The latest issue of Star Wars: The High Republic from Marvel Comics shows that a lesson given to Neo in The Matrix applies just as much to young Jedi.
Warning: minor spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The High Republic #4!
In the newest issue of Star Wars: The High Republic, Jedi training takes a lesson straight out of The Matrix. Star Wars comics have shown many different Jedi training techniques and a new one will be familiar to fans of the late 1990s film. Sometimes all a student needs to do is take a leap of faith.
The High Republic initiative has revealed many new aspects about the Jedi, Sith, and the older threats the galaxy faced in the two hundred years prior to The Phantom Menace. Aspects of this time are very different, showing how the Jedi Order operated within the larger galaxy and who they are at odds with. This series also seems to be taking some inspiration from other science fiction works that have come before, such as the similarities between aspects of the Drengir and the xenomorphs from Alien. The Matrix released in 1999 and starred Keanu Reeves. The cyberpunk hit focused on Neo, a hacker who would save humanity by fighting machine enemies using miraculous physical feats.
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Like Neo, each Jedi apprentice begins their journey not knowing very much about what they are capable of. Over time they learn Force control and manipulation, as well as combat techniques. Star Wars: The High Republic #4 – written by Cavan Scott with art by Ario Anindito – opens with Jedi learner Keeve and her master, Sskeer, engaged in a training exercise: one which requires Keeve to take a leap of faith – literally.
In The Matrix, when Neo is first learning how to control himself within the Matrix, his teacher – Morpheus – tells Neo to jump a large distance between skyscraper rooftops. This exercise is intended to have him let go of “fear, doubt, and disbelief.” The jump is not intended to be completed in the first attempt, merely to show Neo what is possible so he can accept it until it can be done. Keeve is learning the same lesson, but also about trust – in herself and her master. Her jump is between two cliff tops and while Keeve believes she cannot do it, her master is telling her she can until finally, she jumps. Like Neo, her first attempt is not successful, but Master Sskeer catches her. She apologizes for failing, but she intended to fail – so she could let go of “fear, doubt, and disbelief” for future success.
This lesson is especially important since it has been shown to carry on over time in some ways through the Jedi Order. Though these same leaps of faith are not shown in Star Wars films, the lessons gained from them are. The Jedi are not supposed to fear, because fear can lead to the dark side. Anakin’s fall was largely caused by fear and by anger stemming from fear. Believing something can be done and not giving into self-destructive or self-debilitating fear can be the difference between succeeding or failing on a mission, and in their life. While an unexpected moment, Star Wars: The High Republic proves that The Matrix had some valuable lessons that apply to Jedi.
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