The “Feeling” Theory of Democratized Force in Star Wars

Most people familiar with Star Wars knows how many times “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” is said.

This video demonstrates it nicely.

My thought yesterday was that maybe it’s not just a cute one liner. Maybe there’s something more to it.

When Luke is about to use his targeting computer in the trench run in A New Hope, Obi Wan’s voice tells him, “trust your feelings” (here’s a copy of the script of A New Hope**). In Empire, Darth Vader tells Luke to “search” his feelings to see that he is Anakin’s true son. In the same film, Yoda tells Luke to “feel the force”.

It seems to me that all the instances of “I have a bad feeling about this” are experiences of the Force manifesting themselves in people who do and do not have strong Force powers. Usually, when someone says this, they are on to something. Leia says it in the asteroid worm monster’s gut. Han says it in the trash compactor. It could be an accident of scripting, but I am of the opinion that it’s the force being worked into every situation (“it surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”).

Deep, right? Probably not, but it was worth writing down, if just to watch some Star Wars clips to verify it.

** I was watching a clip of the trench run and noticed that the remastered version of it has Obi Wan saying “Trust ME”, instead of “Trust your feelings”. George Lucas has lost his fucking mind.


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