Thursday, June 23, 2011
To Train or Not to Train...
When I first began to consider whether or not Leia would train as a Jedi, I thought that she most probably would not. But then, like most everything else - other than the fact that Han and Leia end up together - I changed my mind.
Now, I don't exactly align with the pro-fic/EU timing of her training (go figure, I don't agree with the EU!), who don't have her training until her kids are full-grown, I think she would have trained much earlier. In fact, I think her decision to have children would've gone hand-in-hand with her decision to train. I think that if she decided to raise little Jedi than she would want to know how to utilize and educate them on the Force.
In thinking about it further, I think that Leia would be apprehensive to remain ignorant of the powers that she possessed through her heritage. The fear that someone could manipulate her, knowing that she was Vader's untrained offspring, would weigh heavily on her decision as well. It would be dangerous for her not to learn how to control her powers.
So with all of that being said, I think Leia would make a kick-ass Jedi. I certainly don't think that it would become her "thing", her entire life or anything - like it is for Luke. But I think she would be a quick study and, IMO, would be more powerful than Luke in many ways. And I actually really enjoyed reading about Leia's Jedi training in the EU when it finally happened (don't ask me what book it was in - but I'm sure Zyra can tell you. I think it was in the bug trilogy.).
Unfortunately, in the EU after she is knighted some books seem to completely forget that she even has a lightsaber, but it's the EU - so my expectations aren't really high anyway for any kind of sense or continuity. But when they do talk about her being a Jedi and there are some decisions she has to make whether or not to go and do what she wants or listen to the Order, usually her and Han go off and do what they want. I can believe that.
Now what her and Han want to do is usually in alignment with what is best for the Jedi Order and the New Republic, it's just that they want to handle things on their own terms and have their own ideas. I think that would definitely be the case. And of course, their ideas are way cooler than what everybody else wants to do. :-)
So, I guess that's it. Like the title of the post says: To train or not to train? Does anyone else have an opinion on this?