Star Wars Reveals Luke Skywalker Throwing Shade at the Concept of Midi-Chlorians

When George Lucas created the original Star Wars trilogy, the filmmaker introduced the Force as mysterious but incredible energy that Force-sensitive individuals like the Jedi and the Sith could tap into at will. The mysticism that surrounded the Force fascinated fans. Many were disappointed when Lucas decided to add a few tweaks to the concept in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, explaining the Force through midi-chlorians.

Ever since the microscopic, intelligent life forms were introduced in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, fans despised midi-chlorians with full conviction, hoping that Lucasfilm would retcon the idea.

It turns out that fans aren't the only ones against the midi-chlorians as an explanation for the Force.

Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi is a book published by Lucasfilm written from the perspective of an older Luke Skywalker, and in the text, we get to see the Jedi Master throwing shade at the idea of midi-chlorians (via Comic Book Resources).

"During the time of the Galactic Republic, the Jedi used science to explain why some of us feel the Force more strongly than others," Luke stated. "Prospective younglings were tested by the Jedi Order for midi-chlorians -- microscopic life-forms that reside in all living cells and impart the will of the Force to their hosts. Those with a high number of midi-chlorians were able to hear the will of the Force more clearly than others. Personally, I've never been one to worry about how exactly the Force whispers to me. All that matters to me is that it still does."

Luckily, Star Wars has seemingly decided to ignore the concept of the midichlorians in its Star Wars sequel trilogy. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans get a much better explanation of the Force when Luke tries to teach Rey what the Force really is.

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together," Luke tells Rey.

Now, that's a definition that we can back up on.

The Skywalker saga is available for streaming on Disney+.

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