Jedi Order Territory Map (link)
All right, I think I’ve had enough of the “ROGER ROGER” era of STAR WARS.
I’m onto the 3rd season of CLONE WARS, I’ve started DARK DISCIPLE, and I’ve had to consult star charts like the one above to help get everything straight…. Let me start by saying that near-everything was done to pull together all the random bullshit that was created for the prequel films. But just like the prequel films, there are some really weird things that happen in the CLONE WARS.
First off, I like the state of the galaxy and the Jedi Council in this era – it is an era of galactic unification, and the Galactic Republic has some 25 thousand years of history behind it. But the galaxy also feels bloated, which is appropriate within this context: look at the state of any large civilization of Earth’s history before its fall, and you may find something similar. Although Jedi numbers are high, they are practically mass-producing new knights for the sake of the war, rushing Padawans through training. And let’s not forget that they are literally mass-producing soldiers to fight in the war as well; there is confusion in trying to relegate the senate and, where there is discontent with the galactic government, people seek new allies elsewhere.
So I buy the state-of-affairs – this makes sense to me.
But what always seems to suffer in these prequels are the Jedi – they make stupid decisions and only use their Force powers when the script allows.
Remember when Darth Vader said, “The Force is strong with this one,” when he was chasing Luke during the battle of the first Death Star?
Why can no Jedi do this in CLONE WARS? Jedi are CONSTANTLY following and being followed by Sith Lords… but those being followed NEVER seem realize it!
Remember when Darth Vader said, “I sense something – I presence I have not felt since…” when he felt Obi-Wan Kenobi nearby.
Maybe there are just so few Force users in the universe during the Death Star era that when two are in close proximity they can sense one another..? wuuuttttt…….?
Remember when the Jedi attacked Geonosis in Episode 2? OK, there was a huge battle droid factory there, so an all-out assault on the Geonosian home-world was… warranted..?
And then another attack was allowed during CLONE WARS..? Isn’t this akin to attacking a country and slaughtering its people because they make arms for another belligerent nation? The Geonosians weren’t invading other planets themselves. But the Jedi came and invaded Geonosis.
Sure, this is a grey area at best, but the whole premise seems a bit odd for the Jedi.
Then there was a CLONE WARS episode where the Jedi unleash a new weapon on the droid armies; a weapon that is a direct reference to the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War 2 (complete with a Godzilla reference and everything)…
Sooooo, the Jedi dropped a nuclear warhead-equivalent…?? Yep, Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker oversaw the project.
Hmmm… I’m thinking back now to a woe-begotten line from Episode 3 where Anakin says, “From my point of view the Jedi are evil.”
I’m starting to think he had a point.
So either the whole Jedi mentality we were taught in the original films is being thrown out the window, or the writers of CLONE WARS are working events up to make the Jedi seem truly hypocritical just so Anakin makes sense when he says his line.
I dunno… I’m thinking I may just have to resign myself to the fact that the target audience for the CLONE WARS and prequel films have been and always will be little kids to don’t care or know about the greater universe of STAR WARS.
At least General Grevious and Ventress are still cool.