The Balance In The Force

Friday, the first trailer for The Last Jedi was released. It wasn't the most epic trailer of all time, in my opinion. It was, however, an important one.

I've spent about 24 hours dwelling on the meaning of the trailer, and I think I (and many others) probably have it figured out. It's about bringing balance to the force.  You're probably confused, right? I mean Star Wars has been harping on balance forever.

The Jedi Misunderstood The Prophecy

The Jedi Council's 'chosen one,' Anakin Skywalker. He would eventually destroy all the Jedi, leaving the Galaxy in turmoil.

The Jedi Council's 'chosen one,' Anakin Skywalker. He would eventually destroy all the Jedi, leaving the Galaxy in turmoil.

In the Phantom Menance (1999), the Jedi Council and Qui Gon Jinn argued whether or not Anakin Skywalker was the one who would bring balance to the force. Many fans agree Anakin was eventually the balance when he sacrificed himself for his son and killed Palpatine. Other fans would disagree, saying it was Luke, and the Jedi only saw the balance in Anakin because Luke would eventually be his son.

These definitions of balance are flawed. The Jedi philosophy told them that balance meant winning. They believed Anakin would destroy the Sith. However, balance doesn't favor one side, it evens them.

The Force Always
Balances Itself, Tragically

Look at Star Wars as a whole. In the prequels, the Jedi are a powerful institution that are eventually wiped out by the Sith in a tragic way. In the original series, Luke is trained to destroy the Sith and the Empire. With the Sith destroyed, Luke attempted to train new Jedi (as Yoda requested), but Ben was seduced to the Dark Side (by Snoke) and killed all of Luke's new students. Every single time, without fail, the universe evens the sides.

Luke Bringing Balance To The Force

A new poster that shows Luke 'The Last Jedi' Skywalker, next to Ben Solo, with Rey below them in the middle. She holds a Lightsaber that is both blue and red simultaneously, bridging the gap between the two sides. 

A new poster that shows Luke 'The Last Jedi' Skywalker, next to Ben Solo, with Rey below them in the middle. She holds a Lightsaber that is both blue and red simultaneously, bridging the gap between the two sides. 

This new trailer indicates that we are about to delve into an area of Star Wars previously unexplored in the films: Gray Jedi. Gray Jedi are force users who walk the line between Dark and Light. Luke Skywalker and Qui Gon Jinn sort of did this in the movies, but were still Jedi, and still followed the philosophy. Based on things said in the trailer and in The Force Awakens, it seems that Luke blamed himself for Ben's fall to the Dark Side, and went into hiding.

It seems that in The Last Jedi, Luke will begin a new training with Rey. owever, it will be a new training, and not a Jedi training. It will be a Gray training. She will learn to walk the line between Light and Dark. She will learn to be balanced.

The Last Jedi

The Jedi believed that emotion was path to the Dark Side. The Sith believed that one should rely on their impulses and succumb to passion fully. Both mindsets are horribly flawed. Luke says one chilling thing in the trailer: "I know only one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end." Luke is right. The Jedi need to end, and he will be the last.