Our good friend Ron and I were having a great discussion about what we thought Kanan’s outlook on the Jedi Order might be after it was destroyed with the Sith’s sinister plan, Order 66. We decided to turn it into an article. I will allow our guest to speak first and later in the week, I will have my prediction on Kanan Jarrus’ view of the Jedi way past, present, and future posted in response.
Kanan Jarrus – Fluid As Water
I hope Kanan Jarrus does not adhere too much to the Jedi's "no attachment" rule. 'Course, I would feel that way, as I don't like that rule
— Elaine Tveit (@tveitlight25) April 28, 2014
What kind of Jedi Kanan Jarrus is totally depends on what he knows about the events that destroyed the Jedi Order.
— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) April 28, 2014
However, I would argue that regardless of how much insight Kanan has regarding Palpatine’s machinations, Order 66 and the betrayal of Anakin Skywalker, he should be a substantially different Jedi than those we saw in the Prequel Era. This should be the case for two reasons:1) The Advantage of RetrospectionThe Jedi failed. By the end of the Clone Wars, I believe that most, if not all, Jedi had realized that they had strayed too far from their original intentions and the war had successfully decayed the Jedi Order. We see in the Yoda arc of The Clone Wars that Yoda recognizes and admits that the Jedi have been compromised by the war but sees no way out beyond trying to end the war as quickly as possible. By the time of Yoda’s realization, the Jedi Order was far too deeply ensnared by Palpatine’s trap to make any meaningful change.
Kanan on the other hand managed to survive and would presumably would have a chance to look back, identify the variety of ways the Jedi had failed and make necessary changes. The external details of the downfall are not necessary because the Jedi contributed substantially to their own destruction. Kanan should be able to recognize, in retrospect, that the Jedi had become too rigid and impractical. They had become too comfortable, overconfident and ensnared by galactic politics. They had come to rely far too much on legalism and strict rules instead of the will of the Force. With the advantage of hindsight, Kanan would reasonably adjust his own beliefs and actions and potentially pass along those evolved Jedi teachings.
2) The Necessity of Survival
Any Jedi with the intelligence and savvy to survive 15 years beyond Order 66 would realize that the old Jedi Code would not be enough to avoid the Empire. We already know that Kanan is styled as the “Cowboy Jedi,” and carries a blaster, which immediately indicates that he is not your traditional Jedi. Indeed, in the post Order 66 era of Star Wars, a Jedi on the run would not have the luxury of mindlessly adhering to the arbitrary rules of a Jedi Council sitting in their ivory tower. Instead, Kanan would need to be adaptable, creative and understand how to utilize all available resources merely to survive. The circumstances would necessarily dictate Kanan’s need to go beyond the old Jedi Code. In doing so, I believe Kanan would realize the impractical nature of the old Jedi ways. If the old Code couldn’t stave off the Empire and couldn’t help him survive against the Empire, what good is it? Kanan would likely be forced to adapt the old Jedi teachings to fit this new era in the galaxy.