Counting down the 137 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
If you’re like me, the introduction of the midichlorians into the Star Wars mythos ranks right up there (or, rather, down there) with the introduction of Jar Jar Binks in the pantheon of bad ideas from George Lucas. I normally try to live in complete and utter ignorance of them, pretending they don’t exist. BUT, in reading up on some of the back story of the writing of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, I discovered something cut from the films that would make the dreaded midicholrians a little more tolerable.
As you remember, Shmi Skywalker tells Qui Gon Jinn that Anakin had no father. Yes, a virgin birth was Anakin.
However, in drafts of the scripts of these films, it was suggested that Palpatine was behind the birth of Anakin Skywalker, that, much like his own mentor Darth Plagueis, Palpatine had learned the secrets of life and death and had himself created Anakin Skywalker by manipulation of midichlorians.
That might have been a cooler spin… that Palpatine was actually Darth Vader’s father in a real sense. More interesting, certainly, than the fact that the midicholrians are introduced in The Phantom Menace and hardly referenced again.