A Yoda Origin Story?

When Disney purchased Star Wars, they promised spin-off movies to accompany the long-awaited third trilogy.  And among the potential subjects mentioned has been the inimitable Yoda.  So, I have a simple idea.  How about an origin story?  Now I know that might not be the most novel of ideas, but hear me out.

You see, Yoda’s species, often called tridactyls, is something of a mystery.  Though Yoda appears in the original and both he and Yaddle in the prequel trilogy, in the KotOR there is Master Vandare Tokare, Minch around 700 BBY, Oteg during the Cold War, and an unknown but powerful Jedi whose statue is in the Valley of the Jedi on Ruusan, not a word has ever been written or spoken as to the species’ origin, name, or even culture.  George Lucas has been adamant about maintaining that silence, but Lucas no longer owns Star Wars.

There is so much creative potential there.  For instance, they are all immensely powerful in the Force; Yoda is the gold standard for medichlorians.  In the entire universe, there is a single being who was stronger, a being created by Sith Alchemy.  They are also rare, reptilian, and three-toed.

What if some species (say the Sith species, who are the founders of alchemy) created the tridactyls in order to serve as weapons or tools.  They may have decided to use their magic to hide from the rest of the galaxy, but every few hundred years one of them decides to explore the galaxy.

Maybe the tridactyls could be descendants of the diseased Rakatans who mutated (the pre-Republic empire-builders), or some sort of scientific experiment on their part.  It would explain their few numbers, three toes, and reptilian appearance.

Any way you slice it, a movie about Yoda and his species has a lot of potential. 

What would you think about a movie about Yoda and the origin of his species?



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5 Responses to A Yoda Origin Story?

  1. Loki says:

    The short of it is, if done well, I’d love it, if done middlingly, I’d be disappointed, if done poorly I’d hate it.

    The long of it is that this, as so much else since Disney bought Star Wars, will depend on how much they ignore the established EU, how much they outright contradict it, and how much they care to reference and respect it.

    But obviously, Yoda is awesome. They can do a heck of a lot worse than even an “just ok” film about Yoda.

  2. Cian Beirdd says:

    Exactly what I was thinking. If they outright contradict the EU they may lose some audience. But, I think using a beloved and very old character will allow Disney to expand beyond the nine movies and at the same time will be a natural lead into, say, movies about the New Sith Wars, KotOR, and as far back as the beginning of the Republic. Like you, though, the last thing I would want would be some silly movie playing on the fact that everyone likes Yoda. Disney has been taking a long view, I hope they do it here, too.

    • Loki says:

      I think movies about the New Sith Wars, KotOR, etc, is overly optimistic. They won’t want to be tied down to established characters, designs and plots. I’m just crossing my fingers for movies not contradicting them (or if they do, then in small, retcon-friendly ways, like most of how the changes The Clone Wars has been making), and maybe letting them inspire them into doing things that will mesh with the established stories rather than overwrite and replace them.

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