“It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” -Obi-Wan Kenobi
There will be some major SPOILERS from Rogue One. Be sure to come back to this article after you’ve seen the film!
Rogue One was just released this past weekend garnering around $155 million at the box office. Rogue One is a film that fits in very well in this Star Wars universe. Gareth Edwards has crafted an amazing Star Wars film and was able to answer so many questions that fans have had for many years like why was Luke Skywalker labeled Rogue 5 in A New Hope? What powered up the Death Stars’ super weapon? Why did the Death Star have such a big weakness and why was it overlooked by the Empire?
All these questions are answered in Rogue One, however there’s a question fan’s have had that involve Stormtroopers: Why do Stormtroopers have such bad aim? While not easily explainable, the answer is there and is the source for all things in the Star Wars universe: the Force. We can look no further than Donnie Yen’s character named Chirrut Imwe as proof of this assumption.
How Was The Force Utilized In ‘Rogue One?’
Let’s start with Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One. While not a Jedi, Imwe is a clear believer in the Force. In fact, the first words we hear him say in the film are:
“May the force of others be with you.”
This is a man who has studied the Force for many years and is actually one of the many Guardians of the Whills. These kinds of people were considered to be a religious order and are protectors of the ancient Jedi temples located on the desert moon of Jedha. Though Chirrut’s partner (Baze Malbus) isn’t a strong believer in the Force, that doesn’t mean these two were never fully protected.
You see, I believe that this film establishes that the Force protects those who knows someone who is a believer in the Force. There were a couple of scenes in this movie that proves that the Force actually kept these characters safe from harm. In one of the more popular scenes from the trailers, we see Chirrut Imwe taking on a bunch of Stormtroopers with his wooden staff and of course the Force:
“I fear nothing. All is, as the Force wills it.”
Shortly after this scene takes place, his partner Baze Malbus shoots down the remaining Stormtroopers that come in to arrest him. After the quick skirmish, Chirrut Imwe tells him that it was the Force who protected him. However Malbus who isn’t as firm a believer in the Force as Chirrut is, declares “I protected you.” It’s humorous to see the two banter back and forth when clearly only one of them is religious and see’s the Force as their protector.
It’s interesting to note that a blind man was able to take on all of these Stormtroopers at once. The Force guided him and protected him the entire time. I mean how else could the Stormtroopers miss him so badly at point-blank range?
Chirrut Imwe’s Death And Why It Was The Will Of The Force
Towards the end of the film, the entire Rogue One crew is fighting for their lives on the planet Scarif which houses the plans of the Death Star. As Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO have infiltrated the base, the others are busy fighting outside while luring the remaining Imperial Forces away from them. Unfortunately for them, Rogue One is trapped inside of the planet after the Empire closed the only entrance and exit into the base. After figuring out a way to beam the plans up to one of the Rebels ships outside of the planet, the only thing left in their way is to somehow turn off the shield. However, the only way to do this is to manually switch it off and the switch is located directly in the line of fire.
With nothing left to lose, Chirrut decides to be the one who will flip the switch. As he’s walking across the battlefield, we can hear him chanting over and over again:
“The Force is with me and I am one with the Force”
Chirrut is seen barely avoiding the bullets that are flying right by his body. The Death Troopers are doing their best to kill him, but their weapons aren’t hitting their target. This is clearly a result of the Force protecting and guiding him across the battlefield. However, shortly after he flips the switch, he feels a sense of relief as a nearby grenade explodes in his path. He knew his time had come to an end. Remember “all is as the Force wills it.” Though he was shielded by the Force during the skirmish, it was the will of the Force to end his life even though he was successful in the mission.
Being born blind never stopped Chirrut from believing in the Force. This man was protected by the Force many times throughout this film. Heck he even uses the power of the Force with his bowcaster to take out an oncoming TIE fighter at the battle on Eadu!:
Here, the Force is guiding him and allowing him to make the shot precise to hit his target. The Force can be used in many different ways as shown in Rogue One.
How The Force Protected Pivotal Characters From The Original Trilogy
Having the Stormtroopers miss mightily at some of the characters in the original trilogy has been a long running joke throughout the Star Wars fan community. However, Rogue One has established a deeper meaning in the Force and showed us that those who believe in the Force or are Force-sensitive are protected. One can even say that those surrounded by those who believe in the Force are protected.
A few of the scenes that come to mind are when Luke and Leia are trying to get away from the Stormtroopers who continue to fire at them in A New Hope. Another great example that comes to mind was when our heroes (Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Princess Leia) have to escape the clutches of the Galactic Empire on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. You can watch that scene in full down below:
‘Rogue One’ Answered The Question Fan’s Have Had For Years
Though subtly, I believe that Edwards and Lucasfilm did a fantastic job educating those who needed to know more about the Force. We’ve always known that the Force worked in mysterious ways but we’ve always seen the Jedi or the Sith using the Force. Rogue One has shown us that this is isn’t the case anymore as anybody who believes in the Force can be shielded and can use the Force to guide them such as Chirrut Imwe. Hopefully we’ll get to see the use of the Force in other ways in future films.
But what do you all think? Did the Force actually protect all of these characters from harm? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!