How to save Luke in the Live Action Series - follow Children of Dune's lead?

Heijan Xavier
Apr 17, 2016
Anyone who has read the Dune books and seen the Star Wars sequel trilogy would likely have determined that the desert planet of Jakku was likely named after the Arakeen, deep desert community of Seitch Jacurutu. That's totally fine by the way. Why not pay homage to Dune?

Along those lines. In book 3 Ghenima Atreides (Paul's daughter) undergoes a self-induced mind-wipe and convinces herself that her twin brother Leto was eaten by a sandworm. In reality, he was going alone on a secret mission into the deep desert, but if Ghenima stood before a truth-sayer and was not completely sure that Leto was dead, their adversaries would have gone looking for him and compromised his mission.

What if Luke, in TLJ, had previously undergone a self-imposed mind-wipe. Maybe Ben Solo didn't destroy the entire new Jedi order; he just did some damage. Luke determines the best way to keep them safe is to let the knowledge of the survivors' deaths die with him. So, while Rey begins her own Jedi academy on Tatooine, there's another, secret one elsewhere in the galaxy as an insurance policy against the next Jedi purge that would likely happen in a few centuries or millennia.

So in short. Luke was pathetic in TLJ by design, because that was the only guaranteed way to keep his surviving students safe.

Thoughts y'all? I know Favreau and Filoni want to save Luke's character, and without somehow relegating the current sequel trilogy to legends, I don't know how else they can pull it off.
The connection between Dune and Star Wars has long been a topic of discussion among fans. It is indeed possible that the desert planet of Jakku was named as an homage to the Arakeen community of Seitch Jacurutu from the Dune series. Both franchises share thematic similarities, particularly in their depiction of desert worlds and the influence of ancient prophecies.
Regarding the idea of Luke Skywalker undergoing a self-induced mind-wipe in a similar manner to Ghenima Atreides in the Dune series, it presents an interesting concept. The notion that Luke would sacrifice his own reputation and portray himself as a failure in order to protect his surviving students with his dark venta saber certainly adds a layer of complexity to his character. It would explain his actions in The Last Jedi and provide a plausible explanation for the existence of a secret Jedi academy.
However, it's important to note that this theory goes beyond the official canon established by the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The storylines and character development in the movies, including Luke's portrayal, were crafted by the filmmakers with their own creative vision in mind. While it is possible for future Star Wars projects to explore alternative narratives and redemption arcs for Luke, it remains to be seen how they will address and reconcile the existing sequel trilogy.
Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, known for their work on The Mandalorian series, have shown a deep understanding and appreciation for the Star Wars lore. They have successfully reintroduced beloved characters and expanded the universe in innovative ways. If they decide to further develop Luke's character and his story, it will be interesting to see how they navigate the existing sequel trilogy while still honoring its continuity.
Ultimately, these theories and discussions reflect the passion and imagination of the Star Wars fan community. It's always intriguing to explore different interpretations and possibilities within the vast Star Wars universe.