What's the Deal With... Midichlorians?
The defensive theory:
Midichlorians make perfect damn sense because:
A) If I really felt the need to explain them people would see me as more of
a geek than I already am.
B) Lucas is getting old, cut him some slack!
C) Okay, okay, I'll play along: Who says Midichlorians are cause rather than
effect? Maybe Midichlorians congregate in a person because "the force is
strong in him" and not the other way around? In any case, Midichlorians
are probably just a plot device for some future development...
D) Who really cares what Midichlorians are? I just watch the pretty spaceships
and coool aliens...(email@example.com)
The pseudo-scientific theory:
Midichlorians are little one-cell buggers inside you that give you Force sensitivity.
A lot of people wonder, does that mean being a Jedi is like a disease? Well,
yes and no. Unlike a disease, midichlorians don't negatively affect your system
(as a matter of fact, they help it out by Force Choking any viruses that enter
your system). But, much like a disease, midichlorians can be spread. This only
occurs in rare instances where blood is shared, however. Simply use basic precautions
when treating someone who is bleeding and Force-sensistive, and you should be
They're these little green firefly-look-alikes who dwell in the recesses of
some people's brains. They act kind of like neurons, just different. They make
the connections in that person's head connect more quickly like say... the difference
between a 28K internet connection and the godly Cable internet connection. Because
this person can think so quickly (in theory anyway), they can project their
thought processes through the material world and time to move stuff or tell
what's happening/going to happen. Sometimes the midichlorians go into the otherworld
(AKA the area outside the brain) to fly around and find information for the
person harbouring them. This only occurs if the person's thought processes are
not strong enough to support the midichlorian's efforts within their head. This
would hold true for someone along the line of say.. Jar Jar Binks. His midichlorians
would be taking a lot of time outside of his head (that is, assuming he actually
has any). Then there's the matter of the number of midichlorians. Someone along
the line of Jar Jar would have next to none (both because they are outside of
his head--as described earlier AND he just wouldn't have many). Yoda, on the
other hand, has so many midichlorians.. HE'S GREEN! Like the midichlorians themselves!
and they never have to leave his body because he has a very good, fast-acting
brain. When midichlorians are on vacation, they like to play in the bloodstream.
This explains how Qui-gon found Anakin's midichlorians without giving him a
lobotomy. Anakin's midichlorians happened to be on a major vacation, and therefore
filling his bloodstream. Well, when my sources inform me further, I'll let you
Now, those with a great amount of MDCs in their body exert far more stress
on space-time than those that do not. These people can be trained to USE this
stressing effect, which is generally called the Force, to produce effects both
mental and physical (in the same way that practitioners of yoga or martial arts
on Earth can train themselves to enter deep meditative states or put their heads
through bricks). These users of the Force are called Jedi. Interestingly enough,
mitochondria of Star Wars have evolved to produce the same amount of energy
as those of Earth, but with less nutrients. This means that those races with
NO midichlorians - such as Hutts and Toydarians - are prone to excessive weight
and/or potbellies, as the nutrients unused by the mitochondria go towards making
fat. Ever see a fat Jedi? Didn't think so. Also, these MDC-less races are immune
to the mental effects that can be produces by Force users: with no midichlorians
in their nervous systems, their thought processes cannot be tampered with. However,
they can still be tossed about like rag dolls if the Force user is powerful
They're actually super mitochondria! Heck, even the names sound similar. One
popular theory states that mitochondria used to be single-celled organisms that
somehow got ingested by other cells but survived. The two organisms then survived
through a symbiotic relationship: the mitochondria provided energy for the host
cell, who protected and provided resources for the little mitochondria.Most
people in the Star Wars universe only have plain old mitochondria. But Jedi
have spiffier mitochondria called midichlorians. That's why Leia's children
are Jedi; you get your mitochondria from your mom.
Why are midichlorians spiffy? I don't know; maybe they're radioactive. Maybe
they're sentient little beings that can interact with electromagnetic or gravitational
fields (they never said which Force, however). In any case, the more mega-mitochondria
you have in your cells, the more nifty things you can do, including restraining
the urge to slice off Jar-Jar's head after spending an entire movie with him.
Dammit, what the hell was Lucas thinking?! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, if the corporate culture has learned anything from the proliferation
of performance certifications such as ISO, CMM, and GMP, it is that if a thing
cannot be accurately measured, it cannot be managed. In the past, the galaxy
had employed a vague, "feel-good" approach to Force measurement, which
proved quickly to undermine profits and damage the galaxy's credibility. The
introduction of the Midichlorian program allowed a direct measurement of Force
in the individual, a metric that proved valuable in measuring the galaxy's performance
through a horizontal cross section of the industry. (email@example.com)
The cynical / realistic theory:
There can only be one possible explanation: George Lucas was hopped up on goofballs.
Invented in order to sell more copies of the Star Wars Encyclopedia, these
little buggers give Jedi the force....which is silly. Jedi's get their power
from the script... (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anakin Skywalker is basically all midichlorians. His mom said that one night
she was "just pregnant with him"...a good story, teaches God to the
kids in the audience, but the truth is that Shmi got knocked up by some space-pirate
and the Jedis made up the midichlorians to comfort her and so that Anikan wouldn't
have an awkward childhood. The fact that he was in tune with the force helped
this seem more true. (email@example.com)
I believe that midichlorians are George Lucas's contribution to the ever-growing
in popularity trend of putting pseudoscientific explanations about things mystical,
into the sci-fi genre. For it seems some focus group somewhere decided that
fanboys and girls didn't like mysticism or metaphysicality in their science-fiction.
Seems this focus group was composed mainly of people from the World Atheist
Society, Robert J Sawyer, and people with big sticks up in their Lexx-pilot
key slots, and don`t like anything inexplicably supernatural. So Lucas, obviously
a focus-group whore (how else do you explain Jar-Jar?) listened. And hence,
the Star-Trekky "midichlorians" were born. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There have been many theories as to why this has been used to explain the Force.
One popular theory is that midichlorians were not properly researched in the
years following the Clone Wars, and therefore was not mentioned.
Another school of thought maintains that the Rebel Alliance had too much militarily
on their plate to handle the concept of midichlorians at that time, and therefore
it went onto their back burners.
A more cynical train of thought says that the more quasi-Eastern philosophy
guiding Return of the Jedi was not in line with late 20th century corporate
The truth however is this:
June 2, 1998, 6:45 am- Geaorge Lucas wakes up after a night of drinking cheap
tequila shooters and has a massive hangover that 8 aspirins cannot contain.
He stumbles into the kitchen and starts eating from the first plate he pulls
out of the fridge, which happened to be moldy Salisbury Steak.
A quick prayer at the Porcelain God, a hallucination later, and....midichlorians
were born. (email@example.com)
Midichlorians - Science has proved that vast amounts of bacteria are found
throughout the body. These bacteria can be very helpful when it comes to things
like, toleration. How else could these Jedi tolerate the massive amounts of
stupidity found around them?
Lets break down the word.
Mi=The abbreviation of Michigan. Jedi recruiters have always been fond of the
"Wolverine" state. Midichlorians were found in vast quantites at Detroit,
and various surronding cities. Apparently the high crime/blight tends to breed
Di=In the ancient greek texts this stand for Two. Apparently Midichlorians are
spread from one person to another (it takes two). Could this be some type of
sexually transmitted disease? More testing will be required.
Chlor=An obvious reference to Chloroform, the substance which makes plants green.
Can anyone say Yoda?
i=As in "me" as in "What the hell am I talking about".
Ans=An abbreviation for Answer. Apparently the public at large demanded a scientific
one for this thing called the "force". No longer were they satisfied
with the "faith" element, no, they needed HARD proof. So what did
they get? A cop out.
Now, let's review what we have learned. George Lucas + Midichlorians=One more
lame idea I decided to add to a movie destined to always be ruined in all hearts
Thank you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The conspiracy theory:
I wonder if anyone else has the same idea... When New Hope, Empire, and RoJ
were released in the late 70's-early 80's, the fad religion of Hollywood was
Zen-Buddhism (and any other Eastern religion)... The force and Yoda's teaching
of the force seem very influenced by Zen-Buddhism...
In the late 90's up until now, the fad religion in Hollywood is Scientology...
Tom Cruise and John Travolta, if i remember right, being two of the more well
known followers... Midichlorians and other "scientific" explanations
of the force throughout Phanthom Menace lead me to believe that Lucas is inspired
by whatever religion is in vogue at the time...
Therefore, I believe midichlorians are a secret plot by Lucas and the Scientologists
to recruit more members... May the science of the force be with you... (email@example.com)
Proof that George Lucas is using the "Star Wars" trilogy to recruit
his own child army - he pretends to add hard SF to his fantasy movie, but uses
it to show that you have to be a member of a MASTER RACE to be a Jedi. Come
to me, children, and I will give you the power to glorify my creation! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My favorite theories:
What IS a midichlorian?
MIDICHLORIANS were just an excuse to give potential Jedis a blood test, because
their biggest threat isn't the Dark Side, it's INBREEDING. Midichlorian measurement
is just a way of testing how deep the gene pool is. Just look at the sexual
tension between Anakin's kids. The Sith are just that group of Jedi cousins
from the mountains that nobody likes to talk about. Compare Episode IV to Deliverance.
Vader and the Emperor are the hillbillies trying to make Luke squeal like a
pig. Yoda is the little freaky bastard pickin' the banjo. Now you understand
why Lucas had to put midichlorians in Ep I. Now we really know why the Jedi
are dying out. (email@example.com)
Microscopic particles so devoid of any real substance or believability that
they have managed to escape the inexorable vortex of George Lucas's ego. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Midichlorians are the no longer sentient remains of Sauron. Scattered through
the universe during Sauron's destruction, these parasites wander galaxies far
away in search of those who can wield power and be corrupted by it. I don't
think this can account for televangelist faith healers, but you never know.