Star Wars: The Last Jedi was one of the most divisive movies to come out in the past few years. A lot of that had to do with director Rian Johnson exploring new ideas, particularly expanding on the Force.
Note: Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers ahead
The floating Leia scene and Luke’s astral projection in particular were scenes fans pointed to. Johnson has taken a beating from fans for this, but he just responded to all the haters, trolls and negativity in one epic Twitter thread and it is priceless.
Johnson has been explicit about the root for his ideas being sanctioned Star Wars sources. It wasn’t something he just came up with on the fly. Among the resources he used were a few books, including the Book of the Sith and The Jedi Path. In The Jedi Path, there happens to be a very direct explanation of a Jedi’s ability to astral project.
In the six-Tweet scene Johnson sets up, he starts with a side-eye emoji, followed by an image of a library before he pans into a text that talks about Luke’s ability to create a Force phantom.
Here’s the text he was referring to:
Doppelganger, or Similfuturus, permits a Jedi to create a short-lived duplicate of himself or herself or an external object that is visually indistinguishable from the real item. Those who have perfected this ability can create phantoms of any person of their choosing or trick an enemy into seeing more objects, such as droids, than are actually present.
It feels like now would be a perfect place to put a funny GIF, but Johnson even did that for us. He completed his thread with the Homer disappearing into a bush GIF to end his thorough roasting of the haters. We’ve included Johnson’s entire thread down below.
Unlike past Star War movies, Johnson did expand on the lore beyond what we’ve seen in movies. That ended up angering fans, but as you can clearly see, it is something that is possible for Jedi.
Rian Johnson isn’t returning to direct Episode IX, so we’ll likely see a more straightforward approach to the Force. But just remember that The Last Jedi’s Force exploration ideas led to Johnson’s epic Twitter response, side-eye emoji and all.
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