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‘Tales of the Empire’ Episode 4 Recap & Review: A Fresh Start for Barriss Offee

The former Jedi embarks on a dark new path.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: Tales of the Empire Episode 4.

While the first three episodes of Star Wars: Tales of the Empire focus on Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), the latter half brings back former Jedi Barriss Offee (Meredith Salenger), who hasn’t been seen since the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Much like Ahsoka Tano, Barriss renounced the Jedi Order prior to Order 66. However, Barriss did so in a much more problematic fashion, framing Ahsoka to take the fall for her crimes against the Republic. With the Jedi no longer in charge, Barriss Offee embarks on a new journey with the Empire. Check out our Tales of the Empire Episode 4, “Devoted,” recap to make sure you didn’t miss anything!

Barriss Offee Is Recruited to the Dark Side in ‘Tales of the Empire’ Episode 4

The Fourth Sister and two clone troopers enter Barriss Offee's prison cell in Tales of the Empire Episode 4 | Agents Of Fandom
The Fourth Sister recruits Barriss Offee to the Empire following Order 66. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

Immediately after the completion of Order 66, Barriss is released from prison by former Jedi Lyn Rakish, now an inquisitor known as the Fourth Sister (Rya Kihlstedt). She reveals that the Jedi are no longer in charge, and Barriss will have a chance to prove her worth and loyalty to the Empire. While she’s no longer in prison, Barriss Offee now faces a new set of challenges in Tales of the Empire Episode 4.

Although there are originally three new Empire recruits, one of them attempts to flee and is promptly killed. With only two of them remaining, they are introduced to the Grand Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) for the first time. He quickly senses Barriss’ power and takes her on as a recruit, leaving the other to train with the Fourth Sister.

Barriss Offee Becomes the Newest Inquisitor in ‘Tales of the Empire’ Episode 4

The Grand Inquisitor and Barriss Offee select lightsabers before a duel in Tales of the Empire Episode 4 | Agents of Fandom
The Grand Inquisitor teaches Barriss Offee the basics of the Dark Side in a training lesson. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

While she’s strong with the Force, Barriss Offee has very little experience with the Dark Side. She is taught to channel her anger into strength in her first lesson with the Grand Inquisitor. Although it doesn’t start off well, she eventually makes clear progress and rivals even her new teacher’s strength.

Despite making great progress, Barriss’ toughest challenge comes after her bout with the Grand Inquisitor. She is charged with dueling the other recruit to death with only a single weapon for the final spot as the new Inquisitor and with a duel to death with only one weapon between them.

Early in the fight, she attempts to sway her fellow recruit to convince him their fight isn’t necessary. However, her pleas fall on deaf ears. Her connection to the light eventually slips away, and she comes away victorious with a powerful Force choke in the top action sequence of Tales of the Empire Episode 4.

‘Tales of the Empire’ Episode 4 “Devoted” Completes Barriss’ Transition to the Dark Side

Barriss Offee fights fellow Inquisitor recruit in a duel to the death | Agents of Fandom
The Dark Side forces Barriss to make decisions the Jedi Order would expel her for. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

After her victory, Barriss is officially the newest inquisitor tasked to hunt down and kill the remaining Jedi. While this couldn’t be the path she envisioned for herself upon questioning the morals of the Jedi Order back in Season 5 of The Clone Wars, she’s left without much of a choice.

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire Episode 4 concludes with the introduction of the person in charge of the inquisitors, Darth Vader. It’s unclear whether or not Barriss Offee recognizes Vader as Anakin Skywalker or not. However, a badass Vader entrance is the perfect way to conclude an episode of Star Wars television.

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'Star Wars: Tales of the Empire' Episode 4 "Devoted" Review

'Star Wars: Tales of the Empire' Episode 4 "Devoted" Review
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The Good

  • Fun connections to 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and 'Star Wars Rebels' with the Grand Inquisitor and Fourth Sister.
  • Awesome fight sequences make for an eventful episode.
  • Darth Vader makes a chilling appearance, setting the tone for the rest of the episodes.

The Bad

  • This would've been better served as a multi-episode character arc as opposed to a 15-minute short.
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