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Time Travel in the Galaxy Far, Far Away

I recently heard a conversation about time travel in the Star Wars galaxy. The general consensus is that it is a bad idea, and I have to admit that I don’t really like it either. It seems like cheating to me, even though the World Between Worlds episodes in Rebels are some of my very favorites. They give the story history and a sense of deep mythology.

But time travel as a storytelling device is lazy writing. Then again…

We humans time travel all the time.  We can only travel back in time in our own life, but each of us has a time machine at the top of our neck, in between our ears. Let me give you a personal example and then one of my favorite Star Wars examples.

When I was three years old, my mom got on a train and left me. She said she had to because nobody loved her except me. I ran screaming down the track as it disappeared out of sight. When I was twelve, she left again because the TB she contracted when I was three came out of remission. Same feeling and tears, though. Fast forward to 18, same train, same tears, but this time I could clearly see my Dad and baby brother beside me, each as broken and afraid as I was.

Now Star Wars: The first time I saw The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda died, and I clearly understood that there was another boy like Luke out there if he didn’t finish his training. “There is another Sky…Walker.” Later, I had always understood it was Leia. And after The Rise of Skywalker, well…

And everyone has had that girlfriend/boyfriend who is the sweetest person you knew when you first meet, and the biggest jerk in the world six months later.

In Return of the Jedi, “Many Bothans died.” Sad, but just the way war is. After Rogue One? Devastating personal loss. And when the Cassian Andor series starts? We will see.

What about time travel in the future in Star Wars? If going back to the Old Republic isn’t time travel, I don’t know what is. I am just happy as a little Ewok to be here.

So. let’s just put on the seat restraints, head back against the cushion, keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times, and blast off.

Here’s to time travel and a journey to a deeper, more knowledgeable enjoyment of the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Start the discussion on our forum and chat room. May the Force be with you!

Carla Jo Guthrie
“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.” — Yoda

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