The cave on Dagobah is one of the few moments in Star Wars where it bangs you over the head with its metaphors and deeper meaning. Think about it…we don’t see much of this in the OT where the characters have to face their fears in this strange, almost out-of-body way.
When Luke confronts Vader in the cave, he defeats Vader, but the mask falls off revealing Luke’s face. Essentially we are supposed to come away with the fact that if Luke goes to the dark side, he’ll will end up similar to Vader.
But there’s so much more going on here. For instance, Yoda tells Luke not to bring his weapons, but Luke does anyway. What would have happened if he hadn’t and saw the same vision? Or is it by bringing the weapons, Luke creates this vision and it would have been different had he not brought them? (Lucas says he would not have had this vision if he had not brought his weapons)
Regarding my haiku, Yoda reminds Luke “remember your failure at the cave”. Was it really a failure? Or was it this “failure” that taught Luke a lesson before it was too late? Did it speak more in volumes than Yoda’s teaching ever would?
We go back (or go for the first time, depending how you look at it) to the cave in TCW where Yoda also confronts his own fears. This time he sees some tidbits of what is to happen in ROTS. Does Yoda learn from it? Does he face his fears and say, “This is what could happen. If it does, then I’ll be prepared and face my fears to make sure I do all I can to be the best Jedi I can be”?
Most importantly, this sequence shows how close Luke teetered to the dark side. Did he actually use the dark side briefly? By bringing his weapons, he automatically puts himself on the offensive mode. My third line in the haiku “The cave reveals much,” puts into light the fact that perhaps Luke does draw on the dark side. I know that Hamill wanted Luke to fall to the dark side in ROTJ and have the movie with a darker twist. Will we see this in TFA? I thought the trailer had a slightly foreboding air about it when we saw Luke’s hand touching Artoo. It was…dark to say the least. Will the directors maybe pull on this cave sequence to go into an explanation on why Luke turns to the dark side? (This is all speculation on my part as you guys know…I’m pretty spoiler free)
Read my other blog post on it here.
Read some fan speculations on the cave scene.
Watch it here.