No midi-chlorians in Star Wars: The Force Awakens says J.J. Abrams


For those who found the second Star Wars trilogy unbearable, we have good news. In an interview with MTV News, director J.J. Abrams says no one will even mention midi-chlorians in the film. This is a good thing, any distance Abrams can provide between Episode 7 and Episode 1 means this film is on the right track.

For those who have a mental block for the prequel films, midi-chlorians were introduced in 1999’s episode 1 – “The Phantom Menace.” Supposedly they were an intelligent microscopic organism that co-existed with its host giving them access to the Force. So all you needed was a blood test to determine your midi-cholorian count and your aptitude in the Force.

Even though a test for whether you were a Force adept wasn’t original to the movie, fans didn’t like the idea of midi-chlorians because they felt it detracted from the mystery of The Force by making it a biological thing. They saw it as an attempt by George Lucas to rewrite the Star Wars universe, like Han not shooting Greedo first.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters December 18th. So we will know if Abrams is able to erase the bad taste left by the prequel trilogy in just 136 days.

(H/T LA Times)

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