Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Are the Ancients Tied to the Jedi?

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There’s an explosion from the past in the latest episode of The Bad Batch Season 2. Delving into the history of the Jedi Order and its predecessors, fans are questioning exactly who the “Old Man” was and what it was like. What they might mean for the broader myths of the galaxy far, far away.

“Entombed” wasted no time making Wanda Sykes’ Phee Genoa the star of the show, with this treasure-hunting pirate filling the Doctor Aphra-shaped hole in our lives. Like that morally ambiguous archaeologist, Phee gives us insight into the state of the galaxy over the years. Along with mentions of the Grand Pearl of Novak and Blade of Zakata Par, one of Phee’s stories stands out above the others.

Are the Ancients related to the Jedi?

Under Phee’s guidance, Bad Batch journeys to the uncharted Kaldar Trinary and searches for the Mythical Heart of the Mountain in Skara Nal. The Skara Nal is eventually revealed to be a walker-like weapon of mass destruction, and although nothing about its creator has been confirmed, Phee states that the “Old Man” predates the Jedi Order.

It is possible that the Ancients were the Je’daii Order, who came from the planet Tython and eventually evolved into the modern Jedi Order. Remember that Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) brought Grogu to Tython in Palestinians Part 2, had a foundation to build on in the main rules of Star Wars. However, this seems unlikely when comparing The Bad Batch’s glimpse of Skara Nal and the dark-faced creatures of the Kaldar Trinary with Je’daii’s motives to bring balance to the Force.

Instead, the Ancients could be tied to Tony Gilroy’s Andor and a temporary reference to the Rakata species. Here, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) has prepaid Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) a Kuati sign studded with a blue and white sky kyber crystal. As well as stating that it came from an “ancient world”, he confirmed that it “celebrates the uprising against the Rakatan invaders”.

Rakata? Like, Knights of the Old Republic Rakata?

Introduced in BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic video game in 2003, the Rakata is a fish-like species that is adept at hyperspace travel for the first time. More than that, the Rakata are a sometimes vicious race that uses the dark side to mix their technological prowess with spiritual evil.

Since Knights of the Old Republic is set some 4,000 years before the Lucas films — and Rakata predates it 30,000 years — the timelines associated with them becoming the Ancients Phee refer to. For those who are still not convinced, part of the 2003 game takes place in a location known as the Temple of the Ancients on the planet Lehon.


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