Maybe Yoda Was Actually Horrible And Evil

Fairly or unfairly, Star Wars creator George Lucas is often pegged as public enemy number one for a variety of reasons. But for sci-fi author David Brin, there's another baddie: Yoda.

Brin, a NASA consultant and a Dreamcast game scribe, has discussed his distaste for both Lucas' work and the Jedi Master on multiple occasions — such as in Star Wars on Trial. Recently, he told Wired:

I consider Yoda to be just about the most evil character that I've ever seen in the history of literature. I have gotten people into tongue-tied snits unable to name for me one scene in which Yoda is ever helpful to anybody, or says anything that's genuinely wise. "Do or do not, there is no try." Up yours, you horrible little oven mitt! "Try" is how human beings get better. That's how people learn, they try some of their muscles, or their Force mechanism heads in the right direction, that part gets reinforced and rewarded with positive feedback, which you never give. And parts of it get repressed by saying, "No, that you will not do!" It is abhorrent, junior high school Zen. It's cartoon crap.

Tell us what you really think, David! In the rest of the Wired interview, the author also discusses his brand new novel, Existence, among other topics. More in the link below.

Why David Brin Hates Yoda, Loves Radical Transparency [Wired]

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    He was kind of helpful when he stopped that machinery crap from falling on Annakin and Obi Wan in Episode II (during the dooku fight)

    Although in doing that he did save the guy who would later take over the galaxy...

      He also was against Qi-Gon training Annakin in The Phantom Menace!

    I think this dude misses the point. The best comparison, in my mind, would be Shakes-a-Spears' "to be or not to be." You cannot try (which means, attempt) to be alive. You cannot try to be dead. You either is, or not at all.

      Yeah, it's totally a mental state of mind thing. Like, saying you'll try implies the possibility of failure. Saying you will do it does not. Believe you'll succeed and then you will.

    David Brin is a moron, and one of those select idiots who was too stupid to understand the plot of the Star Wars trilogy. His bullshit about the series is destroyed here:-

      He's most definitely not a moron. I've found some of his discussions over the last 15-20 years on "othering" of people and also transparency to be prescient and thoughtful.

      Brin *is* mostly wrong about Star Wars as the writer in your link demonstrates pretty effectively, though, and he's definitely got a massive blindspot about Star Wars. He's been doing variants of this riff for a few years now and it always induces some serious frothing, which seems to be the main point of half of what's published these days - print something polarising and drive up the traffic by causing a flame-war in the comments.

      However, the writer of the critique also misses one thing when he says " "The Postman" contains no futuristic premises, no futuristic technology, no futuristic settings, or futuristic cultures." He must have watched the film and not read the book, 'cause the book was partly about a society being manipulated by the last AI. Unfortunately, the entire point of the book was dumped when they made a film that was basically Waterworld without the water.

    As well as those points above Yoda trained Luke and got his X-wing out of the swamp not leaving him trapped on Dagobah.Wether the rebels would have destroyed the DeathStar mark 2 and therefore the Emperor without Luke or Han who Luke rescued is another discussion.

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