Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.
Well, mostly unsolved mysteries. Some of today's entries have various theories seeking to explain them, others we're completely in the dark about. From A New Hope to The Force Awakens, today we'll examine several of the galaxy's most puzzling questions, and showcase some proposed explanations. Not even a Jedi Master could know all the answers to today's ponderings. Speaking of which..
1. What is Yoda's Species Name?
Here's some quick trivia. What species is Chewbacca? Wookie, you probably knew that. How about Greedo (the green alien thug from Episode 4)? Rodian, yep. Here's a trickier one: Watto, the junk shop owner from The Phantom Menace? Toydarian, color me impressed if you knew that.
But how about the species name of titular character Yoda? Stumped? You should be, because we have no answer. For whatever reasons, George Lucas decided to keep many details of Yoda's race hidden, including the species name. The mystery adds depth to one of Star War's most cherished and wise characters, making it unlikely we'll ever receive an answer.
We do at least have an example of a female member of Yoda's kind. Look carefully at the Jedi Council in Episode 1 to catch glimpses of Jedi Master Yaddle, and of course we've seen what younger versions look like thanks to Grogu in The Mandalorian.
2. What is Darth Sidious's Lightsaber Form?
Casual fans may be unfamiliar with Lightsaber Forms as they're never discussed in the movies. Basically, there are seven main styles of lightsaber fighting, each with its strengths and weaknesses. For example, Anakin uses the brute force of Form 5, Djem So, while Yoda prefers the agility of Form 2, Ataru. We know the Form that just about every lightsaber-wielder harnesses, with a notable exception: Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, whose preferred stance has never been revealed.
To further complicate matters, in Revenge of the Sith, Sidious wields a single crimson blade against Mace Windu and later Yoda. However, other sources (the Clone Wars show and many video games like Galaxy of Heroes) depict Sidious brandishing twin blood-red lightsabers. Due to his apparent skill with various styles, some fans believe he's mastered every Form. I'd have a bad feeling about that.
3. Did Mace Windu/Boba Fett die?
What the Films Show
In Episode 3, Jedi Master Mace Windu had a hand chopped off (thanks, Anakin) and then was blasted out of a window of a skyscraper by Force Lightning (thanks, Sidious). In Episode 6, Boba Fett fell into the dangerous Sarlacc Pitt (thanks, Han). Both characters seemingly perish, but without bodies as evidence, their fates are left unknown.
Did They Die?
If you think it's unlikely that either survived, don't forget Darth Maul was sliced in half (thanks, Obi-Wan), fell several stories, and (as the Clone Wars and Rebels television shows reveal) lived. If Maul can survive losing half his body and a deep plummet, then Mace Windu, one of the most powerful Jedi Masters ever, could plausibly have endured his drop. Boba Fett may also live; in fact, in the Legends timeline, we learn that his armor protected him in the Pitt long enough for fellow Bounty Hunter Dengar to come to his aid.
Update: Boba Fett's around in The Mandalorian, meaning he's confirmed to live in both timelines.
4. How Did Shmi Skywalker Become Pregnant?
In Episode 1, Qui-Gon, with the usual tactlessness of a man, bluntly asks Shmi who Anakin's father was. She cryptically replies that there was no father, and it's something she cannot explain. Not because she doesn't want to; she simply doesn't know.
Considering Anakin's incredible power in the Force, and the fact that the Force creates life, many fans speculate that the Force was somehow involved in the miracle pregnancy. In fact, certain books heavily imply that Palpatine's Sith Master, Darth Plagueis, was responsible. He was a strange blend of scientist and Sith who conducted many experiments attempting to artificially create life. Though we can't be sure, it's likely he used the Force to create the seed that would eventually develop into the Chosen One.
5. What Happened to Ahsoka and Ezra?
Anakin's padawin Ahsoka Tano quickly became a fan-favorite since her debut in The Clone Wars, with many fans fearing she'd ultimately fall during the Jedi Purge. She lives, eventually reappearing to assist the Rebels in, well, Rebels, where we once again think her dead from a duel with Darth Vader.
However, it's revealed she's saved by a time-shifting Ezra, who goes missing at the end of the series, with Ahsoka setting out to find him, and she reappears in The Mandalorian. But where that leaves her and Ezra's ultimate fate is currently unknown. Some fans believe her dead by Rise of Skywalker since her voice talks to Rey, but others think she may live—time will tell.
Bonus: What Happened to Jar Jar?
Ask most Star Wars fans what happened to Jar Jar Binks, and they'd likely respond with "I don't know, but hopefully it was cruel and unusual." Though many despise his character, I admit I'm curious what became of the bumbling Gungan. He (unfortunately) lives through the prequels, and is (fortunately) absent from the original trilogy. Thus far, he's thankfully made no appearances in the newer films. So what became of him?
To be honest, no one knows, but one theory contemplates the idea that Jar Jar is the true villain of the entire series. Ridiculous, right? Well, there's actually some surprising evidence. I'm far from convinced, but it's an interesting read if nothing else. Check it out here for yet another reason to hate Jar Jar.
Star Wars Species Quiz
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- The species name of Jabba?
- The species name of Jedi Ki-Adi Mundi?
- The species name of Darth Maul?
Interpreting Your Score
If you got 0 correct answers: Dreadful. You've ashamed your ancestors.
If you got 1 correct answer: Yikes, a Rancor might do better than you.
If you got 2 correct answers: Well done, the Force is strong with you.
If you got 3 correct answers: Perfect, I'm impressed!
Today we've glanced at many secrets from the Star Wars Universe, but as Count Dooku would say, this is just the beginning. With several movies, books, shows, and games, not to mention two separate timelines, the galaxy far far away continuously expands, giving us bantha herders more mysteries to ponder.
© 2016 Jeremy Gill
unnamed on August 17, 2020:
Qui Gon said Anakin was conceived by the midi chlorians, who communicate the forces will, therefore Anakins conception was a result of the will of the force being channeled, not by a force user, but by Shmis midi chlorians. So no one created Anakin by using the force, but the force itself created Anakin through Shmi, not Palpatine or Plagueis. Saying a man created Anakin through the force is speculation.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on August 16, 2020:
True, we know the Force is involved in Anakin's creation, but some of the specifics are hazy, especially with multiple timelines and differing sources. Some pin it on Palpatine, others Plagueis, and still others imply it was the Force itself striking back at the Sith's twisted experiments on immortality.
unnamed on August 16, 2020:
#4 is the obviously because of the force, he was created by the force. The prophecy said so.