As expected, the opinions about The Chosen One for Star Wars aren’t really as cut–and–dry as they appear at first glance.
We had a vote for Anakin, who over the arc of the six films arguably fulfills that role, Luke, who succeeds by becoming “a better Jedi” than his old man and a supporting vote for Qui–Gon.
I received some off–line comments indicating that there were people who had an opinion but were far too lazy to leave their thoughts here.
The beauty of the discussion is that there is no really wrong answer; as Obi–Wan might frustratingly point out, it all depends on your point of view.
Building the Case for Qui–Gon
I think that the idea of Qui–Gon as Chosen One has merit and is worth examining.
As a jumping point, I want to use one of the comments left on the previous post:
The Boy Wonder observed astutely:
It makes sense, after all, Qui-Gon is the one who set the balance in motion with finding Anakin. If there was not Qui-Gon, then there is not finding the boy and there is no way for the Dark Side to truly get its full strength.
And I agree to a large extent. Qui–Gon sets everything in motion. He is, in fact, the vessel to deliver the means of balance to the universe. In other words, he delivers Anakin, the tool by which the midichlorians will make their will known on the galaxy: clear the plate and start again.
But That Is Not Enough
While that is certainly a good start, it doesn’t truly elevate Qui–Gon beyond Dalai Lama and we’re looking for the Panchen Lama here. While the prophecy is not definitive on who is precisely the one who will bring balance, it is supposed to be the one that actually brings the Force into balance.
So being the one who finds Anakin is not enough by that standard.
So what argument exists to vault Qui–Gon that extra length to the highest height?
Life After Death
Qui–Gon becomes the first Jedi we as the audience witness retaining his identity after death. However briefly, we hear his voice in Attack of the Clones.
The fact that we hear him reaching out from beyond the grave in an attempt to stop Anakin’s downward spiral from starting also is a strong argument that he not only achieved total consciousness but can at least attempt to affect life in “reality.”
This is important because (though I know some readers will groan) the point is made in the novelization that this is unique; the novelization was born with Lucas’ direct involvement in an age when he was much more controlling about what was said in directly supporting materials.
However, we also get a glimpse into this when Yoda counsels Anakin in Revenge of the Sith.
Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.
In other words, quit your belly–achin’ kid, we’re all dust when this is through.
But Qui–Gon bridges this obvious gap and opens the pathway to the afterlife. At the end of Sith, Yoda drops the bomb on Obi–Wan that his old master will teach him how to retain his identity and commune with those still living.
So we have a balanced Jedi who retains his consciousness and later provides the tools by which Anakin’s evil can be undone after he was also the one who delivered him to the galaxy to do the damage in the first place. And it’s here we see an extra argument for him as The Chosen One.
For Qui–Gon has enabled the destruction of the Old Order and is the one who provides Obi–Wan and Yoda the means to train Luke even if they die before his trials are complete.
Heck, you could even say that he is “brought back” from the afterlife by the Force specifically because Anakin went down an unintended path.
So Is Qui–Gon The Chosen One?
Maybe. I’m not not particularly advocating that as the case. I really started writing this series just as a mental exercise. It’s certainly a worthwhile discussion.
But after reasoning it out here, I’d have to say that there are some pretty strong arguments in favor of it.
What do you think?