Archive for the ‘Favorite Characters’ Category

“In Defense Of Padmé Amidala”

February 19, 2017

LadyFromPlanetX forwarded an old Geek Dad post that I missed somehow but it’s really good.  If you can stand another defense of Padmé, you really ought to read it:

My favorite rule in chess is the one where a pawn advances to a higher piece if it manages to cross the whole board. Padmé starts the game as a queen. In The Phantom Menace and The Attack of the Clones she plays an aggressively defensive game. In Revenge of the Sith she becomes cornered and chooses to sacrifice herself to protect her king, Anakin.

In A New Hope Luke enters the game as a pawn. He is talented but untrained and impetuous. For every win there is also a loss, but the other pieces protect him because they know if he makes it across the board, they have their best chance at winning it all. In Return of the Jedi, when Luke refuses to be Palpatine’s pawn — the way his father had been all these years — he becomes a knight. And in doing so, in making the same choice Padmé made on the day of his birth, he catches Palpatine in his own trap. Anakin is free to win the game.

Regal Gown A-Line Dress

February 17, 2017

Independent fan fashion is showing more love for the prequels.  LadyJediScientist found this dress on Redbubble:

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Yours for $65.00 but Redbubble has frequent discount promotions.  You can also get leggings with the same design from the same shop.

Hint, hint licensees and retailers:  fans will fill in the missing gaps.

“The Case For Padme”

February 16, 2017

Power To The Prequels is back again at RetroZap, this time with an essay celebrating Padme, a character who doesn’t get the proper respect in fandom or in the media:

Padme’s stubborn refusal to lose all hope in the face of overwhelming despair and her steadfast loyalty to a man who has physically abused her is often used as evidence of her weakness as a character. And yet doesn’t Luke do the same thing in Return of the Jedi when he discards his weapon in the presence of the most powerful Sith in the galaxy and the abusive father who cut off his hand and kicked the crap out of him? How can Padme’s sacrifice be written off as weak, while Luke’s is bravery? They are the same thing. Luke is Padme’s child. Her spirit, her fearlessness and her loyalty live on in him.

Let me just add something here, not about the essay per se but about the things I link. If I don’t like a piece for whatever reason I don’t bother linking to it at all. If I think the piece makes a lot of good points, I do link to it even if I don’t agree with everything that’s in the piece. This particular one does have a little bit of a partisan POV and it’s not one I’m necessarily endorsing. Read Rules of the House on that issue.

Essay: “You Wear The Chains You Forge”

February 2, 2017

Clashing Sabers posted a pretty good piece about Anakin and Darth Vader.  This centers on the idea Vader is essentially stuck in his own trap:

When we meet a young Anakin Skywalker in Episode I, he is desperately trying to be seen not as a slave but as a person. Ironically, and sadly, the same can be said for Darth Vader. He knows that the Emperor sees him as a tool, and he hates himself for it. He wants to be known for who he really is, but the Emperor has just placed him off to the side until he is of use. Again, he has become a slave.

Darth Maul Comic Variant Covers, Interview

January 5, 2017

star wars.com posted an interview with the writer of the upcoming “Darth Maul” comic Cullen Bunn and introduced several variant covers:

This series takes place shortly before the events of The Phantom Menace. We’re following Darth Maul at a point when his anxiousness, his impatience, and his thirst for vengeance against the Jedi is at an all-time high.

He’s growing frustrated. He’s been taught to hate the Jedi. He’s been trained to kill them. But his master, Darth Sidious, has told him to bide his time, to keep himself hidden. This is driving Maul crazy, so we see him venting his anger by testing his skills against some of the nastiest creatures and cutthroats in the galaxy. During one of his missions, though, he learns something of interest. A powerful crime lord has captured a Jedi Padawan, and only a few people know about it.

Maul sees this as an opportunity to test his mettle against those he hates, so he sets out to find this Jedi. He has to operate in secret, though, because his master would not approve.

#1 hits February 1.

It’s A Jar Jar Kind of Christmas

December 24, 2016

…Because I’ve got two relevant posts on everyone’s favorite clumsy Gungan.

First, this at PopWrapped on ideas for future Star Wars spinoff films.  Who wouldn’t want to see a whole flick dedicated to Jar Jar?

Then there’s matril’s post “In Defense Of The Underfrog”:

It’s more fun to laugh than to hate. Are Jar Jar’s clumsy hijinks rather silly and childish? Yeah, maybe. It’s not like there weren’t juvenile gags and slapstick humor in the original trilogy. And honestly, there’s so much darkness coming in Episode III (hardly any Jar Jar there at all) that I’ll take all the silly laughter I can get. Episode I, in many ways, is about the innocence of childhood. Anakin is about to have it ripped away from him. Let’s enjoy some goofy fun before it’s gone, for heaven’s sake.

Mash Up Trailer

December 12, 2016

Marshall posted a link to Film School Rejects, which has an interesting mash up of the trailer for “Jackie,” the biopic of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Padmé from the prequels:

On that note, Natalie Portman scored Best Actress at last night’s Critics Choice Awards for her performance in “Jackie” and picked up her fourth Golden Globe nomination this morning.  Overachiever.

In Praise Of Qui-Gon

December 7, 2016

Eleven-Thirty Eight posted an essay called In Praise Of Qui-Gon: The Quiet Rebel which takes a look at the maverick Jedi:

Qui-Gon’s role has also been mildly controversial. Some lay the blame for everything bad that happens – from Anakin’s fall to the rise of the Empire – at his door. Others argue that the character should never have been included at all, and that Obi-Wan should have discovered Anakin Skywalker himself.

For me, though, not only is Qui-Gon the definitive Jedi, he is also crucial to our understanding of what they are, and what they should be. His philosophy and quietly rebellious nature is inspirational, and by exploring his relationship with the Jedi Council, we can learn everything we need to know about the Order and its mistakes.

SH Figurarts AOTC Padmé Revealed

December 2, 2016

These photos were posted on the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Facebook page:

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I don’t know when it’ll be available but I think I’m going to get the entire AOTC set (Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé, etc.).

Favorite Scene Series Gives Some Love To TPM

December 2, 2016

Frequent Lucasfilm/Star Wars author Jason Fry wrote this great piece on why “Qui-Gon Waits” is his favorite scene from the saga:

From a storytelling standpoint, the energy gates at the heart of Theed are a device to separate Obi-Wan from the other combatants, letting Lucas use Maul as the antagonist for two different dramatic fights.

The pause in the duel shows us the length of the energy-gate cycle, but it’s a potentially awkward bit of staging — one Lucas turns into a great, wordless character moment for all three duellists. Maul tests the energy field and then prowls around like a caged beast. Obi-Wan, powerless to intervene, bounces on his tiptoes in frustration. And Qui-Gon? He switches off his saber, regards Maul for a moment, then sinks to his knees and shuts his eyes.