overall i actually very much like the story of jacen’s fall and thought it was consistent with the direction his character had been growing.
jacen was always the most philosophical of the skywalker-solos. we see that oh so very clearly in the yuuzhan vong war when that philosophical nature basically paralyzes him to inaction. vergere snaps him out of that with her mantra choose and act, stressing the need to make decisive decisions even when you can’t predict every outcome. but even after that jacen still remains very intellectual. the first thing he does when the war ends is go on his five-year journey to learn about all the different force traditions.
but that starts to become a dangerous combination for him – his increasingly cerebral nature coupled with vergere’s call for decisive action. jacen sees the problem, comes to the intellectual solution, and then acts on it with increasingly little regard for emotion.
which is actually something in particular i love about about jacen’s fall – that it is the exact opposite of anakin’s. anakin falls for passion but jacen’s fall is all intellectual. he is given this vision of a galactic turmoil and a dark man on a golden throne and told the only way he can avoid that fate is to fall. so jacen makes what he thinks is the rational choice. almost anyone else in the family would have looked for a third option but not jacen.
there are a number of things about it i didn’t like but those are more the details than the overall arc.
the prophecy that gets forgotten – nuff said.
i don’t think mara worked as the sacrifice. it needed to be either ben, tenel ka, or allana. now if the authors wanted it to be mara i think they still could have made it work from a jacen convinces himself mara was good enough angle but that’s not actually what they do.
and of course my big peeve – the perversion of vergere’s philosophy and her retcon into a sith. yes jacen absolutely falls at least in part because of vergere’s influence. both the choose and act as i mentioned about and her lesson that the force has no dark side. but the reason vergere’s denial of a dark side of the force gets jacen into so much trouble is because he misinterprets it. jacen starts taking that to mean that there is no such thing as dark side period. which is not at all what vergere said. vergere said the force has no dark side but in the very same breath points out “the only dark side you need fear jacen solo is the one in your own heart”. the force is not divided into light and dark but we are. now again i can accept jacen misinterpreting vergere as part of the reason for his fall. but that’s not what the authors actually did. they retconned vergere into a sith and acted like jacen’s misinterpretation of her philosophy is what she meant all along and no.
tl;dr: i absolutely think jacen’s fall works big picture and is consistent with his character. i would change some of the detailsparticularly the vergere retcon but the overall story works.
there’s a huge fucking plot point at the end of revenge of the sith that people don’t really talk about and grant you the version in the film is very trimmed down but i still don’t understand because it is literally so fucking important.
qui-gon figures out the secret to immortality.
like this is so fucking major. this is what the sith have been after for millennia but for all their holocrons and tomb-haunting spirits and midichlorian-manipulating they never quite get there. you can destroy a sith spirit (exar kun does it) and all the midichlorians in the galaxy couldn’t save plagueis from his apprentice.
but fucking qui-gon does.
because as he tells yoda in the novelization of the scene oneness with the force “comes only by the release of self, not the exaltation of self… through compassion not greed.” the sith in their selfishness cannot get there.
this is such a massively important allegory. it is THE allegory. the only one that fucking matters.
the path to immortality is selflessness. what we do for ourselves can only die with us in the end. but what we do for others lives on after us.
it is literally the most important thing star wars has ever said and no one ever pays attention to it.
Sorry, universe. Monday has been cancelled due to a combination of bright sun, thoughts about Sith (especially Old Republic Sith), blood elves, why Garrosh Hellscream is the reason we can’t have nice things, and Jacen Solo feels.
At some point I need to actually play KOTOR all the way through so I can better articulate why I love Revan
Please, if you’re a rape victim/survivor or if you/your family are affected by the atrocities that happened in WWII and since then, avoid the War Crimes novel until you can have a trusted friend read through it for you and let you know if it’s workable for you.
I’m really nervous about the novel now
this is a legit possibility.
I have a feeling this will be a well-researched book and very well done. By well-done I mean heart-wrenching and hard to read. It’s not going to be light but I am actually fascinated to see how it’s done.
But yeah, I have a very distinct feeling we’re going to need a pretty strong content warning.
i don’t think i’m done with my jedi and sith thoughts oh dear.
you’ve started me having Jedi and Sith thoughts too
you have created a monster, my light-side counterpart.