This seems to be a very big problem with Star Wars today. How many more "over the top" Sith or Jedi must we see before someone wakes up? If I published a Star Wars book, and my Sith character could desintegrate a person with only a look.. or destroy an entire galaxy with a thought, would he be one of the most powerful Sith ever?..yes but he would also be very lame. It seems that writers today have no idea what Star Wars is or needs to be, and of course GL only wants the money and cares nothing of the EU. I remember as a little boy watching Luke block blaster fire from the training droid and all I could say was "woooww".. then to do it with his eyes covered?? I was blown away. These days, Jedi/Sith are more along the lines of Superman.. it's over kill. If all I knew of Star Wars was the movies, I would think the Jedi are just normal people, but when they "quiet their mind" they can do amazing things. Most writers have just taken this idea and thrown it away. If I was pure evil,and could fight like Rambo, would I be more of danger to mankind than people like Hitler, Pol Pot, or Stalin?? Well of course not, it takes more to be a great villain.
The Jedi have never been depicted like Superman. The only reason even such a thing happens is because of power creep on behalf of everyone else. The Jedi are the tops. They are not people who can do "amazing things" they are the best of the best of the best
. The Jedi Order was a group of Warrior Monks who were unmatched in bravery, wisdom, and combat capability. They were the people who could bring a sword to a gunfight and win.
It is a combination of combat prowess and wisdom that makes the Jedi what they are and that is fine...
Until you start ramping up the bad guys. When you do that the Jedi have to get ramped up to maintain the status quo.
Stop trying to mess up the status quo and you stop the power creep.
Blame Karen's mega-mandos for that.
All too often we get characters that are way over the top, when does it stop? When is it too much? The writers (all EU,not just books) need to think more before they deliver a product, and stop trying to out do the last guy. Give us something with some meat on it,and not just some guy that can kill everything..end of story. Look at comic books.. can Superman beat Batman? hell yeah he can, and yet Batman is every bit as popular, why is this? It's because he has a rich story and a great cast a villains and the reader can relate with him more.
Batman is not a character that others can relate to in comic books. Sure he has no "super powers" ... You know... If you don't count the fact that he's a billionaire genius forensic scientist engineer Olympic level athlete ninja with severe psychological issues... But I mean... Isn't everyone?
Give me Superman any day. A person with amazing skills who has to restrain himself all the time who hides who he is all the time and though he appears like everyone else doesn't feel like he belongs.