Since the release of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977, mystery and intrigue has surrounded the order of warrior monks know as the Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi drops a few hints at their role before the great purge in the film, “for over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.” Our imaginations went into overdrive trying to conceptualize how this great order would have looked during the peak of its influence. This was answered in the prequels.
Firstly, the prequel trilogy actually did some good. They visually opened up the Star Wars Universe for a lot of people, and laid the groundwork for a bunch of Expanded Universe stories, in as much as the look and feel of the Jedi Order in the SWEU.
We owe so much to the prequels for visual presentation of them in the video games and novels. The KOTOR series for example, plays with ideas from the prequels and creates a neat blend into something new but similar. The world of the novels like those based in the Old Republic and those based around the 67 B.B.Y. – 19 B.B.Y. time period, do the same (BBY is the established dating system in the SWEU. B.B.Y. refers to before the Battle of Yavin featured in A New Hope).
The good things that the prequels achieved are deeply undercut by the list of its gargantuan failures (see the Red Letter Media reviews for more). Yet I wish to discuss the failure of the Jedi Order to live up to their reputation as wise, guardians of the Republic. Instead, they end up dropping the ball, again and again, on a whole host of occassions. Here are 5 major examples…