Along with “comic” character Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians were the most controversial addition to Star Wars lore when The Phantom Menace premiered in 1999. Almost 18 years later, fans and creators are still trying to figure out what to do with these microscopic beings, which Menace reveals — in one of the most obvious exposition scenes we’ve ever witnessed — that they live in our cells and tell us a little more about the Force.
Trade embargoes aside, midi-chlorians are why the entire prequel trilogy happens, because young Anakin Skywalker is just full-up with the chatty little suckers. His crazy density of symbiotes makes Qui-Gon Jinn sure that he is the “Chosen One” spoken of …
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