Saga Was the Force forgotten?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by SithLord_1270, Dec 12, 2011.

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  1. SithLord_1270 Jedi Grand Master

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    Luke's reply to OB1 when he tells him about the Force in ANH, made me curious. Luke reacted as though he never heard of it. So, with the Jedi practically exterminated nearly 20 years ago & surviving Jedi in hiding, did the galaxy at large just forget about the Force? Or is Luke's lack of knowledge due to growing up on a backwater planet?
  2. MissPadme Jedi Master

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    It might be a little bit of both. The only significant Force users left were either in hiding or two guys running the galaxy. During the time of the PT, people had known at least of the Jedi if they had never encountered the Jedi themselves. Without the Jedi, there's no one to witness the Force.

    --MissPadme
  3. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

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    The PT didn't really show a particularly widespread public knowledge of the Force itself. Han's skeptical attitude in ANH - "a lot of simple tricks & nonsense" - was probably representative of the galaxy's own attitude towards it, even at the time of the PT.

    It's not like it was something the Jedi ever preached, either, except within the Order itself.
  4. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    The Empire pretty much banned anything having to do with the Jedi, and used its propaganda to make it so the general public viewed them as a threat and a menace to society. In fact, one of the reasons for the Clone Wars' existence was so that Palpatine could discredit the Jedi, making it seem like they were the ones prolonging the war in the interest of gaining power. By the time of Order 66, much of the galaxy distrusted the Jedi and were relieved when Palpatine announced the Jedi Order's destruction.
  5. Grand_Moff_Jawa Chosen One

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    Luke had heard of the clone wars, as he asked Ben if he fought in it. I'm sure there's plenty of legend and lore about that war and those involved. It's strange that Luke wouldn't know about the Force if he indeed knew about the clone wars, etc. I'm sure both were items of legend.
  6. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    With the Imperial propaganda twist, the general public knew very little about the Jedi. They were depicted as traitors who were only interested in gaining power for themselves, and they deliberately prolonged the Clone Wars in order to weaken the galaxy for their eventual takeover.
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