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Apr 3, 2017

Who REALLY is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to the director of Return of the Jedi?


Update: Clearly I was late to the party as Stumpy Hobbit had already had it confirmed by Pablo Hildago himself on Twitter that George's storylines indeed inspired the Snoke character!


I couldn't find the actual tweet by Pablo though...

Who is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to Richard Marquand?


This tweet by Jedi News piqued my interest:


Richard Marquand was the director of the third Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. A personal favorite, Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I saw as a kid at the theatre. Given that love, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Marquand and think he made a great movie

So when Jedi News says that Marquand had some insight about Lucas's intended vision of the Star Wars universe post Jedi, I was indeed interested. 

Here's the actual quote from the July 1983 edition of Prevue Magazine:

“If you follow the direction, and project into the final trilogy [i.e. Episode VII-IX], you realise that you’re going to meet the supreme intellect, and you think how is it possible to create a man who has such profound cunning that he can not only control Darth Vader, but the fate of Luke Skywalker? Control the destiny of the whole galaxy? You’ll be amazed!”

So there's a supreme intellect out there, pulling strings across the universe far wider than that Palpatine once managed?

That was in 1983 and some 33 years later, The Force Awakens is released and with it a mysterious character called Snoke. Snoke is definitely pulling strings across the universe. He's tapped into the psyhe of Kylo Ren and is attuned to the force in someway. 


Is Snoke the embodiment of the idea that Lucas described to Marquand? 


Is Snoke this 'Supreme Intellect'?

I'm sure Pablo Hidalgo will be the first to tell me my Snoke theory sucks but it's not really mine, this theory has been around since the moment Snoke dropped into canon. I'm just taking it for a spin.

It's impossible to miss the reference to the intelligence is considered 'supreme' and that Snoke's more formal title is 'Supreme Leader'. Or am I making a leap to far like most random Youtube Star Wars speculators?

A rumoured working title for TFA was The Ancient Fear. An ancient supreme intellect perhaps? Update 2 - Pablo debunked that for us personally!

I quite like the Snoke - Darth Plagueis theory myself... but then Pable debunked that theory too. 

But let's take a side step of sorts. 

I'm interested in this reminder from history because of what happened with the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney - you know when Lucas sold Star Wars to the 'white slavers'...

We understand that Lucas had been playing with ideas for years about the movies numbers 7,8,9 and had made several comments over the decades.

While it is absolute myth that Lucas actually wrote 9 or even 12 Star Wars movies, he has stated several times, he thought that the third trilogy should be filmed in the time line where Luke Skywalker was as old as Kenobi himself was in A New Hope.

Indeed, at the time of the sale it was widely reported that Lucas had been developing story lines for the future and they were incorporated into the sale.  

Cut to literally the last minute of The Force Awakens and it's clear that Lucas' vision of Luke has been carried through.

We also know that script writer Michael Arndt spent also most a year as the lead pen of the film that became The Force Awakens before JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan effectively when back to the drawing board.

But did Arndt work with the story lines that Lucas had developed and supplied to Disney? And did these also include the 'Supreme Intellect' that Marquand spoke of? And if so, is this shadowy entity Supreme Leader Snoke?

We won't of course know until until The Last Jedi is released. And even then, we may not know until movie 9 but we're picking that now Skywalker is Obi Wan's age equivalent, the story lines as suggested by Lucas for that character will be mixed into the new foundation set by The Force Awakens.

And maybe we'll learn just how much of Lucas's ideas were carried over into the third trilogy and The last Jedi. Will Luke Skywalker get to confront the Supreme Intellect?

Did you ever see the movie Krull? It's an awesome fantasy film that's so bad it's good. Nice to see it had a mention on the Prevue cover above!

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