Star Wars sows the seed for Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Order defection.
When audiences saw Luke Skywalker for the first time since the original trilogy in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, some were surprised to see how he had chosen a life of isolation and distanced himself entirely from the Jedi ways, despite the fact that this fit with his narrative trajectory.
It’s difficult to imagine how he could abandon the Jedi teachings after appearing to be such a heroic character the last time we saw him, though the latest issue of the Star Wars comic is helping to shed light on any doubts he may have had about the discipline much earlier in his life.
WARNING: Minor Star Wars (hashtag)20 spoilers follow.
The current storyline of the series takes place between the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, with Luke going on a quest to learn more about his Jedi training after failing to save Han Solo in carbonite from Boba Fett.
Along with revealing how a Jedi Holocron contained Yoda’s teachings, it also directed Luke to the Gazian system.
Elzar Mann, a vision of a Jedi from the High Republic era, appears to Luke while he is there.
The otherworldly encounter begins in a landscape that looks like Ahch-To, evoking memories of Rey and Luke’s first meeting in The Last Jedi.
Gazian is a living organism, a “vergence in the Force,” according to Elzar, which allows it to transform throughout the issue.
Elzar tells Luke about the days of the High Republic, when the Jedi were in much greater numbers.
He mentions how Luke is interacting with an echo of what Elzar was like when he visited the planet hundreds of years ago, despite the fact that Elzar died hundreds of years ago.
Elzar’s vision, on the other hand, notes that, while the Jedi Order has many admirable teachings, Luke’s connection to the Force does not obligate him to follow the Order’s ways.
Unlike Darth Vader and the Sith, Elzar does not try to persuade Luke to leave the Jedi Order; instead, he simply reminds him that he is free to pursue his own path, wherever it may lead him.
Of course, fans of The Last Jedi didn’t need this encounter to figure out how he’d react…
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