Undeniable Fact About AOTC #19: It Set The Stage For The Next Generation


Maybe no one gives it a whole lot of thought, but one of the themes of AOTC is reproduction. No, really. On the one hand, there is the courtship of Anakin and Padmé, which we all know will eventually result in the births of Luke and Leia. It is set against the natural beauty of Naboo, which emphasizes the natural and human way everyone’s favorite twins came into existence. Even though the relationship must remain secret and ultimately did its part to turn Anakin to the dark side, the heroes of the next part of the saga would not exist without it.

This is contrasted with the cloning facility on Kamino, where men are bred in test tubes, mere genetic product meant to serve someone else’s ends. They are literal reproductions of Jango Fett, who commits to this scheme for money. But he also requests one clone to raise as his own, his “son” Boba. It’s poignant to realize Jango is unwilling/unable to find love on his own likely because of his occupation, but still wants to fill a lonely hole in his otherwise cold heart. Jango’s death pretty much ensured Boba Fett would be a ruthless bastard himself the rest of his life.


8 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About AOTC #19: It Set The Stage For The Next Generation”

  1. Wizardman Says:

    Don’t forget about the battle droid factory producing hundreds of battle droids and C-3PO’s wonderful line, “Machines making machines! Oh, how perverse!”

  2. peacetrainjedi Says:

    I have to say the Jango/Boba dynamic is done flawlessly. Lucas didn’t overdo it by making Boba some unstoppable killer from the start; he gave the perfect setup for the character’s future in the form of his father, Jango. Temuera and Daniel really brought those characters to life, and are totally believable as father and son.

    And, on the note of Jango not having time for love because he’s busy being a bounty hunter, you do get the sense that behind it all, he’s a good father and an honorable warrior. In the (now Legends) Bounty Hunter video game and the Jango Fett/Zam Wesell Dark Horse comics, they do an excellent job of expanding Jango’s relationship with Zam, and later, Boba. You almost get the sense in those comics that he had feelings for Zam, which makes his killing of her in AOTC both tragic and a defining cold-hearted character moment for Jango.

  3. Daniel Xie Says:

    Hateboys like to call Anakin and Padme the worst romance in fictional history…..really? Without Anakin and Padme there can be no Luke and Leia, the OT wouldn’t even exist, there would be no new generation! A shipping quiz claims that no one ships them if they are normal, but a quick search on ff.net reveals they have the most fanfics. As for chemistry, from the prespective of courtly love and symbolism, which Lucas was aiming for, they make sense. Furthermore if awkward writing defined Anakin and Padme, they also defined Leia and Han as well, I don’t see them getting constant criticisms.

    Admittedly I don’t ship anyone in Star Wars, or any other fandom but to say this is somehow worse than the 4-novel crapfest known as Twilight is very, laughable, there are worse pairings than Anakin/Padme and it is baffling why this is often ignored.

  4. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    Most people put down the Anakin/Padme relationship because it’s not an exact replica of the Leia/Han relationship. Personally, I find such thinking rather ridiculous and unoriginal. I certainly didn’t want Anakin and Padme to be some one-dimensional rehash of the OT romance. And I’m relieved that it wasn’t.

    • Bob Clark Says:

      Plus it’s a relationship where a guy actually shows vulnerability and emotional openness to a girl. Unlike Han, who goes to his possible death “like a pimp”. I frankly prefer the Anakin/Padme thing, because it shows something other than the usual alpha-male crap.

  5. lovelucas Says:

    Boba becomes a “ruthless bastard” and no doubt witnessing the death of his father from the actions of a Jedi steered his path. and YES it was George who directed Daniel in that scene where he picks up his father’s helmet while kneeling, almost in prayer. Such a powerful visual. I never have understood those who say Hayden and Natalie have no chemistry. Fanboys really, really hate to see the future Darth Vader kitty-whipped. She had him almost immediately – when he asks if she’s an angel and he had her at “You miss your mother” – here is such a caring tenderness there but also during the angel description. He was gone – and for 10 years Anakin has never stopped thinking about her. Hayden portrayed that obsession (another source of critical slamming yet it was the story). After fighting it, she finally surrendered but you can see that doubt in the wedding scene. Despite that doubt she continued – all having to do with chemistry – heart over-ruling head.

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