Star Wars Rebels executive producer, Dave Filoni, recently discussed the Star Wars prequel films and why they’re important to the overall franchise and, specifically to the “balance” of the Force that has been alluded to again and again.
“I think it works into what the struggle is. You want to achieve this balance or you want to become … I think it’s a natural part of it, and really the introduction of this idea of balance comes from the prequels. That’s where the prophecy of the chosen one and ‘the one who will bring balance,’ as quoted by Mace Windu, really comes from. So, I find that very interesting because the prequels add a tremendous amount of depth to all these things, especially ways of the Force. The people, I don’t think realize that that’s where it comes from, but it’s not something that’s natural to the original trilogy. It’s something that stems from the prequels, which added a tremendous amount to what we know about Star Wars.”
Not many people are quick to praise the Star Wars prequels. Instead, they’ve received a lot of criticism from fans and are probably the least liked films in George Lucas’ sci-fi world. But Filoni acknowledges that, when it comes to the Force, the prequels have a lot of depth and remain part of the fabric of the Star Wars films.
“One of the fundamental things to always understand about the light side and the dark side of the Force and the intentions that drive those things are willingness or will to be selfless or selfish. From those two key points of starting grow out either in enlightenment of selflessness or greed and fear and anger and hate, and you just go spiraling down and down and down, but those are the building blocks that George [Lucas] would always talk about and I always keep trying to come back to in everything I do because if you work from that point, then actually you can tell a story with the Force.”
The Force has been pretty central to many of the films and will probably continue to be.
Star Wars Rebels currently airs on Disney XD. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theaters December 15, 2017.