Speaking to Collider, Leslye Headland dives into the details of the sixth episode of The AcolyteEducation / Corruption‘ looking at the love-hate relationship between Osha and Qimir, or the island of Ahch-To (“I know it’s similar, and it was intentional“) – we put on it that it is Bal’demnic – and much more.

Leslye Headland on The Acolyte’s Jedi: “I hope people will look at it from a different perspective” – ​​Fantha Tracks

Collider: As a Star Wars fan, how much fun is it for you to be able to take the ideas that have been in the franchise for so long and kind of flip the story around so that people see things from a completely different perspective?

HEADLAND: I hope that people will look at it from a different perspective now. I can understand that fans — especially people who are unfamiliar with the High Republic — might feel that I’m criticizing the Jedi as they appear in George Lucas’s oeuvre, meaning the prequels and Episodes 5 through 6, but that’s not the case. We’re so much further away from that. We’re in the era that Obi-Wan talks about in A New Hope. We’re in that period where the dispersion of power is so vast and far-reaching. In fact, you’ll see in the next episode how far apart the Jedi missions are and how little oversight there is.

(O)ne of the interesting ways to dissect the Jedi is, when they’re at their peak like they are here, what are the things that they do differently? A Jedi doesn’t draw their weapon unless they’re prepared to kill — that’s just a High Republic concept. They don’t have battle droids, they don’t have other people with lightsabers. There’s no reason to draw it. If you compare that to someone in the prequels, it’s not the same. It’s just not the same Jedi. So, in my opinion, and in my experience, and what I wanted to dive into, it seems like this is a time where you can dissect the Jedi as a concept, whereas I wouldn’t want to touch what’s been established about them a century later.

Be sure to read the full interview, as it contains many fascinating details.