The Real Chosen One: Other Theories and Final Conclusions

Here we are, the final chapter in the Chosen One saga.Obviously, my focus through the previous blogs was on the dilemma of the Chosen One. My three candidates are obvious: Qui-Gon, Anakin and Luke. The official take on things is that it’s Anakin, Luke is something of a fan-favorite choice and Qui-Gon stems from what could be called my unique perspective on things.

I’m living evidence that you don’t need to be in college, drunk or near weed to spend time to analyze small details. I’d hope, actually, that everyone’s figured out that my love for Star Wars is legitimate and more than just a nostalgic joyride. There’s no ironic act here; it’s simply that I see it through these eyes.

But instead of approaching the smattering of left-over tidbits like why Obi-Wan doesn’t qualify, why I don’t focus on Leia, and what music I use as my writing inspiration with the rigid format of the previous, I’m just going to go with an FAQ approach. Hopefully it encourages some of you to build on it in the comments section.

Why Doesn’t Obi-Wan Qualify?

Simply, because there’s nothing special about him.

This is not to say he’s not a pivotal character. Of course he is. He is instrumental in screwing up Anakin’s training and beginning Luke’s. But there’s nothing to Obi-Wan that says someone else couldn’t have been there in his place. Would it have changed the variables? Affected the outcome? Of course.

But changing the type of car I drive doesn’t mean I changed my destination.

Why Don’t I Consider Leia to be the Chosen One?

[For the people who like to be outraged and take screenshots out of context for their social media pogroms:JOKE FORTHCOMING.]Because women ruin everything. [It’s a joke.] The Chosen One is supposed to save it.[THAT WAS A JOKE.]

I kid, I kid. I don’t consider Leia to be a candidate for the Chosen One for two simple facts.

She’s not strong in the Force. Luke’s out there flying, able to skim Beggar’s Canyon thanks to some seriously innate Force skills. Vader can torture Leia at point-blank range and not even sense a disturbance (but does the Emperor?).

Second, so that I can drain some of the fun out of this for The Boy Wonder, Leia wasn’t Luke’s sister until story conferences for The Empire Strikes Back. The concept of twins was in the original script, but Lucas didn’t write Star Wars with the brother-sister thing fleshed out. This doesn’t bother me the way it bothers other people who were fine with it until the 1990s, but I do consider it sort of a DQ here.

What is Meant by “Balance of the Force”?

This is one that can’t be completely clear to anyone, I think. You have the immeasurably metaphorical balance of light and dark. In the TPM era, there’s too much light. In the original-trilogy era, there’s too much dark. Luke is the Superman, a blended balance of light and dark personified, and Leia will be the virtual well-spring of future Jedi.

There are two Jedi and two Sith (film character-wise) from the end of Revenge of the Sith to the end of Return of the Jedi, when the meaning of Jedi and Sith are rendered irrelevant. Technically the Jedi remain, but in a drastically different way.

Do I think that there were only two Jedi and two Sith in play until Luke came into his own? Frankly, yes.

This doesn’t mean there weren’t other Force users. Vader and Palpatine were described by Lucas as a dysfunctional couple always looking for something better, but they never found it until Luke offered the real potential. So yes, Balance was also for a time the strict 2-2 count between Jedi and Sith.

But ultimately I take “Balance” to mean, the eradication of the old order and the birth of the new (hope). Basically, the old system was broken beyond repair and had to be scrapped completely. This was the destiny. How that happened was determined by the actions of the major players.

One Final Note

The last theory I entertain is that the Prophecy wasn’t misread. It was read properly. But it was bungled by the Jedi (and specifically, Anakin) and so the Force intervened to put pieces in place that would ensure its fulfillment. It’s that whole “Free Will but within a Framework of Destiny” argument.

To wit: Anakin should have been left on Tatooine. Qui-Gon seriously screwed up by taking him away from his loving parent and putting him into the very system that would lead to his corruption. At the moment Qui-Gon works to influence Destiny (the chance cube with Watto), he sets off a chain reaction of events where The Force/midichlorians have to bat clean up. Then, as punishment for being a colossal douchebag, the Force keeps Anakin alive when he should be dead.

So..and here’s where I get weird…Anakin was the Chosen One until Qui-Gon dies/the Jedi reverse their decision about his training/he kills the Tuskens. The exact flashpoint doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Jedi initially recognized they shouldn’t train him. They even say he may be the Chosen One, but his training carries grave danger. In other words, let the Force have its day.

Instead, they act out of self-preservation to make the Chosen One influence the galaxy the way they see fit. Qui-Gon influences the die roll out of hubris and the desire to be “right.” So the midichlorians create the twins (Anakin and Padme as the conduit) as Plan B. One of those children then becomes the Chosen One; or they are the Force’s way of splitting the prophecy in two to make sure not all the power is concentrated in one vessel.

Like I said, it’s a little weird. But I kinda dig it.


Well, there you go. What say you?

2 thoughts on “The Real Chosen One: Other Theories and Final Conclusions

  1. Wow, no comments yet? Crazy!

    Prophesies aren’t worth the paper they are written on. In Babylon 5, Londo Molari has prophetic dreams of his time as emperor of the Centauri Republic. Yet, in season 5, he has a heart attack and nearly dies. In his deathbed visions, he is confronted by his aide (whose name I’m blanking on). Londo protests that he has a destiny. The response is, so what? A destiny unfulfilled is just a metaphor.

    Another hyper nerd prophesy allusion: Harry Potter. Prophesies are as influenced by our actions as they are by chance. Harry was the object of prophesy because Voldemort choose him. His fulfillment of the prophecy was due as much to the character of the man he was becoming as it was to “destiny.” He had the choice to face Voldemort as victim or victor.

    So, bring it to Star Wars. The prophesy is unclear. The subject of the prophesy is unclear. The meaning of the key point of the prophesy is unclear. Perhaps you’re right, the Jedi would have been better to leave well enough alone.

    Yet, there’s reason to think that Anakin would have been bitter regardless. Living the life of a slave, he already had anger and resentment. But who knows? I think the problem, really, is that things came too easily for Anakin. He’s like the High School big shot who never had to work for grades because he was so smart who goes to college and fails out the first semester. He has no ability to cope with the stimuli and lacks the maturity to direct himself. He had to learn the hard way. Anakin’s power makes it too easy for him. But he doesn’t develop the character needed to be balanced as a Jedi himself.

    And that brings to mind a fascinating idea. Let’s assume that when the prophesy talks about balance, it means something like harmony. The Sith is, by definition, the Force out of balance. They manipulate the Force to their own ends. The Jedi, in theory, represent the Force in balance. It seems to me, then, that the arc of balance follows exactly along the life of Anakin. Anakin’s tumultuous upbringing and training leave the Force teetering on an edge. His turn bring the Force fully to the side of the Sith, almost entirely. His redemption eliminates the Sith and restores the Jedi. Therefore, Anakin is the chosen one and by destiny or by choice, his life determined the fate of the Force, and by extension, the fate of the Galaxy.


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