Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is the first Jedi in to become a Force Ghost in Lucasfilm’s canon and thanks to the Star Wars anthology book From A Certain Point of View, we have learned some details on how powerful Qui-Gon’s Groce Ghost is.
In the story is called “Master and Apprentice”, and in it, Qui-Gon visits his former apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi while he is hiding out on the desert planet of Tatooine.
The story is set right after Luke Skywalker leaves Obi-Wan in a rush to check on his aunt and uncle because he fears for their safety. It’s at this point Kenobi seeks guidance from Qui-Gon. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“The name is spoken by another. Qui-Gon has been summoned. He draws upon his memories of himself and takes shape, reassembling the form he last had in life. It seems to him that he feels flesh wrap around bones, hair and skin over flesh, robes over skin—and then, as naturally to him as though he had done so yesterday, he pulls down the hood of his Jedi cloak and looks upon his Padawan.”
I love that by using the power of The Force he can reconstitute his body in his old form and the way it’s described is kinda cool. What’s really interesting, though, is that way that Qui-Gon sees Obi-Wan. He just doesn’t see him as an old man, he sees every version of him that he’s known.
“Yet while Qui-Gon perceives the physical realities of Obi-Wan’s appearance, he is not limited to human sight any longer. He also sees the confident general of the Clone Wars, the strong young Padawan who followed his master into battle, even the rebellious little boy at the Temple that no Master was in any hurry to train. They are all equally part of Obi-Wan, each stage of his existence vivid in this moment.”
How cool is that! I would love to see the perception of a Force Ghost played with in a film one day. It seems like something that would be very cool to see visually. It’s also revealed that Qui-Gon’s ghost can also use his physical senses as he is able to feel and smell.
Sensing Obi-Wan’s impending death, Qui-Gon says that he’s eager to see him transcend and become one with The Force, as he has.
This story tells us so much about what Force Ghosts are capable of and what their experiences with life are after death. I just thought that this one was cool. What do you think?