Given that it is Saturday night, let’s set aside any more serious discussions and ponder the idiocy that is the political machinations of the Jedi Knights.
As I mentioned at my place earlier today, my two oldest boys are sick and so we took advantage of Cinemax’s Star Wars marathon. Hence, I have had my memory of Episodes I-III refreshed today. All it did was remind me how poorly plotted and poorly written those episodes were.
Here are Some general observations about the stupidity of the Jedi Knights, all of which makes you wonder how in the world that they were able to keep peace in justice in the Old Republic for as long as they did.
So, you are trying to hide he who might be the only hope for the return of Jedi Knights and you let him keep his actual last name and hide him on the planet of his father’s birth with his father’s step-brother?
Yep, that there is strategery.
Of course, Obi-wan isn’t exactly a genius in hiding his own bad self: he wears the same clothes that he did back when he was training Anakin and he adopts the clever alias of “Ben” Kenobi. Certainly that will help keep the Sith confused.
While they did think to change Leia’s last name, was it the smartest move to hide her in the home of a Senator? And what was Bail Organa thinking, letting her become a Senator herself so that she can cavort with Vader himself?
Of course, the Jedi were the guys who took possession of and used an army of clone warriors whose origins were questionable.
Mace Windu was a real brainiac as well. Faced with evidence that Palpatine is a Sith Lord he chooses to confront him by himself. Yup, that’s smart. (Correction: he did take, as has been pointed out, a couple of Jedi with him. Still, I question the wisdom of the move–dealing with a Sith Lord has “Powell Doctrine” written all over it).
Yoda doesn’t comport himself too well either. With the fate of the Republic hanging in the balance he decides to go into exile and allow the Sith to take control after he almost beat Sidious? Brilliant.
Why not muster his forces and take out the Sith before they can take over?
Of course, the honest to gosh truth is that much of the setup in the episodes I-III makes little sense.
The Sith themselves aren’t all that impressive: they never figure out who Leia is until Luke let’s it slight in Jedi. And Vader seems remarkably nonchalant about the fact that Leia dumps the droids on the planet of his birth.