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Is Luke Skywalker Using Dark Side Force Powers in The Mandalorian?

So I got to reading about Luke this weekend and found out that Luke Skywalker did eventually fall to the dark side of the force! I know!! Trust me this is HUGE for me because I never knew that happened to him. Seeing as I am really a Star Wars cinematic universe fan rather than an EU and I am not all that keen on “what is” and “what isn’t” canon (because it’s just so confusing now), this is a big deal.

So this is where I read about Luke succumbing to the dark side of the force in order to beat the cloned Emperor:

The rise of the cloned Palpatine shook Skywalker out of his solitary existence. As foretold by Bodo Baas’s Master a thousand years earlier, this was a critical time during the history of the Jedi. Faced with a seemingly unbeatable foe, Skywalker decided to train under the Emperor in order to undermine the Empire from within. However, in doing so, Skywalker succumbed to the influence of the dark side. He was brought back to the light side by his sister, Leia Organa Solo, who also stole a precious Holocron from the Emperor. On the run from Imperial forces, Luke and Leia gathered around them a cadre of Force-sensitives that Luke began to instruct. These included the redeemed Kam Solusar, Vima-Da-Boda, the Ysanna siblings Jem and Rayf, and Great Jedi Purge survivor King Empatojayos Brand.[32]

Defeating the Emperor did not come without a price—Jem, Rayf, and Brand lost their lives, while Vima fled back into the underworld.[33] The cost to Luke was dear also – his experience under the dark side’s sway would scar his soul permanently. However, he gained an appreciation of his own strength, and a deeper realization of what it would cost to return the Jedi Knights to the galaxy. This ideal, and his enhanced powers made Luke the first new Jedi Master of the reborn Jedi Order. Other gains made were the redemption of Kam and the acquisition of the Bodo Baas holocron.

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According to that web page, it’s canon and part of Legends. So when people are saying Luke never fell to the dark side, I am guessing they are not including any of this Legends content in their critique of the Star Wars universe. Hence my reason why I mentioned the whole canon thing being a little confusing.

UPDATE: Please note that Luke’s appearance above IS NOT CANON. Thanks to Tina for clarifying that. So technically, Luke has never succumbed to the dark side. That still doesn’t explain his force choking or using force crush in The Mandalorian’s season two finale.

But the reason for my post is during the scene in The Mandalorian where Jedi Luke Skywalker is shredding through the Dark Troopers, the very last one he attacks seems to be imploded or crushed with the closing of his fist. I do not know if this is a light side ability because it seems more like this ability which is a dark side power:

Force Crush

Force Crush was possibly the darkest Force ability known to both the Sith and the Jedi. It was a more advanced form of the Force Grip ability.

This ability lifted the opponent into the air, and as they were floating, their body literally imploded as it was crushed from within by the Force.

Common among followers of the dark side, by 3,951 BBY many Force users could use the ability. The opposite Force power, which expanded and exploded a victim, was known as Force Expand.

Stated as being “the darkest” force ability known to the Sith and the Jedi meaning Jedi were most likely able to learn it if they had mastered the dark side of the force. Perhaps this is what Luke has done, making him an even more powerful Jedi.

There are Jedi who use both light and dark sides of the force – Mace Windu is one such Jedi Master who manipulates both sides of the force. So it’s not that big a stretch to say that Luke has mastered the same abilities in his training, particularly since it’s canon that he did indeed succumb to the dark side’s influence to defeat the cloned Emperor Palpatine.

What do you think about this? Did you know that Luke had ventured towards the dark side?

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Who Do You Think Saved Grogu on Coruscant?

I have read many posts about The Mandalorian this week, partially to get my mind off other more stressful things. One thing that I read recently piqued my interest and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Who was it that saved Grogu from the Jedi temple on Coruscant?

Many suggestions have been made online which I’ve thought about but so far, I am not so sure about any of them. But Yoda seems most likely. It is possible Yoda found Grogu or knew of his existence prior to Order 66 being issued by Darth Sidious. And being a little “shifty” and hiding things seems like the kind of thing Yoda could totally do. Wouldn’t it make sense that Yoda would bond with Grogu above all other force-sensitives (considering they are of the same race and of a very rare species). I think this theory is possible.

Some said Anakin – where Anakin had a moralistic duty to obey as a Jedi Knight, he was already Darth Vader at this point. Perhaps Anakin discovered Grogu during his attack on the temple – he was definitely in the right place at the right time to do this. We already knew that he was suffering as a result of turning to the dark side and that he was feeling remorse. Perhaps he couldn’t bring himself to end Grogu’s life and let him go or even helped him escape? Definitely possible.

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Or perhaps it is someone we least expect, a less-known member of the Jedi Council? After reading this article over at Screen Rant, all of their suggestions make sense so it could be any one of these characters. But who do you think is the most likely character to have saved Grogu?

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The Star Wars Cast – The Truth About Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher

I’m not sure if you’ve ever wondered looking at all the images from the first movie whether Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were a “thing”. I’ve always thought that their photos together really did show a very close bond, almost like brother and sister. But then there are other images where I’ve thought “they really do look like they’re more than just friends”.

Mark Hamill has probably spilt the beans on this little piece of Star Wars controversy in many places, but I stumbled upon this article from The Guardian where he confirms it.

“Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea [to get involved with someone on set]. But Carrie and I found pretexts. I remember one time – I’m sure alcohol was involved – we were talking about kissing techniques. I said: ‘Well, I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.’ And she said: ‘What do you mean?’ Well, next thing you know we’re making out like teenagers!”

I think their chemistry both on and off-screen is what really made their work together so much more amazing and grounded. Some people frown on this sort of thing happening in Hollywood with the cast and crew, and I’m sure in some situations it’s probably wrong. But I think that Mark and Carrie made it work really well for them, well beyond the first-star wars trilogy. And I think that is what makes them special in comparison to the many other Hollywood flings that never lasted or broke up a family or marriage or worse!

And yes, I know about Carrie’s affair with Harrison Ford, but that’s a topic for another post.

So I choose to think that something wonderful came out of their time together and they remained very good friends as a result.

What do you think about this? Did you ever think that Carrie and Mark had a thing or do you prefer to avoid Hollywood gossip?

Either way, you know the drill, let me know in the comments!

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The Jedi and Death Part II

Many of the great Jedi including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker, were able to exist beyond their physical “death” as force ghosts. This skill with the force gave them the powerful ability to interact with those still living, guiding them and advising their former friends and students. This ability helped to add an incomparable amount of important content to films we would otherwise not have seen. So this ability and its application in the Star Wars cinematic universe should be considered a cornerstone of the Jedi faith. Without it, many stories would have been impossible to tell in the film medium.

This post is part of a small blog series about the Jedi, Sith, and their views on death and how each side of the force relates to death in the cinematic universe. You can read part I about the Sith and death here.

So the Jedi not only embrace death as part of the “whole” or the bigger picture of one’s own existence in the universe, but their teachings go beyond the realm of physical “death”. The physical death of a person is the closing of one door and the opening of another. Assuming that as a Jedi, you learned how to move beyond becoming “one” with the force. Becoming a “force ghost” was something that only a handful of Jedi were able to do and it required a specific type of teaching.

This is very different to the Sith’s views of death. As mentioned in my previous post, death to the Sith is something to be avoided at all costs. In their teachings, death is not only avoidable but can in some ways be controlled if the force user is powerful enough. This is the concept that Darth Sidious (as Palpatine) was trying to sell to Anakin. He wanted Anakin to believe that the dark side of the force could empower him to cheat death, so he could always be with the person he loved the most.

This was partially an untruth because Darth Sidious was trying to trick Anakin into falling to the dark side so he could manipulate him even more. Darth Sidious saw in Anakin what nobody else could – that he would become one of the greatest Sith in the known universe and a powerful ally. By giving Anakin the idea that he could cheat death and stop those he loved from dying, he set Anakin on a path of destruction, killing everything he had hoped to save.

But was there any truth to what Darth Sidious said about Darth Plagueis? It’s possible that Darth Plagueis could have learned how to cheat death. But Darth Sidious put this into practice in The Rise of Skywalker when he reappeared after his death in Return of the Jedi. It is said that Darth Sidious cloned himself and transferred his consciousness to his cloned body. That is how we can see him rise again in The Rise of Skywalker.

If you’re interested, this article on Time Magazine’s website includes every death in the Star Wars cinematic universe.

What are your thoughts on the Sith and Jedi and their views of death? Agree with my points or disagree? Please let me know in the comments!

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The Dark Side – Rey (Sequel Trilogy)

“It was her. Her face, her form. Cold and dark, wearing a Sith cloak, whole at last. Horrified, she watched as the dark mirror Rey swung her blades apart, forming a long, fiery quarterstaff. It was the very saber she’d tentatively begun designing in her mind. This couldn’t be real. It was a vision, nothing more. But the dark Rey’s steps echoed when they met the floor, and her lightstaff reeked of ozone. Her power was incredible, intoxicating.” 

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) dir. JJ Abrams

Dark Side Rey was interesting to me. She had something to her that her light side counterpart didn’t. Even though we have seen Rey losing composure before and this happened mostly when she was fighting Kylo Ren, perhaps that isn’t what was really happening.

As one, Kylo Ren and Rey were the Dyad – a force as strong as life itself. This means the force is in balance; Kylo Ren representing the dark side and Rey the light. But what if it wasn’t Kylo Ren that Rey was fighting? Since they are actually considered two sides of the same “coin”, this would mean that Rey wasn’t really fighting Kylo Ren but fighting herself. And this was also true for Kylo Ren.

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Imagine if Dark Side Rey had won? All those moments that Rey spent trying to resist Kylo Ren and the dark side could have been spent ruling the galaxy alongside Kylo Ren as the Supreme Leader. We would have had a very different movie and one that would be almost too appealing to deny. Almost but not quite.

As we all know, this is a Disney IP. Everything must end in rainbows and light. We can’t pretend we don’t know how this story goes, it’s the same for almost every single film we see. Test audiences just don’t respond well when a film ends on a downer. And that equates to money that won’t be made if the film is released.

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And that’s annoying because sometimes you want things to go bad. Sometimes you want to see the other side, the dark side winning even for just a little while. How can everything be balanced when the powers that be are always pushing for the light side to win?

So for that reason alone, I was thrilled to actually see Dark Side Rey in The Rise of Skywalker – and so was most of the Star Wars fandom, at least it seemed like that on Tumblr.

As a character, I think Dark Side Rey should have had more time to evolve on the screen. She was just so much more interesting to me. Did you feel this way about Dark Side Rey in The Rise of Skywalker? Or did you think that Dark Side Rey was a waste of resources and time and shouldn’t have been featured at all?

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