Hated Prequel Plot-line Gets No Action in Upcoming Sequel
Towards the middle of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tells Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) that midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that live inside all of us. When a person possesses a great number of midi-chlorians, they can communicate with The Force. Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan that these organisms “speak to us, telling us the will of The Force,” and that they are also an indicator of a potential Jedi recruit. Young Anakin Skywalker’s midi-chlorian count was the highest ever recorded.
Many fans were upset about this “explanation” for The Force and its connection to the Jedi warriors, but George Lucas stayed from mentioning midi-chlorians in the subsequent prequels.
Now we know that there will be no talk of these organisms in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so midi-chlorian haters can rest easy.
Last week, J.J. Abrams hit the red carpet premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which he produced, where the filmmaker revealed an interesting tidbit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As part of a series of “yes or no” question, the filmmaker was asked by MTV if the controversial “midi-chlorians,” first mentioned in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, were brought up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director simply said, “No.”