An Examination of the Dark Side of the Force

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One of the most important concepts in the Galaxy Far Far Away is the dark side of the Force. Confusingly, it’s been presented in two seemingly contradictory ways in Canon – a corruption of the Force, but also as a natural side of the Force. In this article I’ll explore how the dark side has been portrayed through the evolution of the franchise. In a future article, I’ll take a look at and speculate about the two conceptions of the dark side.

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Examining Maul

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The revival of Maul for the The Clone Wars TV series has given us an interesting look at a character that never fell, but was raised with the dark side. At its heart, Maul is a cautionary tale about the futility of revenge.

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Linking Lothal, Mortis and Luke’s Compass

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In the first Rebels episode of the second season, Minister Tua tells the Spectres there’s another reason the Empire had taken such a strong interest in Lothal besides it’s mineral resources. Unfortunately, she’s killed while defecting and they and we don’t learn what that reason was. However, as we enter the final stretch of the show, hints about what the Emperor really wants there are building. In this post I’ll explore some of the hints and how they might connect to the bigger picture being built across the franchise. Highly speculative.

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The Definitive “The Last Jedi” Case for Rey Skywalker – The Narrative

Written by: robotical712, Josey, Needs_More_Sprinkles and HypersonicHarpist

In this section we expand on the key parts of the The Last Jedi that indicate there is much more going on between Rey, Luke and Kylo Ren beneath the surface.

Part of our analysis of The Last Jedi.

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The Definitive “The Last Jedi” Case for Rey Skywalker – Movie Analysis Round Table

Written by: robotical712, Josey, Needs_More_Sprinkles, HypersonicHarpist

In this section, we examine The Last Jedi itself in light of the ideas developed in the previous section. We think that not only is our suggested interpretation fully compatible, but a more resonant and coherent read of the movie than the surface read. For a full explanation of the interpretation, go here.

Part of our analysis of The Last Jedi.

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Star Wars: Compassion For Yourself And Others

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In a speech given by George Lucas, Lucas details how he views the dark side of the Force versus the light side of the Force. In his view, compassionate people live on the light side, while selfish people live on the dark side. There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about Lucas’s words in this video.

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The Statistics of Force Sensitivity: Or Why Members of Inferno Squad Should Have a High Midi-chlorian Count

Something that greatly intrigues me about the Star Wars setting and the Force is the statistics of and mechanics Force sensitivity. We know a tiny number have the potential to become Jedi and the most will live their lives without ever seeing any overt evidence of its existence. However, there’s a relatively sizable number of people who are above average and below Jedi potential with consequences for all sorts of professions and statistics in large populations.

Author’s Note: In this article I am simply qualitatively applying population statistics to what we’ve been told and shown about Force sensitivity in the GFFA setting and make no judgement on whether the conclusions are thematically appropriate.

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