Knight of Kalee said:
I really liked the idea on paper of seeing an imperfect, overly dogmatic Jedi Order which fails because of their disattachment from the Force, decaying along with the Republic. But I wish this deconstruction had been played with more in the prequels to really drive the point home.
The issue with this though is that aside from the dialogue in the OT, we’re never given any look into how a functioning Jedi order should behave. Never in the films do we see any kind of order of Jedi collectively training padawans to become knights in the way we’ve been described they should. Aside from that, if the Jedi Order is a failure and all the Jedi are dicks from the very beginning of the saga, then how could their complete destruction at the hands of the Empire and Vader have any sort of impact or significance? My point is that the order in the prequels shouldn’t have been so doomed to fail. I love TLJ, but Luke’s callback to these events in the prequels is kind of gloomy to me, like another huge reminder of the enormous ‘what if’ aspect that the prequels are looked back at with.