The Jedi in Yoda’s vision of a world at peace say so much about who he is.
I plan on
yellingabout Yoda’s visions in the immortality arc in the future, but for now please consider this.
Okay, getting this quick remark out of the way: it’s Katooni (the little Tholothian girl) who guides Yoda there. Children are a symbol of innocence, and what’s interesting is that Yoda takes her hand without hesitation after seeing all of the Jedi dead (and specifically Mace, Petro and Ahsoka). Throughout this scene here Yoda is the one asking questions and Katooni is the one answering - she speaks slowly and patiently, almost as if she’s talking to a youngling. –> The embodiment of wisdom manifested to Yoda (in a vision meant to tempt him through his dearest wishes) is a child. Talk about humility.
Now please pay attention to the Jedi in the background.
Here, the three Jedi right in the center of the set are Mace, Ahsoka and Petro - the exact three Jedi Yoda just saw dead and cried over (boy, s6 is so much fun, isn’t it?). So a significant part of Yoda’s deepest dreams is seeing other Jedi safe. He knows how to let go - that’s what this whole scene is about - but he still very much yearns for his fellow Jedi’s safety and happiness.
Onto the even sadder part: have you noticed what’s going on here? Younglings are playing around, and the older Jedi are all talking. Quinlan with Saesee Tiin, Tera Sinube with Gungi, Anakin with Aayla Secura, and Mace with Ahsoka. And not just talking, look at the gif above! Mace is openly laughing at whatever Ahsoka said.
And Ahsoka looks at him like this. (Again, this is right after Yoda’s vision of her dying, desperately asking how the Council could expel her.)
One of Yoda’s greatest hopes is seeing Ahsoka happy with her fellow Jedi, at ease with the embodiment of authority that is Mace.
Yoda loves Mace - he’s the first person he reaches for in the vision of the devastated Temple - and he loves Ahsoka, and part of his greatest temptation? Is to see the rift between the lost child of the Order and its Head healed.
Same thing with Quinlan - the known loose cannon - and Saesee - another Council member. And Tera Sinube is an elder Jedi, talking to a youngling. And Aayla is “just” a Knight, almost a random one, and Anakin is chatting with her.
This follows a pattern: the rogue and the conventional, the very old and the very young, the common and the extraordinary - each pair shows opposites enjoying each other’s company, differences embraced.
(Anakin talking to Aayla instead of sticking to Obi-Wan’s side like he does in the real world is especially interesting - he’s part of the community here, not ostracizing himself like he tends to do. Again, for this to be part of Yoda’s great temptation says so much about how caring he is. He wants Anakin to belong, more than anything.)
And finally, we get this:
(I couldn’t make this part into a gif because of technical reasons, so enjoy the beautiful family picture.)
Once again we find that central theme of healing and wholeness. This part is what convinces Yoda to briefly let go of his (well-founded) doubts and to embrace the vision. It’s his biggest, greatest, deepest desire. The one that could have made him abandon reality itself to stay in this idyllic dream. It’s his unbroken lineage, happy, in the light.
Yoda just wanted them all to be a family. Obi-Wan clearly adores Dooku in this scene (check it out, his awestruck look is amazing), their body language is incredibly warm and open, and they are completely at ease with each other and delighted to be sharing stories. It just screams domestic life.
And that’s it, that’s all Yoda ever wanted. For the young and the old to be content together, a community bathed in light, the gardens filled with the sound of windchimes and the laughter of children. He just wanted to have his family alive and safe and smiling.
when I tell you that literally any prequel-era lightsaber wielder could easily defeat kylo ren in combat, I mean it. Anakin would absolutely wipe the floor with him (naturally). Ahsoka and Obiwan can also do it, of course. Maul lost basically every fight and he’s still got better training than kyle. Asajj dropped out of sith school and I honestly don’t remember her winning a single fight, but I bet she could take Kylo Ren. Dooku would murder him. Anyone on the Council can knock him out.
I suppose one thing that has affected how I see Star Wars is that I always associated what happened to the Jedi in ROTS with the word genocide. It didn’t take effort. I never had to be convinced that that’s what it was. I just remember being a kid, watching the Jedi being killed, and thinking “this is genocide”.
Coming from that, it’s weird to me how a lot of the fandom just refuses to use that word. Like, people go out of their way to avoid using the word genocide. The word I’ve mostly commonly heard associated with it is ‘balance’. More specifically, the phrase “Anakin killing the Jedi meant that there were 2 Jedi and 2 Sith, which meant that there was balance”. Setting aside how there is literally no support for that idea in the narrative, why connect the word balance with genocide?
You know, it was “Return of the Jedi”, not “Return of the Jedi but only for a hot second” and thats why I think the sequels fail to realistically exist within the universe. No I will not explain further.
Everyone knows that the start of A New Hope perfectly symbolizes the fruitless struggle of the Rebellion in the face of the overwhelming might of the Empire, as the tiny Rebel Blockade Runner streaks by in a second, only to be followed by the seemingly-endless, dominating bulk of the Imperial Star Destroyer. It’s fantastic, and talked about in all the film classes.
Yet in The Phantom Menace, the film starts with a Republic ambassador cruiser–a vessel representing the galaxy’s current ruling force, bearing two of the most powerful beings in the cosmos–flying toward the Trade Federation fleet…and being swallowed up by the monstrous bulk of one Trade Federation ship.
The symbolism’s deeper there. People just didn’t catch it because they were complaining about the film being for kids.