Midi-chlorians were introduced into the Star Wars canon in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Since the introduction of these Force-fed lifeforms, fans have speculated regarding the point of their existence and why they weren’t even heard of in the original trilogy.
In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn believes he has found The Chosen One- someone who will bring a balance to the Force and destroy the Sith forever. While speaking to this young boy, Anakin Skywalker, he explains the role of the Force and how midi-chlorians connect us with this mystical power.
“Life forms [midi-chlorians] living together for mutual advantage. Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to us, telling us the will of the Force.”
I have a love-hate relationship with midi-chlorians. Although they added a unique depth to the mythology of the Force, they also came across as a mere ploy to move the plot along in Episode I. The relation of the Force to midi-chlorians seems to lessen the effect of what Obi-Wan Kenobi described the Force as in Episode IV.
“It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”
WE are those living things, not the midi-chlorians. The Force isn’t singular to one species. If ALL living things created the Force, then why are midi-chlorians now the only thing that have some special connection to this mystical power? Maybe I’m misunderstanding the meaning of this this whole midi-chlorian debate, but like I said, I have a love-hate relationship with it all. In the end, though, midi-chlorians are canon.
“Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.”Maz Kanata
What do you think of midi-chlorians?
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