Such a brilliant concept all the way back in the seventies that has spawned such a cultural boom and changed the world of cinema and real life in more ways than one. and with Star Wars Rebels tv show, New Battlefront game and the Upcoming Force Awakens sequel, its nigh IMPOSSIBLE to go around without the newly surged love and admiration of Star Wars.
But there was a time when Star Wars fans were downright split down the middle...this is of course the era of the Prequel trilogy. Me personally I grew up with these and enjoyed them just as much as any kid growing up watching the original trilogy back in the early 80s. But of COURSE many MAAAANY Many people were put off by Lucas's directions. One of which was the one thing that drove everyrabb id star Wars fan to vent and fume of the destruction of a very principle that seemed mystical:
The Force is really made up of organisms inside us called "Midicholrions".
Of course many could argue this was Lazy writing to try to paint a picture as to how they saw such a young slave boy to be a great potential jedi and to take him under training ALL before he would eventually betray, slaughter and turncoat to become Darth Vader...but thinking back as i re-watch the movies...could there be something more devious and crafty that Lucas was trying to prove?
Let's begin with how we knew of the force all the way back in 1977, when Ben Kenobi was explaining to Luke what the force was.
"The force is what gives a jedi knight his power. Its an Energy field created by all living things it surrounds us, it penetrates us it binds the galaxy together."
Wow pretty deep stuff. But wait. Why'd he tell luke the force was this uber mystical thing and not what it "REALLY" is; just abunch of bacteria in your bloodstream that's intelligent microbes that create it.
Now after looking up and down the Wookiepedia page article of Midi-chlorions, it HAS been stated that Lucas actually REALLY did think these microbes out all the way from the beginning in 1977, but he just realized that he had NO time to explain them in the pace of the films so he left them out, leaving the idea of the Force to many of the audiences to be left more metaphysical and spiritual. Cut to years later when Episode I finally hit the theaters and then they drop THIS factoid. this no doubt pissed off fans but there was a misconception brewed: The force IS these midichlorions. That is farther from the truth.
Now my theory, before looking at the article, was that at the point in time of Episode I, Jedi Knights have been around for a long time just doing minor tasks as the Sith threat has been extinct for Millennia. it could be said that during this calm time some Jedi opted to figure out more about the mysterious Force that they were able to wield. after many tests and studies they found a SLIGHT connection between the force and these organisms they found...and they found that there was a high count of these in those that have the force and not as much in those that don't use the force.
Over time they focused more on these organisms more than what the Force WAS: a Spiritual essence. That isn't to say they didn't have the means to study the force this way, we had Yoda for that.
Which speaking of Yoda, answer me this: Have you EVER heard Yoda mention or bring up the Midi-cholrions at ALL in any of the prequels? Nope. not a single time. Pretty much like how Obi-Wan eventually never mentioned them in the original trilogy. You want to know a big kicker of what these two had in common? THEY BECAME FORCE GHOSTS. do you see ANY of the other Jedi has ghosts? Of course not because the strain of the Clone wars and the years of studying these organisms strayed them from the path of enlightenment with the force. a Path that was only re-discovered by one other: Qui-Gon Jinn.
Qui-Gon did at first rely on Midi-chlorions but thinking more on the skill of a young boy like anakin and the fact that, to him, his conception was a complete mystery since there was no father, at least according to Shimi Skywalker. We could infer that this is the point where Qui Gon started to realize the force was much more potent than just to be explained like such, that's why he was pretty much outspoken alot by the council, his views were challenged many times as he knew that the force had to be something MORE. Something Vast. Something boundless. Being privy to this idea is why it took a while for him to reach a faint level of the whole Force Ghost spirit to train Obi-Wan these methods after Episode III.
we can counclude that the midi-chlorions realiance led to the downfall of the Jedi. They were too sanitized in their ways and when Order 66 was dropped and many were slain, it was too late.
This is why Luke was a New Hope, as teaching him the ways of the Force as they did in the original trilogy gave Luke the idea that the Force can help turn the tide against a very powerful, very crafty and very DANGEROUS Darth Vader.
Which brings to the Dark Side. The dark Side knew that believing the force was just midi-chlorions was a waste of time as they focused on pushing their limits and attaining power through this force.
"if One is to understand the Great Mystery, one must embrace...a *LARGER* view of the force, not just the narrow dull minded view of the Jedi"
Palpatine said these very words to Anakin, and in many respects he's not far off. The Sith knew that if the galaxy saw their use in the force as some genetic explanation, that'd hinder their reputation....they'd still get whupped by them, but their reputation would have caused more to rally on the side of the Rebels. They knew that they TOO had to wipe the galaxy's view of these organisms so that they could be seen for what they really were: Supernatural, otherworldly, veering close to tapping the powers of a god that can either take away your free mind and will with a swipe of their hand OR crush the life out of them with just a mere second thought.
"The ability to destroy a planet, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."
and that's why Vader would attain the method of a Force Ghost too, knowing the Force was very huge and very intangible to explore but not impossible. why the OTHER Sith haven't followed Vader is explained that they only saw the Force as a tool, just to seek out MORE Power. Again another valid reason why Vader is a badass villain, since he knew the Force was much more than a tool..its an extension of his grip on the galaxy.
After return of the Jedi, armed with the newfound knowledge of the Force, Luke was able to reborn the Jedi ways with the teachings he had from yoda and Kenobi to seek out Force users who had potential NOT through microbe count, but by their sensitivity, the feeling they have with their surroundings and the skills that they perceive to be supernatural, which is why the New Jedi Order succeeded where the old did not.
BUT after looking through the article, they DO explain that Midichlorions AREN'T really the core of the force. they're just indicators. Relying on these counters even sometimes seemed to not work at times, suggesting that ANYONE could manage to reach Force sensitive potential and become a Jedi. Even George Lucas himself, the man that everyone claims "destroyed the mystical aspect of this sci fi space opera by saying its just a medical condition" has stated that
he Considers the Two aspects of the Force separately, treating the midi-chlorions as the practical, biological side, distinct from the spiritual and metaphysical side of the Force.
the mystical force is STILL there people, it has not been lost in all the Special editions or the prequels. Yoda held on to the belief that the Force flows through us all and not only managed to survive but go past the bounds of life and death.
So the next time you watch the star wars films and watch the upcoming long awaited sequel, Know that you have nothing to worry about your wonder and bewilderment of the Force, just because someone has an explanation to it doesn't mean its the clean cut and dry explanation. Sometimes even we fall victim to over exaggerated information on the internet in our galaxy. So enjoy all you Star Wars fanatics and take pride that the Force will soon be Awakened once again in all its true glory in the years to come. may the Force be with you, Always.