Essay: “Star Wars Mysteries”

Power To The Prequels at Retrozap is back with a new piece, “The Wonder of Wondering:  Star Wars Mysteries In The Prequels.”  It’s a look at the answers and many questions the prequels presented:

As fans we should be able to make up our own minds about these things. Lucas created Star Wars in part to teach children about empathy and values, but also to encourage their imaginations and inspire them. We must be willing to at least tolerate different interpretations of the saga and different theories on the parts of our fellow fans. Doggedly pursuing one incontrovertible record about the sequence of events and history of the Star Wars galaxy misses the larger point of these stories and the lessons they are trying to impart.

The fun of Star Wars is ultimately the opportunity to use our own imaginations to fill in the blanks. But what happens when there are no more blanks to fill in, when there is no room in the galaxy for our imagination because all these stories have been told?



20 Responses to “Essay: “Star Wars Mysteries””

  1. Hoggle Says:

    Am quite happy, have had a heavily PT/Saga inspired fan fic sequel trilogy in mind but havn’t done much beyond it’s ep 7, as just didn’t want to think about it although sorta knew what wanted and what general story/arc elements was interested in. My approach to it just crystalized in my head today out of the blue and am now enthusiastic to put time back into it, fun! 🎉

    My big break through relates to my interpretations of the PTs & saga also. My episode fan fic 8 is going to be about the two lead force Jedi, one male(Han & Leia’s son) & one female(main saga Heroe(inne) Han Soloey type) both dealing with the difference between what is a vision/dream of the future and what is their own distortion to that in relation to self/companions & fears on seperate portal/Nexus planets. The male will end up dueling his Jedi best friend for Sith powers under a Darth Vader in one portal & the female will end up meeting the 24 Whills who govern the clockwork of the galaxy, & particular it’s astrological systems. These serve as juxtapositions of Destiny & Fate in the galaxy, & which are also trying to be taken over by Palpatine to rule & merge the galaxy from without. This also relates to the prophecy.

    The other main strand is that Empress Leia’s doppleganger shows up – the doppleganger is actually her good side, Leia is the bad, relatively, derived from the Egyptian Ka mythology of the concept. So while remaining a secondary character, Leia is the main figurehead of the sequel fic. The only thing i don’t have a good idea yet about is how i will be incorporating the spirit of Padme’s introduction, i incorporated the spirit of Anakin in my first fic and he will have a prominent role in the last sequel fic.

    I posted my first sequel fic in this thread last year:

    Hopefully all of the above, is an example of what the author was talking about in a general sense.

  2. Moose Says:

    O’Connor is absolutely right in how to look at these little questions in Star Wars. Since Ep. 8 is supposed to start at the moment that Ep. 7 ended, I guess that tradition is out the window now.

  3. matt Says:

    I just pretend Ep 7 doesn’t exist. I prefer George Lucas’ six films as it’s a full story told in six parts – the Tragedy of Darth Vader and how he is redeemed by Luke. Obviously there’s so much more like the Rise of the Empire and how a Republic can turn into an Empire. A truly fascinating saga.

    Ep 7…. meh. It just doesn’t fit. Probably because it was a Disney co-production rather than Lucasfilm. Rogue One was a million times better and that was Lucasflm on their own. It also has the GL seal of approval, whereas TFA didn’t.

    Carrie Fisher’s loss was devasting. And her character was totally desecrated by TFA… we’ll now never see her fulfil her destiny as a Jedi Knight, nor will we ever see Han, Luke and Leia together again. Also, where the hell was Lando?

    It really annoys me when morons like the creep from RedLetterMedia bitch about the non-existent plotholes in the Prequels, yet gush over the jarring, inconsistent nonsense of JJ Abrams’ space films. Awful stuff.

    The PT-haters got their way, and now Lucas is in exile, and a talentless, unimaginative hack like Abrams has took his place.

    Anyway, I’m ranting. Power to the Prequels!

  4. Moose Says:

    It seems like the Disney SW films are built on unanswered questions to be answered later in Rebels, some book, some comic book, Doc McStuffins, SportsCenter or The Bachelor.

    • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

      Whoa. Whoa. Hold on. At least the Prequels and Clone Wars are still canon and that has been proven that with Rebels, with Dave FIloni’s help, and Rogue One. At least Disney’s not ignoring the Prequels from canon.

    • lazypadawan Says:


    • Keith Palmer Says:

      The impression we were supposed to just sort of accept Luke, Leia, and Han had failed both their galactic and family responsibilities (but still react to their re-appearances with warm nostalgia) because the fanboys now in charge of the asylum are convinced “Star Wars was better when you had to guess why Darth Vader had turned evil” was, I’m afraid, one reason why I got disillusioned so fast with The Force Awakens. However, I’m not that much more enthusiastic at the thought everything will eventually be explained in a series of novels… This might, though, have a lot to do with how I stopped reading the Star Wars novels and comics altogether not that long after TPM out of the unfortunate impression some fans were plugging them as “prequel antidotes.” Since then, however, I might have become more open to the thought of Star Wars as “cinema first,” trying to step away from a relentless emphasis on “story” that can dwell a little too hard on dialogue, performance, and the proclamation of “plot holes…”

      • lazypadawan Says:

        It annoys me that things that should be explained in the films are booted to extraneous material only hardcores will bother reading or watching.

      • Marshall Says:

        Like that scene where the talking orange answered the question, how did you get Luke’s lightsaber, with ” a question for another time”. No, we’d like to know now, please.

      • Branislav Marček Says:

        Or the lightsabers suddenly out of nowhere having minds of their own and choosing their owners.

      • joe Says:

        the fanboys can GO TO HELL

  5. Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

    Hey, Lazy Padawan, I have one question for you:

    Could u please do a SWPAS article on this Forbes article for why having Hayden as Force Ghost Anakinin Episode 8 will make sense and not ruin the box office:

    Let me know. Thanks. Bye.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I decided not to feature it because it’s pure speculation and even if it wasn’t, it would be a spoiler. That’s Making Star’s territory.

  6. Keith Palmer Says:

    A part of me believes that without answering the question “how did Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader?”, the question “how did Darth Vader do the right thing in the end?” just sort of slides by a lot of people and you get the fandom of the late 1990s, already stuck on not being able to enjoy the actual Star Wars movies as a whole through being hung up over the Ewoks and the rest of the “creatures” in Return of the Jedi. At the same time, though, I can sense a dismissive rejoinder along the lines of “I got the point to start with, but don’t care for the backstory as we got it”… somehow, being reminded there were new questions posed along with the rather significant answer means just a bit for me.

  7. Steven Farmer Says:

    Quick question for everyone: Why didn’t the Jedi or Padme try to free Anakin’s mother in between movies? This isn’t to troll, I saw this question on a forum and couldn’t get a satisfactory answer.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Insofar as the Jedi go, I was under the impression from TPM there is some kind of version of the Prime Directive (in Star Trek, the Federation isn’t supposed to interfere with planetary culture or events). They act only when called upon by the Republic not to fix the galaxy in its own image. As for Padme, maybe she spent lots of time in the Senate trying to ban slavery but to no avail…

      • Keith Palmer Says:

        I saw that question brought up not that long after TPM itself, and I’ve contemplated the possible response that while Padme was still Queen of Naboo, she was politically restricted in some way from just “buying” Shmi’s freedom; this could have affected her while she was a Senator as well, of course. I can wonder a little bit too if, since she wasn’t around when Qui-Gon was bargaining with Watto to arrange Anakin’s freedom “legally” or when Anakin had to leave his mother, she never quite realized freeing Shmi was both possible and perhaps necessary…

      • Steven Farmer Says:

        You know Keith, now that you say that, it occurs to me that it’s entirely possible that Padme doesn’t know his mother’s still enslaved. Think about it: she wasn’t there when Qui-gon made his bet with Watto, she wasn’t there when Qui-gon freed him in front of his mother, and neither Anakin nor Qui-gon inform her of Schmi’s continual enslavement. Ironically, it’s possible she assumed that because Anakin was now free, that Schmi was too, and she only discovered Schmi’s continued enslavement when they returned to Tatooine.

      • Hoggle Says:

        Yes, it wasn’t really Padme’s responsibility and she didn’t know alot about the situation, which was between Anakin, Qui-gon (who got killed) & the Jedi Council – Obi1 never meet Shmi nor had the opportunity to really talk about Anakin’s family background with Qui-gon as he didn’t accept a relationship to Anakin till Qui’s death.
        Generally for the Jedi, also Dooku had never met Obi1 before; the Jedi order itself and by extension the republic (which TPM indicates was dangerously close to collapsing under it’s own weight if not for the Jedi ) was what the Jedi were trained to live and breath from a very small age. Once Anakin was accepted, that was that for the Jedi, they didn’t operate any other way.

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