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)