Yaddle talks normally in Jedi stories, so Yoda must have tricked us
When Yoda was introduced to the Star Wars universe in Empire Strikes Back in 1980, one thing that really stood out about him was the way he spoke. Sometimes he speaks relatively casually, and other times he throws the verbs for his sentences right at the end of the sentence, but we all just assume that’s how people of the Yoda species talk. After an episode of Tales of the Jedi was released on Disney+, we now know that’s not the case at all.
Meet Yaddle, the offspring of the Yoda species. Well, it’s like “seeing Yaddle again”, as she appeared a few times in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, but she never spoke. She looks a bit rough too. Yaddle is voiced in one episode by Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and she speaks like everyone else who speaks Galactic Basic – the lingua franca in the Star Wars universe. That’s right, she doesn’t say things like, “Don’t try. Do or don’t. No try” or “The greatest teacher, failure is.”
Not everything Yoda says is messy, but his most memorable quotes are. On the other hand, Yaddle says things like, “Whatever he lied to you, whatever you did, you can make up for it now by bringing him to justice.” No puzzles. Completely coherent.
We should also point out that one thing Dallas does very well is capture the timbre of Yoda – who was originally voiced by Frank Oz. She feels like her voice adds depth to the unnamed species, even if she doesn’t often confuse sentence structure.
So what is Yoda’s way of talking? That is completely unknown at this point. Considering his sense of humour, could he have been playing pranks on people for decades? We don’t know how he spoke before he was on the Jedi Council, so your guess is as good as ours.
The alien species of Yaddle, Yoda, and Grogu don’t even have a name or a home world yet. While Yoda lived 900 years, he kept his history and race a secret. Before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, there were a few other members of the species – all of whom were Force or Jedi sensitive – but all were wiped from the canon after the acquisition. So right now, it’s just the three mentioned above.
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