We know that Anakin becoming Darth Vader was a long process, one that started with the very first prequel film The Phantom Menace. But I think that regardless of the events leading up to Anakin Skywalker pledging himself to the Emperor and Darth Sidious, the Jedi Council was instrumental in pushing Anakin further towards the dark side and to Darth Sidious.
I came across this post on Tumblr which kind of set up this post about Anakin:
“Something that he has been waiting for his whole life… permission”. That really resonated with me because I agree entirely. When Anakin started doubting himself as a Jedi, he was already at the point where he was beginning to feel like the Jedi weren’t exactly what he thought they’d be. In many ways, the Jedi let Anakin down.
I’m still in two minds about Mace Windu’s comments as well when he tells Obi-Wan that Anakin will not become a Jedi Master. Did Mace Windu see something in Anakin that even his closest friends could not?
This post on Star Wars dot com even discusses how Mace Windu and Anakin never really liked each other and Mace Windu was always distrusting of Anakin. As far as I can tell, the path for Anakin’s journey towards darkness was lit by the lightsabers of the Jedi Council, in particular, by Mace Windu.
If Anakin had been accepted and trusted by the council to become a Jedi Master, perhaps his distrust for the Jedi and their ways would not have been so profound. And Senator Palpatine would have found it a lot more challenging to push Anakin without those feelings of distrust and unworthiness in Anakin’s heart and mind.
It’s obvious why Anakin had to become Darth Vader but it could have been a very different movie and perhaps not even a trilogy had different events transpired in Anakin’s journey.
What do you think about Anakin being turned down by the Jedi council? Do you think this was something that fated Anakin to become Darth Vader? Let me know in the comments my friends and stay safe out there and I’ll catch ya in the next post!