The Acolyte’s “annoying” episode-ending tactics are starting to irritate “Star Wars” fans.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “The Acolyte” Episode 6 aired on Disney+ on July 2, 2024, and excited fans who religiously follow “Star Wars” were once again terribly frustrated with an episode that ended on another cliffhanger.

“The Acolyte” has received immense criticism for many reasons since it premiered. The “Star Wars” series has been criticized for an extremely loose plot that was lazily executed to turn the show into a slumber party.

From its episode length to its gaping inconsistencies with the “Star Wars” canon, people have been up in arms since the series began and now the outrage has shifted to the endless number of cliffhangers this show has.

For the first five episodes, the show teased the identity of the masked master who was finally revealed as Qimir (Manny Jacinto) after teasing it for four episodes. Now for the previous two episodes, it is the past of Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae) that has been teased and just when the revelation is about to happen, something distracts the characters and the audience has had enough now.

Fans outraged by suspense-building tactics of “The Acolyte”

Photocom of the series
Photocom of the series “The Acolyte” (@lucasfilm)

Fans took to the internet to express their frustration with “The Acolyte’s” suspense-building tactics to keep viewers hanging and moving on to other plot points.

A Reddit user said, “They’re overusing the ‘let me tell you everything’ interrupted by an external event. I get that they’re building suspense but there are better ways to do it without overusing this ‘I’ll tell you everything'” just. I’m sure the last two episodes will answer a lot of questions, but I wish they could have found a smarter way to answer some questions while still leaving mystery and suspense.”

Another Reddit user commented, “Yeah aside from some editing issues this is definitely my biggest problem with the show. I understand why they want to pull it out but that’s not the way to go about it.”

A Reddit user added, “Seriously. It’s a self-referential trope at this point. Self. Imagine if you suspected something about your significant other and they kept pulling this move. You’d be gone.”

Most of the suspense pieces were related to Master Sol and his past in the last two episodes. Fans are not happy about this part of his character especially since he was built as someone with strong morals.

A Reddit user said, “The truth is that Solo doesn’t want to tell anyone, let alone everything. So he procrastinates and finds excuses not to. That’s one of his big flaws. He doesn’t want to admit the truth. though he knows he should.”

Why does ‘The Acolyte’ have so many cliffhangers?

Lee Jung-jae in
Lee Jung-jae in “The Acolyte” (@lucasfilmltd)

Well, apart from being a narrative decision, having cliffhangers is often a business decision that the producers and broadcasters consciously make.

In Episode 4, the producers introduced the masked master and gave a glimpse of his identity without revealing who he was. This increased viewers’ curiosity about the real identity of the Sith Lord and increased the chances of them tuning in next week.

Similarly in Episode 6, Master Sol teases revelations about his past and the episode ends soon after that tease. Viewers who have followed the show for the last six episodes are heavily invested in the series and will likely tune in for Episode 7 to find out about his past.

How to stream ‘The Acolyte’?

The Lightsaber whip or the Lightsaber is used in
The Lightsaber whip or the Lightsaber is used in “The Acolyte” but Master Vernestra (@lucasfilm)

“The Acolyte” Episodes 1-6 are streaming on Disney+. To watch the show, you’ll need a Disney+ Subscription. To stream ‘The Acolyte’, you’ll need a Disney+ subscription.

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The “Acolyte” trailer.

“The Acolyte” Episodes 1-6 are streaming on Disney+.

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