J.J. Abrams Will Do Away With Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's Worst Part

By Gary Cutlack on at

The mystery of the force will return once again in the new Star Wars films, according to J.J. Abrams, who says the hated midi-chlorians -- the needless biological explanation of the force introduced in the miserable first prequel -- will not be mentioned. Presumably they're still there inside, but not talked about lest they ruin the retro vibe.

Confirmation of the binning of the midi-chlorian myth came from Abrams himself, who was answering a series of yes/no questions on the red carpet of a Mission: Impossible screening. Here's the full interview. It's not particularly serious, but is only 1:47 long so you might be able to make it all the way through without getting bored or checking your phone:

The midi-chlorians were the reason given for the existence of the force in The Phantom Menace, which had happily been a thing in the original films without any explanation. They turned having the force into something similar to having Type 2 diabetes, changing it from a dreamy mystical energy thing into a kind of space chlamydia that could be measured and, presumably, treated.

So basically, there won't be any convoluted science nonsense in the new Star Wars films, just your usual drama about things blowing up and good/evil taking its course. [Screen Rant via MTV]