March 11, 2013

Why the Jedi Deserved to Fall

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m a big Star Wars nerd so if you don’t like it, there’s the door.

I was watching the Season Finale of The Clone Wars Season 5 last week, so if you haven’t seen it yet there are SPOILERS AHEAD!

In the final few episodes of the season Padawan Ahsoka Tano is framed for murder and has to go on the run to prove her innocence. She is expelled from the Jedi order because of the “overwhelming” evidence against her, despite the fact that she pleads innocence from the start.

When it is finally resolved and they realise Ahsoka was indeed framed, she is offered her role in the Jedi Order once more. Rightly Asoka walks away from the order and rejects them. She was correct as well; they were so quick to jump to conclusions and not give her the benefit of the doubt.

This is then pretty much repeated when Anakin ends up turning to the Dark Side in Revenge of the Sith. None of the Jedi order trust Anakin, especially Mace Windu and Yoda; so they prevent him from becoming a Jedi Master. Little do they realise that it is because of their distrust that his anger towards them is growing and it is due to them that he eventually turns bad. You have to think, if they’d just made him a master then they could have prevented all of this from happening.

The Jedi had essentially become arrogant and complacent, thinking that only their ways were right and when Obi-Wan says to Anakin at the end “I have failed you” he was utterly right. He and the other Jedi completely failed him. Obi-Wan doesn’t even try to really reason with him and decides he is lost. So what does he do? He leaves his best friend lying in agony, on fire.

I always had a real problem with this as the Jedi are always talking about “compassion”; really? When does this compassion start? Before or after you cut off Anakin’s legs and leave him as a smoldering wreck? Sure he may be a bit of a nutjob, but you could at least throw a bucket of water on him.

The person who comes to save him is The Emperor; sure, he may be evil, but if it wasn’t for him then Anakin would have been left to die and then in 20 years no one would throw the Emperor over the balcony on the Death Star. The Emperor’s compassion for Anakin is ultimately his own undoing.

Yoda himself even says he failed, so by the time Sith has ended they have finally realised that it was their fault all along, but too late, too late was the cry.

They were so blind to what was really going on that the Jedi essentially ended up destroying themselves. If they had believed in Anakin, he could have stopped Palpatine and the Jedi may have been saved, as well as the Galaxy.

The funny thing is, it’s Anakin’s compassion for his son in Return of the Jedi that turns him back to good side and he redeems himself with the single action of destroying the Emperor.

So remember kids, next time you’re training someone and they get pissy about becoming a Jedi master, just let them have it and save the universe some hassle.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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