Thursday, April 19, 2012

May the Force Be You

For the A-Z Blog challenge, I will be addressing some of life's big questions. Perhaps together we can find the answers to many heretofore unsolvable mysteries.

is for Qui Gon Jinn

And more specifically, what happened when he died?

In the early episodes of Star Wars, when a Jedi dies, their body vanishes. Becomes One with the Force. (I'm not an expert in Star Wars lore, obviously.)

Exhibits A and B:

Zip forward to 5:30 for the important part.

Both Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi evaporate upon death. Cool. I liked it.

Exhibit C:

Forward to 5:40. Qui Gon's body is still there, and later, they have a funeral for him and burn his body.

I was confused. And still am. Why didn't he evaporate and become One with the Force?

Was it because he was ultimately responsible for the rise of Darth Vader? Was there a lapse in the synapses of George Lucas's brain? I don't know. Someone please explain.

Tomorrow's Question:
Does that Really Rhyme?


  1. Great great Q word. Love this post - love Star Wars...

  2. Eek, I'm not the one to ask. But I do like the idea of dissolving at the point of death. Saves in funeral costs, and it's much more esoteric. I'm over from A to Z so pop on by if you like! Cheers. (Catherine Stine's Idea City)

  3. It's because the first two clips come from the original trilogy, and the third comes from the newer trilogy. And somewhere between the two, George Lucas went crazy. Non of his later stuff makes sense in my opinion.

  4. I love S. L. Hennessy's explanation! hahahaha! I'm sure it's hard for George Lucas to keep up with all the details! Could you imagine?

  5. I've wondered about that question as well. My husband, who is a total Star Wars geek, says it has something to do with the fact that Yoda and Obi Wan were consciously making the decision to die, but Qui Gon did not. I don't, the fact that it makes sense to me shows how much my husband has been getting to me.

  6. Um... Um... Erm...

    I have no freaking idea LOL

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

  7. Luke burns Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi. You could say in a sense that he willingly died after his last moments being chatty with Luke. youtube clip

    So what I'm saying is, I don't know. Maybe Wookieepedia has some answers. May the force be with you on that quest.

    1. I tried Wookieepedia, and all they said was that Yoda and Obi Wan were better Jedis than Qui Gon. So, that sounds like fans trying to cover up a blooper. :)

  8. LOL ... don't ask me ... but I'll ask my son for you. He knows most things Star Wars.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to see me this morning, I appreciate it!

    Kathy M.

  9. Everyone should vanish after stop the zombie outbreak from happening. As far as Star Wars goes.....I think Jedi's should never die. They are that BA.

  10. That part confused me too. Could he have been from a culture that believed in burning instead? Maybe you have to swear an oath to be eligible for exiting in a puff of smoke.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you now.

  11. if you're suggesting The Phantom Menace wasn't very good, you won't get any argument from me.


  12. Got to love those little inconsistencies. Keeps the Star Wars geeks on their toes.

  13. Here is what my son, Nigel had to say about your question:

    Hullo! This is Kathys'son. I'm not sure if my answer is completely correct; it's mostly conjecture, and it's been awhile since I've read the books.

    Not all Jedi evaporate when they die. In fact, it only happens when they have fully accepted dying. For instance, Yoda died of old age, and Obi-Wan sacrificed himself for the greater good.

    Further, we can take the instance of the death of Mara Jade Skywalker, Luke's future wife, into account. She was murdered by Jason Solo, (Han and Leia's son) and didn't become one with the force until someone suspected Jasons hand in the plot. She still had unfinished business, and couldn't completely move on into the force.

    As an interesting side note, however, Qui-Gon was one of the few Jedi in his era to learn to return as a force ghost intentionally. He schooled Obi-wan in this during Lukes up-bringing on Tatooine by Owen and Beru. Which means he had planned to sacrifice himself right from the start, presumably for dramatic effect and a bit of extra motivation for Luke.

    Now that, my friends, is dedication.

    Kathy M.