Mandalorian Season 2 Takes Midi-Chlorians Even Further Than Lucas Did
Now, The Mandalorian season 2 is going further than even George Lucas himself. Moff Gideon and the Empire are treating Force-sensitivity like a science, attempting to find a way to transplant midi-chlorians from a donor to a host. If these experiments prove a success, then Force-sensitivity will no longer be a natural event – a quirk of nature or accident of birth – but rather it will become a controlled trait implanted within specific individuals. The Empire will carefully choose which assets to grant Force-power to, likely selecting candidates according to loyalty to the Empire and prior skills. Moff Gideon may well become a test subject of this process himself, given that he dresses like a Darth Vader fanboy and wields the Darksaber. Indeed, Giancarlo Esposito has already teased Moff Gideon has a surprising connection to the Force, and that would certainly work with his becoming a Force-powered super-soldier.
One thing’s for certain: the driving plot of The Mandalorian is now all about the science of the Force. This is a vision of the Force formed by scientists in laboratories, rather than by monks in monasteries. Dr. Pershing can therefore be compared to Abraham Erskine in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, attempting to find ways to create super-soldiers. What’s more, although The Mandalorian season 2 will introduce Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano to provide a Jedi’s perspective on these experiments, the main point-of-view character is still a Mandalorian who has only just begun to realize the Force is a real thing. Din Djarin’s perspective, and thus that of the viewers, will predominantly be influenced by the science he has just encountered.
Mandalorian’s Midi-Chlorians Fit With George Lucas’ Sequel Plans
George Lucas had long considered making the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and he was particularly interested in exploring the science of the Force – and particularly midi-chlorians. “[My sequel films] were going to get into the microbiotic world,” Lucas explained in one interview with James Cameron back in 2018. He was especially interested in a race called the Whills, who have been referenced throughout Star Wars history but have never been explained. “The Whills are the ones who actually control the universe,” Lucas continued. “Back in the day, I used to say ultimately what this means is we were just cars, vehicles, for the Whills to travel around in… We’re vessels for them. And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.” No doubt George Lucas’ ideal sequel trilogy would have been even more controversial than Disney’s, because the exploration of this microbiotic world would have been felt to remove a great deal of the sense of mystery and spirituality of the Force.
The Mandalorian is unlikely to explore all this; it’s doubtful Lucasfilm will use this opportunity to introduce the Whills. Still, it is now the clear successor to George Lucas’ pseudo-science, in that it is viewing the Force through a scientific lens. This isn’t actually the first time Star Wars has hinted the Empire tried to do this; Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader comic book series revealed the Emperor sponsored attempts to duplicate Force powers using scientific means, with Darth Vader considering the idea heretical. No doubt he would have the same opinion of the Empire’s super-soldier blood transfusion experiments – so, however much Moff Gideon may dress like Darth Vader, he may well be glad the Dark Lord of the Sith is long gone.
It will be fascinating to see how the fanbase react to The Mandalorian‘s scientific treatment of the Force. So far, all signs are that viewers are positive about it, perhaps suggesting this is an idea whose time has finally come. If so, there will be a certain degree of irony to this; Disney initially rejected treating the Force in a scientific way when they ditched Luas’ own sequel trilogy plans, and now they are embracing that same approach in Disney+’s flagship Star Wars TV show.
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