I haven't read any of the EU novels beyond the Dark Nest Crisis but this is one of the reasons I'm reluctant to, as much as I appreciate the cyclical/mirror image thing with Jacen/Anakin, Jacen was one of my favourite characters of the EU universe (the first novels I read were the Thrawn trilogy followed by YJK, about 13 years ago now). Him going darkside just doesn't sit right with me. Just my opinion of course, I'm sure others feel differently.
Previously, he had suffered under the Yuzen Vong..and survived mostly because he turned pain into power...or ignored it. I don't think he ever got help for that, after it was done...since I have not read those books. Nor did he ever talk about it, to anyone. Combine that with one twisted sith lady out for revenge on Luke Skywalker, who KNOWS Jacen is stubborn and therefore tells him things she KNOWS will shift his thinking. Not to mention she was maniplating things to get him in a position where he would be willing to listen to her, in the first place, even before he saw her.
So when he does go into his grandfather's history, he is seeing it through different eyes and somehow comes to the false conclusion he can do better. Meanwhile, everyone around him is seeing this change..and he could care less..because it's all for the greater good. I've recently started rereading the series, so I'm surprised at all I'm catching. There is one part where Jacen has to justify his actions, because of some innocent comments Wedge and a smuggler told him. He is oblivous to this, no doubt, In my opinion, because of his pride. So in the end...Lumyia won after all..she got him to do a ton more damage than she ever could..to the galaxy, his family and innocent people in general.
At the moment I'm reading "Exile". Sorry if I spoiled it for anyone..I didn't mean to. I guess my final point is that Jacen's mistake wasn't that he didn't study the history, he just didn't notice certain parts that could only be seen through Anakin's eyes, not read or watched. Both Jacen and Anakin were manipulated by evil people, because they choose to keep certain doubts to themselves..instead of going to someone wiser. In the end, Anakin saw this..I can't remember if Jacen did though...
And there's his failing right there, not talking about it to anyone. What he should have done was gone to his Uncle Luke about his pain, and Luke could have warned him about what happened to his grandfather.
Kyp Durron tried the same thing, and failed. Jedi before Anakin thought the same way, and they didn't turn out so well. He should have consulted Luke. It's much worse when you claim your actions are for "The Greater Good". He's part of the Skywalker lineage, he should know where this path leads from his family.
"He's part of the Skywalker lineage, he should know where this path leads from his family." Losing his hand, obviously. *grin*
Down to business. Caedus was a PACIFIST. He also had a pretty tragic life, lost a brother, spent months in torture, etcetc. And for the downfall. Anakin - who I adore - did choose the Dark Side because of his obsessive love over and his phobic fear of losing his wife. Caedus, on the other hand, wanted to make a better world. You know, like Kira in Death Note for example. How is that the same?
Even after all that Jacen should have listened to common sense. And to someone who has experience with the dark side. Luke has gone through events just as bad, if not worst than Jacen, and still came through. Losing his surrogate parents, his mentor, and his hand. Found out his father was one of the most evil villains alive and responsible for the state the galaxy is in. Yet he still came through.
Anakin's reasons for turning were even more selfish than Cadeus. He took the dark path on the POSSIBILITY his wife might die. And instead of turning to the one person who would help him, Obi-wan, for support on this, he decided the only way to save her was to become stronger. And to top it all off he stopped Mace Windu for killing the emperor just so he could teach him obviously seductive and dubious means of gaining power. Becoming a hypocrite as well because he killed Count Dooku on the same basis, yet thinks Mace should spare Palpatine.
Anakin may have redeemed himself. But none of what he did is forgivable, or justifiable.
Cadeus actually had more legit reasons for going to the dark side than Anakin. But knowing his family history and having people who he could talk to on this results in him looking foolish. Then again most people who go to the dark side do so in foolish moments.