Luke Skywalker's Force Projection Explained (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
By now most of us have seen The Last Jedi, meaning we've all witnessed the epic final confrontation between Luke Skywalker and his nephew, Kylo Ren. And while most fans cite this as the best moment of the entire film, others can't help but feel frustrated by Luke's new and somewhat unexplainable Force power. So what exactly is going on here? How on earth did the legendary Jedi Master project his likeness across the galaxy?! Well, let's find out!
Given the mystical side to the Star Wars universe, and certainly the awe-inspiring feats conducted by both the Jedi and Sith, Force powers beyond our comprehension shouldn't be all that hard to believe. So when Luke Skywalker rocked up on Crait with dyed hair, a trimmed beard, and golden dice that could dissolve in one's hand, we should have probably just accepted the spectacle and moved on. But for those who struggle to leave Reddit subpages alone – aside from the fact I find your lack of faith disturbing – you may be surprised to hear that this specific Force power is nothing we haven't seen before. For example, a very similar ability known as Force illusion allowed Darth Bane to generate a ghostly projection of himself towards Grand Master Yoda. And perhaps learning from such an encounter, Yoda later maintained mental contact with each of the Jedi Temples during his exile on Dagobah. He could therefore telepathically reach out to the likes of Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger and Ahsoka Tano, in a fashion not too dissimilar from Rey and Kylo Ren's Force bond in Episode VIII. As for Yoda's wacky Force ghost – well, perhaps that's a video for another time...
So there we have it: an explanation behind Luke Skywalker's Force projection in The Last Jedi. But if you would like to read more into this power from the lips of Rian Johnson himself, I recommend you check out his interview with the Los Angeles Times.