I have seen it a lot lately; someone talking about how upset they are with Luke or how much they dislike Zahn and his creation Mara because they changed Luke and the way he used the Force. Well, I want to find out exaclty how many people thought this change was a bad idea, and why. Here is my two cents. I have always enjoyed Zahn?s work in the EU. His original Thrawn Trilogy is what first turned me on to the EU, and so I sort of held him in high regard. I liked the way he wrote the characters; I thought he was spot-on with most of their personalities. Luke especially. He really managed to merge that farm-boy innocence with the Jedi hero, and to me, that?s really what Luke was. And so Zahn left me with an appetite for more. And I got it, although not the way I was expecting. The next few books that I read were a blur, mostly because they didn?t stand out in my mind. The the Academy Trilogy came out. I remember it specifically because it was what I had been wanting to see; Luke training other Jedi. I was all prepped up for a really good story; and all I got was a mediocre plot that got worse as the story went on. The next story that sticks out in my mind was Darksaber. It was in this novel that I first noticed that the Jedi were becoming awfully powerful. Ripping trees out of the ground and smashing them into Imperial Walkers. And these were supposed to be trainees?? Never saw anything like that in Star Wars. This is when I feel the Jedi were being made out to be too powerful. From a story stand-point, I don?t think the Jedi were ever meant to be that powerful. If so, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan should have been able to wave their hands and destroy all the droids on the Trade Federation ship in the beginning, and rip out those blast doors with their minds. But they didn?t, because they couldn?t. Even a couple of Destroyers were too much for them to handle at that moment. From a writer?s stand-point, it?s even worse. Because once the Jedi have grown that powerful, where do you go from there? Who can stop them if they can get together and fling Star Destroyers around like toys? The NJO?s answer was the Yuuzhan Vong, but even that doesn?t work, because if one Jedi can rip a tree out of the ground and smoosh a bunch of warriors, the Vong don?t really stand a chance. Zahn tried to fix this problem, not only for Vision of the Future, but for the EU as a whole. How could the EU Jedi be more powerful than their movie counterparts? Because they (Luke, although he really symbolized the Jedi as a whole) were unconsciously using the Dark Side. Luke had to cool his use of the Force the way he did, because he was smashing stuff around so easily that it was ridiculous. I admit, when I first read this, I was mad. I didn?t like the idea of Luke using the Dark Side in the first place (which is why I despise Dark Empire?well, that?s one reason), but when I thought about, it made sense to me. Now, in the NJO, when Luke does stuff, it tires him out a little more, and for some reason this angers people. When he reverses a black hole and it tires him out, people get mad. That?s a lot for someone to do. It probably would have made Vader pass out, too. Think about it: A BLACK HOLE!!! And when Luke runs through a Yuuzhan Vong camp, wielding two lightsabers and taking out a bunch of enemies whom he cannot sense in the Force, it tires him. He?s not young anymore, and considering that one Vong is a lot for most Jedi, Luke is still kicking ass. So he?s not as powerful as he used to be. He can still do some major sh*t. Anyway, that?s my take. I hope this rambling didn?t drive anyone nuts, and I hope I made sense.