It’s Not the Blood: correcting Star Wars’ error

So, in five days, there’s a new Star Wars! Holy crap!!

I’m gonna take this wonderful opportunity to geek out on this, my non-geek blog, and argue Star Wars. Don’t worry. I’ll keep it relevant to the blog.

So, who else feels that, as the Force was originally treated as a spiritual concept somewhat akin to god but not entirely, that Episode 1’s explanation about midicholorians fundamentally breaks everything?

Instead of this thing which everyone can learn to be a part of and use via dedication and training, suddenly only a few gifted individuals ever had a hope of using it? The Force becomes magic from Harry Potter: if you’re not from a certain set of bloodlines, you can’t do this and never will. Furthermore, whether or not you’re a member of these Gifted bloodlines can be determined or not by a common high end medical scan (they were on the fastest ship available, one chosen in a hurry, when they scanned Anakin’s blood, and I doubt it came with special Jedi Blood Scanners included for just in case circumstances like that).

The only positive thing this brings is that it empowers Han Solo’s cynical cry of “never tell me the odds!” even further.

Han Solo has heard of the Force. He’s doubtless already seen it for himself (the Legends canon and prequels make it clear that, even with the new limitations, Force wielders are more common than the numbers of Jedi and Sith would suggest as neither has the manpower to track down, indoctrinate, and train ALL OF THEM), and yet he insists that there’s no mystical energy field that controls his destiny. He makes his own luck, his own fate, and his own kind of power.

Indeed, despite not being from a “special” force wielding bloodline or species, Han Solo is arguably the most self-defined man in the canon. Everything that has happened to him, good and bad, has been by his own will.

I feel like Han Solo is a Force User despite being “ordinary”. He sets his destiny and world in motion by willing it to do so, which I feel is closer to what the Force is.

After all, it’s possible, and I argue entirely likely, that the Jedi had it incorrect this entire time — in attempting to use the empirical to measure the spiritual, they limited themselves over time to what they could see and measure, which Obi Wan expressly warned Luke against doing in A New Hope.

Maybe because he once made that mistake himself, long ago when he was almost Luke’s age.

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