“This is embarrassing beyond belief”: 1 “Cringe” Scene From The Acolyte Makes Star Wars Fans Appreciate The Good Old Days of George Lucas’ Reign

A Cringe-Fest Scene in The Acolyte Sparks Nostalgia Among Fans for George Lucas' Era

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  • Despite good critical reviews, fan reception for The Acolyte has been lukewarm, particularly due to one controversial scene.
  • Featuring a coven of witches, the scene has been described as "cringe" by several Star Wars fans.
  • And showrunner Leslye Headland revealed she based that one cringe-worthy scene on The Clone Wars' Nightsisters storyline.
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The Star Wars universe was kickstarted by George Lucas decades ago and has since evolved and taken a shape that fans have not necessarily loved. After Disney acquired the space opera franchise in 2012, there have been several hits and misses, more misses than there were actual hits. The Acolyte seems to be on the same path even though its critical reviews have been better than expected.

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Carrie Ann-Moss and Amandla Stenberg in The Acolyte | Image via Disney+
Carrie Ann-Moss and Amandla Stenberg in The Acolyte | Disney+

As fans reminisce about the good old days when George Lucas was the supreme head of Star Wars, one scene of the newly released The Acolyte has made them yearn for the initial days of the franchise more than ever. Described as an absolute cringefest, the showrunner Leslye Headland stated she based the scene’s backdrop on The Clone Wars.

Spoiler Alert !!!
Spoiler for The Acolyte Season 1, Episode 3

Leslye Headland’s The Clone Wars Inspired Scene That Fans Think is Absolutely Cringe

The Witches Coven scene in The Acolyte | Disney+
The Witches Coven scene in The Acolyte | Disney+

Leslye Headland‘s The Acolyte is a standalone show based in the Star Wars universe. Having a stellar cast with several interesting characters, it currently has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet, fans are not too happy with the show and have particularly found issues with one scene of episode three of the show.

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Episode 3 of The Acolyte shows the origin story of the twins portrayed by Amandla Stenberg, Osha and Mae. With their origin story taking place in a female witchcraft community, the scene features the coven performing an accession ceremony.

The power of one! The power of two! The power of many!

Chant the witches as their mantra is amplified by a similar musical score with a choir. A particularly cheesy and cringe scene that seems uncharacteristic of the Star Wars universe, creator Leslye Headland in an interview with Entertainment Weekly revealed she took inspiration from the Nightsisters storyline and the Ventress storyline of The Clone Wars.

But unlike The Clone Wars, which revealed the existence of Force Witches in the space opera franchise and was exceptionally well received by fans and critics alike, The Aclolyte’s depiction of witches seems something out of a parody show based in the 80s.

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Fans Berate The Acolyte Over the Witches Coven Scene in Episode 3

Carrie-Anne Moss, Lee Jung-jae, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Joonas Suotamo in The Acolyte (2024) | Image via Disney+
Carrie-Anne Moss, Lee Jung-jae, Dean-Charles Chapman in The Acolyte | Disney+

While Star Wars having witches is not a new thing, the way The Acolyte depicts witches has been drawing a lot of flak from fans. Not only does it lack the depth and sophistication that fans have expected from the franchise, but it also seems out of place and disconnected. Aided by the musical score in the background, the scene seems like a parody instead of an actual scene from the Star Wars universe.

As the scene went viral across the internet, this is what loyal fans of the George Lucas-created franchise had to say about the series:

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With fans still not convinced about watching Leslye Headland’s The Acolyte, only time knows where the future of Star Wars lies under the hands of Disney. Despite rave critical reviews, not having the support of fans will certainly have its drawbacks and potentially make fans aversive to future Star Wars projects under the House of Mouse.

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The Acolyte can be streamed on Disney+.

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