The Clone Wars proves that the Jedi mind trick isn’t always as harmless as the movies make it sound, and could indeed have lethal consequences.
Star Wars, Clone Wars The episode “Children of the Force” showed how dangerous the Jedi mind trick can be when Anakin, Obi-Wan and Mace Windu teamed up to use it on Cad Bane. When Obi-Wan first demonstrated the trick in A new hope, was used to aid heroes on their journey by harmlessly convincing weak adversaries to let them pass. Luke then employed the method in Return of the Jedi, first to force Bib Fortuna to grant him a meeting with Jabba the Hutt, and then to Jabba himself to allow Han Solo to go free. But other representations of the Jedi mind trick challenge the idea that this act is always benign and harmless.
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Season 2 of The Clone Wars showed that the use of the mind trick is not always as black and white as it seems. After kidnapping Force-sensitive children for Darth Sidious, aka Palpatine, for secret experimentation, the notorious bounty hunter Cad Bane found himself in the custody of the Jedi. Desperate to locate the missing children, the Jedi had failed in their interrogation attempts and decided that they would use the Jedi mind trick to implore Bane to speak. However, as Obi-Wan explained, the Force can have a strong influence on the faint of mind, and Cad Bane was no fool. It took the focus of the three Jedi to break into his mind. Although the Jedi were successful and their method allowed them to rescue the children, practice casts doubt on the ethical parameters of using the trick.
In the process, it was revealed that the Jedi mind trick can be used to totally break someone’s will, but doing so will cause them pain and can be potentially lethal. Cad Bane was put in excruciating pain and was also at risk of losing his mind if he did not cooperate. This is no different from the experience of Rogue one Bodhi Rook, who nearly lost his head after Bor Gullet forcibly penetrated his thoughts.
More chillingly, it also evokes similar cases where dark side users harnessed the Force to subdue others to their will. Both Kylo Ren and Snoke use the Sith mind probe to extract information from Rey in the aftermath, and doing so clearly makes her suffer. While the Jedi were not forcibly extracting information from Bane, but instead implanting the suggestion that he tell them what they wanted to know, their resistance was still painful enough to reveal the location of the children. This is nothing short of torture. Bane’s interrogation shows how dangerous the mind trick can be when used with malicious intent or by corrupt people.
One of the darkest examples of this came in Star wars rebels when Ezra Bridger convinced an Imperial walker pilot to shoot his own men and then commit suicide. That scene further illustrated how the Jedi were beginning to lose their way at the end of the Clone Wars. Anakin had already taken small steps to the dark side and would later use a Force-choke on Poggle after the Second Battle of Geonosis, but he was not alone. Although their intentions were to protect children, the Jedi’s methods inflicted physical pain on a prisoner, hardly Jedi style. Yoda himself says that “To respond to power with power, the Jedi form is not. In this war, there is a danger of losing who we are.After all, a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never to attack. As Star Wars, Clone Wars As he advanced, the Jedi became increasingly militant, sacrificing their values as peacemakers in exchange for the ranks of generals.
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