene in Revenge of the Sith, that would have explained the whole “coming back as a force-ghost deal.” It may be a few years late, but it is finally great to get an explanation here and like much of The Clone Wars, Christian Taylor’s script does much to improve, expand and fix many of Lucas’ gaps. Like bringing the force back to its original interpretation and lessening the importance of the midichlorians.
It is also on Dagobah that Yoda gets a glimpse of a bleak future. Jedi and Clone fighting an all-out battle. Lines are blurred while countless Jedi are killed. The future isn’t clear and certain events happen differently, mainly because – as Qui-Gon puts it – nothing is certain. Qui-Gon tells Yoda his journey is only beginning and instructs him where to go to discover how to manifest his consciousness after death.
This may not be an action packed episode of The Clone Wars, but there are still plenty of wonderful scenes. The moment when all the Jedi gather to mediate together is staged well and the time lapse of Coruscant is beautiful to watch. Yoga’s trip to Dagobah, as he flies over the swampy planet is a sight to behold.
“Voices” is an emotional stirring and excellent episode of The Clone Wars. It may be the beginning of the end; however it ensures fans are in for one hell of a finish.