The Force is overrated: FACT!

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is hitting stores on September 16th and that’s all cool and lovely. But, as you prepare to get your Sith on, why not pause for a moment and consider this for a curve ball…The Force is overrated: FACT!

But it’s an energy field, you say, created by all living things. It surrounds and penetrates living beings. It binds the whole galaxy together for god’s sake. Well, that’s as maybe. But if you examine the holy sextuplet with dispassionate eyes, you’ll see that while characters are perpetually rattling on about how powerful The Force is, most of the time it’s a massive let down.

Darth says, “the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” But is it? Is it really? If so, why bother to build a Death Star in the first place? Darth could just fly about pointing at planets and blowing them up. But no, we never see a Jedi or a Sith blow up a planet with the Force. It takes all Yoda’s effort to lift an X-Wing out of a puddle. So there! Read on, check out our 9 reasons worth of evidence and feel free to consign me to the detention block in our forums.

Just take a look at this promo image for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (the sole inspiration for this article.) That’s one Jedi. Bringing a Star Destroyer to ground. With The Force. Seriously? No offence to the game, don’t get me wrong, the game looks pretty good. And no offence to the principle of a Jedi being powerful enough to take a Star Destroyer down with The Force. Arguably the films could have done with more showy Jedi powers. No, the problem is that nowhere in any of the films do Jedi, or Sith for that matter, do anything remotely as cool as this. Apparently the game’s considered ‘canon’ too. Meaning according to Lucas this stuff is legit. Now this isn’t a reason in itself for suggesting that The Force is overrated. But, as you read on just consider how many of the following Star Warsian situations could have been affected if Jedi or Sith were as powerful as this.

Judgment on The Force: Just doesn’t work in canon


  • supersupportsupreme - January 12, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    This article here will help me shape my Star Wars story into something badass, also the Force Unleashed is ok but it ain't Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic...that game kicked ass.
  • Smeggs - September 16, 2008 12:54 a.m.

    LOL Nice. I got one, When Obi-Wan force pushes Greivous up into that balcony in the last video, would it really be that hard just to throw the path of his vehicle off a little bit so it falls off the walkway?
  • Black_X_1111 - November 3, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    Oh, and your forgetting that there is some strategy in what they do. Yoda takes his fine time to lift the column to make Count Dooku underestimate him. Ben goes emo cuz Luke shows up, and Ben can only truly help if he leaves his physical body.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 3, 2008 2:31 a.m.

    You see, it not force that over rated, but Jedi. Translation: the Jedi could blow up planets, but none of them are mentally strong enough. So you would need a super Jedi or God with Jedi powers to do it. Or an autistic person, as TV has shown us in the Eureka series, a Sci-Fi channel original.
  • Elbo444 - September 30, 2008 5:27 a.m.

    so true, and with all those giant vehicles and machines you'd think they could just use the force to cut some wires and break everything
  • frag - April 24, 2009 3:18 a.m.

    Everything could be 'rationalised' by saying that the force is not a tool that can be used at will. It is a presence. If a jedi can forcepush something, it is because the force is set at the moment to allow it. A jedi would feel he could forcemind, like he could(n't?) feel he can't forcewhatever. The force would be a matter of situation, not will to use it.
  • troys490 - April 23, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    Of course if the used The Force to do all that stuff the plot of the movies would be pretty boring, it would just be on big movie of explosions. (Maybe that would be better)
  • Baconator96 - April 27, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    Did anyone notice how, after Obi-Wan gives up an dies, he just sorta disintegrates into a pile of robes? WTF... ReCaptcha: to aguilar the lost city of gold?!
  • PhantomDave - April 25, 2009 4:23 a.m.

    LOL This was a great list. I'm a life long Star Wars geek but even I laugh at it sometimes. Although you lost serious points for quoting ANYthing from Supershadow....
  • LOUDcarBOMB - April 24, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    The beginning question was one of the questions that was asked on one of the pages.
  • LOUDcarBOMB - April 24, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    "Why when Obi-Wan is riding his Boga why does he get no sense of precognition that he’s about to be shot by the clones and their big gun?" Well... basically one fact that you didn't see is that the Sith used the Force to cloud the Jedi's mind so that they can't see what is about to happen to them. In other words... they couldn't see the future because of the Sith.
  • thecookie - December 22, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    you may have a point with a few things. but you also have to remember that when yoda had trouble lifting the xwing, he was also very old and weakened. and had been out of touch with The Force for some time so as to not be felt through it by vader. and when you consider that there are only a fair few that have the ability to use and focus The Force, that greatly decreases the extent to which an individual can accomplish with The Force alone.

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