Force ghosts have always been such an interesting concept to me. After the end of return of the Jedi, we never saw them again. It always made me wonder what could force ghosts learn in the netherworld? What new abilities and powers could they progress and is it really another dimension just like the living, but with doors that allow for grander powers to be unlocked? Well, today we get to learn of something along the lines that will open many eyes. In the making of the return of the jedi a constant theme I keep seeing within this book and the dialogue between George and his team in regards to the story details and characters, is that there was such a deeper explanation of the powers and abilities of everyone as you may or may not have seen in my previous videos regarding the making of books. Now with George, he loved to go into the nooks and crannies of his characters, and for today’s video, we’re going to talk about this power that he was going to give obi-wan. It’s a pretty over powered ability, but it just shows you how powerful a force user can become once they transcend into the netherworld.
Here we go.
Kasdan: What is it that Vader wants? Lucas: Vader’s plot is to convert Luke to the dark side, make him an ally, and then topple the Emperor. At this point he and the Emperor want to turn Luke to the dark side. I don’t think Vader would care whether he turned Luke to the dark side or if the Emperor turned him, because he feels that once Luke is turned, he can use him for his ally. The Emperor and Vader are in total agreement about what’s going to happen. They both want to get a hold of Luke. They both want him converted to the dark side: the Emperor to replace Vader, and Vader to replace the Emperor. They are perfect bad guys.
Kazanjian: Wouldn’t Vader want to get to Luke before the Emperor for that reason you just stated, before the Emperor can get to Luke and throw Vader out?
Lucas: Let’s say that Luke goes to the Emperor and pretends to become part of the dark side. Another way to get around this is to imply that Ben can cloud the mind of the Emperor. The thing I like about that is it makes true what Ben said before sacrificing himself, when he says, “I will become even more powerful than you can imagine.” The way he becomes even more powerful is that he becomes a part of the Force. In that way he’s able to short-circuit just enough of their visions so they don’t quite know what is going on as much as they normally would.
Marquand: They think that they do.
Lucas: And that’s more powerful. He could distort the future.
This just changed the game for Obi-Wan’s power level. Now, Kenobi has the ability to not only live forever as a force ghost, but to actually distort and short circuit the minds and premonitions of the most powerful being in the gaalxy, who ironically enough, did the same to the Jedi decades ago, remember when Yoda said the dark side clouds everything, well, now the light side clouds everything.
The only difference is, it took Obi-Wan much longer to learn it, and he had to die in the process. No jedi could have done this while alive, they would have to sacrifice themselves into the force, and die in order to manipulate the force itself. It shows you that while the dark side may not be stronger, it does get you there faster, which is what Yoda told Luke on Dagobah during their training in the empire strikes back.
It was more seductive in the sense that it takes you to the level you want to go much faster and without as much control or training in a sense or we could say, different training, but it all comes at a price.
The major power that Sidious had all his life was the ability to see into the future and see into people’s minds. He did this with Luke in the return of the jedi as he felt his mind as he stood before him, and he did it throughout the prequels when he manipulated the entire galaxy. This was a major player in how he dominated both sides of the war, he looked into the future with the force and felt where certain choices would take him. It was like he had a crystal ball that showed him what choices would yield better results all the while being able to cloud the minds of the Jedi. With the Jedi Temple, in legends it’s known that a Sith temple was actually built beneath the Jedi Temple thousands of years prior, and it was the Jedi’s beliefs, that if they built a Jedi Temple overtop of it, that the good energy would cancel out the bad and the dark side would be trapped underneath it. It’s a common fan theory that the Sith temple was what helped cloud the minds of the jedi, and not Palpatine, but I’ll leave that for you all to decide.
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