Midichlorians: Life Cycles, Sustenance and Other Questions

This springs out of a series of comments that were tied to Does Darth Vader Need to Eat oh so many years ago.

Midichlorians

Star Wars fans were introduced to midichlorians in 1999. They’re a symbiotic, microscopic life form that speaks the will of The Force to us.

Given that they are a life form, I’m given to wonder about their life cycle. Bear with me here.

If midichlorians live inside the cells of living beings, and cells have a set timespan of existence, do midichlorians reproduce/procreate within the being in which they’re living? If so, does that person see their connection to the Force wax and wane through the different life cycles they have?

We know that Vader’s connection to the Force was damaged when his body was damaged. Essentially, the antenna for the signal was broken. That means, then that the midichlorians were limited, or at least their maximum number – assuming they have a life cycle and reproductive act  of some sort – was capped because only a certain number can be achieved within a given organism.

And is it the midichlorians that act as conduit for the Jedi ghosts, coalescing like the dust motes that brought Dracula’s wives into existence in Bram Stoker’s novel?

Consumption

That’s just a theory, of course. Anakin had a higher midichlorian count than any Jedi measured in history; he would have been a prime opportunity to study their life cycle.

Additionally, living things need to consume in order to sustain themselves. Were Jedi therefore hungrier, with higher metabolisms, regardless of physical activity?

Finally, when the body hosting the midichlorians died, what happened to them? If a Jedi died somewhere and their body was left to decompose, would that spot be more lush than typical?

While the body decomposed, were they trapped in some sort of midichlorian limbo, desperate to escape? Did they therefore accelerate the decomposition of the body, perhaps by consuming their own host, to speed their departure?

I don’t really need answers to these questions.

But I want them.

5 thoughts on “Midichlorians: Life Cycles, Sustenance and Other Questions

  1. This is why I never liked the invention/inclusion of midichlorians. It changes the Jedi and the Force from something mystical/magical/mythical to something scientific. Making it scientific seems to beg further scientific questions/probing. This can certainly be part of the fun, but it’s not generally how Star Wars creates fun. People don’t care how a hyperdrive or a blaster works. Or at least they don’t need to care. The Force was even more mystical. How do Jedi move objects? The Force. How do Jedi read minds? The Force. You could just as easily replace the answer with “Magic” or “Zeus”. It’s mystical and as long as it remains so, we’re happy with that. But as soon as Toto starts pulling the curtain back even just a little, we start asking a never ending string of “why” and “how” and “What about” questions that are distracting from the movie. They wouldn’t be as distracting if they were part of what the movie (series) is about, like they are in Star Trek.

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      1. Thanks for your comment, The Revolution, but to reiterate one tiny point – this is essentially just cloud-talking. The midichlorians, if anything, make sense in terms of why some people would be born with more Force talent than others. I’ve mused on posts from very long ago that my theory is that part of the subconscious rejection of them is rooted in the sense that they therefore make being a Jedi – a childhood dream of many – would be exclusionary. But that’s not the case. The fact is that the Jedi use them as a metric to recruit and train, which is part of their own inherent problems that lead to their downfall. They fall into the trap of quanitifying their abilities, when midichlorians are, in fact, a part of all living things — so technically, everyone can become a Jedi, just not necessarily a particularly powerful one. And the Jedi do, in fact, fall in love with their own power as Palpatine points out.

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    1. The midichlorians don’t remove any of the magic of anything, because they are an expression of the duality of the Force – the Living/Cosmic aspects. If anything, it’s a Buddhist type of thing — all was energy and then it tasted matter, and from that sprang existence. I don’t dislike midichlorians in the least, and as I say at the end, I don’t need answers to these questions. This post is essentially just chumming the waters and poking the eye, as it were.

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