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Dave Filoni Reveals Ahsoka's Classic Journey

Ahsoka Lives?

Ashoka Lives?

Dave Filoni Reveals More about the Fate of Ahsoka at Star Wars Celebration Europe

Dave Filoni Reveals Ahsoka's Classic Journey

Not long ago in a country far, far away from Star Wars Celebration Europe

Like many fans around the world, I booted up my computer this morning to watch Star Wars Celebration Europe LIVE via YouTube, anxious to watch “Ahsoka’s Untold Tales” panel with Dave Filoni, Ashley Eckstein, and Pablo Hidalgo as hosted by David W. Collins.  As expected, more insight into story arcs featuring Ahsoka were presented during the panel, including a scoundrelous love interest from the depths of Coruscant on Level 1313, an Ahsoka/Rex team-up on Mandalore against Maul during the events of Revenge of the Sith, and discussion about the Ahsoka Lives movement.

What was not expected, however, was Dave Filoni’s closing statements to the audience present in the panel as well as to the world watching at home.  In fact, it seems that the gifted storyteller surprised even himself when he chose to reveal something most, if not all, of us thought would never happen.  Ahsoka may (and likely will) reappear in Rebels.  Bidding Ashley adieu at the close of the panel, Dave left her with something that might make her “long flight home” more bearable:

The only ‘spoilerific’ thing I will say…and I’m rarely, rarely, rarely, rarely, rarely ever affected by fan opinion.  I just can’t allow myself to be — you get the wrong story.  But I was very adamant after the Season Two finale that that was it for Ahsoka on Rebels.  I’m not going to say what form any story would take place, but after the reaction…

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Balance of the Force: Prophecy

Balance of the Force: Prophecy

“He is the Chosen One.  You must sense it.”

Qui-Gon Jinn insisted that the boy would be trained, with the consent of the Jedi Council or by his own hand.  He believed, as did many others, that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One of prophecy — the One who would bring Balance to the Force.  After looking at different aspects of Balance in the Force — harmony between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force as well as symmetry between the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force — we now turn our attention to the prophecy itself and its various interpretations.

Darth Vader Dark Side

Balance of the Force: Prophecy

When we first saw his dark, towering form contrast with the white corridor of the Tantive IV amidst his white clad Stormtroopers, we immediately recognized Darth Vader as the embodiment of evil.  He was the villain, the ultimate bad guy.  Even though we were told that he was restrained by Grand Moff Tarkin, Vader was the visible threat in Star Wars.  This was proven in The Empire Strikes Back when he was clearly in command of the Imperial fleet as he searched for the Rebel who had destroyed the Death Star.  Only the mysterious Emperor seemed to outrank him, and if Vader had his way, that would not be true for long.  He claimed to be Luke’s father, the friend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for three years we discussed and debated the merits of his claim before learning that Darth Vader truly was Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.  By the end of the trilogy, this icon of evil had been redeemed by his son as the Dark Side seemed to have been overcome by the Light.

Anakin Skywalker Redeemed

In the months and years that followed, we read rumors about another trilogy as George Lucas reportedly said that he would continue his story by either developing another series far in the future, after the events of Return of the Jedi or long before the introduction of Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.  We scoured magazines like Starlog and Star Invaders for any tidbits of information like Bothan spies, hopeful to uncover hints about what would surely follow.  A lava planet.  The epic confrontation between Obi-Wan and his student.  Luke Skywalker handing over his lightsaber to the next generation of Jedi.  These whispers helped direct our imaginations about what we would see next.  But by 1986, Star Wars had all but faded from the collective consciousness of mainstream audiences.  John Hughes movies attracted teenaged audiences.  The Kenner toys made their way into the bargain bins of department stores.  Even the Droids and Ewoks cartoons were being cancelled.  All news about future films from that galaxy far, far away had vanished.  Lucas was involved in other pursuits: Labyrinth, Howard the Duck, Willow, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles had successfully drawn his attention from continuing the Star Wars saga.

Starlog Magazine #127 February 1988

About ten years later, the rumors reemerged with promising news about a prequel series detailing the events surrounding Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the Dark Side.  Immediately, our hearts were stirred and our minds constructed the storyline of this new trilogy.  Certainly, the first episode would chronicle Obi-Wan meeting, training, and befriending Anakin.  The foreboding shadow of darkness would creep into the second episode as Master and Apprentice faced-off on the legendary lava planet, leaving Anakin — Darth Vader — scarred and kept alive only through mechanical means.  Then audiences would witness the purge of the Jedi as the Vader and the Emperor’s forces hunted down and exterminated the Jedi across the galaxy.  The story would be riveting with nonstop action and compelling characters that would make Vader’s return to the Light even more rewarding in the end.  But the stories we imagined were not what we saw on the screen, causing many fans of the original trilogy to balk at the story that began with Anakin’s childhood and talk of trade disputes in scenes some compared with watching C-SPAN.  Because of this clash between the dreams of diehard fans for well over a decade with the vision of the maker as presented in theaters, the prequels received a lukewarm reception as compared with the first three films.

Anakin Skywalker Shadow of the Dark Side

But the prequels introduced us to a much larger story than simply filling in details of the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker and the rise and fall of Darth Vader.  In The Phantom Menace, Anakin was more than another force-sensitive boy to be trained as a Jedi, he was the Chosen One, the subject of a mysterious prophecy which is never explicitly stated in the movies.  “His cells have the highest concentration of midi-chlorians I’ve seen in a life form, “Qui-Gon Jinn informs the Council.  “It is possible that he was conceived by the midi-chlorians.” Jedi Master Mace Windu responded, “You refer to the prophecy of the One who will bring Balance to the Force.  You believe it’s this boy?”  The Jedi Council agreed to test young Anakin, but chose not to train him.  Yoda seemed concerned about the fear he sensed in this child:  “Fear is the path to the Dark Side.  Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”  The darkness was evident even in this ten year-old boy.  Even Obi-Wan shared the Council’s reluctance to train the child, but when his Master’s dying wish was for him to train Anakin, Obi-Wan pursued this course of action in an apparent appeal to the Jedi Council.  Upon conferring upon Obi-Wan the level of Jedi Knight, Yoda admitted, “The Chosen One the boy may be.  Nevertheless, grave danger I fear in his training.”  To this, the wise old Master added, “Your apprentice, Skywalker will be.”

Misread Prophecy Yoda Mace

What exactly was this prophecy, though?  Other than mentioning that it stated that “One” would bring “Balance to the Force”, viewers have to interpolate the prophecy by inferences from a variety of sources.  As the “fortune cookie” from an episode from the fifth season of The Clone Wars entitled “Eminence” states, we realize that every source may have its own interpretation of this prophecy, for “One vision can have many interpretations.”  Even Yoda noted that the Jedi could have misread the meaning of the prophecy in a conversation with Obi-Wan and Mace in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan confronted Mace’s mistrust of Anakin, defending his apprentice and friend, “With all due respect, Master, is he not the Chosen One?  Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring Balance to the Force?”  Adamantly maintaining his position, Mace curtly responded, “So the prophecy says.”  At this point, Yoda warned his colleagues that their interpretation may be mistaken by simply saying, “A prophecy that misread could have been.”  It is possible that the same prophecy had a variety of interpretations based on the perspective of the ones reading it, as Obi-Wan casually dismissed Luke’s objections to Obi-Wan’s lies about Darth Vader and Anakin, claiming, “many of the truths we cling to are from a certain point-of-view.”  The Jedi, the Sith, and other Force-users could easily read the same prophecy differently, according to their own biases.

You were the Chosen One!

The Jedi, accustomed to thinking of themselves as “guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic”, would naturally assume that balance depended on a full restoration of their power, unfettered by the shroud that had descended more completely since the discovery of the Sith.  With centuries passing with no hint of Dark Side activity (at least Sith interactions), they could consider their recent difficulty in connecting to the Force to be a by-product of imbalance caused by the Dark Side.  To the Jedi, Light would be the natural order of the Force.  Therefore, for the Chosen One to restore Balance to the Force, he would necessarily have to destroy the Sith, thereby banishing the Dark Side.  This was precisely Obi-Wan’s lament on Mustafar, after striking down his former apprentice: “You were the Chosen One!  It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them!  Bring Balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness.”  That Obi-Wan’s certainty in his understanding of the prophecy is self-contradictory evidently escaped the Jedi Master during this impassioned battle, for at the beginning of the duel he had confidently affirmed, “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

"I can't kill my own father." Luke Obi-Wan

Upon later reflection of the events which transpired that day, Obi-Wan would be forced to reassess his understanding of the prophecy.  Two possibilities would become immediately evident to him: either he was mistaken about Anakin being the Chosen One or his interpretation of the prophecy meaning the Chosen One would eliminate the Sith was wrong.  By the time Anakin’s son had grown and been trained as a Jedi, it seems that Obi-Wan, as well as Yoda, had accepted that another Skywalker might be the One who would destroy the Sith.  Even after failing in his first confrontation with Darth Vader, Yoda told Luke that he must again face the Sith Lord.  Obi-Wan corroborated Yoda’s assessment of the situation, showing that he still believed that the prophecy must be fulfilled, saying, “You cannot escape your destiny.  You must face Darth Vader again.” He still held to the idea that the prophecy included the destruction of the Sith, including his apprentice whom he had formerly believed to be the Chosen One.  When Luke said, “I can’t kill my own father,” Obi-Wan bemoaned, “Then the Emperor has already won.  You were our only hope.”   Yoda’s inclination seemed to lean towards Obi-Wan’s belief that Anakin’s destiny could be accomplished through his descendant, though he accepted the possibility that Luke’s twin sister could finish the task if Luke failed.  Even when Luke rushed to help his friends on Bespin, prematurely interrupting his Jedi training on Dagobah, when Obi-Wan said, “That boy is our last hope,” Yoda corrected, “No.  There is another.”  Later, the diminutive and dying Master revealed this truth to Luke: “The Force runs strong in your family.  Pass on what you have learned.  Luke, there is another Skywalker.”  Even though both Jedi Masters had evidently believed Anakin to be the Chosen One, both still held to the idea that the prophecy could be fulfilled by someone else who was inherently linked to the prodigious Jedi who had departed from his course.  Perhaps they reasoned that Anakin’s offspring would effectively achieve the Balance they hoped for because he had set in motion the events that transpired simply by having children.  Neither Yoda nor Obi-Wan seemed to consider that their interpretation of the prophecy and what “balance” truly meant might have been wrong.  They continued to believe that Balance of the Force to be peace and harmony in Light.  This belief was passed down to the next generation, as even Lor San Tekka pronounced his belief that “without the Jedi, there can be no Balance in the Force.”

Balance of the Force Prophecy 8 Darth Plagueis

Not surprisingly, the Sith had their own view regarding what it meant to bring Balance to the Force.  Like the Jedi, the Sith intended to bring peace.  However, their concept of peace necessarily included enforcing peace upon the galaxy through their power.  When Palpatine summarized The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise to Anakin, he hinted that Anakin may have been created by the Sith Lord through manipulation of the midi-chlorians: “Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life.”  If this implication was true, we could infer that Plagueis had done this in order to create the Chosen One — so that he could use this extremely Force adept to place him in a position where he could use this power to allow him to dominate the galaxy, forcing all beings to submit to his reign, thus bringing peace through an iron fist.  At the end of The Phantom Menace, Chancellor Palpatine revealed his awareness of Anakin’s unusually strong force sensitivity, saying, “We will watch your career with great interest.”  In Revenge of the Sith, after years of mentoring and manipulating the impressionable youth, Darth Sidious revealed his true identity to Anakin and converted him to the Dark Side, renaming him Darth Vader, and informing him of his plans: “Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy and we shall have peace.”

Son Mortis The Clone Wars

As was previously suggested in the previous article (“Balance of the Force: Symmetry”), the Sith consciously sought to achieve Balance through the Dark Side.  By means of coercion and raw power, peace could be enforced upon all living beings in the galaxy under a new Sith Empire.  On Mortis, the ancient Sith Lords Darth Bane and Darth Revan confirmed that the Sith viewed this prophecy as a means of forceful domination.  They told the Son in a deleted scene from “Ghosts of Mortis”, “We stand before you — Disciples of the Dark Side intent on its supremacy.  It has been foreseen that One lives who will control the universe.”  The same prophecy that caused the Jedi to believe that Light would restore balance was seen by the power-hungry Sith to imply Dark Side dominance.  The Emperor, with the Chosen One at his side, would hold unlimited power in his hand as his apprentice did his bidding.  This dream of Dark Side domination did not die with the Emperor and Vader.  From the ashes of the Empire arose the First Order, which continued the same quest for galactic domination.  Maz Kanata revealed this truth to Rey: “Through the ages, I’ve seen evil take many forms: the Sith, the Empire, today it is the First Order.  Their shadow is spreading across the galaxy.”  Balance, as viewed by those devoted to Dark Side dominance, had not yet been achieved.

Anakin Son Daughter Mortis

Other Force-Wielders who were neither Jedi nor Sith knew of the prophecy of the Chosen One.  They believed Anakin to be the One who was able to Balance the Force.  In “Overlords”, he Father tried to convince Anakin to take his place in order to maintain balance between Light and Dark. “You have a very simple view of the universe,” the Father told Anakin, “it was necessary for us to withdraw from the temporal world and to live here as anchorites.  It is only here that I can control them.  A family in balance: the Day and the Night.  Too much Dark or Light would be the undoing of life as you understand it.”  When his attempt to convince Anakin by reason failed, he sought to prove his point by putting Anakin to a test — making him use his advanced ability to save the lives of his friends.  After Anakin successfully caused both the Son and the Daughter to release Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, the Father announced, “And now you see who you truly are.  Only the Chosen One could control both my children.”  After the Son showed Anakin what he would become as he fell to the Dark Side, the Father proclaimed, “If there is to be Balance, what you have seen must be forgotten.”  The Father believed Balance consisted in maintaining equilibrium between Light and Dark (not to be equivocated with good and evil).  Even with his dying breath, he persevered in his belief that Anakin would bring this Balance. “And now, I die,” the Father lamented, “my heart broken, but knowing the role you will play… You are the Chosen One.  You have brought Balance to this world.  Stay on this path and you will do it again for the galaxy, but beware your heart.”

Balance of the Force Prophecy 11 Force Spirits

Although these three examples of Force users all saw the prophecy differently, all three believed Anakin to be the Chosen One.  The weight of their agreement in this matter must not be overlooked or easily disregarded.  Anakin is the Chosen One, whatever meaning that has regarding how Balance of the Force is achieved.  If he was conceived through the manipulations of Darth Plagueis, he was born from Darkness, yet through the efforts of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Yoda, he was trained in the Light.  Though he fell to the Dark Side through the deceptions of Darth Sidious, he was reborn into Light through the love of his son.  His entire life reflects Balance between Light and Dark.  He proved, in the mysterious realm of Mortis, separated from the temporal realm of the Living Force, that he commands both Light and Dark as he brought both the Daughter and the Son under his control.  He maintained his identity in the Cosmic Force, just as he was in the Living Force, with no evidence of being trained as Yoda and Obi-Wan had, as he appeared beside the other two as a Force spirit on the forest moon of Endor.

But how would Anakin fulfill his destiny as the Chosen One?  How would he restore Balance to the Force?  Most certainly it was not through reducing the number of Jedi and the number of Sith to two, balancing both sides of the prominent Force users of the saga.  Furthermore, when The Force Awakens revealed that the Force was still not in balance, that the Dark Side threatened to overrun the galaxy, we were left to wonder if Anakin had failed to accomplish what we were led to believe he would do.  What remains to be seen will be explored in the next installation of this series: “Balance of the Force: The Saga”.

Balance of the Force: Light vs Dark

Balance of the Force: Symmetry

Balance of the Force: Symmetry

“The Jedi were real!”

“Used to wonder about that myself.  Thought it was a bunch of ‘mumbo-jumbo’.  A magical power holding together good and evil, the Dark Side and the Light.  Crazy thing is, it’s true.  The Force, the Jedi…all of it.  It’s all true.”

SWReport Balance Han Force Light Dark

The words of Han Solo, uttered in the same place where he had denied the idea that some all powerful Force controlled everything, renouncing the Jedi and their ways as “simple tricks and nonsense”, carried with them the weight of a teacher, a mentor, a father-figure to Rey in The Force Awakens.  And rightfully so, because the audience as well as Rey needed to understand what was at stake in the galaxy. Continue reading

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Balance of the Force: Harmony

Balance of the Force: Harmony

“May the Force be with you.”  Nearly forty years ago, movie-goers emerged from theaters with the phrase in their minds and on their lips.  For decades, it has prevailed in pop-culture, eventually leading to “May the Fourth” being regarded as “Star Wars Day” globally.  The Force has become part of our language, our heritage, and, for some, our mythology.  This pervasive concept struck a chord in the twentieth century that continues to intrigue the masses today.

Shrouded in mystery, elevated in mythology, the Force is the singular aspect of Star Wars that fuels imaginations, inflames passionate debates, and drives fans to theaters and television screens time and again to visit that galaxy far, far away.  From Old Ben’s vague explanation of the Force to Luke to Qui-Gon’s specific description of how the Force is sensed through microscopic midi-chlorians, viewers have learned about the Force through dialog and demonstration as characters on-screen have divulged what lies in the minds of George Lucas, Dave Filoni, Lawrence Kasdan, Christian Taylor, and other creators of the movies and shows in Star Wars canon.  Every revelation about the Force presented to audiences brings more questions as fans want to know more about this mystical energy field.  Fans want to know what the Force is, who can use it, how it works, and, of course, what “Balance of the Force” really means.

When Qui-Gon Jinn stood before the Jedi Council beside his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, he revealed that he had discovered a vergence in the Force — a boy he believed may have been conceived by midi-chlorians.  Mace Windu countered, “You refer to the prophecy of the One who will bring Balance to the Force.”  This revelation of an ancient prophecy which may or may not relate to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader penetrated the minds of fans and has generated debates and discussions (and essays like this one) for seventeen years.  What do we know and what can we infer about this “balance” from what we’ve seen on-screen in movies and television programs?

Obi-Wan explains the Force

Balance of the Force: Harmony
For those of us who saw Star Wars in order of release, rather than in chronological order, the Force was first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi on movie screens in 1977.  “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power.  It’s an energy field created by all living things.  It surrounds us.  It penetrates us.  It binds the galaxy together.”  The words resound with the depth of hidden meaning in simple statements that sound as if they’ve been memorized from a catechism in the early years of a Jedi’s training.  For the moment, they satisfy the curiosity of young Luke, but on further reflection, there is much left unsaid.  However, the idea of balance is inherent in the harmony implied.  All living things touch the Force as well as create it.  The unity of the galaxy is dependent on each of the myriad components of the Force operating together in concert — each one gives and takes as the Force flows around and through everything.  Although all living beings contribute to and participate in the Force, Ben later explains, “…a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”  Years later, on Dagobah, Yoda reiterates the same picture of harmony in the Force: “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.”

Yoda explains the Force

This idea of harmonious balance between all living things continued in the prequels.  When Anakin asked the question for all viewers, “What are midi-chlorians?”, Qui-Gon explained, “Midi-chlorians are a microscopic life form that resides within all living cells, and we are symbionts with them — life forms living together for mutual advantage.  Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force.”  While some fans charged that this seemingly scientific explanation removed the mysterious nature of the Force, Qui-Gon’s words did no such thing.  He simply expanded this idea of the unity of all living things inherently linked to the Force.  In the first episode of The Clone Wars, “Ambush”, Yoda encourages the three clones with him by explaining that each of them the nature of the Force and their connection to it as individuals, even though they may not sense it, “All around us is that which we need to prevail…In the Force, very different each one of you are…Clones, you may be, but the Force resides in all life forms.”

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With this picture of the essential harmony of all living things in the galaxy connected by the Force, we gain some insight into what balance means.  Through the give and take of each living thing, the currents of the Force flow between every component part, linking distinct individuals together for the benefit of all through the penetrating, surrounding presence of the Force.

SWReport Balance Aleena

Nowhere is this harmony more evident than in examples of this recurring theme throughout The Clone Wars.  One example of this harmonious balance between living things is seen in in an episode which was initially disdained by many and likely largely forgotten.  in “Mercy Mission” from season four, while C-3PO and R2-D2 investigate the cause of earthquakes on the planet Aleen, they travel below ground and discover the source of the disruptions is due to a disturbance in the peace between the surface and underground realms.  Orphne, a peculiar entity seemingly composed of tiny, luminescent creatures, tells Threepio of a covenant between the Aleena and the subterranean world, saying, “We survive because the ground keeps us apart…Without going through the natural filtering process, the surface air is deadly to us.”  Those who dwelt underground believed the Aleena had broken the seal that separated their two worlds, responding by causing the earthquakes that followed.  This corresponds to what Kindaloo had already told Threepio when he rebuked the ‘droid for entering the subterranean realm:  “Why have the surface dwellers destroyed the peace?  The ground shakes to keep out the foul air which poisons and destroys us.”  It is notable that the surface dwellers were blamed for destroying the peace — the balance that had long been maintained between the two worlds — even though no evidence of this was ever mentioned in the episode.  Also intriguing was that Kindaloo seemed offended by the presence of the ‘droids, emphatically declaring that they did not “belong”.  Could this have been a reference to the idea that ‘droids, as mechanical beings, do not have a connection to the Living Force?

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In the third season, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka experience an unexplainable phenomenon called “Mortis”.  In “Overlords, we discover that Mortis was “unlike any other, a conduit through which the entire Force of the universe flows.  This planet is both an amplifier and a magnet,” according to Obi-Wan’s vision of Qui-Gon Jinn.  On this unique world, days passed like seasons, as plants emerged with new growth every morning, matured, aged, and lost all signs of life as evening drew its last light.  When night fell, storms prevailed and visions emerged as the sleep of death overshadowed its domain.  This “conduit” of the Force reflected balance between life and death, as well as darkness and light.

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Later, in the sixth season, Yoda learns more about this natural cycle of life and death as it is reflected in two distinct aspects of the Force which were sometimes alluded to but not previously explored.  In “Voices”, Yoda hears Qui-Gon’s voice while he is meditating.  Qui-Gon claims to be part of the Living Force.  When Yoda confesses that he has heard a voice from beyond the grave, Ki-Adi-Mundi responds, “The dead are part of the Cosmic Force and lose their individuality.”  The Living Force and the Cosmic Force are aspects of the Force that had been given little more than passing mentions previously.  On Dagobah, Qui-Gon’s disembodied voice instructs the old Jedi Master about these aspects of the Force: “Living beings generate the Living Force, which in turn powers the wellspring that is the Cosmic Force.  All energy from the Living Force, from all things that have ever lived, feeds into the Cosmic Force, binding everything and communicating to us through the midi-chlorians.”  In “Destiny”, Yoda reaches a planet inside which, he says, “life emanates.”  On this planet, he encounters five priestesses who again explain the balance between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force, saying, “When a living thing dies, all is renewed.  Life passes from the Living Force into the Cosmic Force and becomes One within it.  One empowers the other.  One is renewed by the other.”  After passing the various trials required by the priestesses, they inform the old Jedi that he would “learn to maintain [his] consciousness after death.  Enlightenment, spirit, balance.  There is another Skywalker.”  Yoda would be trained to retain his identity and individuality even after he died — perhaps in doing so he could help this unknown Skywalker…

When considering this harmony between all living things relative to both the Living Force and the Cosmic Force, the extreme positions of both the Sith and the Jedi seem to be disrupting this Balance of the Force.

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The Sith are marked by their unrelenting desire for power.  Sam Witwer remarked in “The Mind of Maul”, a featurette on starwars.com, that the Sith cling to life because that’s all they have.  For years, fans of Star Wars have accepted that the Sith have no expectation of anything beyond this life.  Therefore, to retain their power, they seek to extend their own lives.  This, even Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Darth Sidious himself, admits “some consider to be unnatural,” while telling Anakin the Sith legend of The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. “He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power…Ironic, he could save others from death but not himself.”  To the Sith, death was to be avoided, for that would mean the loss of power.  As the final temptation to lure Anakin to the Dark Side, Sidious promised the confused Jedi, “To cheat death is a power only one has achieved, but if we work together, I know we could discover its secret.”  Cheating death would disrupt the balance between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force, refusing to return the Force of life to the wellspring of renewal and rebirth.  The thirst for power and selfish passion of the Sith had tipped the scales.

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But the Jedi were complicit, as well.  Though they gave lip service to the relationship of all living beings united together, they held themselves aloof from others, forbidding Jedi to form attachments and develop relationships.  They resided in their ivory towers and Jedi temples as guardians of peace, failing to recognize that in doing so, they, too, had disrupted the balance by failing to fully interact with other living beings except to solve problems and find promising young pupils to train as Jedi. Anakin, frustrated at the Jedi doctrine, strove to find a loophole, telling Padme, “Attachment is forbidden.  Possession is forbidden.  Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life.”  Later, when counseling Anakin about his visions of Padme’s death, Yoda displays this calloused view towards others:  “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 jealousy.  The shadow of greed, that is.”  It seems that through their understanding of the relationship between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force, the Jedi had forgotten that life consists of more than simply being born of the Force and returning to it at death.  Life is to be experienced in relationship to other living beings.  Their cold devotion to doctrine may have disturbed the harmony between all living things.

Both the Sith and the Jedi expressed and demonstrated extreme views which could effectively unbalance the status of the Living Force and the Cosmic Force.  Bringing balance to the Force may imply a return to the peaceful, harmonious relationship of all living beings to one another.

Keep watching StarWarsReport.com for the next article in the “Balance of the Force” series addressing the symmetry between the Light and Dark sides of the Force and what that may entail in bringing the Force into balance.


Attack of the Clones: Act I- TWL #184

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason break down Act I of Attack of the Clones from the opening crawl to the departure from Coruscant. Then stick around for their announcement about a new segment coming to the show called “Tales of the Lairians”! z

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