Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 7 recap – “The Elder” long in the tooth

September 22, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Disney+, TV Recaps
4

Summary

“The Elder” uses a familiar master-student dynamic to teach a welcome lesson.

View all
4

Summary

“The Elder” uses a familiar master-student dynamic to teach a welcome lesson.

This recap of Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 7, “The Elder”, contains spoilers.


There is no dynamic more integral to Star Wars than the master and the student, the Jedi Knight and the Padawan. “The Elder” is the first episode of this anthology to even include it, let alone a version of it so close to what we’re used to. Dan is an impulsive student itching for some real action, which is never a good sign, and his well-traveled Master is wiser, more patient, and eager for him not to be so eager. When they land on a no-account little planet in the Outer Rim where there is a disturbance in the Force and an ancient darkness lingering unseen – for now, anyway – it’s obvious that a lesson is going to be learned.

Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 7 recap

The titular elder has beaten Dan and his Master to the planet, and they both end up on his trail. The Master remains behind just outside of a quaint village where the elder’s ship, a Sith model, has landed. Dan quickly sets out to find him and stumbles upon him right after hearing the news that he might be more dangerous than first expected. The elder wastes no time in challenging Dan to a lightsaber duel and quickly cuts him down, sitting cross-legged on a rock nearby to wait for his Master.

This, you’ll notice, is an inversion of the usual dynamic. It’s typically the master who snuffs it. Here, Dan’s recklessness almost gets him killed, but he’s alive enough to provide a crucial distraction that allows the Master to cut down the Elder. Both survive the encounter but, as predicted, a lesson has been learned.

There are many unanswered questions about the Elder, and the episode elects not to answer them, instead letting speculation fill in potential gaps. Was he a Sith who became disillusioned with their teachings? Possibly. But it scarcely matters. The reality of the Master gradually weakening, and Dan becoming gradually stronger, is reinforced by the encounter, a harsh lesson being learned about the dangers of impulsivity and the merits of patience, kindness, and wisdom.

You can stream Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 7 exclusively on Disney+.

View all

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.