Hello everyone and welcome to Monday Star Wars talk. Once again, I would like to continue listing my favorite characters. Today, I present Yoda, the Grandmaster of the Jedi Order.
Yoda is awesome. He comes off as crazy when we first meet him in the movies. He harasses Luke and R2, and not even the audience is aware that the little guy is one of the most powerful Jedi who ever lived. He is a master swordsman as well as a fantastic teacher. He’s is both wise and understanding. Yoda shows us a lot throughout the movies, teaching us that size matters not among other lessons. He is also wholly devoted to the light side and the Jedi principles, sometimes to a fault. But he is a staunch defender of the republic, and someone who fights for what he believes in completely.
I think Yoda speaks to me mostly because he learns from his failures. He’s not afraid to fail, and he understands that failure is necessary when learning and when teaching. Sure, he’s also funny to listen to. And, I won’t lie, the first time I saw him whip out his lightsaber and take on Count Dooku is something I’ll never forget. But Yoda’s impact on the saga, other than being Luke’s greatest teacher, is profound. He trained countless Jedi, and despite some of them falling, always believed in the light side. He also is responsible for arguably the greatest use of the Force in the original trilogy, when he raised Luke’s X-Wing from the swamp. It’s a powerful moment that resonates with the audience all this time later. That is Yoda.
That will do it for this week. Coming up, I will probably begin discussing which characters I don’t like. That’s a list that should be fun. Haha. Until next time….