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This piece is something I’ve mulled for some time. It’s an examination of Star Wars that came to me as I was re–examining a lingering point from the prequels.
I started to think about a question that’s sort of plagued me in recent years as I think about the “Prophecy of the Chosen One” in Star Wars lore.
Namely, was it really Anakin? Was his accomplishment of really the one that the prophecy foresaw?
To approach this completely, I want to hit on two benchmarks of dialogue from the films.
In Episode I, Yoda muses to Obi-Wan, “The Chosen One, the boy [Anakin] may be. Nevertheless, grave danger I fear in his training.”
Yoda does not share the now–deceased Qui–Gon’s enthusiasm for the child, and the Council at this point has overridden his objections to allow Obi–Wan to train him. “Agree with you the Council does” is an important distinction for Yoda to draw. He doesn’t say “I” or “we” agree with you [Obi–Wan], but that the Council does. The cranky old muppet got out–voted.
So from the beginning we have doubt about Anakin’s true nature and the role he will truly play.
Revenge of the Sith
Moving past the fact that Anakin is a “slow learner” and has yet to mature into his role as a Knight, much less the Chosen One (a point which Mace Windu raises) we get to the heart of where the question really blossoms.
The deepest verbal doubt was further cast in Episode III with this exchange:
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin did not take to his new assignment with much enthusiasm.
Mace Windu: It’s very dangerous, putting them together. I don’t think the boy can handle it. I don’t trust him.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: With all due respect, Master, is he not the Chosen One? Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?
Mace Windu: So the prophecy says.
Yoda: A prophecy that misread could have been.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: He will not let me down. He never has.
Yoda: I hope right you are.
And it was reviewing that exchange that got me thinking, if the prophecy is wrong, then who is the Chosen One?
Mulling it over, it came to me that a potential alternative answer is there for us, if we look at it from a certain point of view.
The real “Chosen One” may be Qui–Gon Jinn.
I know, I know. Not even he would expect that to be the case, as he’s the one that discovered Anakin and proclaimed him to be.
He’s the first Jedi known to achieve true immortality, the one who listened to the will of The Force (God) without hesitation and who accepted all things on calm, assured faith. And again, without him Yoda and Obi–Wan don’t receive the gift that is retaining individual consciousness after death.
From there, I started really thinking about it.
Next blog: The Real Chosen One: Building the Case for Qui–Gon Jinn