Max explores the progression of genetic experimentation in the galaxy far, far away…
Last week on The Mandalorian, we saw the big bad, Moff Gideon embarking on an evil scheme that many older Star Wars fans will recognize from Legends. Using science to artificially give sentient beings the powers of the Force. Now Legends is full of this. There are even Force-sensitive droids! Canon has generally steered away from this and there is an unwritten rule that you can’t clone Jedi or make someone a Jedi with a blood transfusion. General Grievous received a blood transfusion from the deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas but did not gain a connection to the Force.
The reason I mention blood is simple. Very unpopularly, the Star Wars Prequels introduced the concept of midi-chlorine; microscopic life forms that reside in all living things and a higher accumulation of which can grant you the ability to use the Force. The Mandalorian is reviving the old belief that blood transfusions of sentients with high midi-chlorian counts, can imbue others with the Force. Jon Favreau though does his homework and the Imperial scientist mentions in a message to Gideon that the specimens are rejecting the blood. That makes me happy as I always felt that the Force is not microscopic life forms; instead, something that cannot be explained by science. Yet I think it’s neat that this is what scientists are wondering about.
It makes sense to want to do this as the Force has been proven to be an accessible energy field one can wield to accomplish amazing feats. It would seem this is the most logical path that science could take at this point of development in the Star Wars world. Most science being conducted in Star Wars is probably purely observational but there are still a few fields that need to be stretched a bit more.
Now, I have a sneaking suspicion that Gideon’s experiments will prove successful and he will create Force wielding Stormtroopers. While it might be contradictory to what the Force is about, it also shows that anything is possible in science and the Force is science and science is the Force.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he shares his love of the Force frequently!
Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!