In Star Wars: A New Hope the whole story of training Luke being a Jedi is triggered just because Princess Leia's corvette happened to be intercepted just over Tatooine.

The droids happened to be captured and put for sale exactly when uncle Owen needed a new droid.

All this is quite a lot of not-very-likely-to-happen circumstances.

Meanwhile Luke was planning to join the Imperial Academy.

Did the Jedi (i.e. Yoda, Obi-Wan) have any plan to recruit and train Luke?

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    @A.bakker It's in the dialogue. Something about Uncle Owen telling him he can submit his application "to the academy" next year. It's widely accepted this is a reference to the Imperial Adacademy, as it's unlikely the Rebellion have an Officer Training School.
    – Darren
    Dec 11, 2023 at 9:22
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    Could also be that he intended to get trained by the Empire and then defect.
    – Darren
    Dec 11, 2023 at 9:24
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    Similar questions have been asked before. There was no "just happened" (with the possible exception of the droids): Leia was over Tatooine because she was coming to find Obi-wan ("my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed"). And Obi-wan was on Tatooine because he was keeping tabs on Luke. Dec 11, 2023 at 10:08
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    Something, something, something The Force something, something Dec 11, 2023 at 10:23
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    @A.bakker - Luke was indeed planning to apply to the Imperial Academy; scifi.stackexchange.com/a/169019/20774
    – Valorum
    Dec 11, 2023 at 12:05

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The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show sheds some light on this. Obi-Wan had originally had some sort of agreement with Owen that Luke would be eventually trained:

OBI-WAN: Is he okay?

OWEN: You don't care if he's okay. You care if he's showing.

OBI-WAN: He's my responsibility, Owen.

OWEN: I'm his uncle.

OBI-WAN: We talked about this. When the time comes, he must be trained.

OWEN: Like you trained his father? (beat) Anakin is dead, Ben, and I won't let you make the same mistake twice. So, leave him on the farm with his family, where he belongs.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Episode I", via TV Show Transcripts; emphasis added

Owen apparently changes his mind about letting Luke be trained after the Inquisitors come to Tatooine earlier in the same episode to hunt down Jedi.

By the end of the series, Obi-Wan has resolved to trust more in the Force, and to take a more laissez-faire approach with Luke:

OWEN: What are you, uh, doin' here? I thought you were gonna keep your distance.

OBI-WAN: And I will. You know, you were right. He just needs to be a boy. The future will take care of itself. The only protection he needs now, Owen, is you and Beru. Take good care of him.

OWEN: I will.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Episode VI", via TV Show Transcripts; emphasis added

So, in other words, Obi-Wan believed that Luke still needed to be trained, but that the correct time to do so would reveal itself. The Force apparently agrees with him, since it's only after this decision that he's able to see the spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn.

  • What about Legends?
    – J. Mini
    Dec 12, 2023 at 15:08

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