• Mattie Stu

Did Yoda's Force Ghost BREAK Canon?! (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi has introduced a number of new Force powers that have pretty much divided the saga's entire fanbase. But for every Force projection or bridge between two minds, it's perhaps Yoda's returning Force ghost and its seemingly physics-shattering abilities that has caused the most controversy. So what exactly is going on here? Does Yoda's milky-blue apparition break already established canon? Well, let's find out!

Why Now?

Straight off the bat, fans old and new can't quite wrap their heads around Yoda's sudden appearance. I mean, Force ghosts are renown for returning to aid a Jedi at his or her lowest point. So why after all this time has the wise Jedi Master just now decided to reappear? Surely between the events of Episodes VI and VIII Yoda has been monitoring Luke Skywalker and his attempts to reestablish the Jedi Order, right? Well, you would certainly like to think so. And hey, maybe in a future comic or novel we will see exactly that. All that we do know for certain is Yoda's encounter with his former student in The Last Jedi is the first interaction between the two for some time – which makes complete sense given Skywalker's lengthy disconnection from the Force.

Where Are The Others?

One of the most iconic scenes in the entire Star Wars saga occurs near the climax of Return of the Jedi, where Luke Skywalker acknowledges the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. Not only does it visualise the latter's return to the light side of the Force, but the star-studded line-up just goes to show that multiple Force ghosts can appear all at once. So why is Yoda the only one to reconnect with Luke Skywalker on the temple island of Ahch-To? Sure, a discussion between two former Grand Masters over the history of the Jedi Order seems rather fitting. But you could argue that Obi-Wan was more of a mentor to Luke than Yoda ever was. Perhaps his guidance during The Last Jedi would have made more sense.

Interfering With the Material World

Quite famously, in The Empire Strikes Back, Obi-Wan Kenobi forewarned Luke Skywalker that if he were to face Darth Vader, he would do so alone. In other words, Force ghosts can't affect the material world. Fast forward thirty plus years, however, and Yoda is summoning lightning from the skies above Ahch-To like it's nobody's business! Even if you interpret Kenobi's famous line in a different manner, this scene still raises a few too many questions. But what about Yoda's ability to physically impact Luke with his walking stick? Well, that actually kinda makes sense. I mean, it's not like we haven’t already seen deceased Jedi Masters take the weight off their feet by chilling on some rocks, especially those belonging to Dagobah.

So there are some arguments for and against Yoda's Force ghost and whether or not it goes against already established canon. And to be honest, it all depends on your own interpretation of the uncharted science of Force ghosts. So let me know what you make of the little green guy's reappearance in The Last Jedi by leaving a comment down below!

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