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George Lucas' Star Wars sequels would've been all about midi-chlorians

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A handful of people really hate what Disney has been doing with Star Wars, partially for racist and sexist reasons, but only the most dedicated hater of all things good and pure could think that George Lucas’ original vision for post-Return Of The Jedi sequels would’ve been better. We’ve heard bits and pieces of what Lucas was planning to with future Star Wars movies before, but a quote in the companion book for James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction TV show hints that Lucas had some truly terrible things in mind:


Essentially, he was planning to lean into the stuff that fans really hated about The Phantom Menace, specifically midi-chlorians and the “scientific” explanation for the Force. It also would’ve involved the Whills, a vague Star Wars concept with conflicting definitions that enjoyed some minor relevance in Rogue One (Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Îmwe was a “Guardian Of The Whills”). To Lucas’ credit, he knows that “a lot of the fans would have hated it,” but then “at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”

That last bit makes it seem like Lucas thinks this “microbiotic world” stuff was really important to the Skywalker saga, even if nobody wanted to hear about it, which is the same sort of unchecked attitude that made the prequels so bad in the first place. Did you feel that Star Wars fans? You just dodged a blaster shot like Han Solo in the special editions. (Unless you’re one of the fans who thinks Lucas’ plan still sounds better because it doesn’t have so many darn girls, in which case you’re no better than Greedo.)

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