After a crazy two weeks of “real world” insanity, You Seek Knowledge is back for the first edition of Twitter question-and-answer. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (@livetheforce) you should. Why? Because if you have any Star Wars questions I’m more than happy to answer them there. Some of the questions I get are pretty straightforward while some require a little more thought and research. This past week I asked if anyone had any lingering questions they wanted answered or topics they would like me to cover. I had a few responses so I’m giving a “Twitter Q&A” a test run. One of the questions took me down an interesting path regarding the Zillo beast, but before we get there we have two other questions to look at.
From Twitter user @geekned: Why aren’t Jedi allowed to love?
Well, because love leads to attachment. However, the answer is more complex than that. Anakin is a perfect example of how loving another person in a “normal” way is dangerous for a Jedi. From the large amount of the Jedi we see during the prequel era they, for the most part, are selfless and willing to sacrifice themselves to save innocent beings. However if a Jedi, like Anakin, is worried about someone who may be waiting for them “at home” then their decisions in the field would not be entirely without concern of the person to whom they are attached. When the moment comes to save a clone or fellow Jedi the reaction to save them should be instant, but it they are worried about causing their loved ones pain, they might hesitate.
If that was the worst-case scenario of having attachments MAYBE the Jedi could have understood and been less strict, but that is example is pretty tame. The next step would be something like a hostage situation. Using Anakin as an example again: imagine if someone had kidnapped Padme and threatened to kill her if Anakin didn’t do something terrible. Anakin would have known that doing whatever they wanted would have been wrong but he still may have make the wrong choice to protect his wife. That attachment makes him vulnerable. And of course we have seen what happens when attachment in Anakin’s case does not force him to make bad choices, but makes him willing to do terrible things of his own accord.
Love leads to attachment. Attachment leads to bad choices. Bad choices lead to dead younglings (sometimes).
From Twitter user @jedih8r: How in the world did not even a single Jedi see Order 66 coming? Some may say Yoda, but it was very last minute.
Because Darth Sidious is a frickin’ genius, that’s why. His plan was not as simple as a “You keep what you kill” with regards to the Jedi, but a long-term plan that took AT LEAST 15 years (probably more). When looking at Sidious’ master plan (which culminated in Order 66) there are three main factors:
1: Keeping the Force out of balance. I’ve covered some of the ways Sidious has manipulated the Force to hide his plotting from the Jedi via the Living Force (Click HERE and HERE for examples of how he did this). Our very first indication that Sidious’ plans had been in motion prior to the events of The Phantom Menace is when we see the Jedi Council completely blindsided by the return of the Sith. If the Force was communicating properly with the Jedi (aka if the Force was in balance) they would have been able to “sense” that dark presence of the Sith returning. Had Sidious not taken the time to cloud the vision of the Jedi his plans would have possibly been detected before he was able to set his other plans into motion.
2: Galactic politics. Sidious, as Palpatine, was able to use the political climate to his advantage at nearly every turn, not just when he was chancellor but as a senator as well. He knew how to collect the right type of friends who he could trust (Click here for a GREAT example) which made his legal takeovers possible. But it was also the “friendship” that he made with Count Dooku that allowed him to set his plans for Order 66 in motion. His hands stayed as clean as possible by having everyone else do his dirty work. Because of his mastery of galactic regulations and laws he was able to put in motion his political machinations legally, making it nearly impossible for anyone to oppose him. Even after the Empire has formed he continued to implement methods of control that, while wrong and evil, were done within the boundaries of the law. (If click on this link you do, examples you will find). Palpatine covers all his tracks by making sure he is never the one directly making the moves.
3: The hubris of the Jedi. This is the big one. The other two would not have been possible without the Jedi getting “fat and lazy” as the Republic slowly died around them. The Jedi were unopposed for a millennia which caused them to become too comfortable not only with their connection to the government, but complacent with their connection to the Force. It was a relationship they took for granted and because of this they did not sense the Force slipping out of balance before it was too late. During the prequels we also see the Jedi were not proactive until the very last moment approaching cataclysmic ruin. The Jedi only reacted when they needed to, very rarely seeking out to prevent issues. For example instead of questioning–REALLY questioning–where the Clone army came from they trusted this “Boy, that sure was good timing!” army that fell into their lap. Of course the Jedi didn’t see Order 66 coming. You can’t react to a sneak attack when it only takes seconds to happen. The Jedi, as we saw them, clearly needed a few years to get motivated to do anything.
From Twitter user @blake7676: Can you write about a Clone Wars battle?
This question could not have come at a better time with the release of the Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst by James Luceno (which is very Mas Amedda-heavy and therefore the best new canon novel to date). While the early part of the novel takes place during the Clone Wars it is never once tied to a specific major battle or event. So, speculating the way I like to do, I believe the Battle of Malastare plays a VERY important and unspoken role in the in the events of this novel. If you are unfamiliar with the Battle of Malastare is was a Clone Wars battle on the home planet of the Dugs that resulted in a Zillo Beast awakening underneath the ground. Palpatine had it brought to Coruscant to study its impenetrable skin. By the end of the arc the Zillo Beast was dead, but Palpatine ordered to have it cloned in secret.
The potential answer comes in the first episode of the Zillo beast story when Anakin tries to cut it with his lightsaber and it does NOTHING. It does not even leave a mark. With this knowledge clearly Palpatine wants to clone the Zillo beast to attack the Jedi, right? WRONG! The lightsaber has no effect on the skin of the Zillo beast. Which means means the focused power of a kyber crystal has no effect on the skin of the Zillo beast.
Starting to see how this ties into Catalyst?
Galen Erso needed to solve the mysteries of focusing the power of the Kyber crystals for Director Krennic, but he was told not to worry about containing the power because another group of scientist were working on that problem. Could this be a group of cloners working with the DNA of the Zillo beast to create a containment center for the energy? If the Zillo skin could not be broken by lasers, explosions, and Kyber crystals, it becomes the perfect base for a material to to hold the Kyber energy in a single place. The Republic/Empire scientist could explore the genetic makeup of the Zillo beast and find ways to combine its properties with some sort of metal to create the perfect housing for explosive Kyber energy.
Is this a crazy theory? Maybe. But when you look at the pieces and evidence it is not so farfetched that it wouldn’t work. Palpatine–a man we KNOW thinks 20 steps ahead of everyone else–would see something that lightsabers are useless against and keep that knowledge in his back pocket. And if this is true, that means the poor Zillo beast (unwillingly) helped blow up Alderaan.
I bet you never imagined that space-Godzilla could potentially be so important to the Star Wars story.
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