Still 134 days left before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives to awaken us, forcefully. Until then, every new detail is a scrumptious bread crumb from which we peasants fill our empty Star Wars-less bellies. To save us until the next inevitable detail, reveal comes from director J.J. Abrams himself: There will be no bullshit midi-chlorians. Hall. E. Lu. Jah.
In a brief video interview with MTV News, a visibly agitated Abrams answers a resounding “no” to a question asking if the dumb, incomprehensible midi-chlorians are ever mentioned in the movie. (Head to 0:42 in the vid.)
Great! Among the laundry list of minor crimes the prequel movies committed against their own mythology, introducing midi-chlorians — a measurable, biological element to the Force — was among the doofiest. A spiritual element that had previously bloomed from will-power and inner strength, boiled down basically to a blood cell count. It was akin to quantifying how much religion you have in your veins. How much of the Force do you have? I have more! But Anakin had the most and now he’s dead.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out Dec. 18, 2015.