The Fourth of May Be With You

May the Fourth be with you, said the lispy Jedi. Yes, it’s the one day in the year where the American date system is something other that purposefully confusing: Star Wars Day. The title is intentional by the way, because that is the proper way to date things. Anyway, here’s an appropriately themed article to celebrate (and to take my mind off the sudden hayfever attack that has left me sounding like a snotty Darth Vader).

So then: midi-chlorians. The microscopic life-form found in every living being in the galaxy that allows access to the Force when they are in high concentration. They were brought to the attention of the world by a bit of exposition in Episode 1 that stopped mastery of the Force being an egalitarian skill and turned it into a birthright. Because heroes aren’t determined people successfully dealing with difficult situations. They’re genetically destined saviours.

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All a bit Aryan ideal.

Here’s what I was thinking instead.

I’d like to think that rather than being the reason why an individual can use the Force, midi-chlorians are simply part of a larger picture. The Jedi Council shown in the prequels is incredibly conservative, frequently burying its head in the sand rather than investigate the rise of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious and other changes happening in the galaxy. Why? Because they have a system that has been in place for X period of time and has served them perfectly well, and midi-didians are part of that. Given the Jedi Council’s role in the films, Palpatine would have been tested before being allowed into office, lest someone with Force powers started mind-controlling the Senate into doing their bidding. A high concentration would have meant instant disbarring from holding office or at least arousal of suspicion, but if Midi-Pyrénéesians weren’t the be all and end all Lucas has ret-conned the series to make them, then a Palpatine with a low blood concentration would have been able to sneak by the Jedi Council. That would be why they didn’t suspect him when the shit really started hitting the hyperdrive.

I have more defence for the Mini-Clubmans. If they were part of the reason the Force can be manipulated but not the entire reason, it explains the various characters throughout the films that are resistant to Jedi suggestion. Maybe Jabba the Hutt had a super high concentration of midi-musicians in his blood, but because he never trained in the Force (or some other reason or combination thereof) he didn’t have any actual abilities. If there were multiple reasons behind the Force (some clear, some murky, and some unknown entirely), it would return the power to a more classless democratic standing too.

I had these ideas and more in mind, and I was planning to flesh them out in honour of the day (not necessarily because they’re any good, but I needed something to do while my allergy tablets kicked in).

Then I did some Googling on the subject because I am a diligent researcher.

This has depressed me.

Now I really hope J.J. Abrams just ignores the whole mess.