I promised we would discuss Qui-Gon arguing with Yoda, and the past couple of posts have led us to this point. So let's go and watch that again.
Okay, first of all… wait what are they wearing?
This maybe should have come up before, when we met Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, but is thrown into even more stark contrast with this council.
The very first Jedi we ever meet is Old Ben Kenobi in Episode 4, who lives as an outcast on Tatooine. There isn’t even any evidence that he’s hiding from the Empire, it could be that no one cares about him anymore. He’s old and a has been and a hermit in the middle of nowhere.
He wears desert peasants robes. Because he is a peasant who lives in the desert.
Luke wears similar clothes for a while, but then spends a lot of Episode 5 in his flight suit, and in Episode 6 wears… an all black outfit that’s a cross between “high class ambassador” and “ninja”. Which is fitting, because in Episode 6 he is a cross between a high class ambassador, and a ninja.
No, wait, a space ninja.
But the switch back to peasant robes makes sense because during the Old Republic the Jedi were…
...in a massive temple at the heart of a world spanning metropolis. They help rule a galaxy spanning Republic, often engaging in interstellar diplomacy as their most important duty.
But, Obi-Wan wore peasant robes, and fans expect to see a galaxy full of Obi-Wans. He was what a Jedi was, so just crank out clones of him.
So we have a commercial explanation for why all the Jedi are dressed like desert hermits. And yet even without intention, it creates an impression. Which is that of humility. How charming, even though the Jedi sit at the cosmopolitan center of the galaxy, they dress like ascetics.
Or in this case, the impression is a false humility that contrasts with the Jedi’s authentic humility in the Original Trilogy.
Sigh. We'll get to what is actually said tomorrow I guess.