Adam also wrote an interesting piece on why nobody seems to care about those poor Geonosians.
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Since not everyone has seen every Clone Wars episode yet, I’m going to put this under a cut and warn of heavy spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the entire Yoda arc yet.
Watching the Clovis arc from Clone Wars Season 6 then listening to both Bryan Young and Dave Filoni discuss Anakin and Padmé’s marriage on various podcasts got my meta gears spinning. It seems to me one reason why there are those who have trouble with this relationship is because they tend to feel it was wrong for them to fall in love and be together. Adding to that belief are the secrecy and deceit they use to maintain their relationship. Deceit is considered morally-wrong after all. Filoni had more or less referred to them as selfish on a recent podcast. If only they had stuffed it all in a drawer and forgotten about each other, everything would have been fine!
It is a little hard to blame people for feeling that way because the movies sort of guide that opinion along, where it seems duty is supposed to come before everything else in life. Personally, I understand why the no attachment rule exists among the Jedi. Who wants Jerry Springer-esque fights among jealous people with superpowers? Love can make even regular mortals do crazy stuff. The other thing is, everyone who knows everything about Star Wars walking into this already knows Anakin will become Darth Vader. They can’t empathize with the love affair of someone destined to be evil; this is also a reason why Padmé gets so much crap from people. They don’t think a good woman should fall in love with an evil man. Anakin turns to the Dark Side and destroys the Jedi because of his love for Padmé, then overwhelmed by the Dark Side, brings about her death: surely their love was tainted, toxic, and horrible.
My perspective though is a little different. I don’t think their love was wrong and I believe, Anakin’s issues aside, it was genuine. Take away his post-Vader actions and Anakin is actually quite honorable with Padmé. He never pushed himself on her and always respected her wishes. All of this “creepy stalker” stuff I keep hearing is just projection by those who have the foreknowledge that Anakin becomes Darth Vader. Until ROTS, I thought he was a lot nicer to Padmé than Han was to Leia for half of the original trilogy. If you ask me, I think the Force brought them together. There would be no Luke or Leia without their love after all.
The real problem is that both Anakin and Padmé are locked into social roles they are unwilling or unable to change. When Padmé initially rejects Anakin’s declaration of affection for her, what does she talk about? Their roles: “you’re studying to be a Jedi and I’m a Senator.” Anakin didn’t have to be a Jedi. I actually think he had no business being one. I understand Qui-Gon’s reasons for wanting to train him, especially with Sith running loose, but it just wasn’t in Anakin’s psychological makeup. He had too much baggage that was never addressed and keeping him from his mother for 10 years was a terrible mistake. Maybe all he was meant to do as the Chosen One was run over Palpatine in a freak podracing accident. And Padmé? Her persistent need to serve others and the expectation she’d do so if asked were her problems. She didn’t have to be a Senator, but she couldn’t refuse the Queen when she was asked to go to Coruscant. She could’ve quit any time she wanted and it seemed like in ROTS with impending motherhood, she started to show some inclination to do so. However, it was clear she didn’t want Anakin to leave the Jedi and apparently was prepared to raise Luke and Leia in secret on Naboo. Certainly it was selfless from a certain point of view for Padmé to recognize the Republic needed Anakin, and for her husband’s sake, he had that need to use his abilities in some productive, meaningful way. In his own way he was as idealistic as she was. But Anakin was getting weary of the secrecy of their marriage and how long did Padmé realistically expect to keep a family secret, even far from Coruscant? The aforementioned movie talk of duty is the social pressure both felt to remain in those roles. I don’t think the Jedi would have taken Anakin leaving them lightly. Padmé risked scandal and letting down her homeworld for leaving her role. In their time and place, there was no room at all left for them to do what they really wanted. They put pressure on themselves and pressure was put on them to think only of duty, duty, duty.
By comparison, no such pressure is put on the original trilogy characters. It’s never clear why Leia resisted Han initially, aside from his being a bit of a jerk on occasion. But note she never says, “I can’t be with you. You are a smuggler and I am a princess and a leader. We will both be shamed and destroyed if we are more than friends.” Nobody tells Leia she cannot love anyone and still serve as a leader in the Alliance. Nobody tells Han he’ll be kicked out of the Alliance if he loves Leia or any other woman. They don’t have to hide their relationship and nobody seems to have a problem with it. Nobody accuses Luke or Leia of “greed” because they drop everything, including duty, to go rescue Han.
Anakin and Padmé were never afforded an opportunity to balance their relationship with their social roles. They either had to choose the personal at great cost, or choose their social roles over the personal at great cost. I think they should have told everyone, “Yes, we’re in love. Go ahead and kick us out, see how you do without us.” But neither one of them were wired to make that kind of stand, given they were expected to serve some grand purpose at a young age. Being somewhat young probably made them even more reluctant to try and buck the system.
I hope that in the post-ROTJ era, no one has to be trapped in this kind of dilemma.
Adam wrote a terrific take on the Geonosis arena scene from AOTC, particularly concerning the beasts that attack the characters. Go check it out!
I forgot to link to Adam’s recent post on Jedi News and his own blog, “Leave Jake Alone.” Here he sticks up for Lloyd’s performance in TPM and tells the haters to well, quit hating:
Jake Lloyd’s problem was never that his acting was substandard in any way, at least in comparison to other child actors. Jake’s problem would be the same as would plague Hayden Christensen later on: the audience did not expect Darth Vader to be anything like that. They expected something so different that when they didn’t get it, they blamed the actor.
Here’s a quick roundup of stuff from the past day or two:
Random House has posted the first 65 pages of the Darth Maul novel Lockdown. Just click on the button that says “Look Inside.”
IGN is running a poll on among other things the Best Animated Series of 2013. Clone Wars is one of the choices, so hop to it!
And Adam has another one of his essays up, this one on Qui-Gon.
The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page linked to this short meta on Clone Wars and how it all wraps up with ROTS:
So in one stroke, Ahsoka’s absence in RotS is explained, Anakin’s distrust of the council is bolstered, and his frustration at not being a Master yet is actually made more sympathetic rather than less. Ahsoka’s fate was a delicate question that the show had to address, and there was a lot of room for error, but in the end I think they pulled it off beautifully.
Morgan Cherney left a link on my Facebook page to an old piece from early 2012 that somehow came up on his Tumblr. It’s called 7 Problems With The Star Wars Prequels but it’s not really what you think it is. Here a guy who clearly prefers Eps IV-VI finds out from other fans that what’s problematic for him were positive or not a problem for them.
Adam is back writing his prequel pieces for his blog and Jedi News. This time it focuses on the controversial death of poor Padmé in ROTS:
While I doubt very much she “lost the will to live,” the ungodly amount of physical and emotional stress combined with the Force damage to her throat likely caused her body to begin shutting down from shock. Frankly, I’m amazed she held on long enough to deliver (of course, if she hadn’t, then IV-VI would never have happened). This does not undermine her importance and innate strength, but serves as just a tragic irony not only for her, but for Anakin as well. Had Anakin not been so afraid to let go, Padmé may very well have survived childbirth, the Republic would live on, and Luke and Leia would have had both their real parents when they needed them most.
Adam’s latest essay is all about everyone’s favorite goofy Gungan, Jar Jar. Read and be enlightened!