With the latest trailer for The Last Jedi just released this past weekend, one can proclaim that Star Wars hysteria has officially begun! With this comes an endless amount of questions and speculations about what we're going to see come this December. Let's take a deeper look at why exactly the Jedi needs to end by examining the fall of two Skywalkers (Or Ben Solo if you want to be like that!) when they decided to turn their backs at the Jedi Order.
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The Fall Of Anakin
Most people would argue that Anakin was manipulated by Palpatine into becoming his apprentice by offering him the chance to save Padme from death during childbirth. Now, this is clearly accurate, but in reality, Anakin's turned to the dark side was a much more complicated process than just Padme's death. Anakin turned to the Dark Side because Palpatine thoroughly corrupted the Jedi Order to the point that, in retrospect, it's hard to call the Jedi good guys, especially after watching The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network because they strayed so far from the path of peacekeepers.
Imagine watching someone that you have put all your faith in go against everything they ever taught you by trying to execute a man in cold blood. This was the pivotal moment that turned Anakin — when Mace Windu went against the code. Anakin was belittled by the Jedi Council by not being considered one of them due to Palpatine's assignment. However, he went on because of the faith he had in everything that he was taught — plus, he loved Obi-Wan.
Now, Palpatine may had manipulated events, but in the end the Jedi lost sight and betrayed Anakin. That is not seduction, that is something comparative to Christians finding out that God does not exist — it was devastation that led to Anakin becoming Darth Vader.
Why Kylo Ren Betrayed Luke
Now, this may all be speculative, but with the bits and pieces we learned throughout The Force Awakens and the trailer for #TheLastJedi, one can go out on a pretty big limb here without the fear of falling. Leia might've proclaimed that Snoke seduced Ben, but how exactly did Snoke get close enough to Ben to seduce him? Unless something that Luke did sent Ben into a tamper tantrum (it's known to happen) and sought advice elsewhere.
Also, we all know that Kylo Ren is a huge Vader fanboy, but what if he started out as an Anakin fanboy first and wanted to be the best Jedi possible? Luke was at his best when he disobeyed the Jedi and did what he thought was right by going to save Han and Leia from Vader. He also saw firsthand that people can be brought back from the Dark Side.
So, what if Luke was trying to teach his New Order a different path that was originally taught to Anakin, and this is what made Ben turn into Kylo Ren. Luke betraying everything the Jedi stood for by teaching another way could have made Ben think that he will never be as good as Anakin Skywalker. Then Snoke swooped in and tells him that can be powerful as Darth Vader with this teachings. Once again, devastation in the Jedi Order led Kylo to the dark side, not seduction.
Some people may argue that I'm just talking about semantics and they were both seduced by the dark side. And you may be right. But the common trend that has developed over the last several films is that the Jedi are the ones who are usually responsible for the fall of their own. It's not that the dark side is seducing them, but its their only option left after the Jedi Order has failed them. We'll see when The Last Jedi hits theaters this December.
What do you think?
Do you think The Clone Wars and Rebels are essential viewing to fully understand the movies?