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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Explores Ancient Rite of Passage for All Jedi

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Explores Ancient Rite of Passage for All Jedi

The most recent episode of Cartoon Network’s 3D CGI animated series, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ titled ‘The Gathering,’ explores an ancient rite of passage for all Jedi. Ahsoka heads to Ilum with a group of younglings, where they will learn from Yoda and undergo a crucial rite of passage: the construction of their lightsabers. They face mental and physical challenges, as they face the dangerous task ahead of them.

Below is unique trivia for ‘The Gathering’:

The opening prologue trailer to the episode features a rare flashback to before the Clone Wars, when Plo Koon discovered the baby Ahsoka Tano on an undisclosed planet, and brought her into the Jedi Order.

The notion of lightsabers being powered by mystical crystals find their roots in the “Kyber crystal” concept in the early draft scripts of Star Wars, a mystical gem said to amplify the power of the Force.

The symbols denoting the balance of the light side and dark side first seen in the realm of Mortis are visible in the temple entrance on Ilum. The markings that lined the halls of the Father’s Monastery on Mortis are also found within the Ilum temple.

This episode introduces a Jedi youngling symbol worn as a patch on the students’ cold weather gear.

The crystals are colorless until the young Jedi holds it, upon which it becomes attuned to the Force-user. This appears to be what governs the colors of Jedi lightsabers.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Exlpores Ancient Rite of Passage for All Jedi

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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