May 21, 2005

Is the Dark Side Just Cooler?

I just came back from seeing the new Star Wars, which was actually pretty cool. I still think allowing Anakin and Padme to talk was a big mistake. I honestly don't think I've ever heard worse dialogue in my life. That being said, I was left with one question after seeing it: why can the Sith shoot those cool lightning beams out of their hands and the Jedi can't? The philisophical implications alone make the question worth answering. What, evil gets all the powers of good plus can shoot nifty lightning bolts out of their hands? I searched online to try and find an answer, but was left empty-handed. Are there any Star Wars buffs out there in cyberspace that have an explanation?


  1. I don't think he did it in the last one, he could block them though...

  2. Anonymous1:00 AM

    It's against the Jedi religion to use the Force for destruction. Therefore, you have the big Jedi powers being "Absorb/Dissipate Energy" (the one that Yoda used to absorb the lightning and toss it back) as well as a few shields and the telekinetic Force push. The Jedi order is opposed to chaos and destruction, while the Sith see those elements as tenets of their power. As such, they use Force lightning, generate Force storms and vortexes, and use the telekinetic abilities not only to move/push things, but to choke their enemies. Sith have no control, and the result of that are these super-powerful tricks that often go beyond their control (like the lightning that scars Palpatine) while Jedi are more controlled and therefore do not access the more impressive moves.