Chronicles of ONS Gaming:
Question: Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?
Jon: It’s hands down Qui-Gon Jinn
There aren’t too many things to like about The Phantom Menace (or the Prequels for that matter), but Qui-Gon Jinn was one of them. He is, bar none, the only sensible jedi until Luke Skywalker changes every thing about the Jedi Order after Episode VI. He has the most depth as a character with the exception of Emperor Palpatine. In the films, you aren’t told a whole lot about Qui-Gon Jinn. All you’re really told is that he’s a wise, yet unconventional (some might even call him rogue) jedi that should be on the council and that he’s Obi-Wan’s master. Then of course, you know, he dies. And later on he’s mentioned to have been one of Dooku’s students, and in Episode III, that he’s found eternal life within the Force. Not really all that interesting, is it?
But forget all of that for one moment. In the grand scheme of things. Qui-Gon Jinn is one of the series’ most important characters. Sure, he was the best in his class and Dooku took him as a padawan because of his immense potential, but what else is there? Well, he’s really one of the only Jedi who ever seems to have any sort of emotions. You’re taught to suppress them, yet before taking Obi-Wan he waited for years because he was in grief over his first (and only) apprentice.
He fell in love, which you weren’t supposed to do, and almost went to the dark side. There are so many parallels between him, Anakin and Obi-Wan it’s almost scary. And let me tell you, Obi-Wan is a massive bitch through the JA novels. Must be how he dealt with Anakin all those years.
Eventually he discovers Anakin and this sets in motion the beginning of the prequel trilogy. But his ideas (about allowing a Jedi to love, and that your emotions could be used in a way in correspondence with the “Light Side” teaching) were eventually implemented into Luke Skywalker’s New Jedi Order. It’s a shame Qui-Gon Jinn didn’t live past the first film, but his presence would have definitely ruined the character development of Obi-Wan.
I think if you read through his past and see everything he’s accomplished, I’m sure you’d be inclined to agree to put Qui-Gon Jinn in your top three.
That said, I guess nothing will ever be as fun (and teeth grating) as remembering Jedi Power Battles with my best bud B.T on the Playstation and those jumping parts. Good news is, I have the Dreamcast version now that is actually beatable. So you know… for you guys… maybe there’s an idea. 😉
Tirc: Luke Skywalker?
When posed with this question I actually had a much harder time answering than I thought I would. When I really think about it I don’t have a character that I love hands down as most people who love the series. For me my favorite entity within Star Wars is easily the Jedi Order. Everything about it is compelling to me. A group of diverse humanoids who stand for good and moral ideals for an entire universe. And light sabers are amazing… Light sabers.
I picked Luke out because I enjoy the trope of seemingly normal person yet within lies a level of power that is untapped and has to go through a personal transformation to realize their potential. It’s the easiest thing to relate to being normal and not a force user myself… So it’s more of the foundation of what Luke is I suppose, but I’ll stick with that answer.
B.T: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, now that is a name I haven’t heard in a long time. While many people have heard he died, he isn’t dead. He’s me. Obi-Wan is my favorite character of the Star Wars series bar none. And his character is one of the only bright sides to the prequel trilogy as his character in those movies are very similar to the extended universe prequel version of his character and it flows into the wise old man we all know and enjoy in the original trilogy. In the originals he is the mentor who has seen enough and is wise enough to share and guide Luke even making a great sacrifice to better guide Luke. For if Luke had fallen in the originals there is little doubt the universe would have remained in the gripe of the Dark Side. In the prequels we see Obi-Wan still arrogant and cocky, yet more mature than in the Jedi Apprentice series.
As the series goes on you see Obi-Wan truly learned from his mistakes. He was once cocky and considered the best swordsmen of his class but he had issues with being arrogant and boastful and was often over reliant on the Dogma of the Jedi. Qui-Gon taught him to be more mindful and in the now and open to emotion. While he listened to his Master he didn’t take it to heart until after the prequels. As the prequels continued on Obi-Wan became more patient and more mindful was still very inexperienced in helping others with emotional issues due to conflict with Dogma and self that Qui-Gon nurtured. It wouldn’t be until the years he spends in the deserts of Tatooine that Obi-Wan would finally truly take in the lessons of all that happened during the Clone Wars. Ultimately it shows why he does what he does, that he learned his limits and humility among other things. Darth Vader was his ultimate failure. Luke Skywalker was his greatest success, which is fitting.
Noodle: Anakin Skywaker & Leia Organa.
I like both Anakin and Leia because of their stories and their arc as characters you can empathize and understand them even if you don’t agree with them. Let’s be honest Leia is a sexy and strong princess and that is great. She is a rebel but she’s a rebel not because she wants to be different or because down with the man but rather because she wants freedom and harmony. As for Anakin his tale is sad but he indeed was the one who brought balance to the force though it took years for the balance to come to fruition.
Kamoe: General Grevious
I really like General Grievous. Even though he didn’t make a lengthy appearance in the films, he’s one of those characters that just stuck with me. He’s an imposing figure, he killed many Jedi, taken their sabres as trophies, and he knows how to use them as taught by a Sith lord. How can you not find that badass? Sucks that he died in such an unorthodox manner.
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