(Apologies, as this isn’t strictly about video games, but I couldn’t resist with the recent Star Wars hot takes)
Star Wars discourse can be incredibly exhausting for a variety of reasons, but one of the things that I dislike most about the deeper takes on the SW universe is the tendency for people to try and bring moral complexity to a series that I think, at its core, is pretty straight forward.
It’s obviously a little more complicated than “Jedi=good, Sith=bad”, but the amount of people I see try to “both sides” the light side and the dark, or the Jedi and the Sith, weirds me out. I understand the want to get more complexity out of it when we live in a time where moral ambiguity is all the rage in pop culture, but I just can’t agree with takes that basically say “the Jedi are as bad as the Sith”.
Now, no doubt the Jedi of the Old Republic (especially the Council) are quite often dogmatic assholes, serve a corrupt government, and believe themselves to be above the law, but the Sith are constantly portrayed as straight up evil. The dark side of the Force twists people’s best intentions into something monstrous, and the people who give in fully to it almost always end up using that power to harm others.
One of my favorite things about KOTOR 2 is how I don’t think it tries to equate the dark side with the light side on a moral level, but instead speaks to the vast majority of people in the galaxy who don’t care about the distinction between dark and light, Sith and Jedi, and how the constant fighting between the two only serves to harm the galaxy as a whole.
Star Wars is one of my favorite things, like ever, and I love thinking entirely too deeply about the dynamics of that universe, but I just don’t see the justification or need behind constant takes like “Qui-Gon was a Grey Jedi” or general Sith apologia.