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Thu, May 25, 2017, 3:34am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

I found the midichlorian idea to be offensive on my first pass and even more so today after multiple viewings. While I know my opinion is colored by watching redlettermedia and such, after a lot of thought I am genuinely convinced that the most probable reason midichlorians were introduced was because Lucas et al. were incapable of PORTRAYING someone who is strong with the force. That is in contrast with telling us Anakin was unusually strong with the force, which is in keeping with the popcorn, one dimensional nature of the film and its characters. In contrast, the originals made the force something about internal struggle balancing power with morality and the spiritual. That's why it was so irritating to see that advancement in the force in the prequels basically boiled down to how much better you were at mastering video game powers. Hell it would've worked too to keep it that way to illustrate how corrupt the jedi had become, which could've necessitated the prophecy of the reset button (how awesome would it have been that the Jedi saw the prophecy as the destruction of the Sith, when it was truly about the weeding of corrupt Jedi who would basically be the Sith but in a different way.)
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