Droids Should Be Jedi, Too

Star Wars Visions Gave Us a Vision of the Jedi Droid We Want

Until “To-B1,” that is. The droid (an homage to the beloved and iconic Japanese robot hero Astro Boy) wants to become a Jedi, and his creator Mitaka leads him to believe a kyber crystal is located somewhere on their planet, the essential part of a lightsaber creates its blade. Eventually, T0-B1 discovers it inside himself, uses the Force to telekinetically assemble his lightsaber, is sensed by a Sith Inquisitor, receives a knighting from the Force ghost of Mitaka, and defeats the Inquisitor in an incredibly animated duel.

There is something so authentically, inherently Star Wars about the idea of a droid transcending itself to form a connection with a Force that it needs to become part of the canon. The Jedi, the Rebellion, and the New Republic have been symbolized by their inclusiveness, while evil has not. R2-D2, C-3PO, BB-8, Rogue One’s K-2SO, and especially L3-37 are proof that whether or not they have blood coursing through their veins, they’re as fully realized as the organic characters that they care about, and care about them. Star Wars droids can learn and evolve and develop relationships just like flesh-and-blood sentient beings. They’re alive—inorganic—but alive. Why shouldn’t they also be able to connect with the living Force?

There’s only one real reason, and it’s a bad one: midichlorians. If midichlorians are the true measure of a person’s connection to the Force, and the Force isn’t mystical but just about the quantity of a certain germ flowing through their veins, then droids can’t be Jedi. But midichlorians, while technically canon, are part of the canon that desperately need to be retconned, and Lucasfilm knows it. The Disney era of movies has covertly shoved everything in the prequel trilogy under the rug, while the entire modern franchise has focused on the Force as being much more than just about Jedi and Sith—it’s a spirituality that means different things to different people, societies, and planets.

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What would be a better way to officially and permanently retcon this long, long derided bit of lore than with the first droid Jedi?


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