- The new Star Wars novel explores the Jedi Council’s last mission before the prequel trilogy, revealing their growing isolation and restrictive actions.
- The book follows Qui-Gon Jinn and the Jedi Council’s mission to the planet Kwenn, which becomes dangerous as warring pirate factions unite to assassinate them.
- The Jedi Council’s focus on the present and their failure to look to the future will ultimately lead to their downfall in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
A new Star Wars novel will explore the Jedi Council’s last mission before the prequel trilogy, and set up their greatest mistake. During the years leading up to the events of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the Jedi Order was in a distinct descent from the great and good presence they once were for the galaxy during the High Republic Era. The Jedi Council was completely in charge of the Order’s actions, and were growing more and more restrictive of what the Jedi could and could not do, as they became more isolated on Coruscant, rather than interacting with the people of the galaxy.
Lucasfilm has announced (via Gizmodo) a new novel taking place shortly before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Written by famed author John Jackson Miller (known for 2013’s Kenobi and 2014’s A New Dawn), The Living Force is centered upon the Jedi Council. The book will cover a mission the whole group took a mission to the planet Kwenn that quickly becomes dangerous. Involving Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and more, this novel is set to explore a period we haven’t seen before in canon. Here’s the synopsis:
In the year before The Phantom Menace, Yoda, Mace Windu, and the entire Jedi Council confront a galaxy on the brink of change.
The Jedi have always traveled the stars, defending peace and justice across the galaxy. But, the galaxy is changing, and along with it, the Jedi Order. More and more, the Order finds itself focused on the future of the Republic, secluded on Coruscant, where the twelve members of the Jedi Council weigh crises on a galactic scale.
As yet another Jedi Outpost leftover from the Republic’s golden age is set to be decommissioned on the planet Kwenn, Qui-Gon Jinn challenges the Council about the increasing isolation of the Order. Mace Windu suggests a bold response: all twelve Jedi Masters will embark on a goodwill mission to help the planet, and remind the people of the galaxy that the Jedi remain as stalwart and present as they have been across the ages.
But the arrival of the Jedi leadership is not seen by all as a cause for celebration. Warring pirate factions have infested the sector in the increasing absence of the Jedi. To maintain their dominance, the pirates unite, intent on assassinating the Council. And they are willing to destroy countless innocent lives to secure their power.
Cut off from Coruscant, the Jedi Masters must reckon with an unwelcome truth: that while no one thinks more about the future than the Jedi Council, nobody needs their help more than those living in the present.
The Jedi Council Stopped Looking To The Future – & Missed The Clone Wars
The Jedi Council was in a very difficult place during the waning years of the Republic. They were more receded into the core than ever before, and were confused about what the future held for them and the Republic, amid growing tensions about stagnation and bureaucracy within the Galactic Senate. The Living Force sees Qui-Gon Jinn, a famously maverick Jedi, convince the Council to go to a world they’ve recently stopped providing aid to. Qui-Gon declined an offer to be on the Jedi Council in the past, and has been in conflict with it many times before, which will surely play into this novel.
The synopsis hints that the Jedi Council will learn to be mindful of the Living Force – to live in the present. Ironically, this would become their greatest mistake, because the Jedi did not see the coming galactic conflict. Just ten years later, the Clone Wars would consume the galaxy; the Jedi would fall even further astray from their ideals and standards of the past. John Jackson Miller’s The Living Force promises to build on this. The Jedi are preoccupied, not looking to the future, and are caught in an assassination attempt that may lead them to withdraw even further from the frontier, leading to a complacency that eventually builds to their downfall in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Star Wars: The Living Force releases April 9th, 2024.