The latest installment in Retrozap’s “Power To The Prequels” series focuses on Anakin Skywalker:
The Chosen One concept is an idea older than The Bible and has made its way into plenty of stories ever since. You can see the idea dutifully repeated in plenty of superhero films, fantasy and sci-fi action epics, and even in the original trilogy. But the emphatic calling out of the literal Chosen One in the prequels ought to clue us in that Lucas is playing around behind the scenes against our expectations. As Yoda says in Revenge of the Sith, the Chosen One of the prequel era is “a prophecy that misread, could have been.”
The irony is that being The Chosen One doesn’t mean that Anakin will become “the most powerful Jedi ever” as he vows on the Lars homestead in Ep. II. His enviable midichlorian count doesn’t mean he could “rival Master Yoda as a swordsman,” a fact which becomes painfully obvious when the little green guy has to save him and Obi-Wan from Count Dooku. He may be potentially strong in the Force, but Anakin never truly lives up to that potential. Even as Darth Vader, he’s broken goods.