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The Force and force fields

What are general opinions about the ability of Jedi to affect objects protected by force fields. Are there canon incidents of this happening? It seems that force fields have frustrated Jedi on multiple occasions in the prequel movies:

  • The shielded Droideka's on the TradeFed flagship in TPM drove off Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon said the situation was a stand-off, since the droids' blasts couldn't get through the Jedi's defense, but the reflected blaster shots didn't penetrated the droids' shields. Why not just use the Force to disable these droids, as they did many other battle droids in the movie? The shield seems to be the only significant difference.
  • Count Dooku used some kind of force field to restrain Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis.
  • A ray shield trapped Anakin and Obi-Wan in ROTS. Using the Force to telekinetically disable the field emitter would seem to be the obvious solution, but it occurs to neither Jedi. Are they just stupid, or is there a reason they can't use the Force that way?

--Ted C 15:53, 4 March 2008 (EST)

I can't think of any events in the movies (or in the novels, offhand) where telekinesis was used through shielding. However, telepathy seems to work through shielding:
  • Probably Luke to Leia at the end of ESB, as the Falcon likely still had shields active
  • Vader could sense the Force with Luke even though he was piloting a shielded X-wing
  • Corran Horn was able to get impressions of X-wing pilots he was flying against in combat in I, Jedi
  • Battle Meditation wouldn't ever work in space combat if it couldn't affect pilots through shields
-- Mad 13:28, 6 March 2008 (EST)