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In Star Wars time and again someone gets frozen in carbonite, but in that one rebels episode it was the first and only time I ever saw someone in sort of a stasis pod (albeit dead).

Now I’m wondering is this similar to a carbonite freezing or are there any differences there?

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  • Time and again? Just how many people have been undergone carbon freezing in Star Wars? Apr 26, 2016 at 16:51
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    @JohnSensebe I agree. Besides Empire, I can only think of a single Clone Wars episodes that features it.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Apr 26, 2016 at 17:02
  • @JohnSensebe Empire/Jedi returns, then 1 clone wars episode, then now non canon: it comes up in the star wars mmo for Tarsis, it comes up in the star wars strategy game in one of the addons,.... . So time and again additionally they seemed to be pretty sure in clone wars that it works so it is implied it is a proven method ;)
    – Thomas
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:09
  • @RogueJedi see my comment above (sadly I can't double @ in one comment)
    – Thomas
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:10
  • Which episode are you referring to?
    – Rogue Jedi
    May 20, 2016 at 13:04

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First, she wasn’t in a stasis pod. The actual container she was in was a sarcophagus, containing her desiccated remains:

INQUISITOR: Yes, I’m afraid Master Luminara died with the Republic. But her bones continue to serve the Empire, luring the last Jedi to their ends.

Star Wars: Rebels, “Rise of the Old Masters”

If there were any stasis of the preservative sort, it would need to have been implemented after her body had decayed significantly, since (as mentioned in the previous quote), only bones remained. And what would have been the point?

Second, she is described as being in a "stasis field." However, what’s described as a stasis field is the thing that appears to be containing her when Kanan and Ezra walk in (though in reality the whole thing is a hologram):

Ezra and Kanan entered the narrow cell. At the other end, a stasis field held a female Mirialan in prisoner’s fatigues who resembled the Jedi Master in the news report.

“Is it really her?” Ezra asked.

“Yes, but…” Kanan hesitated. “Something’s wrong.”

He walked closer to Luminara and reached a hand into the field. “Master?”

There was a charge of static, the stasis field dissolved, and Luminara disappeared, replaced by a skeleton floating in a sarcophagus. Kanan inhaled in shock. She had been a hologram.

Droids in Distress

There’s a bit of confusion here, which Wookieepedia is helping to perpetuate. Wookieepedia claims that the coffin that Unduli was in had a stasis field that preserved her remains, in accordance with the usage of the term in Legends. This is what might lead to the misapprehension that Master Unduli’s corpse rests in a stasis pod. However, in this case, "stasis" refers to holding a living creature in place. This is how a stasis field is described in "A New Dawn":

Sloane didn’t hit the floor, or anything else. She heard the hum in the air above, felt the strong pull of an invisible force holding her body in place. It was a stasis field, like the ones in her brig. The person who had pushed her walked ahead in the dark before turning and shining a bright portable light in her face.

A New Dawn

In other word, the stasis field is a method of containment, not of preservation. The stasis field was a part of the hologram, to make Master Unduli’s imprisonment look convincing.

To confuse things even further, there are actual stasis pods in canon, which are generally used for short-term freezing, and can have nasty side effects.


As an aside: Curiously, the junior novel based on this episode refers to Luminara as being unconscious and inside a stasis field, despite the fact that in the episode (and indeed the picture in the book) she, or her hologram, did not appear unconscious when Kanan and Ezra walked in.

Soon they reached Cell 0169. Inside, Master Luminara floated unconscious inside a stasis field.

The Inquisitor’s Trap

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  • In the episode itself there was still a glow even after the hologram disappeared so I always thought that they "preserved" her remains (there she was more or less a mumified corpsed instead of a skeleton)
    – Thomas
    Dec 29, 2016 at 17:09

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