Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 4 recap – “The Village Bride”

September 22, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“The Village Bride” is arguably Star Wars in its purest, most distilled form, though with patience and sensitivity that tentpole blockbuster filmmaking rarely has the time to include.

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Summary

“The Village Bride” is arguably Star Wars in its purest, most distilled form, though with patience and sensitivity that tentpole blockbuster filmmaking rarely has the time to include.

This recap of Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 4, “The Village Bride”, contains spoilers.


There are some iconic romances in Star Wars – Han Solo and Leia, Anakin and Padme – but there’s rarely any time to be romantic. Blockbuster movies have an obligation to action and spectacle; to space-set dogfights and lightsaber duels. “The Village Bride” feels, above all else, romantic. It feels contemplative. It feels as though it has an earnest appreciation for the natural beauty of the world, ours or any other, the earnestness of people, ones you know and those you don’t, and the depth and power of the memories that define a place and its culture.

Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 4 recap

Here, the newly married couple, Haru and Asu, represent the viewpoint of an occupied people, their planet stripped of its resources by Separatists for the war effort. Two travelers, watching from afar as Haru and Asu literally bring forth the planet’s memories, are the outsiders: a more objective angle, one looking in. But there’s no such thing as impartiality when it comes to the most essential matters of right and wrong, of love. Remaining on the fence is complicity. It isn’t enough to not stand for oppression. You have to stand against it.

Haru is due to be given up for the sake of peace. Asu loves her enough to support her in the decision, even if her sister, Saku, rejects it outright. Saku wants to fight, but she’s not powerful enough alone. The Separatists want to make an example by executing her, but the travelers intervene. The woman is a Jedi with a katana-style yellow lightsaber she uses to cut down the Separatist leader, saving not just Haru but the entire village, and perhaps part of herself.

“The Village Bride” is good. What’s more is that it’s Star Wars in its purest, most essential form, all its themes distilled, but with patience and sensitivity that tentpole filmmaking doesn’t often allow for.

You can stream Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 4 exclusively on Disney+.

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