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SPECULATION Was Anakin force ghost a Luke's fantasy ?

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Bandini, Aug 31, 2016.

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    When Anakin starts killing Tusken Raiders, Qui-Gon yells "Anakin! Anakin! Noooo!"

    Anakin himself is seemingly too blind with rage to hear it, but (according to the novelization) Yoda hears it and understands its significance.

    In my opinion, Anakin is exactly the same kind of ghost as the others. There have always been discussions about how Anakin was able to do it without training, but the most commonly cited ideas are:
    -Anakin is the chosen one with the highest midichlorian count ever. This may give him special abilities.
    -Anakin sees Obi-Wan disappear and seems surprised. This may have given him a hint that a new technique was available.
    -Anakin may have sensed the presence of the ghosts of Obi-Wan and Yoda.
    -The ghosts of Obi-Wan and Yoda may have helped Anakin become a ghost.
     
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    I thought that was just recycled audio from TPM ("Anakin! Drop!") being overlaid for effect. Interesting take.
    For me, it was adequately addressed with Yoda’s line in ESB: “Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future. The past. Old friends long gone.”

    Remember, Luke hears O.B. at the end of ANH, but he doesn’t actually SEE him until ESB, three years later. Could be it wasn’t possible until HE was capable enough with the Force. That’s more where I’m leaning I think.
     
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    I'm sorry but I don't understand why you are trying to frame this as my interpretation. It was confirmed by Ben Burtt, it is in the novelization, and it is even in the closed captioning. It is canon.

    Now, there is a separate question about whether it is actually Liam saying "Noooo!" which will probably be debated forever, but whether or not it is Liam, there is no question it is Qui-Gon.
     
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    Well, no movie novelizations before TFA are canon and all Ben Burtt is saying is that it’s definitely Qui-Gon’s voice being heard. Not specifically that he’s a ghost trying to communicate with anyone. So, for me, it’s an interesting interpretation that isn't officially confirmed. Either way, it’s pointless since ROTS and TCW both blatantly confirm Qui-Gon was able to preserve himself after death.
     
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    Before hearing the audio commentary and before reading the novelisation, it was clear to me that it was Qui Gon whose voice Yoda was hearing in his meditation. I'm surprised you're questioning it, to be honest.

    I've never thought too much about how and why Anakin becomes one with the Force, other than it was his act of self-sacrifice (similar to the act of letting go of one's attachment to the physical self) that united him with the Force. But comments from George Lucas regarding Obi-wan and Yoda somehow "helping" Anakin cross over contradict that theory.
     
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    I'm not questioning whether it's Qui-Gon's voice being heard, it clearly is. I'm questioning whether it's definitely meant to convey that ghost Qui-Gon is actively reaching out to Yoda in that scene.
     
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    As opposed to...?
     
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    I haven’t watched AOTC all that many times – I’m just not a fan. I remember seeing it in the theater when it came out and hearing Qui-Gon’s voice in that scene. My assumption at the time (and since) was that Yoda was experiencing what Anakin was in that moment, including emotional memories. I figured we were just hearing Liam Neeson’s TPM audio being reused as a memory of Anakin’s that Yoda was overhearing. All I heard was "Anakin!".

    The thought had never occurred to me that this was Qui-Gon as a Force ghost reacting to what Anakin was doing in that scene. I'm not aware of a canon source that confirms this, so that's where I've been looking at it all this time. Make sense? I have no problem with my perception being wrong about this.
     
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    The novelization is a little more vague about it, Luke thinks he sees their images dancing in the flames of the Ewok bonfires but isn't sure if it was real or not. The movie is obviously much more on the nose and I think we're supposed to take it at face value that they're all really Force ghosts. And seeing as Anakin and Obi-Wan look at each other and make eye contact I think we can either assume they're all real or all fake, not that Anakin alone was a figment of his imagination.
     
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    If Qui-Gon did not complete his training, then neither did Yoda and Obi-Wan, considering that he was the one who taught them.



    Why?
     
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    For better or worse, TCW is canon. Qui-Gon pointed Yoda in the right direction, but it was the Force priestesses that taught Yoda about ‘ghost-ification’. Obi-Wan’s journey to do the same isn’t as well documented. I thought maybe Yoda taught him, but when would that have been? Remotely while meditating on different planets?
    Becoming a Force ghost was established to require exhaustive specialized training. It involved a level of self-realization and actualization that Vader most definitely never undertook. Did he just fall into it? Beginner’s luck? No sweat for the ‘chosen one’? If that’s what we’re supposed to believe, then so be it. Otherwise it doesn’t make much sense.
     
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    Time may also move differently once one "passes over". Anakin could have been on the other side for decades learning how to ghostify himself while it was only a matter of moments on this side
     
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