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Their Fire Has Vanished - Essay about the PT Jedi - moonspinner
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Their Fire Has Vanished - Essay about the PT Jedi

I just found this essay over at SPACE.com

http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/movies/dirty_mind_tricks_000428.html


I really liked this part:

While Palpatine rises, the Jedi seem busier retreating from the everyday life of the Old Republic, setting themselves apart from and above the masses.

Jedi are chosen at an early age and taken away from their families, cutting or at least weakening the bonds of blood and class that tie ordinary people to the people around them.

The films are ominously silent on whether Jedi are allowed to marry -- the only evidence of Jedi love we have so far is Anakin Skywalker, and we all know where he's headed.

Mundane affairs seem to be beneath their unworldly notice unless the taint of the Sith -- the smell of heresy -- is involved. Outside the Temple, Jedi mutter among themselves, rarely taking notice of those less Force-endowed except to cheat, wheedle and manipulate to achieve their ends.

Young Obi-Wan's overt racism is only the most obvious sign of this elitist attitude-- while we might hate Jar Jar, classing the CGI character as a "lower life form" is hardly the hallmark of an enlightened sage.

Qui-Gon's offhanded assertion that he "didn't come here to free slaves" is also troubling. Although Liam Neeson delivers the line with a certain weariness -- is this a sore spot for the vagabond master? -- it also reveals the Order's priorities.


Glad to know I'm not alone in thinking this.

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From: daenarrah Date: June 27th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to read this. I"m still not really sure how I feel about the Jedi and this sounds interesting.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 27th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
There are a lot of cool articles over there. Particularly the ones by Paul F. He's quite an accomplished debater and A/P defender.
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