Recap: ‘Tales of the Jedi’ Episode 4 “The Sith Lord”

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Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) using the Force in 'Tales of the Jedi'

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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi gives us a parallel glimpse into the events of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999), as Jedi Master Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) follows Dooku (Corey Burton) to her doom…

Dooku (Corey Burton) in the Jedi Temple Archives
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In the Jedi Archives, we see Dooku covertly delete the water planet of Kamino from the archive memory under the login of Jedi Master Sifo Dyas. Afterward, he speaks to Jocasta Nu (Flo Di Re), who tells him his old Padawan Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) has reported encountering a Sith Lord on the Outer Rim world of Tattooine but questions the reality of it, noting he has always held an “active imagination”. Dooku says that is a quality sorely lacking in the order recently.

Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) in 'Tales of the Jedi'
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Later, Dooku sees Qui-Gon and Yaddle talking. He asks to hear his report and says he has been warning them of the coming darkness for years. Yaddle says they did not want to cause alarm — they don’t doubt the claim but urge caution. “A Sith Lord is not to be trifled with,” Dooku responds. Qui-Gon mentions that his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi is looking out for him and Dooku says he looks forward to meeting him, after hearing so much praise. As his old Padawan departs, Dooku remarks to Yaddle about how fast they outgrow you. Yaddle looks concerned.

Dooku (Corey Burton) looking at a tree with Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard)behind him
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Some time passes and we find Dooku pondering a tree in the Jedi Temple grounds. Qui-Gon used to look on it often, fascinated by this natural creation among the steel and manufacture of the rest of his home planet of Coruscant. Yaddle says the Council is on Naboo already for Qui-Gon’s funeral, following his death at the hands of Darth Maul. He says he will not be attending and appears to hold them accountable for his old apprentice’s death, but will let it go. Yaddle asks if he thinks this is possible, and he replies by asking what other choice does he have.

Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) talking to Dooku (Corey Burton)and Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid)
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As his ship departs, Yaddle follows, suspicious of Dooku’s mindset. It flies into the Industrial Sector, into a warehouse. Yaddle follows the Jedi Master inside and from the shadows, listening as he meets with Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid). Dooku says Sidious has gone too far letting Maul kill Qui-Gon, who could have proven a valuable future ally. Sidious says the sacrifices of both Jinn and Maul are worth it for their future goal. Dooku considers how far he has gone, and the people he has betrayed, in service of their mission.

Dooku (Corey Burton) fighting Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard)
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Yaddle steps out of the darkness to confront both of them, appealing for Dooku to redeem himself by helping take down Darth Sidious now. Dooku apologizes as Sidious says he can prove his loyalty by killing the diminutive Jedi. A ferocious duel begins as Yaddle fights for her survival. She says she stepped down from the Council because she agreed with many of Dooku’s points and Qui-Gon didn’t have to die.

Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) using the Force in 'Tales of the Jedi'
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Dooku corners her against the bay doors and with a show of his Force abilities, he slams the door down upon her. As he takes to the knee to repledge his commitment to Sidious, the doors raise again, revealing Yaddle illuminating the two Sith with the Coruscant sunset. Overwhelmed by the strain, she collapses inside. Dooku approaches and says it is worth it to bring peace and order to the galaxy. She asks how many have suffered already. Dooku slays her with a slice of his lightsaber.

Emperor Palpatine (Ian MCDiarmid)
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Force For Thought:

  • This is my favorite of the Tales of the Jedi offering so far, giving us a look into how Qui-Gon’s death sent ripples through the Order. It’s also an insight into exactly what happened to Yaddle, who was seen on the Jedi Council in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace but largely vanished after that. It turns out she was murdered in a Coruscant industrial park.
  • Props to Bryce Dallas Howard who makes another invaluable contribution to the Star Wars universe with her voicework as Yaddle. Between this and her directorial efforts on The Mandalorian, she is fast becoming a Lucasfilm MVP.
  • Sidious is terrifying here, a ghoul lurking in the dark. But the man needs to consider mixing up his meeting points. It seems he uses this same factory for his meeting with Dooku at the end of Star Wars: Episode II — Attack Of The Clones too.

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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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