Although some aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi have proven divisive amongst fans, it looks like Rian Johnson has done his homework. In the face of criticisms about the fact that he supposedly invented new Force powers for The Last Jedi, the Looper director recently clapped back with a remarkable example of how the Force Doppelganger ability seen in the latest Star Wars film actually features prominently in Star Wars literature.
Now that it's clear that the filmmakers behind these Star Wars movies have no qualms about diving into the books and expanded lore to pull Force abilities, we think it's time to make some demands of our own. On that note, we have compiled a list of Force powers that haven't really been seen in the movies, but deserve a moment to shine. On that note, let's dive in and kick things off with a sinister and deadly Force power reserved for Dark Side users.
Right off the bat, we're going to open with one that's about as self-explanatory as it gets. Deadly Sight is a Dark Side ability that allows a Sith (or any Dark Side adept) to channel Dark Side energy and quite literally turn one's own glance into an offensive weapon. In some iterations of the Star Wars lore, it has even manifested itself as the ability to dissolve living beings. We have seen Force Choke and Force Lightning, but this is something that's on an entirely new level of evil and creepy. In layperson's terms, it's perfect for something like Star Wars: Episode IX to introduce and expand on in the Star Wars movies.
When it comes to long-distance travel, folks in the Star Wars universe have typically relied on hyperspace to get them from Point A to Point B, and sometimes, in the case of the Holdo Maneuver, they have used hyperspace as a very destructive weapon. However, sometimes lightspeed isn't good enough, and that's why the Star Wars franchise should introduce Force Travel. As the name suggests, it's an ability in which a Force user can use The Force to displace themself and travel through space and time to end up in a new location. The Last Jedi incorporated elements of this (specifically the rain), but now it's time for Rey to teleport herself into battle.
The Force is all around us. It binds us. It penetrates us. In fact, it's so omnipresent that it even has an effect on inanimate objects in the surrounding work. That's where Psychometry can come into play. Through this advanced Force technique, a Force user can obtain valuable data and information by simply creating a connection with a seemingly inert item. Jedi have often found themselves enlisted to work as detectives in the Star Wars universe, making this a potentially invaluable tool for a burgeoning Master like Rey to use in her quest to uncover secrets and become a more powerful Jedi in the wake of Luke Skywalker's death.
Manipulation of elemental force is a fundamental aspect of Star Wars lore. We have seen Jedi lift rocks and boulders, and we have seen Sith blast lightning out of their fingertips. However, there's one elemental Force power rooted in the Expanded Universe that we have not seen in the movies yet: pyrokinesis. Seemingly something closer to Skyrim than Star Wars in spirit, it allows a Force adept to conjure fiery waves of heat that can immolate bad guys in ways that would make Johnny Storm blush. Pyrokensis is clearly one of the most visually-stunning Force abilities in existence, and we would love to see it adapted in live-action.
If you have played any of the Star Wars video games that have been released over the years -- most notably Knights of the Old Republic -- then there is a good chance that you might already be familiar with the effects of Force Drain. True to its name, the ability allows a Dark Side user to channel The Force to drain a target of its life essence. In doing this, the power also nourishes and replenish the attacker, thus revitalizing them and making them more powerful in combat. Force Drain is a phenomenal tactic to use in a video game, but its applications in a movie setting seem limitless as well.
Remember in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it was revealed that Starkiller Base could drain the core of an entire sun and turn that energy into a weapon? Well, it turns out that a powerful Jedi or Sith could potentially do the same thing without the aid of any fancy machinery. Force Supernova does precisely what the name suggests; it allows a Force adept individual to drain the power from a star, which then, in turn, causes it to go supernova and explode in the vacuum of space. We have seen some massive displays of Force abilities over the years, but this could potentially be the biggest of the bunch.
Arguably the most well-known practitioner of Shatterpoint in the Star Wars canon is none other than Mace Windu, which makes it even more surprising to think that the franchise has never shown the ability in any of the movies -- although the jury is out as to whether or not it was implied during the battle with Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith. At its core, Shatterpoint is a sensory Force ability that allows a user to sense weak spots on an opponent or an object, and then hone in on those weak spots in battle. It's abstract in concept, but it very much cuts to the core of the pensive and meditative nature of the Jedi as a whole.
Without fail, pretty much every Star Wars movie inevitably has a sequence in which a character has to sneak through an enemy base to achieve an objective. This usually involves traditional forms of stealth, but when The Force is in the mix, there are other options available. One such power that we want to see included in a future Star Wars movie is referred to as Force Cloak, the ability to bend light around oneself and become invisible like the Predator. We tend to see The Force used for offensive and defensive purposes, but the ability to evade detection is something that we haven't seen before. It's time to time change that trend.
The Star Wars films have never shied away from showing us Force users who battle alongside each other. In fact, that is a central visual motif in the often-maligned prequel trilogy. That said, one Force ability that has never really been explained is Force Meld, which allows a group of Force Users to mentally work together in battle and essentially operate as a collective consciousness. By incorporating this ability into the films, we could see lightsaber duels unlike anything that the Star Wars franchise has ever shown us, and it could offer a glimpse into why Jedi are such competent fighters even in the face of overwhelming forces.
The Star Wars movies have already shown us what it looks like when a Force users applies the mythical power to inflict pain on another person. However, one aspect of the ability that we're interested in seeing on the big screen is Crucitorn, a power that allows a Jedi or a Sith to increase or decrease a target's threshold for pain. This ability can be used as a method of torturing an enemy, but it can also help an ally push through a hard battle to achieve victory. With a significant fight coming in Star Wars: Episode IX, that's something that Rey will likely need to do for her friends in The Resistance.
With so many potential abilities available for J.J. Abrams to include in Star Wars: Episode IX, we will just have to wait and see which ones make the cut when the film debuts in theaters on December 20, 2019.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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