Then, the scene cuts back, and we meet Yoda the old, trickster master, the Yoda who trains Luke Skywalker while also stealing his ration sticks. This moment sings because it sells, in a briefly, eloquent gesture, the full breadth of Yoda’s tragedy. He is a great being, a shaper of history, laid low by hubris and circumstance. This little minute-long cartoon marketed at children captures that, I think, better than any other Star Wars media has.


This is a good a reason as any to revisit material from the original movie: to inflect them with different emotional registers, weaving the various stories of the franchise together to tell more complex, more interconnected, and more compelling stories. It’s a good thing.

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