It shouldn’t come as a surprise when we say Luke isn’t someone to be trifled with. His bond with the force is the stuff of legends. His manipulation of the force is said to be incredibly insane. But after the time leap, has age caught up with him or has he honed his force powers in isolation to become a God amongst men? How powerful is Luke Skywalker? A new Star Wars novel sheds some light. And it says Luke Skywalker, saviour of the galaxy, is strong enough to pick apart a Star Destroyer with nothing but the force.
Spoilers ahead for The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Read at your own risk.
The novel is told from the point of view of two deckhands aboard a cargo ship on the way to Canto Bight, the casino planet that is set to make an appearance in The last Jedi. Several stories of Luke Skywalker are told. Some are so over the top that they can only be considered as myths and nothing else. But some hold water. And the story of an Imeprial Gunner aboard a Star destroyer lets us know of a moment that will throw a chill down your spine:
“The bridge went dark. The overhead lights, the view screens, the blinking lights on the banks of consoles. Even the emergency lighting strips on the floor. All around us was the darkness of space…I saw that the bridge windows were rapidly filling with expanding columns of energy… A jolt, as if the entire Star Destroyer had been picked up by a giant hand and slammed against the ground. The ship slowed, drifted, stopped and then the stark lifeless surface of Jakku swung into view, filling the windows, and we fell, we fell.
The encounter is preceded by a hollogram of Luke Skywalker in the story.The next thing we know the Star Destroyer comes crashing down. Does Luke possess such immense power? Although such insane levels of force power isn’t completely new in the Star Wars universe, to see our very own Luke achiev such incredible feats makes us proud and scary at the same time. This, mind you, is the offical novel Lucasfilms will follow for the upcoming The Last Jedi.
In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed videogame, we are introduced to Galen Marek, apprentice to Darth Vader. Galen Marek is one such force user with such an incredible talent of force manipulation that he brings down an entire Star Destroyer with it. The game is treated as non canon but the fact that Galen did it before Luke means that Skywalker ain’t the first and, if force permits, won’t certainly be the last to hold such an awesome amount of power. I am looking at YOU Rey!!!
On Jakku, we see the wreckage of several downed Star Detroyers. Is Luke to Blame for this? The return of Luke Skywalker is one of the biggest reasons The Last Jedi movie is so anticipated. Maybe then we will see if Luke still has the gift of the force within him. And if yes, how far can he go.
Star Wars: the Last Jedi releases on December 15. Brace yourselves folks 😉