Thank the maker for Spike TV and its dedication to running Star Wars marathons on the weekend. If it wasn’t for a little downtime with Luke, Leia, and Han this past Saturday I may not have worked up the energy to write this post. I’ve been highly engrossed with my teaching duties this past week and I didn’t think I’d have any time to write this month, but fortunately I got ahead of the curve on Friday which enabled me to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and spend some quality time with Mr. Lucas’ world.
And thank the maker for Plaristes! If not for his attention to detail I would defiantly miss little gems The Essential Guide Jedi vs. Sith has to offer a Star Wars chronologist.
My post today focus’ upon pages 65-67, which delineate on the subject of Jedi telepathy, and how this ability affected Jedi Master Saesee Tiin, and his relationship with his own Jedi Master Omo Bouri.
Master Saesse Tiin, an Iktotchi Jedi who is not given to speaking, recorded for future padawan’s his experience with telepathy, and did so by outlining the strengths and weaknesses of such an ability. His most amusing line for me was how this ability caused him much embarrassment: “For unlike my peers, I was a natural receiver and transmitter of thoughts, a condition that I – not then able to organize incoming thoughts or consistently contain my own deliberations – often considered a hindrance and, at times, an embarrassment. I will not share details, but allow you to imagine” (66). And imagine I did! I think that one of the things that would probably cause Master Tiin embarrassment would be the thoughts of other Jedi revolving around the subject of sex. He was probably privy too many intimate thoughts of fellow Jedi members, if not for him, then maybe for each other. Cause for embarrassment indeed!
The other aspect of Master Saesse’s recording which I found educational was the history he provided for young padawans about his Master, Omo Bouri. Not even remotely humanoid, Master Omo Boui was a sentient parasitic species called a Wol Cabasshite. What made this relationship work for Saesee Tiin was that he was unable to read his Master’s thoughts, because his physiology was so foreign his Iktotchi brain was unable to decipher anything the Jedi Master said: “At first, I couldn’t understand his thoughts or a single word he said. It was a most refreshing experience” (67).
Upon investigating what Omo Bouri looked like on Wookieepedia, I discovered the picture above. This picture if not one of master Omo, but what a Wol Cabasshite looks like, and remarkably, this species had a split second cameo in Return of the Jedi!
In the ‘behind the scenes’ section of the Wol Cabasshite write-up, it gave a description of how the inclusion of this small alien in Lucas’ ’83 film evolved into the backstory of Master Saesee Tiin: “The Wol Cabasshites first appeared in Richard Marquand's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where they were shown, fleetingly, in the Jabba's Palace sequence. They were first named in the "Jabba's Palace Limited" set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. The backstory and elaboration of the species was provided by "ejmacki" through StarWars.com's Hyperspace feature, "What's The Story?," which worked with information provided in the card game. The "What's the Story?" information would later be used by Ryder Windham in his 2007 reference book, Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, and in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.”
I know I’ve beaten this drum before, but this is a prime example of intertextuality and allusion at work, again, in the Star Wars universe. Text influencing and affecting how future text see and engage with images and stories that have come before it. I love this stuff!
For my next post I’m going to look at Watson’s Jedi Apprentice #11, The Deadly Hunter. Until then my friends, may the Force be with you.