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Boba Fett Theory: Luke Skywalker Is Repeating The Mistakes That Killed The Jedi

By Ishita Chatterjee
February 5,2022
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 6

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi made Luke Skywalker a Jedi Knight. But since he was the only survivor of the order, so it became his responsibility to rebuild it after the demise of the Galactic Empire.

But the old order was flawed. So Luke initially set out to create a new Jedi Academy. However, it looks like Master Skywalker is bound to repeat the very things that were responsible for the downfall of the Jedi in the first place.

We saw this in both The Book of Boba Fett as well as The Last Jedi. How? Let us explain.

Why Did The Jedi Order Crumble?

Luke With Yoda

Luke With Yoda

The Prequel Trilogy shows the Jedi as flawed but heroic knights. Their goals were good. But over time, the Jedi order became too enmeshed in Republic politics. And this caused them to become a kind of government-sanctioned paramilitary force.

This government represented the corporate lobbyists and their interests more than that of its citizens. Along with this, on a personal level, the Jedi Knights were told to totally suppress their emotions. Any attachments were not allowed.

This made the life of a Jedi an unhealthy and lonely one. Basically, they remained stunted emotionally. These restrictions left Anakin Skywalker yearning for something better.

Yoda’s advice made him feel worse when fearing for Padme. This desperation made him play right into the hands of Palpatine. As such, the teachings of the dark side began to seem more appealing to Anakin than those of the Jedi.

This resulted in Anakin becoming Darth Vader. After that, we all know about the downfall of the Jedi Order. Luke Skywalker has now rebuilt the order with seemingly the very same outdated ideals.

We see this in The Book of Boba Fett, and this helps explain why Ben Solo, his nephew went down the same path as Anakin.

Why Is Luke Repeating The Same Mistakes?

Luke Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano in The Book of Boba Fett

Luke Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano in The Book of Boba Fett

In episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, we see Luke Skywalker tell Grogu that he should avoid attachments. Also, he is trying to make him choose between being a Mandalorian and a Jedi.

Mandalorians prioritize connections like family, friends, and their clan. But a Jedi doesn’t. In The Last Jedi, Luke implies that he ended up repeating the failures of the past, and we can see this clearly in The Book of Boba Fett.

As a result, Ben Solo went to the dark side and became the Knight of Ren. This makes sense because he had been placed in the very same environment that made Anakin, his grandfather, become susceptible to the darkness.

Also, both were targeted by Darth Sidious. Once upon a time, the Jedi Order was a healthy organization. We can see this in Star Wars: The High Republic. The Order started apolitical, and its knights had a unique connection and definition to the Force.

Also, attachments like romances and close friendships were allowed. But when Yoda became the Jedi Grandmaster, he incorporated his views of non-attachment and emotional repression into the Order.

His intentions were noble, but he ended up creating a severe vulnerability that the Sith would be able to keep on exploiting. Luke’s actions here are puzzling. After all, we know that Luke was defined by his attachments.

Why Luke’s Actions Are Puzzling?

Luke Skywalker asking Grogu to choose between Mandalorian and Jedi way

Luke Skywalker asking Grogu to choose between Mandalorian and Jedi way

Luke Skywalker was a guy who wore his heart on his sleeves and cared for his friends and family. In fact, he ultimately won by disobeying both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.

Luke’s refusal to be controlled by his emotions and attachments or even suppress them led to his father Anakin’s redemption as well as the defeat of The Emperor. So making an Order that forbids this very thing doesn’t make sense.

This characterization of his is inconsistent with what we saw in Return of the Jedi. So now, Luke is repeating the mistakes of Yoda. And his behavior in The Book of Boba Fett ties directly into The Last Jedi. This has ensured the destruction of the Order once again.

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