Visions understands the force better than the sequel trilogy

Disney + Star Wars: Visions told a series of beautifully written and animated stories Star Wars short films, which, in some cases, understood the Force better than Star Wars sequel trilogy. Visions exists outside Star Wars canon, telling nine original and independent stories that can be reimagined or stick with the established Star Wars lore as they please. The sequels are part of the official and ongoing program. Star Wars Canon Universe, which began in 2014 and includes the six original films in addition to the sequel trilogy and spinoff films. The sequel films to the trilogy were highly anticipated by new and veteran fans, and while the first film pleased audiences, the next two were divisive, particularly in regards to their depiction of the Force.

In the original trilogy films, the Force was shown to be a fundamental and omnipresent energy field that creates life. While some people may have a natural aptitude to use the Force, anyone could learn to use it with training and discipline. The dark side was an addictive and destructive perversion of the Force, which lured Force users to take a faster path to power, but ultimately ruined them. Despite the apparent moral absolutes of the Force and its dark side, the original trilogy, especially through Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, told a complex and ethically nuanced story about a son trying to rescue his father from the side. Dark.

The prequels expanded on both Vader’s story and the complexities of the Force, introducing the concept of balance in the Force. While it’s clear that the dark side inherently putrefied the Force’s natural balance, the prequels also featured a Jedi Order losing contact with it. The prequel-era Jedi meant well, but were corrupt and hampered by outdated and emotionally unhealthy practices, leaving them more vulnerable to the Sith than ever before. The Force (nicknamed the “light side” or “good side”) did not need any amount of the dark side to be in balance, it simply needed a better Jedi Order to follow it.

The Visions episode “The Village Bride” beautifully and accurately depicts the Force, which matches its portrayal in all six of the original films. A Jedi and a survivor of Order 66, known simply as “F”, is hiding from the Empire on the planet Keelia, to which their late Jedi Master was connected. The inhabitants of this world of the Outer Rim have traditional marriage customs in which the bride and groom invoke a power known as “Magina”, which evokes a blue bubble around them. Although none of the inhabitants of Keelia are Jedi, “Magina” is their term for the Force, and they use it in simple techniques for their wedding ceremonies.

The episode highlights a vital and often forgotten element of the Force: it could technically be used by anyone. The Force exists in all life and life nourishes it in turn. While most of those who live in the galaxy don’t use the Force, they could if they underwent training and dedicated themselves to learning about it. The sequel trilogy inconsistently addressed this aspect of the Force. On Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jakku’s scavenger, Rey, is built and characterized as the descendant of a fundamental character in the saga, but in the end no connection is made. Star Wars: The Last Jedi does his character a disservice for the sake of subversion by stating that he has no relation to any established character, but this is taken up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which reveals that she is the granddaughter of Darth Sidious.

The sequel trilogy’s inconsistency with the Force’s accessibility to all is mitigated by Finn’s Force sensitivity in The rise of Skywalker, and The last jedi It lightly depicts the Force’s connection to nature, but not as succinctly as the original. Star Wars trilogy, and not as beautiful as “The People’s Bride”. the Visions The episode succeeds where the sequels could not, and emphasizes the beauty and presence of the Force in a unique way, without contradicting what was established in the original six films.

Vision’s ninth and final episode “Akakiri” is inspired by Akira Kurosawa The Hidden Fortress, a film with a profound influence on A new hope. “Akakiri” is also heavily inspired by the prequel trilogy, depicting a tragic hero who battles with the allure of the dark side, only to fall into its power in a willful, albeit reluctant and desperate attempt to save someone who loves. Like the tragic fallen Jedi, Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi Tsubaki is manipulated into a dead end scenario by the Sith Lord Masago, forcing him to make a Faustian deal to save the dying Princess Misa, but becomes an apprentice. Sith in the process.

The sequel trilogy, especially The last jedi, contradicts the description of the dark side of the original and prequel trilogy by making it one side of a scale, with the “light side” (a non-existent concept) on the other side. Luke Skywalker refers to the balance in the Force as “mighty light, mighty darkness,” even though there are no redeeming qualities for the dark side, and no downsides to the “light side” anywhere. Star Wars film. The awakening of the force seems to confuse the “light side” by making Kylo Ren turn away from the dark side, but The rise of Skywalker he corrects this mistake by revealing that it was his mother, Leia, who was trying to bring her son back.

Similar to the portrayal of the Force in “The Village Bride,” “Akakiri” does not take those liberties with the depiction of the dark side of the original six films, despite his freedom to do so. The dark side is ultimately a trap that turns its users into shells of themselves. The dark side is not necessary for balance because it intrinsically causes imbalance. Despite the absolutism of the dark side, the original and prequel trilogies demonstrated that moral gray areas can still exist within these limits. The sequel trilogy, despite being an official canon, did not line up with the original six films as well as the standalone non-canon episode of Visions, with regard to representations of the Force. The sequel trilogy has many merits, but it just didn’t understand the Force as well as Star Wars: Visions.

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