It may not be popular opinion, but we need to talk about why the Jedi aren't the heroes the Star Wars franchise would have us believe them to be. In the trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker - the Jedi poster boy - says, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Fans across the world cried out in confusion. Why would the Jedi need to end? They’re the good guys. However, a closer examination of the Jedi and their actions over time - we’re just talking canon content here - reveal why the Jedi actually suck.
In the climactic duel in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan tells Anakin he has failed his Padawan, and he’s right. He and the Order failed Anakin, and as Anakin tells his former Master moments later, from his point of view, the Jedi are evil.
Abduction, assassination, and brainwashing are just some of the reasons the Jedi are awful. Not exactly what one would expect of these so-called guardians of peace. And that’s one of the most messed up things about the Jedi. They have bought into their own propaganda for so long they fail to see how corrupt and ineffective they actually are. Heck, until it was too late, they couldn't even see how their actions played into the tragic fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.
Here are all the reasons the Jedi are terrible and why they should really, really end.
Once Force-sensitive children are ripped away from their families, they’re forbidden to ever see them again. This could prove to be particularly difficult if, for example, you had to leave behind your enslaved mother to whatever fate might befall her. In the case of Anakin Skywalker, an annual mother-son visit could have drastically altered the destiny of the Skywalker family. Not to mention may have prevented the unfortunate death of Shmi Skywalker at the hands of Tusken Raiders in Attack of the Clones.
So, Anakin is a brash and reckless Padawan, but what teenager isn’t? Even though he gave his life to the Order and tirelessly fights for the greater good during the Clone Wars, the Jedi High Council never fully trusts him. That distrust extends to Anakin’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, who, in The Clone Wars, the Council wrongly accuses of bombing the Jedi Temple. They are quick to turn on Ahsoka. Her expulsion as a Padawan and her subsequent decision to leave the Order, even after they halfheartedly asked her to come back, shake Anakin’s faith in the Order.
Everyone knows that bottling up emotions is a bad idea. It can lead to displaced anger, sudden outbursts, and overall emotional instability. So why, then, is it a key imperative of the Jedi? This impossible task of Jedi to quell their emotions is why so many Jedi fall prey to the Dark Side.
At every turn, Anakin is told to control his emotions, even though he has a lot riding on his shoulders as the Chosen One. He is constantly admonished for voicing his frustration with the Order’s lack of compassion and empathy. The end result? Well, Darth Vader and some dead Younglings. Years later, when Yoda and Force Ghost Obi-Wan are training a young Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, they insist that Luke put his emotions aside and leave Han and Leia to die at the hands of Vader. Instead, Luke ignores their advice and rushes off to save his friends – exactly what you would expect a good, heroic individual to do. And he doesn’t become the “agent of evil” Yoda and Obi-Wan fear he will.
While Qui-Gon isn't perfect, he at least has more compassion than many of his fellow Jedi. He doesn't dismiss Anakin like the other Jedi are quick to do. Qui-Gon is a highly respected Master within the Order, but is considered to be too much of a rogue to serve on the Council. What were some of Qui-Gon’s radical, progressive actions? Wanting to train two Padawans at the same time. His main faults in the eyes of the Council are his desire to mentor and forge a deeper connection to the Living Force. Seems like a disproportionate reaction.
The Jedi Council's elitist mentality and inability to be flexible led directly to their downfall and the downfall of all Jedi.