I Think There Were Force Connections Before ‘The Last Jedi’

If you’ve read my previous post you will know that I have recently watched Revenge of the Sith and to my great surprise I think I discovered another secret Force connection but not from The Last Jedi but instead from a movie made over a decade before it; Revenge of the Sith. There’s a scene after Anakin is told to wait in the Jedi Council by Mace Windu that highlights a quiet but emotional moment between Anakin and Padme Amidala.

They are both sitting in a chair deep in thought with a window to their backs and slowly, as they seem to sense one another, they go to look out the window.

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They both seem to stare at each other even though they are miles apart. Padme gazes at the Jedi temple across the way.

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And Anakin stares at the apartment building they live in across the way. Both of their faces are creased with emotion and while they may not know it, they’re practically looking at one another eye to eye.

You see, I don’t think this is as strong a Force connection as say the meetings between Rey and Kylo Ren where they were literally in the presence of one another but rather a different connection where they can sense each other and are linked in a strange bond they can’t rid themselves of. And this isn’t the only time this has happened.

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In Attack of the Clones when Padme and Anakin find themselves in the dreadful droid factory they both face death at the same time (Padme almost gets covered in molten lava, Anakin almost becomes chopsui thanks to a giant axe) before finally getting caught.

And then there’s the parallel between these two lovebirds as Anakin gets medically attended to fully become the Darth Vader we all know and love and Padme is medically aided as she gets ready to bring Luke and Leia into the world. The scene cuts back and forth between them, each of them experiencing pain in different ways. Anakin’s mutilated body is the source of his pain and Padme’s is her childbirth. And they both end up dying as well, as Padme dies from supposed lack of will to go on and the man that was Anakin Skywalker is destroyed by his new identity, Darth Vader.

All three of these scenes hint at the idea that there were Force connections before The Last Jedi was even thought of. Of course, they are not as elaborate and personal as the ones in The Last Jedi where two people can hold hands across an entire galaxy but the concept is still there and that’s pretty cool.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this theory and whether there should be more Force connections in the future. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

 

3 thoughts on “I Think There Were Force Connections Before ‘The Last Jedi’”

  1. May I mention Empire Strikes Back?…..Although not romantically inspired there is a Force connection between Luke and Leia, for obvious reasons they’re related and force sensitive. Luke is hanging upside down from the bottom of Bespin Cloud City and he calls out to her in the Millennium. Leia is many clicks away yet still senses Luke calling for help. As viewers back in the 80’s we just called it a form of Force telepathy, but as we get more films events have to exceed the previous and be bigger so we now get “Force Connections with physicality” instead of just thought transfer.

    Oh, and in Return of the Jedi as the strike force shuttle passes through the shield of Endor and flies by the Star Destroyer…Luke and Vader “sense” each other too. Luke even says, “I shouldn’t have come. He can sense my presence, I’m endangering the mission” or something like that.

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    1. Those are two great references to the concept of Force connections, especially the Luke and Leia one. I have always found that scene to be one of the most magical moments in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and the fact that Leia was able to find him so easily highlights that strong connection she had with him.

      ‘The Last Jedi’ has completely changed the way I view the Force in ‘Star Wars’ and I can’t wait to see what new renditions or revelations will be discovered through the Force. Thanks for the references.

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      1. You’re welcome. As I mention us older fans were sort of led to believe it was just a Jedi magic trick, being able to communicate by thought, but the new films have expanded this concept big time. And remember Obi-Wan also “spoke” to Luke as he prepared to fire his missile during the Death Star battle. But seeing Leia with that “distant” look as Luke called out really was special, as it was an indicator that she too was sensitive without actually saying it.

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