From A Certain Point Of View: Yoda wanted to train Leia instead of Luke


A chapter from the upcoming short-story compilation, From A Certain Point Of View, revealing a conversation between Yoda and Obi-Wan has surfaced…

Take a journey to where it all started, with a brand new collection of short-stories — From A Certain Point Of View — set during the events of the original Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, written by various authors with stories from 40 individual characters.

Here is a brief description from Lucasfilm and Penguin Random House, on what to expect from the collection of Star Wars adventures:

"Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from theliterary history of Star Wars."

In one story, we get a full conversation between the crazy hermit and Jedi Master Yoda, and the Force Ghost of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is quite revealing, to say the least.

We travel to Dagobah, where we meet a very tired and weary Yoda, who is then visited by the Force Ghost of Obi-Wan, who moments before that, had just become one with the Force, thanks to his former apprentice Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker.

The worn-out and defeated Jedi Master even tells Obi-Wan that he is ready to join him and become one with the Force himself.

Obi-Wan informs Yoda that he still has a purpose within the galaxy, then instructing him to take on Skywalker as an apprentice, where apparently the two have now reversed roles as teacher and student.

Life springs into the old Jedi, who is excited about this opportunity, giving him a reason to carry on. However, Yoda has another Skywalker in mind, differing from the one Obi-Wan was referring to.

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The Skywalker twin Yoda wants to train is Luke’s sister, Leia, who he believes is ready to become a Jedi, unlike the boy.

He, no doubt, believes that Leia is more grounded, has a more serious mind, and has much more experience against the Empire, which you can learn more about in the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan.

The wise Jedi believes that Luke displays too many of his father, Anakin’s, characteristics. He believes the boy is too rash, reckless, impatient, adventurous, and that he does not have a serious enough mind, like his sister, which is why he is apprehensive to train the boy.

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After much debate, Yoda agrees to train to the boy, giving in to Obi-Wan’s counsel.

This is a neat moment for Star Wars fans to be privy to, and another reason the new Star Wars canon is so amazing. At one point Obi-Wan asks Yoda why he has Qui-Gon Jinn’s cloak, which Yoda is using as a blanket. Imagine the fate of the galaxy if Qui-Gon had survived to train Anakin? Things might have played out much differently, but that’s not what the Force had in store.

Next: 50 Most Memorable Moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I’ll be honest, I was only mildly excited for these stories until I listened to this chapter with Obi-Wan and Yoda.

You can order the entire 40-part story here.