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What is Yoda?

Last week the trailer for Mandalorian Season 2 dropped. The season, as they are leading us to believe, will center around Mando’s quest to return the Child to its homeworld. Of course this sets up the season to take us around the whole galaxy seeing new places and meeting new characters. But a central plot element is that no one knows where the Child comes from and even what species it is.

The prequel trilogy gave us an expanded look into the character, but his background still was given no explanation. Since Yoda was first seen there have only been a few sightings of his species, all of which are force sensitive:

Yoda

Yoda was a powerful Jedi Master who served on the Jedi Council before the rise of the Empire. A notable apprentice of Yoda was Count Dooku who fell to the dark side and became the public leader of the separatist movement during the Clone Wars. After Palpatine revealed himself to be a Sith Lord and became Emperor Yoda fled to Dagobah and lived in isolation. He eventually would train Luke Skywalker before passing away after living almost 1000 years.

Yaddle

Yaddle was also a member of the Jedi High Council in the years before the rise of the empire. She was considerably younger than Yoda, and was seen on the council during the Phantom Menace. Her fate was not shown on screen when order 66 was executed and it is unclear if she escaped.

Vandar Tokare

Vandaar was also a Jedi Master who served on the Council (I’m seeing a theme with this species). But he was not shown in the films. Rather, this character is seen in the Knights of the Old Republic video game which is set thousands of years before the Skywalker Saga. Vandar would eventually perish at the hands of Darth Nihilus

The Child

The most recent of the species to be introduced (And the catalyst for this article) Is the Child. An infant who still possesses a great deal of force sensitivity and ability. The Child was captured by the Mandalorian bounty hunter before being protected from the empire by him. His origin is unknown and only time will tell if this child can be the reason we learn more about this mysterious species

When George Lucas envisioned the character of Yoda he purposefully left in a large amount of mystery. We’re not told where Yoda comes from or what his people are like. He simply exists in the story, helps the hero, and then passes on. It will be interesting to see if Disney will finally pull back the curtain on this species or if the Mandalorian will not give us the satisfaction of learning more.

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Why Jacen Solo?

Cover art for Heirs of the Force
Heirs of the Force Cover Art featuring Jacen Solo on the right

This site was first created in 2005. Long before Disney bought out Lucasfilm and the Expanded Universe materials were relegated to a “Legends” status. At that time I enjoyed the Young Jedi Knight book series from Kevin J. Anderson. This series explored the adventures of a new class of Jedi being trained on Yavin IV by Luke Skywalker.

Two of those pupils were the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Jaina and Jacen Solo. When I finally decided to create a website (In part to mess around with a server, in part to have a Star Wars fansite) the first name that popped into my head was JacenSolo.com

After fifteen years it just seems like a lot of work to change things around.

Sadly after Disney took over and the EU was turned into legends Jacen Solo was one of the elements that they decided not to carry into the new canon. Though an argument could be made that in many respects Kylo Ren is a thematic successor to the character of Jacen Solo.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….

Those words first hit cinema screens in 1977. Since then a massive franchise has been created using virtually every form of media. When this site was first created Star Wars had reached the end of the George Lucas era. This domain was registered just a few months after the release of Episode III.

Since that point there were always rumors of another trilogy. But it never amounted to much. Eventually Lucas would sell to Disney and new life would be breathed into the intellectual property. (It is worth noting that during this time David Filoni was doing some incredible things with the Clone Wars series).

I would land in the camp of those who was disappointed with the end of the Skywalker Saga. Episodes VII-IX seemed to lack overall vision, at times they pandered to the fanbase in a distracting way. And they failed to add a meaningful contribution to the arc and narrative that George Lucas had constructed.

This site is just for fun. Nothing I say is to be taken super seriously. And the avid devotion to a fictional series is mostly tongue-in-cheek. (I am a fan of Star Wars, but I understand that they are just movies)