The Force Theme is a musical theme repeated across the musical score of the Star Wars saga. The theme is a signature line of music and one of the most recognizable of John Williams's Star Wars scores. It is also known as the Binary Sunset, or in a version featured in a Star Wars music book, May the Force be with you. The music is also considered Luke's Theme, due to the music first being used with Luke looking out at the sunset, and it's connection with not only the Force, but with Luke as well.
Portions of it are heard in the Taris and Star Forge scenes of the game Knights of the Old Republic, in the context of "Bastila's Theme." "Force Theme" is also sometimes briefly heard when the Jedi Exile in The Sith Lords receives Light Side Points.
The Force Theme can be heard in all Star Wars movies and one of the basic themes for the franchise.
In the moviesEdit
It was first introduced in Episode IV A New Hope when Princess Leia Organa gives R2-D2 the Death Star plans but its most prominent inclusion was in the scene where Luke Skywalker gazes out to the twin suns of Tatooine. Later in the film, the theme is once again started when Obi-Wan Kenobi starts talking to Luke, shortly before the exhaust port is destroyed, and again as Luke goes back to see his Aunt and Uncle. Lastly in A New Hope, the theme can be heard twice during the victory celebration scene. It is also heard when Luke is being chased by a TIE Fighter.
In Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, it is heard again when Yoda reveals himself as the Jedi Master Luke had been looking for and then several times on Dagobah. As Luke calls to Leia as he hangs from the bottom of Cloud City, Leia hears him through the Force, a unique ability for someone who is untrained. The Force Theme can again be heard when Leia hears her brother's words. It is also heard when the Rebels are retreating from the AT-AT Walkers and when Luke grabs his lightsaber using the Force in the Wampa's cave.
In Episode VI Return of the Jedi, when Luke asks Leia of her memories of her real mother, the Force Theme is played. At the end of the film, the Force Theme is played when Anakin Skywalker grabs Emperor Palpatine and throws him into a chasm. As Vader is burned, the theme emerges again as he passes into the Force.
In Episode I The Phantom Menace, The theme is heard when Qui-Gon Jin tries to break the trade federation's door at the beginning of the movie. It can be heard again when Gui-Gon advices Anakin just before the podrace and when Shmi tells him Anakin has no father. As Anakin leaves Tatooine to become a Jedi, the theme comes in an outburst as he leaves his mother, departing to learn the ways of the Force. It can also be heard when Obi-Wan uses the Force to summon his master's lightsaber and slay Darth Maul, during the climatic lightsaber duel in the Theed Royal Palace. The theme is hinted at in the funeral music of Qui-Gon Jinn, which is brought back in Episode III.
In Episode II Attack of the Clones, the theme is heard as Anakin and Padmé Amidala depart incognito to Naboo. As Anakin stands looking out to the sunset of Tatooine, the theme returns as he decides to venture out to look for his mother, who he just learned had been kidnapped by Tusken Raiders. The theme is also heard during the Battle of Geonosis as Anakin pleads with Obi-Wan to halt their pursuit of Count Dooku to recover Padmé, and Yoda senses the impending confrontation.
In Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the movie itself opens with the Force Theme being played along with the Battle of Coruscant backdrop as the camera follows Anakin and Obi-Wan in their starfighters, and again as they land on the Invisible Hand. It is played when Anakin tells Padmé about his death in his dreams. Due to his nightmares, Anakin tells Yoda of his preoccupations: the theme appears as Yoda tells him that "death is a natural part of life," although the theme is played with deep tones. The theme is once again heard during Obi-Wan's and Anakin's conversation before the Jedi Master departs to Utapau, and again as he arrives. It is played again when Anakin gets into an airspeeder and goes to Mace and Palpatine's Duel and then when Anakin asks Windu not to kill Palpatine. The theme can be heard when Anakin and Obi-Wan both use the Force against each other. In the piece Battle of the Heroes, the theme makes an appearance as Obi-Wan tries desperately to bring Anakin back to the light. It is played again as Darth Vader wakes up for the first time in his new suit and when Yoda reveals to Obi-Wan that his former master Qui-Gon Jin became immortal. The song can be heard again when Darth Vader and Palpatine watch the construction of the Death Star. The movie closes with this theme in a reprise of Binary Sunset, just as it opened with it.
In the film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Force Theme is used to underscore the film's resolution. It is used in a similar fashion in several early episodes of the subsequent television series. It reappears in "Overlords", underscoring Obi-Wan's comments to his vision of Qui-Gon Jinn regarding Anakin. The episode also introduces an ascending variant of the theme, using the first few notes, as a motif for the family on Mortis—most prominently heard during establishing shots of the temple. It is also reused and connects to "Ahsoka's Theme" in "The Wrong Jedi".
In Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens the tune appears in the tracks "Maz's Counsel" and "Han and Leia," as well as in "The Jedi Steps and Finale" at the end of the film, when Rey finds Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To to start her Jedi training.
In popular cultureEdit
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Notes and referencesEdit
- Force Theme Archive [Just how many tracks is the Force theme in anyways?] on the Jedi Council Forums (Star Wars and Film Music board; accessed February 10, 2013)
- SF1_freeze (May 30, 2011). SCORE: --- THEME --- The Force Theme. JOHN WILLIAMS Fan Network. Retrieved on August 17, 2012.