Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 3 recap – “The Twins”

September 22, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Disney+, TV Recaps
2.5

Summary

Some nice visuals and a worthwhile theme make “The Twins” worthwhile, but it’s undercut by clunky writing.

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2.5

Summary

Some nice visuals and a worthwhile theme make “The Twins” worthwhile, but it’s undercut by clunky writing.

This recap of Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 3, “The Twins”, contains spoilers.


There’s a “Rule of Two” among the Sith — no more, no less. One must have the power, and the other must covet it, and eventually one destroys the other. It’s a neat system. But it’s not a system ideally suited to siblings attempting to rule the galaxy together, so it’s no surprise that the hook of “The Twins” is about a brother and sister born and raised within the Dark Side who just can’t seem to agree on much.

Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 3 recap

Am is kind of the quintessential Star Wars villain – a red lightsaber, a mask, a synthetic-sounding voice, a predilection for destroying planets. You know the type. Her brother, Karre, seems a bit more mild-mannered, but the connections between them are obvious. Their two Star Destroyers are linked. The dark armor they wear – explained in clunky exposition – is powered by a single power source held within a crystal. The plot is jump-started by Karre stealing that crystal for himself, for reasons that are initially mysterious.

What it amounts to, in large part, is a very visually distinct battle between warring Force powers, arcs of red and blue, a more obvious evocation of the traditional Star Wars aesthetics that the brilliant first episode upended so skilfully. As it turns out, and in keeping with the episode’s theme, Karre stole the crystal to protect his sister, whose death he saw in a vision. Karre is also a child born of the Dark Side, but visions of the Light and his adamance that he can save his sister make for a more traditional good versus evil conflict, even if love conquering all becomes the overriding principle.

The way that principle is expressed, though, relies on obvious dialogue that might charitably be described as “cheesy”. There’s an artlessness to the writing here that undercuts some striking visual design and a worthwhile thematic undercurrent, and the idea of twins created by pure Dark Side energy was deserving of more explanation than it gets – especially since Karre’s rather uncomplicated heroism undermines it anyway. There’s a part of me that suspects this might be an episode that some viewers really appreciate, but overall it was just a bit too trite for me.

You can stream Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 3 exclusively on Disney+.

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