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22. April 2017 15:47
by jedi1

Star Wars The Last Jedi

22. April 2017 15:47 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

In the new Teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke says "I only know one truth, it's time for the Jedi to end." That bothers me. I mean, I get it, he tried to be a great teacher, like Yoda, but ultimately failed just as horribly as Obi Wan did, so he went into hiding and doesn't want to teach any more people. Perhaps he believes the universe might be better off if nobody knew how to use the Force.

That all makes sense to me. But ask yourself, how can the Jedi ever actually end? The Force is everywhere ("It surrounds us ... it binds the universe together") and, if the prequels are to be believed, Anakin had no father - he just came from the Force itself (sorry, midichlorians). His mother didn't seem to have any Force abilities, making Anakin "muggle born" if you will. So a family line like the Skywalkers or the Kenobis coming to an end isn't going to end the Jedi. Similarly, Rey figured out how to use Jedi mind tricks and defeat Ren in battle with a lightsaber all on the first day of her force awakening and without any training at all! So refusing to teach anybody isn't going to change anything either.

So, even if Luke doesn't want to teach anybody else, even if Snoke goes on a killing spree to wipe out all those who are currently strong with the Force, new potential Jedi (or Sith) will continue to be born, and thus there can never be an end to the Jedi. I mean you can stop calling them 'Jedi', and dissolve the "Jedi Order" but it's just a name. I can stop calling what I'm sitting on a 'chair', and start calling it a 'seat', but it is still there. The (Life) Force will find a way. And that's why it bothers me. At face value it sounds all mysterious and cool, but if you actually stop and think about it for even a second it means absolutely nothing. He might as well have said, "it's time for time to end". It just makes Luke sound naive and after all he's been through he can't be that naive.

Apart from that, I think it looks alright. Rey's lightsaber practice reminded me of the original Karate Kid (oh boy, I hope there is a cool training montage!) I'll watch it. On the whole, I think this is how Star Wars was meant to be: Multiple Star Wars projects all happening at once, going in different directions and exploring new characters, new worlds and new ideas, all within the same universe. It's finally becoming the Saturday morning Serials George Lucas originally envisioned.

But to me, whoever came up with that line and then built the trailer around it only smells strong with the Force... 

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