Archive for June 16, 2005

Midi Clorians (I think that’s how you spell it!)

Posted in I - The Phantom Menace, Uncategorized with tags on June 16, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, I have to step back from the characters of The Phantom Menace and deal with some questions that I have that affect the characters of the movie.  I want to start today with a discussion about Midi Clorians.


Okay, I have to step back from the characters of The Phantom Menace and deal with some questions that I have that affect the characters of the movie.  I want to start today with a discussion about Midi Clorians.

First off, Lucas needs to agree how to spell words and maybe present them in a book instead of just introducing terms in a movie.  I have yet to read a book that refers to Midi Clorians, so no one is sure how to spell it.  I find it very interesting that George Lucas all of the sudden tries to come up with a scientific explanation for the force.  In the previous trilogy, the force was viewed as more of a religion and belief than reality.  Lucas carefully places the lines in the movie about Midi Clorians.  Lucas decides to scientize that which is really religious.   What does this remind you of in history?  Come on, think………………………………………………………………………………………………

Okay, I’ll tell you.  This whole concept reminded me of The Theory of Evolution.  First the theory came out of nowhere and then Darwin admitted that he was Christian and that maybe God had a role in science.  That’s what the whole “scientific church” is based on.  I believe that Lucas went through a fear.  Shortly before The Phantom Menace came out, there seemed to be a new religious movement on the Internet based on The Force.  I personally believe that The Force is partially true.  I do believe that there is an all powerful force out there in the world that connects all sentient beings.  Maybe it’s God or some other form of a greater being.  The Force has only re-emphasized my belief in that concept.  Am I going to jump on the bandwagon and claim The Force as my religion?  Well…..no, I’m just kidding, not really.

So why did George Lucas talk about Midi Clorians in the movie?  Simple.  Lucas wanted to dispell the rumors that he was trying to start his own religion.  Lucas did not want that stigma on his movies so he quickly came up with a scientific explanation for his religion he created in the first three movies.  Just like Darwin was able to “un-prove” Christian theories, Lucas was able to put doubt in people’s minds about the Jedi religion.  I would like to point out that there is never a discussion about Midi Clorians in ANY other Jedi film.  Why didn’t he explain it more?  How do people become strong with Midi Clorians?  How do Midi Clorians in a Sith form differently than in a Jedi?  Do Midi Clorians really control the universe?  How small are Midi Clorians?

There are many questions that I believe that many Jedi fans have about these mystical “things”.  Maybe Lucas will explain them more if he were to go back to The Knights of the Old Republic in his T.V. show.  Or he may simply explain Midi Clorians more in books or in another movie.  Nah, this was the last one, right?  (wink, wink).  That is a blog for another time!

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Young Anakin Skywalker (Ani)

Posted in I - The Phantom Menace, Uncategorized with tags on June 16, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, so there is no way to talk about The Phantom Menace without talking about the child version of Anakin Skywalker.  I was happy to see that George decided to make Anakin a regular child in many ways like you and me.  I had always pictured Anakin being this “not so normal” child.  I pictured him as a kid that had so much power that he was juggling balls in the air using the force while lifting power couplings with his arms and playing games with his mom all at the same time.  I had always concocted this mytical being in my head.  Although Anakin isn’t quite so mystical in this movie, I really did enjoy having Anakin viewed as a typical boy.

Young Anakin Skywalker:  ******** (8)


Okay, so there is no way to talk about The Phantom Menace without talking about the child version of Anakin Skywalker.  I was happy to see that George decided to make Anakin a regular child in many ways like you and me.  I had always pictured Anakin being this “not so normal” child.  I pictured him as a kid that had so much power that he was juggling balls in the air using the force while lifting power couplings with his arms and playing games with his mom all at the same time.  I had always concocted this mytical being in my head.  Although Anakin isn’t quite so mystical in this movie, I really did enjoy having Anakin viewed as a typical boy.

I really liked the “Nascar like” race we get to see in this movie.  The pod race was just a really cool nudge that George gave to this movie and I believe that he drew in a lot of Nascar fans that existed out there into the Star Wars galaxy (even if it were for only one movie).  I simply liked where Anakin’s role went from there.  The fact that he gets freed from slavery (a great play on the Kunta Kinte role in “Roots”) and really is found to have midi-chlorians (I think that’s how you spell it) in spades!  I do like the great irony that Anakin brings down the robot control ship and then is given the right to study the Jedi arts with Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Anakin also falls in love with Padme and really begins his fall into the dark side by playing his emotions on the love that he has for her.

Kudos to Jake Lloyd for playing the role of Anakin so well!  I was impressed that a boy so young could act so well and give Anakin the start he needs as a kid.  And let’s face it, he probably didn’t get much direction from George Lucas (rumors are that Lucas doesn’t say much on set).  If that is Jake Lloyd without direction, what would he be like with some direction?!  Which begs the question, where is Jake Lloyd now?  I looked up his bibliography on the web and he has not done one worthwhile movie since Star Wars.  I was amazed that Jake Lloyd’s career ended with The Phantom Menace.  I expected to see him involved in at least a few artsy type films overseas, but he hasn’t been in one.  Jake, get yourself a real manager and get yourself into a good film.  You would be worth every penny!

Okay, so I have realized that I need to have a rating system to the discussions for each of these characters in each of these films.  So, I will use a star system based on a one to ten scale.  Ten stars (**********) for a higher end character, and one star (*) for the lower end characters.  If I make general comments about the movie, obviously there is nothing to rate.  I also plan on going back and adding my rating system to the previous posts I’ve made.

Young Anakin Skywalker:  ******** (8)