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Force Ghosts Aren’t Real: A Star Wars Fan Theory

An old friend has learned the path to immortality. One who has returned from the netherworld of the Force – Yoda (ep 3)

Inspired by The Star Wars Minute, I present this fan theory of the Star Wars universe which explains several inconsistencies in the storyline of episodes 4-6.

Force ghosts aren’t real.

All force ghosts and ghost voices in the six films are projections created by R2-D2 to motivate Luke to continue his studies after the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

With only one easily-explained exception, R2-D2 is present for every appearance of a force ghost, including when Luke hears their voices.

As well as addressing what is the most overtly metaphysical part of the series, this theory also explains Ben’s lack of helpful teaching and R2’s omissions of his past relationships with both Ben and Yoda.

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Remembering Spalding Gray

“You have to watch this. It’s brilliant. It’s this guy who sits at a table and talks non-stop for 85 minutes.”

-My friend Craig, circa 1994

I’ve tried Craig’s pitch a few times over the decades since those words were said to me, and it’s a rare person who takes the challenge. But when Craig told me to watch something, I usually did.

Spalding Gray.

He sat at a desk. And talked non-stop for 85 minutes. Exactly as advertised.

Swimming to Cambodia.

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