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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
One of the sneakiest awesome things did was actually make the midichlorians bullshit pay off. PUT DOWN THOSE LASER PITCHFORKS AND HEAR ME OUT
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins
The midichlorians are an example of my overarching argument about The Prequels: that they contain a very nuanced story told very, very incompetently.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
The Jedi are SUPPOSED to be spiritually enlightened warrior monks. That's what our image of them is. It's what Luke thought they were. It's what Anakin expected them to be.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
And then he gets to Coruscant and finds out that the mystical spiritualists are a bunch of fucking politically motivated bureaucrats bickering about age limits.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
To be a Jedi, this wise council says, requires exactly two things: 1. being so young you won't remember the family they took you from, and 2. some kind of blood greebles
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
That's fucking it.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
Dude, even public schools have slightly more rigorous tests than that. (SLIGHTLY.)
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
So a high midichlorian count correlates with Force sensitivity, and says absolutely NOTHING ELSE about the kind of person you're dealing with. It is basically the Stanford-Binet IQ test for the Force. One damn number that determines your life.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
The Jedi have stopped bothering with actual spiritual substance. "Hello, my child! I see that you're searching for meaning and guidance in a difficult life in a galaxy full of strife. Your midichlorians are 47. Too low. Good bye."
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Madison Stuart Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
They should have fully committed to being political thrillers, honestly.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
So along comes Anakin. He is looking for guidance and meaning in a vast, confusing world. He finds a group of bureaucrats arguing about whether the large number of greebles in his blood makes up for him being past the age cutoff to receive any guidance.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
They're enforcing the state hegemony. They deny him the things that do give him meaning--relationships. They are soulless. The Jedi have forgotten their purpose. He is DISILLUSIONED AS HELL.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
And then along comes Palpatine. He doesn't point a box at Anakin and say, "Your number is 76." He doesn't hand him a list of rules about relationships. He doesn't deliberate and nitpick details. What does he do? HE TELLS ANAKIN A STORY.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
This kid, whose soul is starved for something he can't even identify, who is being told that all the things that fill that need are forbidden, whose Jedi training has consisted of PowerPoint bulleted lists, hears a STORY. About a larger universe out there, something spiritual.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
Fuck YEAH, he's gonna follow the guy who offers him all the things the Jedi were supposed to. It's twisted and nasty, but at least it's not just a number.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
Then, well. Things go awry.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
And then you get Luke.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
Luke hears Obi-Wan's stories of the Jedi. There's something rich in them, something his soul wants, too. Since the Jedi bureaucracy is wrecked, all that is LEFT is stories. He gets a bit of guidance from a couple of crazy old men, and the rest he's got to make up himself.
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
If you end with the original trilogy, what you've got is Luke attempting to resurrect what the Jedi were SUPPOSED to be. Which is cool, but ...
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Amelia Rose Pumpkins Dec 27
Replying to @AmeliaRoseWrite
shows us that, 30 years later, he's seen where this shit is going. You'll get elitist Jedi and regulations meant to keep you on the Light Side and they'll forget about the actual Force binding the whole universe because they're too busy counting blood greebles again.
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