The Family Guy ‘Empire’ spoof I wrote a few days ago has got me thinking about something I’ve been pondering for years but just now felt like writing about it. I guess I just needed some inspiration…or a segue. Now, I don’t think there’s but a handful of people on the Earth that don’t know about Star Wars. It’s a cultural phenomenon and Mr. Lucas is the mad genius who started it all. Well, things have changed since old George began with Episode IV and as a fan, (and I know I’m not alone on this) I believe there’s a great number of us who find fault after fault with the prequels.
However, I’ll avoid mentioning the most obvious one being ‘Jar Jar Binks’, skip past the easy second which would be casting (though dialogue is more like it), I’ll overlook the abundance of ‘green screen’ causing most of the “wooden acting” and finally land on what I believe is most damaging to the story: Mediclorians…uggg
George says in the commentary on one of the prequels that his intent was to bring up the Mediclorians in the original trilogy but was never able to do so. Thankfully that omission made “the Force” all the more mystical. To find out years later that the only thing making Jedis the uber-badasses they are is a simple blood abnormality kind of killed me inside. That later made me pose a very important question (which I then supressed as well as the memory of the train wrecks they call ‘prequels’). Now, recalled from many years of ‘prequel denial’ I believe it is finally time to raise the question in hopes that the internet community can help me find any rational reasoning in concocting the ‘Mediclorians as a plot device. Ahem, here goes:
“If the presence, and further, the abundance of Mediclorians is the sole factor determining the degree to which a being can “feel” and “use the force”, then can’t anyone who gets a blood transfusion from a Jedi (or anyone with a high enough Mediclorian count) then be able to then “feel” and “use the force” as well??”
I always held that, like fate or divine selection, the reason people “feel the Force” is that the Force sought out individuals, not the other way around. Though I realize the complaining and questioning is pointless since it’s a universal truth that this is just George’s world and we just live in it. Also, more people love it than hate it so I don’t think any naysayers are going to bring about a change, but I still have my opinions on what works for me and what doesn’t…I guess that’s why the three of us started Go,See,Talk!
So, I’ll put it to you fans out there. If anyone out there has any thoughts about my question above or if anyone wants to either defend or attack the Mediclorian issue, I’d love to hear any ideas.
P.S. As ludicrous as I think the Mediclorians issue is itself, I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking this way. Case in point, check out this little video which parodies that stooopid concept poking just a bit of clever fun at the SW universe. It’s kind of funny so I thought I’d post it…enjoy!