Master Yoda is certainly the wisest and most powerful Jedi in the entire Star Wars universe. His great age and his position in the Jedi Council are proof of this, as are his combat skills and his political decisions in order to maintain the Jedi Order. However, by carefully analyzing the films that make up the Star Wars prelogy, we notice thathe makes mistakes, some of which have serious consequences for subsequent events. A shame when he has the ability to see the future. Here are the 5 times Master Yoda got it completely wrong.
#5 THE MISTAKE OF SENDING OBI-WAN KENOBI TO MUSTAFAR
This is the mythical fight of the prelogy and one of the most important in the entire Star Wars universe. The one between Obi-Wan Kenobi and an Anakin Skywalker who switched to the other side of the Force on Mustafar in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. A fight that opposes the former student to his mentor.
This mission entrusted to Obi-Wan was very risky, this because of the emotional bond that binds the 2 protagonists. Still, Yoda didn’t stop the Jedi Knight from confronting his former padawan. The result, we know, Anakin survives, later becomes the Sith lord we know, and rules the Empire with an iron fist in the trilogy. Should Yoda have moved in person?
#4 YODA FIRST REFUSED TO TRAIN ANAKIN, THEN CHANGED HIS MIND
Certainly the most expensive decision change. The one who created the most famous antagonist of the distant galaxy, but who allowed to unwind the red thread of the erroneous prophecy. We’re of course talking about the acceptance of Anakin’s training conducted by Obi-Wan by the Jedi Council. Initially, when Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan take young Anakin to Coruscant to present him for training, Yoda and the council refuse, the native of Tatooine is put on trial “too old” to follow the Jedi teachings, and Yoda already detects in him a form of fear, an emotion contradictory to the Jedi code and more affiliated with the dark side of the Force. But Yoda and the council eventually agree and decide to posthumously honor Qui-Gon’s request. Anakin, who was to be trained by Qui-Gon, therefore becomes Obi-Wan Kenobi’s apprentice.
#3 ANAKIN’S VISIONS MINIMIZED
In Revenge of the Sithas Anakin grows increasingly doubtful and plagued by visions revealing Padmé’s death, he confides in Yoda about “those premonitions”. The latter replies that he must “to give up everything he fears to lose” et “not to regret those who join the force”, in other words, the death of his relatives. A Jedi principle that fights emotions, but which, in this specific case, sows confusion and fear in Anakin. Although Yoda’s words are wise and full of philosophy, they won’t have the impact needed to ward off the Jedi from the dark side. Should he have dug deeper into Anakin’s psyche?
#2 YODA IGNORED THIS VISION ON ORDER 66 TO COME
On several occasions, Yoda seems to dismiss certain visions given to him by the Force that are indicative of the danger to come. In “Sharing the Same Face”, one of the eleven stories in the collection The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Darkand which adapts the episode “Ambush” from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Yoda received a vision of the premise of Order 66. In the episode, he receives a disturbing vision, after finding the doings of the strange clones on the planet Rugosa: that of a clone wearing a helmet with glowing crimson reflections. And with him was another presence, which looked like “a vast storm in the Force, full of malice and greed.”. This clone in question, present in the episode alongside Yoda is Thire, the same clone that sought out Yoda after his duel with Palpatine In Revenge of the Sith, and who then escorted Palpatine to Mustafar after the duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan. Thus, Yoda sees a vision of his own future after Darth Sidious proclaims himself Emperor. However, Yoda believed that predicting the future was dangerous. He was always wary of such premonitions and believed that many Jedi had been misled trying to prevent them.
#1 YODA DIDN’T REALIZE EARLIER PALPATINE WAS A SITH LORD
Considering Palpatine’s bizarre actions throughout the prequel, Yoda could have detected his fatal objectives earlier : Enlist Anakin Slywalker on the dark side of the Force and take over the full powers of the Senate in order to create the Empire. Thanks to multiple conflicts that he orchestrates behind the scenes, Palpatine notably grants himself full powers in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. A situation that worries the Jedi council, the latter then agrees that it will be necessary to be wary of the Senate as well as Chancellor Palpatine in episode 3 to follow. Moreover, in the last opus of the prelogy, the chancellor continues his advance and his strange decision-making in the senate, in addition to unreasoning Anakin Skywalker. One then wonders why Yoda and the Jedi did not act sooner.
However, this theory has its limits. It is stipulated that instability and change weaken the balance of the Force, and therefore the Jedi. Darth Sidious seemed to know it perfectly, and used this political disorder to shake his enemies, generating in them suffering, a destructive emotion in a Jedi. Yoda himself evoked it in The Phantom Menace to Anakin, then still innocent: “Fear is the path to the dark side: fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate…leads to pain.”
Obviously, all the examples mentioned above are subject to debate. Many points of view exist concerning the errors (or not) spotted in the films of postology. And it is also partly what keeps the community of the distant galaxy alive, years after the release of the 3 opuses.
To go further, do not hesitate to read these 2 articles on these 2 other errors of Yoda, here and there.
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