A Couple Of Recommended Reads At Clone Corridor

Star Wars: Art, Authors, Acting, Audiences examines the difference between art and consumer product, and hypothesizes whether that may be at the heart of why some folks just don’t “get” Star Wars:

Star Wars was never about the ‘Star Wars Experience’. George Lucas has never proclaimed that his goal was to take people back to their childhood days, or anything along these lines. Lucas had a message and a vision of the form that message should take. George Lucas sought an ultimate form in which to express things he wanted to say about human nature. He was not looking to provide you with any kind of experience that would please you, he was wanting to tell you something he sought and saw as intimately human about our world.

As part of CC’s ongoing Scene It? series, here’s a look at the scene in TPM where Padmé reveals herself as the queen:

This is an important moment in a number of ways. Of course it is important plot-wise, because there needed to be a reveal of this switching that had been happening, before the final battle can take place. However, for Padmé this is also a very important moment. Throughout TPM her queenship has been a danger to her and, arguably, a burden. She has a price on her head, has had to constantly travel and hide, and has been unable to confide in anyone except her Handmaidens. She has also been failed by the one institution she relied on, the Senate. Padmé is not truly in a position of strength since, by taking over her planet, the Trade Federation has stripped her off much of her power. Her name is all she has and she freely shares that with Sabé. Yet although Sabé was supposed to be queen here (since it was a dangerous moment), when it came to it, Padmé felt too strongly about this alliance with the Gungans to not plead for it herself, no matter what the cost.


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5 Responses to “A Couple Of Recommended Reads At Clone Corridor”

  1. Hoggle Says:

    To the ‘people not getting Star Wars’ bit, that is i’m sure not meant as an overall generalisation.The prequel’s were always intended to be more oblique than the first trilogy, this was part of the greater mythological cycle that GL was interested in & drew inspiration from to start with.

    As an example of this, it’s not abundantly clear that Anakin’s Padme nitemares and him hearing Palpatine’s voice, are both form’s of Palpatine’s telepathy to Anakin in expression of his deepening Sith connection over him.

    In the OT, it’s quite clear, that Luke’s nitemare with Vader in the cave, is connected to Yoda’s influence over Luke in his training; Luke through his training exp. later is shown being able to successfully send Leia telepathy (which she didn’t need any training to receive i’d add), & it is clear that there is telepathy going on between him and Vader each way (But not Luke & the Emperor, nor between Palpatine & Vader any longer).

    So similar things both trilogies, one is very clear to the viewer what is going on, the other less so. That was intended as part of the greater story. This was always going to change the dynamic with a ‘portion’ of the pre-exisiting OT fanbase abit for the PTs, although it’s become some sort of daft battlecry for all sorts of things it seems 🙂

    Then there was the remaining third of the mythological cycle’s characteristics…

  2. Jacobesico Says:

    I love the scene where Padmé reveals herself to be Queen Amidala.

    Anakin looks so gobsmacked and I love that knowing look shared between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan.

    I can see the echoes of ROTJ here where Leia befreinds the Ewoks as well as a lot of events happening simultaneously.

    But I found that to be a poweful scene and one of my favourites in TPM.

  3. piccolojr1138 Says:

    An excerpt of the last Entertainment Weekly :

    “Lucas may not have been involved in The Force Awakens,
    but like the Force itself, he’s always present. “The spirit
    of what he wrote is everything that this movie is built
    upon,” Abrams says. “We are standing on the shoulders
    of Episodes I through VI.””

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