Archive for June, 2017

Former Handmaiden Recalls ROTS

June 22, 2017

Australian actress Kristy Wright spoke briefly on a t.v. show called “The Daily Edition” about her role as handmaiden Moteé in ROTS:

HT Naboo News

New Star Words

June 22, 2017

While I was (mostly) offline, Matril posted a couple more installments of her Star Words series.

First, Obi-Wan on pathetic life forms and then some words of wisdom from Shmi to Anakin.

SATPT: What’s The Attraction?

June 11, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done an entry for the Sex and the Prequel Trilogy series…the previous installments were about Anakin and Padmé as individuals.  This time, I’m addressing them as a couple.

It’s obvious why Anakin falls in love with Padmé.  When he first encounters her as a young boy in TPM, she’s probably the first girl he’d ever met who wasn’t a dusty peasant, a slave, or something shady.  She takes him under her wing when he leaves home and given that not a lot of people have been very kind to Anakin while growing up and not a lot of people have shown him much affection since his training started, he never forgot her.  When he meets her again in AOTC, his affection for her quickly develops another dimension and that is a sexual attraction to her.  No longer in her early teens, she has blossomed into a beauty that he can appreciate.  Plus she remains as kind and as wise as he’d remembered her.

But a lot of fans have wondered, “Why is Padmé ever attracted to Anakin?”   He’s younger, less mature in some ways, and oh yeah there’s that dark temper of his.  There’s the obvious answer:  Anakin grew up to be a handsome devil.  Padmé can see, you know!  But what about the rest of it?

Being on adventures together and undergoing life-or-death situations have a curious way of pulling people closer.  But I think people have overlooked that Padmé and Anakin are much more alike than unalike.  There is a tendency to focus on their differences in age, social status, temperament, etc. than on what they have in common.

For one thing both are prodigies.  Padmé’s childhood got cut short when she was recruited into the world of politics.  According to background info that may or may not still be canon, she was Princess of Theed at age 12, and in TPM a planetary ruler at 14.   Anakin had his gifts with the Force and the potential of becoming the most powerful of all of the Jedi even though he wasn’t yet a decade old.   He also had to leave home at an early age to take on greater responsibilities.  I think Anakin and Padmé understand that about each other; she warns Anakin not to grow up too soon for a reason.

Another thing is Padmé has as much of a reckless streak as Anakin does.  Typho grumbling, “I’d be more worried about her doing something than him” isn’t just there for the hell of it, it describes her accurately.  She might not be as impulsive or as quick-tempered as Anakin but there a lot of times she throws caution to the wind, breaks the rules, and gambles big.  In TPM, she not only returns to Naboo against everyone’s advice, she retakes her planet and puts herself in danger.  She puts herself at risk by coming to Coruscant at the beginning of AOTC and resents being told she has to hide out on Naboo.  Later in the film she enables Anakin to go to Tatooine even though they both  know they are supposed to remain on Naboo and it was at her insistence they go to Geonosis just after Anakin was ordered to remain on Tatooine.   In ROTS, she puts herself in danger by going to Mustafar.  In TPM, AOTC, and in TCW, she never hesitates to get into the thick of things, always at great personal risk.  Padmé is no throne-sitter and prefers action to being parked behind a desk.  It’s natural she would be attracted to a man of action who also doesn’t hesitate to put himself at risk.

Most significantly, they share a strong passion for making a difference, serving something bigger than themselves, and crusading for galactic justice.  They may each have their own way of accomplishing those things but they are common motivators nonetheless.  I don’t see Padmé genuinely loving anyone as deeply as a man committed to the same things that are closest to her heart.

Even where there are differences, those differences can compliment each other.  Padmé’s calmer temperament can balance out Anakin’s fiery nature.  Her maturity and knowledge balances out Anakin’s youth and inexperience in the world of galactic politics.  Her calm can soothe his fears and anxiety.  He offers her someone she can always trust, a confidant, someone who doesn’t want anything from her but her love.

A lot of fans have theorized Padmé views Anakin as a wounded bird she can heal.  I think there is some truth to this because Padmé seems naturally drawn to the vulnerable.  But I think there is more to that.  She knows Anakin’s potential and it ties into what I said about their having a common drive for making the galaxy a better place. In her eyes there’s no one more dazzling than a heroic knight who can save a universe in turmoil.

As someone I read on Tumblr recently, people seem to think a girl who is intelligent, educated, and a tough cookie when need be is incapable of being a romantic (and vice versa).  Padmé is all of those things.  In fact it’s hard to imagine someone into saving the galaxy who isn’t a romantic.

Battlefront II Mania

June 10, 2017

Check out video from today’s game play with Darth Maul annihilating pretty much everyone in the Theed palace:

And here’s the spectacular trailer:

I’m Gonna Be The First To See Them All

June 8, 2017

The latest Star Words highlights a young Anakin with big dreams:

For some reason, there’s something particularly affecting for me about this particular line. The foreshadowing isn’t quite as literal — though Vader travels far and wide, I doubt he manages to visit every system in the galaxy. But it’s so heartrending to consider the contrast between this wide-eyed, innocent optimism and the grim being that Anakin will become.

Would Joel Edgerton Play Owen Again?

June 8, 2017

Gee, what do you think?

My idea is that he could go out and have some adventure and then he comes back and slips back into that unassuming moisture farmer role,” Edgerton said. “Everyone talks about Obi-Wan being super cool, Owen secretly knows that he was there, and he did some of the cool s—, too.”

Read more here.

Darth Vader #1 Out Today

June 7, 2017

Marvel’s new Darth Vader miniseries has kicked off with today’s release of the first issue.

If you’re looking for the variant cover with Padmé and a bunch of dead clone troopers, I was told it’s 1/50. So unless your store ordered over 50 copies of it or it somehow lucked out into getting one, you’re going to have to hit the secondary market. On eBay it’s $70.

Image From Battlefront II

June 7, 2017

This is from the Assault on Theed part of the game:

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Looks really nice!

Clone Wars Conversations Ep. 1

June 4, 2017

James Arnold Taylor has a new web series on his channel called “Clone Wars Conversations.” First up is Anna Graves, who played Satine. Enjoy, shippers:

Bai Ling On ROTS

June 3, 2017

Bai Ling, the actress who played Senator Bana Breemu in a cut scene from ROTS, reflected on her time making the film and ending up on the cutting room floor (though her scene is on the DVD):

Actors including Terence Stamp have criticised Lucas’ hands-off style of directing actors, but Bai welcomed the freedom. “He was almost not visible,” she remembers. But she adds, “He was totally there to support the artists. Great artists are laid-back, and they give you all the freedom because they trust you.”

Bai’s character was one of a group of politicians discussing opposition to the soon-to-be-Emperor Palpatine. In one scene she appeared alongside Natalie Portman with Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, a character from the original trilogy, and Bai’s old friend Katie Lucas under blue makeup as Chi Eekway Papanoida.

Read the rest here.