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Qui Gon Jinn

Posted in I - The Phantom Menace, Uncategorized with tags on June 11, 2005 by jedicouncil

I have to admit that I got very excited at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.  When I saw Qui Gon Jinn on the movie screen for the first time I realized that we were going to be seeing a new side of the Jedi Knight.  I got really excited and thought to myself “wow, we’re really going to see the Jedi Knights at their very best!”  I got even more excited in the movie as I began to realize that Qui Gon is the guy who discovers Anakin Skywalker.

Qui Gon Jinn:  ********** (10)


I have to admit that I got very excited at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.  When I saw Qui Gon Jinn on the movie screen for the first time I realized that we were going to be seeing a new side of the Jedi Knight.  I got really excited and thought to myself “wow, we’re really going to see the Jedi Knights at their very best!”  I got even more excited in the movie as I began to realize that Qui Gon is the guy who discovers Anakin Skywalker.

Then some doubt starts to creep into my mind.  First off, he does such a great job bringing up Obi-Wan Kenobi that he exceeds the expectations of the Jedi Council and really passes the Jedi trials early to be on the council.  But even Qui Gon gets clouded by the Dark Side.  Realistically speaking, it’s Qui Gon that let the Jedi Council down, not Obi-Wan.  Yes, Obi-Wan believes in Anakin too much in the end, but it’s Qui Gon that puts these thoughts into Obi-Wan’s head.  He even says in his dying breath to take care of Anakin because he is “the chosen one”.  Ultimately I believe that Qui Gon is the one who betrays all of the Jedi.  Instead of doing his job and getting Queen Amidala back to Coruscant he gets distracted by this boy that he believes to be “the chosen one”.  I would liken it to Peter saying in the Bible, “I’ve found Christ, don’t betray him or let him be crucified!”  We all know it was his destiny.  If Jedi are all knowing, how could Qui Gon not know that Anakin would eventually become Darth Vader?  Then again, why couldn’t any of the Jedi see this coming?

However, even with these short-comings, Qui Gon is one of the essential “bad-ass” Jedi Knights.  He squares off against thousands of droids, convinces the Gungans to join the fight, convinces Watto to gamble (twice), and even convinces Jar Jar to help them out.  I really think that Qui-Gon is one of the stronger Jedi Knights.  My question that I really have about Qui-Gon is why he wasn’t on the council.  He seemed to be ready to serve but had done things to be unnacceptable by the council.  I’m sure if Qui-Gon was led more by his emotions or if the council just didn’t think his ways were acceptable, but I believe this was another short-coming of the Jedi Council.  Imagine if Qui-Gon had not been on Naboo and had been one of the Jedi’s around when Anakin attacks the temple.  If this were the case, I believe Qui-Gon would have been able to save the Jedi’s.

Speaking of him living, lets talk about how Qui Gon dies.  After all of the fighting that Qui Gon and Obi-Wan both do with Darth Maul and they both survive as well as the Sith Lord.  I was amazed that the two of them could take on someone who seemed as powerful as Maul, but he’s a character for another Blog.  After it is all said and done, one lunge by Darth Maul and down goes Qui-Gon.  Not that I think it’s not possible, but I don’t think that Maul could kill Qui-Gon and not survive the wrath of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  How does the Master die and the Padawan lives?  Although Lucas creates a rift in the storyline by killing the Master off, I just don’t think Darth Maul was a weak enough character to enact this cycle with.  Qui-Gon should’ve had a longer life in the Star Wars films and I was sad to see him die so early.

Kudos to Liam Neeson for playing the character so well that I wanted him to live.  I still want him to live everytime I watch The Phantom Menace.  But, inevitably, he dies every time and I become disheartened by the early loss of a powerful Jedi Knight.

Qui Gon Jinn:  ********** (10)

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