Check out this new essay/site called Ring Theory: The Hidden Artistry of the Star Wars Prequels by Mike Klimo. Here he examines how the saga is told in a “ring composition.” It’s pretty compelling stuff and it does make you wonder how these new movies will fit into that structure.
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Matril has posted her reasons why she loves ROTS.
This movie tears me into pieces. I can’t say that watching it fills me with glee the way the other episodes do, because it’s just too heartbreaking. As it should be. If the original trilogy is a traditional hero’s journey, the prequels are more like a Greek or Shakespearean tragedy. It is the tale of a hero’s downfall, of the fatal flaws that lead to his doom.
Matril is back with another LiveJournal post, “Why I Love Episode II.”
I like Anakin and Padmé’s romance. A lot of their dialogue is kind of goofy, but I think it suits their characters. Padmé has been surrounded by well-speaking politicians her whole life. She would find it refreshing for someone to talk to her in stumbling, uncertain in-eloquence, wouldn’t she? They’re both of them socially weird. Padmé started training to serve in the political arena before she was even a teenager. Her last kiss was when she was twelve, and it was quite a short-lived romance since they parted ways to pursue different career paths. At age twelve. Anakin, meanwhile, spent his childhood as a slave before being sequestered within the Jedi Order and trained to cut off all connections to everyone and everything. It’s going to be an awkward courtship; there’s just no way around it.
Becca is back again with another great read at Coffee With Kenobi, this time an essay about Anakin and why he’s a sympathetic character.
I can relate to him, to Anakin. Like him, I am emotionally driven, intoxicated on the romantics, and fiercely loyal to my loved ones. And yes, sometimes this leads me down a path I should not go, but one must take risks in life … or what’s the point of living?
One Saga has a new essay about Ahsoka’s hero journey on Clone Wars.
Through Ahsoka’s growth as a character we see her following the classic mythological pattern of the hero’s journey. Her path is one of transition from childhood to early adolescence, early adolescence to young adult, and young adult to woman. The journey is fraught with danger and excitement, and intense testing and trials, with Ahsoka being forced to embrace adult decisions and living with the consequences of them… She’s one of my favorite characters from the entire Saga.
Well, she is for my money the greatest Star Wars character never to have appeared in a Star Wars movie, so do check it out.
Becca is back with more meta, this time at The Cantina Cast about her theories on if/when Vader recognized Leia as his daughter:
There’s a moment of placidity, a brief connection, or dare I say it, an emotional link joining Vader and Leia. The man behind the mask stares relentlessly at the distressed and trembling Princess, causing her to falter as she takes a step back. Garbed in white, almost reminiscent of someone he once knew, no, not possible. That was somebody else’s life, or quite possibly a dream, no, a reoccurring nightmare; “You are in my very soul, tormenting me…”-Anakin Skywalker
As long as we’re on an Obi-Wan kick today, Becca at Coffee With Kenobi posted To Exist Is To Endure, a look at Obi-Wan’s character arc.
This reminds me so much of the scene in ROTS, where Obi-Wan hands the infant Luke to his adoptive family; Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. As he does this, he relinquishes his role as teacher and resumes his former place as the learner. After all, this is what he prefers, is it not? He’s an impeccable warrior, who’d rather not fight. A mediator that has remained unrivaled throughout the war and quite frankly, would be more inclined to sit alone in a quiet cave and meditate. Ironically enough, that is exactly what he does over the next twenty years of his life, hence the name; Jedi Hermit.
Star Wars Report posted a great defense of adding the younger Anakin to the end of ROTJ.
Having the Hayden Christensen Anakin as a Force ghost shows us the depth and completeness of Anakin’s redemption. In my mind it also helps to reinforce the fact that Anakin Skywalker, not Luke, is the Chosen One. Here is how I see it.
Having the old Anakin as the Force ghost gives me the impression of “Hey you were a good person who turned horribly evil but decided to become good on your deathbed for all the right reasons and here is your reward.” Maybe that’s a slightly cynical look at it but it really feels like old Anakin is a ghost only because he turned to the light side and Luke forgave him right there. Not that I’m saying that was a bad thing but it seems a bit limited.
With the Hayden Christensen Force ghost we see Anakin as he was BEFORE his fall to the dark side. This is key because that shows me the full extent of his redemption. Not only did Luke forgive Anakin but it appears the Force did as well. Anakin fell to the dark side, abandoned his calling of being the Chosen One, and committed horrible acts in the name of his master. But at the very end of it all when Anakin rises up in Vader, saves his son, and kills the emperor he returned to the light side and fulfilled his destiny as the Chosen One. With the young Anakin ghost we see that his redemption wasn’t just for his last moments of life. Anakin’s redemption was full and complete, covering everything that he ever did.
Over at Star Wars Report is a piece called “Gungans Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em,” but the post itself is really a summary about the Gungans and their culture. I guess there are more parts coming. Go check it out.
The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Facebook page linked to an interesting meta by Becca at Coffee With Kenobi on how a scene in ROTS hit home for her.