Recap: ‘Tales of the Jedi’ Episode 3 “Choices”

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Jedi Council at the funeral of Master Katri

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This is the second episode of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi following the man who will be known as Count Dooku. Let’s discover another story from the history of this future villain…

L-R: Jedi Master Dooku (Corey Burton) and Mace Windu (Terence 'T.C' Carson) in 'Tales of the Jedi'
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A Jedi shuttle coasts in to land on the planet of Raxus Secundus. Inside are Jedi Masters Dooku (Corey Burton) and Mace Windu (TC Carson), arriving to retrieve the body of Jedi Master Katri who died in an ambush targeting the planet’s senator. The pair are working together, but their approaches are very different: Windu wants to play things by the book; a stickler for rules and follows the Jedi Council’s mandate. Dooku senses something is off about the death and wants to investigate further, beyond their simple directive.

Senator Larik (Theo Rossi) in 'Tales of the Jedi'
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After speaking to Senator Larik (Theo Rossi), who survived the attack, Dooku pushes to see the place where it happened. The group travel to an isolated grove, despite Windu’s plea for them to take the notion the senator is hiding something back to the council first.

At the crime scene, Dooku inspects blaster scorching and saber flashing, asking how many attackers there were. The senator says Master Katri was set upon as soon as they began to depart the ship, but the ship bears no signs of damage. Dooku says it is unusual for a Jedi to succumb to a surprise attack unless it is from someone they otherwise would trust. He ignites his lightsaber.

Jedi Master Dooku (Corey Burton) igniting lightsaber in front of Senator Larik (Theo Rossi) in 'Tales of the Jedi'
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The senator confesses that it was their own guards who killed Master Katri and is immediately shot by those flanking him. Droids leap from the trees and set upon the Jedi. They are eliminated by the skilled Masters quickly, who confront the guards on their motivation.

“You and all of the senate’s puppets will see a reckoning,” one of the guards says. They tell the Jedi the senator was part of a group exploiting their positions to become rich by selling off the planet’s resources. They were holding him captive in an effort to push their own agenda, saying they couldn’t approach the Jedi as they are lapdogs of the Senate who only protect the rich and powerful. It appears to resonate with Dooku, while Windu insists Katri would have listened.

Senator Larik's (Theo Rossi) guard Hanel (Andrew Kishino) under attack from Mace Windu's lightsaber (Terence 'T.C.' Carson)
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In the cells, Dooku is speaking with one of the imprisoned guards. He tells him he had a point, and while he cannot condone his methods, he believes he did right to try and protect his planet. Speaking to Windu afterward, he says he believes the Jedi Council will be happy they have solved the case. He asks whether he thinks the Jedi Order would continue to keep the peace if the Senate did not have the rule of law. “We are guided by the Council, not politics or ego,” Windu says.

Jedi Mace Windu (TC Carson)
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Jedi Master Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi (Brian George) and others are present at Master Katri’s funeral on Coruscant. Their body is lowered into the ground and a beam of light emits from the subterranean chamber. After the service, Dooku is speaking to Windu once again. Mace tells him he has been offered Katri’s seat on the council. Dooku asks if Mace knew before the mission that the opportunity was available. He insists he didn’t, but would talk to the council on Dooku’s behalf. Dooku looks unconvinced.

Jedi Council at the funeral of Master Katri
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Force For Thought:

  • This episode continues to explore some of the experiences which may have helped Dooku embrace the Separatist ideology he embodies during the Clone Wars. He outright agrees with the actions of the guards in this episode, if not their methods — although kidnapping and worse will become part of his tactics later in life, he isn’t quite there yet.
  • Mace Windu has always been a tight adherent to the rules, to a fault. This unwillingness to bend or be flexible to circumstances will ultimately contribute to the entire Order’s eventual downfall: If only they could keep their minds open to other possibilities, the rise of the Sith perhaps would not have been possible. Instead, you can see some of the detachment and single-mindedness in play already.
  • Could Dooku have been right about Mace knowing about the potential council seat ahead of their mission? Certainly, the show is presenting the galaxy-at-large as having major issues with seeing the Jedi Order and Senate being toxically interwoven.

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From the days of the High Republic, to the discovery of a phantom menace, the Clone Wars, when the galaxy found a New Hope and more, the Jedi Order have protected peace and justice across the stars. Now, their stories are explored even further in Tales of the Jedi (2022), an anthology series created by Dave Filoni bringing short parables of the Jedi and Jedi Council to Disney+.

This first season explores more of the lives of Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Count Dooku (Corey Burton), with appearances from Jedi Master Mace Windu (Terrence ‘T.C’ Carson), Jedi Master Yaddle (Bryce Dallas-Howard) Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Sith Lord and future Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and embodiment of the Dark Side, Darth Sidious (Ian Mcdiarmid).

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