Anakin is severely injured on a lava flow. Enter two feet into frame
Qui-Gon Jinn: What do you know about the history
Camera cuts to show Qui-Gon Jinn in force projection
Anakin: My mother never spoke
of it. The only things I heard were tales
of sand and desperation.
Qui-Gon Jinn: If you dug
beneath the sand you might discover quite
a different tale. The planet was not just
a desert many million years ago.
When settlers first landed on Tatooine
great forests shaded them from both the suns.
The Yarba trees grew tall and men grew rich
trading the oil squeezed from their trunks. But life
became more difficult. When seven years
had come and passed a buzzing cloud of wings
and teeth darkened the sky. Large insects fed
a hunger buried deep below their foot
steps. Some of them lost everything. And all
of them lost something. Over half the Yarba trees
were dead. Entire groves were consumed before
the swarm bored back under the soil to die.
Nine years later, eggs laid within the graves
of the swarm hatched and it began again –
and again nine years later. When the sixth
swarm was approaching, settlers built a ship
that could bombard the planet with a low
frequency sonic wave. Vibrations would
disrupt the hatching cycle, but not harm
the trees or any other living things.
Everything worked as planned. The swarm did not
return. The Yarba trees grew thick and strong.
The settlers made their fortunes. Gradually there
were signs that something wasn’t right. Young trees
refused to take root. Soil lost minerals
and water as the older Yarbas choked
the suns’ light from the smaller ones. In time
even the deepest roots slipped through the sand
now covering all the land. The slightest breeze
tilted the massive trunks and they unearthed
themselves with muffled crashes. Tatooine became
a desert planet.
Anakin: So the Yarba and
the swarm balanced each other. Just like I
must kill the Jedi to ensure they will
Qui-Gon Jinn: Do not confuse your actions with
your function. You’re more like the ship. A savior
for a people not yet ready to
be saved. A tool that must seem broken for
the Jedi to survive.
Anakin: Master, I…
Qui-Gon Jinn: No
you are my equal. Call me that no more.
Anakin: My friend, what if I fail?
Qui-Gon Jinn: The force will find
a different way. On Tatooine, it flowed
through both the swarm and Yarba trees before.
But when it could no more, it flowed through things
that thrived on sand and sun. Now the force flows
through Bantha, Jawa, Sarlac. The force gains
a self-awareness in the Jedi. Through
them it can guide and focus itself. If
you fail, the force will still persist. And if
it needs to find another way to know
itself, it will create a means in time.
Anakin: It feels unnatural for me to serve
a man like Palpatine. His petty plays
for power seem so childish.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Yes, but if
he gets exactly what he wants, then none
can say his path is one that works. Without
you at his side, he may never control
the galaxy or die before he does.
His death or failure will not end the thoughts
that drive such men. They view life and the force
as things they can turn on and off like
a lightsaber. Your heart must not resist the force.
But you must follow every rigid whim
of his to quicken his inevitable fall.
Anakin: I understand. Only I can ensure
paranoia and fear created by
his empire flourish unobstructed. It
will rot away internally before
it can engulf the entire universe.
My friends, my wife, my children will detest
me. But the Jedi that remain will cleanse
themselves in the wilds. They will learn to find
a way – not live out a tradition. When
my “master” falls, they will rebuild the things
that must perish stronger and better.
Qui-Gon Jinn: You
travel a path that borders madness. I
will help you when I can. But now, he comes
You make me proud (fades)
Anakin: Thank you, my friend.