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THE JEDI ARE PRICKS: HOW STAR WARS VII-IX CAN MAKE THE PREQUELS RETROACTIVELY BETTER

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Posted June 21, 2013 by Brock Heasley in Features
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The upcoming Star Wars sequels present a unique challenge in that they’re not only following up one of the most beloved trilogies of all time, but also one of the most reviled. The Prequels. AKA, the movies you really, really want to like more than you do. But you never will, right?

Maybe. Maybe… not.

What if there actually was a way for Director JJ Abrams and Screenwriter Michael Arndt to embrace the Prequels and, retroactively, make them better? They kind of have to do the former. Like it or not, Episodes I-III are part of the story. A trilogy that caps a trilogy of trilogies has got to acknowledge its roots in some way to be complete. Otherwise, it will be as empty as, well, the Prequels.

But how do you make something that’s done and complete, better? Simple, you reframe it. You present insight that gives new meaning to what came before and changes how you look at it forevermore.

And it’s not even hard. The Prequels have been set up for this from the beginning and it’s all due to one, simple, undeniable fact: the Jedi are pricks.

HOW THE JEDI LOST THEIR WAY

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History shows us that the longer a religion sticks around, the further away from its most basic tenets its most zealous followers tend to get. There are lots of modern examples of this, but the one I think of immediately is the Pharisees and Sadducees at the time of Christ who perverted the laws and traditions handed down to them so thoroughly, that they mistook the perversions for the actual religion they were supposed to be practicing.

What if the same thing happened to the Jedi?

I mean, the Jedi talk about their compromised state all the time in the Prequels, wondering out loud how they didn’t know the Sith were back and going on and on about how the Force needs to be balanced. Something is clearly very, very wrong. Unfortunately, the movies do a horrible job of explaining the how and why of it all. What if that part is still coming? And what if it’s the Jedi themselves that are the cause of all that Force imbalancing?

When I look at the Jedi in the Prequels, I see a dogmatic group that hates families. They take kids away from their parents at a young, young age and train them up to be unattached warriors. They don’t allow marriage and they—and this is the kicker—they don’t allow mourning.

Hey! Let’s quote Yoda!

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”

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Now, I’m all for moving on in a healthy way after a loved one has passed away. You can’t dwell; that way lies madness. But to tell someone not to mourn at all? To not miss the person they care about? Who can do that? A brief mourning period is required for processing emotions in a healthy way. This is bad, bad advice.

But Yoda goes further and he disses attachment. “Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” Really, he’s saying relationships—the thing that defines a big part of who we are (ask Mark Zuckerberg, he’s made billions off of being smarter than Yoda)—are bad. This is why Anakin had to hide his marriage to Padme. This is why he had to leave his mom in the first place. The Jedi hate families. The Jedi hate that you might feel a sense of loss when a person dies. The Jedi taught Anakin to deny all the basic things that make him human.

Of course he turned into a monster.

And, of course the Force was unbalanced. Remember that other Yoda quote? From Empire?

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”

Wait, what does the force bind? “Us?” Oh, crap. The Force is all about attachment.

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Somewhere, somewhen, the Jedi lost their way. Maybe there was a time when they could marry and mourn and be raised by their parents in a loving environment. And then, things changed. The Jedi misunderstood something or reinterpreted their basic tenets or somebody went rogue and jealously was at the root of their problem. Whatever it was, the Jedi got some pretty weird ideas about how to go about their business.*

*I know jack squat about the Expanded Universe. I know there’s a whole history there about the Jedi stretching back thousands of years, but I don’t care about any of it. It’s irrelevant. The new movies are going to ignore it all and so that’s what I’m doing.

And, y’know, it’s almost like they figured out the broken parts of their philosophy when it was all over. At the end of Revenge of the Sith, after Order 66 had done its job, you’ve got just Obi-Wan and Yoda left, and they’ve got these two Force-sensitive kids, Luke and Leia, to worry about. So, what do they do with them? Do they hide away with them and train them to be Jedi in some little Jedi monastery on the outer rim? I mean, those kids are their last hope. You’d think putting these kids through Jedi training 101 would be number one on the agenda.

No, instead they put them together with parents. They put them in families.

BUT WHAT THE CRUD DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MAKING THE PREQUELS BETTER?

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Here’s the opportunity Abrams and company have: they could acknowledge this. They could acknowledge the folly of the Jedi. Imagine Star Wars sequels in which Luke discovers there’s a reason the Jedi fell and establishes a new Jedi Order that does away with all this junk—with the weird hate for the family unit and strange advice against mourning and—and—and the midichlorian-ness of it all, and he gets the Jedi back to basics: doing good, kicking butt, being emotionally healthy.

What does that then do to our view of the Prequels? Well, once you start looking at the Jedi as a fallen Order, hogwash scenes with arrogant, judgment-impaired Jedi Councils start to take on a whole new meaning. Obi-Wan becomes a decent guy who just got swept up in the Council’s erroneous interpretations of dogma. Qui Gon Jinn, as the rebel Jedi, suddenly looks a whole lot smarter. Dooku… Count Dooku kind of has a point now. And Anakin, poor Anakin, is a big ol’ victim who, though responsible for his actions, is a whole lot more sympathetic.

HEY, JUST WHAT IS STAR WARS ALL ABOUT ANYWAY?

At its core, the Star Wars Saga is about the Skywalker family. The Jedi of the Prequels are hostile to the very thing the whole story is about. This makes the Prequels the story of breaking the Skywalker family apart.

The OT is the story of the Skywalker family coming back together.

And the Next Trilogy? Well, that’s the story of keeping the Skywalker family intact.

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IS THIS WHAT GEORGE LUCAS INTENDED ALL ALONG?

This is probably not even close to what George Lucas intended. I have no special knowledge (though I have been to Skywalker Ranch and I know where George keeps his lightsaber) and predicting Star Wars is a fool’s game. All I’m saying is this is the stuff I see in there. I’m not the only one who was let down by what the Jedi are actually like and what they believed in, I’m just trying to make sense of it all.

But… and this is exciting… it doesn’t really matter what George Lucas intended. He’s off Star Wars now. It’s Kathleen Kennedy’s ball to run with and she and Abrams and Arndt can do what they want. Will we see a newer, healthier Jedi Order or will Luke and his family go into the sandwich-making business and we’ll be treated to three movies of conspicuous Subway product placement?

Will Harrison Ford grumble? Will Carrie Fisher be unsteady? Will ghostly Hayden Christensen get to pal around with his much, much older son?

Anything is possible.

Whichever way it goes… the Jedi really did kind of screw Anakin up.


About the Author

Brock Heasley
Brock Heasley

Brock Heasley is a husband, father of three girls, writer and consumer of breakfast for dinner. To save the world, he created and writes the webcomic, The SuperFogeys. Has the world ended yet? No? Then it's working.

  • Adam Klawitter

    While this makes a lot of sense, U always liked the idea of the Jedi as a bunch of warrior monks patrolling the universe. With that in mind, the detachment from everything makes sense, kind of Luke the Shaolin in their monasteries. I do wish there was some way to go back and get rid of all the midichlorian nonsense, but the monk culture does make sense.

    • Brock Heasley

      Yeah, the monk thing is a good parallel, but as presented in the movies, it seems like the Jedi just went too far with it. There’s something wrong with them. Revenge of the Sith never should have happened. But it did and I think an explanation as to how could really enrich the whole saga.

      • I like

        Your article alone is making the prequels better for me already. I’m going to be thinking from your perspective next time I watch them.

        But I’m now almost interested in a prequel to the prequels. Episode Zero, anyone?

  • Jenny Everywhere

    The big problem with the “attachment” thing in Jedi training is, it’s a misunderstanding of the SAME thing in Buddhist philosophy. Attachment to the physical world through desire, craving, and clinging contribute to samsara, the illusion of the world that anchors us in it, and keeps us on the wheel of death and rebirth. But it isn’t “attachment” as in “families” — that’s a misunderstanding of the usage. The Buddhist exhortation against attachment is against being obsessed with things and their acquisition. They have nothing against love or families.

    The forbidding of marriage and relationships in the Jedi sense is again, a misunderstanding of the Buddhist precept against “sexual misconduct”. It isn’t a prohibition of sex entirely, in fact, when it is loving and does not mistreat the other, it is a healthy and good thing. It’s when it becomes a crippling obsession that it is bad. Of course, Anakin develops a crippling obsession with Padme — that was more his problem than the fact that he HAD a relationship in the first place.

    There’s a third bit to the Star Wars canon that is only obvious to those who are deep into the books and comics — the Jedi Code. There are old versions which, while cryptic, are consistent and do not contain inherent contradictions:

    Emotion, yet peace.

    Ignorance, yet knowledge.

    Passion, yet serenity.

    Chaos, yet harmony.

    Death, yet the Force.

    But in the continuity of the Star Wars universe, a Jedi Master *revised* the Code, because he felt “simplifying” it would make it easier for future Jedi to grasp and master:

    There is no emotion, there is peace.

    There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

    There is no passion, there is serenity.

    There is no chaos, there is harmony.

    There is no death, there is the Force.

    THIS version of the Code, the one that would have been taught to Anakin, Obi-Wan, and all the others, has inherent flaws. Each line has, instead of a deep lesson that requires introspection, a LIE as its basis. There IS emotion, this is demonstrable. There IS ignorance, those who study the Force START ignorant and must learn. There IS passion, a Jedi must learn to control it. There IS chaos, it is inherent in physics, and cannot be denied — weather in particular relies upon it, as does turbulence in fluids. And it is utterly demonstrable that there IS death.

    That last line has a subtler trap — Jedi do not fear death, it is a step back into the Force. But they do not DENY death. The Sith, however, do their best to cheat death at every turn, through magic and alchemy, shortcuts of the Dark Side. To deny there is death, that there is a WAY OUT through the Force, is a Trojan Horse concept that opens the door to the Dark Side through the very doubt it casts.

    The older Code is positive, it says that though these things exist, there is a way to deal with them. It denies nothing. It accepts everything. The revised Code lives in denial, and sows doubt, as to explain each line properly first requires the student to give the line the lie. It is a subtle poison, taught to each Jedi from the time they are a youngling, that sits in the back of the mind and calls everything into question.

    This revision’s author, Odan-Urr, was the chief librarian of the Great Library of Ossus. The time he existed was 4,000 years PRIOR to the Battle of Yavin in episode IV. What makes him especially important in regards to his teachings is that he was also the custodian of a Sith Holocron, once owned by dark side lord Naga Sadow. He studied this holocron in depth. It is my contention that this study corrupted the Jedi Master, and caused him to instill a subtle moral poison in the Code, that would weaken the Jedi who studied it from that point on.

    There is a lot of Zen Buddhist and Aikido philosophy in the teachings of the Jedi…but the writers were not themselves masters of those disciplines, and it’s my opinion that they got much of it wrong in their cherry-picking and recapitulation of these ideas.

    • Brock Heasley

      Wow, that’s certainly a lot more than I’ve ever known about Jedi. This is all EU stuff, but it’s interesting that it goes to my point–that the Jedi philosophy was corrupted at some point.

      It’s always been obvious that Lucas pulled a lot of the Jedi philosophy and beliefs from Eastern religions. I’m no student of Eastern Religions, but I’m familiar with the basics of Buddhism, so what you’ve written here does make sense to me. As I said in my article, I tried to take the movies as their own thing, not looking to the EU for explanation, but also not looking to our own Earthly religions to make sense of it all. The Jedi’s negative view on “attachment” is just bizarre to me, taken at face value. Clearly, Lucas did cherry pick.

      But wouldn’t it be great if there was some sense to it all? He already presented us with a political society in decline. How fantastic would it be if he snuck in a religious one as well?

    • http://rants-ravings-and-nerfherders.blogspot.com/ DrthGeek

      Very well explained!

      I’ve always found both the Jedi and Sith Code a fascinating study pertaining to real-life relationships and life as we can live it (not the fantasy world of Star Wars). I think anyone who has really, honestly tried to delve into the mythos of Star Wars has to, at one point in their journey, come acorss some type of crossroads, and make the decision if this defines the way they look at the entire history of Star Wars.

      But most people don’t get that involved… like us! :0)

    • Brian Tubbs

      Wow! Great reply!!

  • http://rants-ravings-and-nerfherders.blogspot.com/ DrthGeek

    Brock, are you sure you haven’t experienced any of the EU?!?!?

    I HIGHLY recommend three series in the EU (if you get the time or desire to read them…): New Jedi Order (<– no hype on that… it just lays out the ground rules for the rest of my comment), Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi. TON of reading… so if you are interested, you can get the gist by visiting Wookepedia.

    My point is…. those series' explore the exact point you make in your article! Where did the Jedi go wrong? Is it really bad that a Jedi uses "dark side" powers if the end result is for the "greater good" of the Republic? And if the internet buzz is correct (when is it ever really…), Ep. VII is supposed to be about Jedi Twins (one boy and one girl) that represent the future of the Jedi. Under their Uncle's teaching, the girl becomes a shining beacon for the new Jedi, while the boy turns to the dark side. That storyline is DIRECTLY out of the aforementioned series…..

    Time will tell, but I agree fully with your points (as only an open-minded Star Wars Geek can!).

    • Brock Heasley

      My only exposure to the EU is having read Heir to the Empire when it first came out (so long ago I can remember exactly nothing about the book beyond there being a clone of the Emperor? Or something?). I’m strictly a fan of Star Wars cinema, but I’ll probably go check out the Wikipedia pages, as per your suggestion. I’m definitely curious as to what else is out there on this.

      But what I’d really love is for the new movies to make this all explicit. I do believe the Prequels hint at all of this, but some acknowledgement would go a long towards helping everyone understand and accept those movies more, I think.

      • http://www.geekleagueofamerica.com/ Jeff Carter

        The Emperor Clone appeared in an EU comic book series, “Dark Empire,” in which Luke decides the only way he can defeat the new Emperor and the Dark Side once and for all is to join it. He wears a variation of his father’s Vader suit sans mask, and with a giant Dr. Strange collar. It was okay, but I remember the sinking feeling that I’d been had by the EU, as I plunked down $25 of the money I earned clerkin’ at a comic shop every month for one of these EU hardcovers that either bored me to tears or had Luke battling sentient Jell-O molds and Fabio-esque princes. It just got to be too much convoluted and soulless nonsense. Thank the maker this new saga is going to ignore it.

        • Brock Heasley

          Okay, so I’ve read two things.

          And you echo my EU feelings exactly, Jeff.

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  • Rüdiger Thiede

    This is actually very true and I’ve thought of little aspects of this ever since they announced the sequels, so I’m glad to see someone else speculating in the same direction. Bonus points for disregarding the Expanded Universe also – it’s a lot of baggage that the new movie can draw upon but should not be hemmed in by. The EU has a few good series but is mostly convoluted rubbish anyway.

    I’m going to be cynical though and say that Disney will take the franchise in the same direction the prequels did, namely to eschew true storytelling in favor of unintelligent popcorn flicks for the smallest of kiddies. Star Wars 1313 was all about liberating the franchise from this, and it got cancelled straight out the gate when Disney took over. That’s a shame, but I also understand how it’s a sound financially-motivated decision. Star Wars isn’t cinema anymore, it’s a safe, predictable kids movie franchise. We might as well expect a clever and engaging plot from a direct-to-DVD movie entitled “117 Dalmatians: Little Spotty’s Exciting Journey”.

    On the other hand, maybe too much cynicism is just a self-fulfilling prophecy. I do love speculation like this, and if Disney isn’t completely risk-averse, they might surprise us yet :)

    • Brock Heasley

      I hope Star Wars never loses its “for kids” vibe. That said, I’d rather it did it in the way A New Hope and Empire did it than the way Phantom Menace did it. I never want to see a for adults versio of Star Wars. That’s the way of the current crop of DC Comics and it’s just erroneus and wrong. Not saying that’s what you’re getting at here, but I want to make that point.

      Star Wars has always seemed to me to have about the same appeal as the very best of the Pixar movies–intended primarily for kids, but lots there to dig into for adults. If you think about it, Star Wars essentially provided the template for Pixar.

      • Rüdiger Thiede

        I see what you mean. It’s almost as if the originals were Pixar movies, and the new ones are the “Barbie And Friends” DVDs you see little girls clamoring for at the supermarket checkout. They’re both “for kids”, but the latter never goes beyond that and has nothing deeper to offer, whereas the former can be enjoyed by everyone.

  • Brian from MD

    My personal Star Wars theory is that there IS not light side of The Force. The Force is a malevolent . . . er . . .force that corrupts the Sith. But their bouts of violence and chaos naturally lead to their eventual destruction and time is needed before the cycle can begin again.

    The Force spends that time dormant in people who are only partially susceptible to it, the Jedi. It ensures that society doesn’t advance to the point where the new Sith would be wiped out by making the Jedi powerful, yet passive. Society comes to depend on them, but they betray that society through their sophistry and navel gazing. Once the destruction of the last cycle is healed, the Jedi are wiped out and The Force re-emerges in a new generation of Sith.

    Makes more sense than Midichlorians.

    • Jim Riley

      Easy solution for retconning Midichlorians — instead of them being the source of the Force in people, make them an INDICATOR that they are Force sensitive. Midichlorians are attracted to people who are strong in the Force. The measurement of them in the blood could be similar to a typical blood cell count that is performed to determine if someone is infected with a disease.

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  • Justin Ferraro

    While I think you make a good point that a return to family might be an interesting theme for the future movies, I think you misunderstand the Jedi stance on attachment.

    First of all: the reason why Anakin aligns himself with evil (Palpatine) is because the Sith Lord promises Anakin the power to save the only thing he loves: Padme. He sees visions of her death in childbirth (after getting her pregnant) and acts on these fears. He betrays his fellow Jedi, disarming (pun intended) Mace Windu and letting Palpatine defeat the Jedi. In the end, when Padme tries to talk him out of his madness, Anakin strangles her half to death and she later dies of a broken heart. Self-fulfilling prophecy on Anakin’s hands. The Jedi tried to warn Anakin the danger of lust and attachment. He became attached and so he had a weakness. Instead of loving all equally (the binding force) he instead chose to focus everything on one person and became possessive.

    The Jedi are very much like Buddhist Shaolin monks in that they eschew personal belongings and attachments. They are holy men, trained as weapons of good to be above normal pettiness. They are meant to be more than human (or alien).

    The true folly was taking on Anakin so late in his development. Usually Jedi are taken very young, but Anakin was compromised by his relationship with his mother. The true weakness was their penchant for prophecy. The council he was too old to be trained, too likely to be corrupted. Yet their prophecy foretold that he would be the one to bring balance to the force and so they trained them. They destroyed themselves but in the end (with Vader’s and Palpatine’s death) balance was restored.

    The Jedi are martyrs, and their actions are those of holy men. Are they dogmatic and narrow? Sometimes, yes. But the Jedi are good. If the Sith think of only themselves and power and domination and what they can possess, then the Jedi must think of none of these things.

    Anakin did not believe in the true power of the force. He did not see his fellow creatures as “luminous beings”. Padme was a possession. He was jealous and greedy, unable to celebrate her passing into the Force, into a higher existence (heaven, essentially). When his mother was murdered by Tusken raiders his reaction all boiled down to what the experience had done to him. Instead of turning the other cheek he instead to engage in bloodthirsty murder of men, women, and children.

    Anyway, long story short: the Jedi preached against attachment to earthly things (power, possessions, people’s physical forms) in favor of being one with the Force. Anakin violated these tenets throughout his life and it poisoned him. Anakin betrayed the Jedi, the Jedi fell. The Jedi were blind to his betrayal because their prophecy said he was the chosen one.

    Now, if the attachment thing still confuses you, just think about Jesus. Jesus forsook worldly possessions and relationships in order to pursue his higher calling. Much like the Jedi, Jesus would not let himself become compromised, never let his desires get in the way of what he had to do. The Jedi knew the truth about sacrifice – if you are to serve the world as a higher being (Messiah/guardian of the galaxy) you must not only be willing to sacrifice your life, but many of the things other people enjoy and hold dear.

  • Mugwomp

    Disney should seriously re-edit the crap out of the prequels. Lucas had no problem taking a giant dump on the original productions by continuously “enhancing” them, then he craps on the entire legacy of the movies by making those ridiculous prequels.

    There’s some salvageable material there, they just need to remove a lot of Jake Lloyd’s performance, plus the older Anakin’s, too – change Jar Jar’s voice/dialog, remove the poop/fart jokes, add some dialog to change the story here and there and the prequels would almost be watchable.

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  • Robert Mumby

    What confuses me is why the Jedi thought the Force needed balance to be brought to it in the first place. Right up until Qui-Gonn got killed, they thought the Sith were extinct.

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  • Stalwardking

    I agree with Brock on this. But I wonder, did George mean to do this? Was this the creator showing the problems with his own creation?

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    I realized this, too, and I’m grateful that I’m not the only one. The idea of Luke Skywalker being like a Martin Luther reformist of the Jedi order was the first thing that made the prospect of more movies interesting to me.

    I just wish you hadn’t reminded me that Hayden Christianson may be in it.

  • Devilflamejr

    I like this idea, and I really hope they make something along those lines :) I’ve never read any EU myself, so I’m kinda thankfull that they ignore it too :P The way I watched the movies though, I always saw the “imbalance of the force” as the fact that the forceusers were split in Jedi and Sith. Jedi have to ignore every craving and emotion, and only think of others, ignoring themselves. Sith on the other hand, care nothing for anything except their own cravings and lusts (for power, sex, so on and so forth), ignoring the well-being of all others to get what they want. Luke, having been raised not as a jedi, but nevertheless having learned the value of others, incorporates both the good altruism of the jedi, while not at all ignoring himself. He is, in opposition to the old jedi order and the siths, a whole, good person. Now, this of course only works because when the movies are done, there ARE no more siths OR jedis, there’s only Luke, and with him, a potential new order, which is balanced in it’s use of the force. So when the new movies come out, this probably won’t count anyway :P But it IS how I’ve always seen the movies :/

  • WhyNotV2

    My only question is…”How does someone write for Geekleague or get their opinion piece posted on Geekleague and NOT read any of the EU Star Wars stuff?”

    • http://www.geekleagueofamerica.com/ Jeff Carter

      Not sure I even understand this question. We don’t believe in the concept of geek culture gatekeeping here at the League. And I personally don’t subscribe to the whole notion of, “well, you haven’t seen or read this, so you aren’t a REAL fan!” That’s just nonsense. The Expanded Universe exists on the periphery and it serves a purpose — giving fans something to do between films. The films are always the only true canon, and thus, the only Star Wars material that really matters. In my mind, if you’ve seen the films, you can call yourself a “true” Star Wars fan. Hope that answers your question.

      • jay

        Canon is cannon, call if canon A B or C is still canon, completely omitting 30+ novels and ~40 years of SW history simply because you ‘feel’ the movies are the only cannon is asinine. Disney would be foolish to completely destroy what the EU has put forth because they’d loose millions of fans and most importantly millions of PAYING fans. While I agree Ep1-3 weren’t as good as EP4-6 the former is still cannon as is the EU

        • http://www.geekleagueofamerica.com/ Jeff Carter

          @309583cbbb8aba31e32df81e71cfca85:disqus , it’s nice that you enjoy the books, and it’s true that there are millions of you who enjoy the EU. No one is trying to take that away from you. I tried to enjoy them, but as someone who had Star Wars ingrained in the fiber of his being since the age of 4 in 1978, I gave up on it because it doesn’t capture the essence or the true SW “feeling.”

          That is a personal thing, but the bottom line is — there are countless millions who have never picked up a novel or comic and don’t give a toot about them. And moving forward, a new trilogy narrative should not be bogged down with this continuity that many Star Wars fans–and the average moviegoing audience–doesn’t know or care about.

          It’s a nice thing to have in the periphery, but ultimately inconsequential. Disney won’t lose a dime. If Jacen and Jaina or Thrawn aren’t a part of the new saga. EU fans will still turn out in droves, don’t kid yourself.

  • Dr_Bathroom_MD

    I actually thought the whole idea of “the Jedi had it coming” was a fairly obvious theme in the prequels. So while this guy is spot on, it’s not new to people who paid attention.

    The Jedi were assholes. Windu represented the worst of it, and Yoda didn’t act much better. In Empire and Jedi I think Yoda’s dialogue makes it clear they made mistakes.

  • Brian Tubbs

    Speaking of making since of things in Star Wars past, I have a cool idea about how the light sabers could have been introduced. I’d like to talk about the light sabers. OK I want you all to envision the scene where Obi-wan first gave Luke his father’s light saber. Now image that Luke picks it up and Obi-wan has to act quickly to take it from him, explaining that it’s a very powerful energy weapon that only a trained Jedi can wield. If a normal person were to activate it the energy wouldn’t form into a nice neat saber but would spew out everywhere incinerating anyone or anything nearby.

    Obi-wan would go on to explain that a Jedi uses the force to focus the energy and use it for good.Each Jedi has their own unique focus and therefore their own unique colored saber. This color will change as they do over time. Now Luke would have learned to use a light saber much quicker than a normal student, but the moment he
    would actually activeate and utilize a light saber would have been a glorious
    moment. Also this would have been a great way to explain why no one was walking
    around with light sabers after all the Jedi were murdered. Everyone would know that
    it’s suicide to mess with light sabers unless you are a Jedi.

    I know they can never do this because it wouldn’t fit, but it would have been a much cooler way to introduce the light saber into the cannon.

  • Shane Reeves

    I think that it does make sense that the jedi were in a sense out of touch with things. It actually parallels what is happening in the Senate. All the “boring”political scenes and the whole Ep. I invasion is done to show how the Senate no longer functions the way that it should. Likewise, the Jedi Council and the whole order no longer functions the way that it was supposed to in the beginning. IN the sequel trilogy, a makeover should be given to the New Republic and New Jedi Order that has acknowledged and learned from the harsh lessons of the past. This article is exactly right in the fact that addressing this issue will make the prequels make more sense.