Undeniable Fact About AOTC #17: It Was Ani’s First Trip To The Dark Side

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Okay, so there was that cut scene from TPM where little Anakin clobbers a young Greedo and that scowl when Mace Windu decreed that Anakin was not to be trained (I knew right then that of all of the Jedi, Anakin would kill Mace first). But Anakin’s first truly dark deed occurs in AOTC when he allows his anger at his mother’s death to overtake him and he commits a wholesale slaughter of the entire Tusken Raider camp, sparing no one in his thirst for revenge.

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3 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About AOTC #17: It Was Ani’s First Trip To The Dark Side”

  1. lovelucas Says:

    Love that exchange of barely concealed hatred between Anakin and Mace. Such smug arrogance on Mace’s face. What? A Jedi arrogant? Oh, hell, yes. It’s been there all along. “If what you say is true…..” in RotS condemned Mace, the Jedi Order and the Republic. Mace was never going to cut Anakin any slack. Yet – look at this – the author is Matthew Stover, who also wrote Revenge of the Sith: This is Mace: If the prophecies are true – if Anakin Skywalker is truly the Chosen One, who will bring balance to the Force – then he is the most important being alive today…..If he is – if Anakin is the being born to win that war – it does not matter if every other Jedi in the galaxy dies. As long as Anakin lives, we have hope. No matter how dark it gets or how lost our cause may seem. He is our new hope for a Jedi future”. Why did Mace let that go?
    Anakin’s descent was almost fostered by the Jedi.

    • ladylavinia1932 Says:

      Why are you blaming Mace Windu for Anakin’s troubles with the Jedi Council? Since when was it all his fault? I have never understood the fan hatred toward him. Never.

      Why are you dumping on Mace? Why not Yoda, who has never expressed any confidence or trust in Anakin? Even Obi-Wan and the other Jedi have been guilty of this. When did Mace become the scapegoat of the Jedi’s faults?

  2. Keith Palmer Says:

    I admit I’ve never watched that deleted scene you mention; I’m not quite a fan of the “Anakin was doomed from the start” theory… more than that, perhaps, as much as Padme’s reaction to his confession is already a sticking point for some (which leads in the end to a sort of stance I look at and call “the Force may have forgiven him–but I won’t!”), I do sort of prefer to see the saga as an argument for forgiveness even when it hurts and there always being a second chance.

    Of course, I also think that where the people who saw “the Imperial Trilogy” as just “the scrappy Rebels versus the intimidating Empire” seemed to wind up grousing that a victory gained with the help of Ewoks wasn’t worth winning, someone could theoretically see “the Republic Trilogy” as “Palpatine manipulates everybody and comes out the winner” and still find it satisfying.

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