Don’t make fun of me. I woke up at about 3:00am on Sunday night/Monday morning with a realization that I’m embarrassed to admit took me 15 years to figure out.
What woke me up is the realization that in order for there to be always only two Sith, it means at one point the apprentice must kill the master. There’s nowhere else to go if you want to eventually become a master/Sith Lord; you must kill the one who trained you to always have two.
Why did it take me 15 years to realize this? I seriously never thought about this before, even though I knew that throughout the Saga, there was always only two Sith (no – I’m not going to get into Rule of One vs Rule of Two…I’m basing this off of what we see in the movies only).
It then got me to thinking…how is that balance in the Force? When you have two Sith and a whole Jedi Order, the Force is clearly aligned with the light side. The Jedi always believed that Anakin would bring balance to the Force and most people think that this was done through his son, Luke.
But perhaps we can look at this another way: Anakin did bring balance to the Force when he became a Sith and not through his son. By becoming Darth Vader and heading up the Jedi Purge, he left two Jedi untouched – Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. In this sense, we have a perfect balance in the Force: two Jedi and two Sith. The Purge was a horrible, gruesome, shocking act of violence and it’s sad to think about, but in the end, it fulfilled the prophecy that was spoken of Anakin.
What were the Jedi thinking? They were so excited to find the boy who could be the “chosen one”, the Jedi who matched all their descriptions…but how did they think this could end well for them? What did they think “balance” actually meant? There will never again be Sith? Is this why they didn’t want to train him or was it really because of his age? Were they using Anakin’s age as a cover up? I just can’t comprehend what the Jedi, especially one like Qui-Gon, was so excited about.
When we look at Luke’s journey through the majority of OT, we see that the balance remains. When Obi-Wan dies, Luke heads to Dagobah to train with Yoda and becomes his apprentice. This creates the two Sith/two Jedi balance. By the end of ROTJ, when we see Luke burning Anakin, he is the only one left.
Is this a balance? I think there are two ways we can look at this.
No – it is not a balance because Luke is a Jedi, which means the pendulum is now swinging toward the light side of the Force. It’s almost as if he won the coin toss at the beginning of a football game and has the advantage to decide where the future goes (in the case of the EU, creating the NJO). Sure, the Sith will rise up again, but until that happens, he now has the advantage to plan his strategy and get the Jedi back as a stronger ford (pun!). So will that be a balance? Not if the Sith keep to only having two at one time.
Yes – the Force was perfectly in balance at the end of ROTJ because Luke had some traits of the dark side (passion, anger, etc.) as well as traits known primarily to the Jedi. Luke combined within himself the ideal balance of the Force. As long as it was just him, he kept the Force at perfect equilibrium. I don’t really agree with the latter answer because I believe Luke was clearly a Jedi. In fact, he says to Palpatine’s face that he’s a Jedi and by doing so, he is aligning himself with the light side of the Force. It is my belief then that the pendulum is now slightly in favor of the light side once again.
I’m sure other people have had the same thoughts I have because Star Wars has so many fans that it’s almost impossible to have new theories. It doesn’t bother me though since it was the first time I thought this through in a new light! But it’s funny how when Star Wars (or anything) becomes such a large part of your life, sometimes you don’t really think too much about it. Does that make sense? I think about it all the time, but don’t often see things clearly because it’s part of my daily life.
What do you think of my theory? Have you thought this way before and think it’s totally pathetic that it’s my first time realizing all of this? Most importantly – have you ever had a thought about Star Wars that wakes you up in the middle of the night with excitement?