Archive for the ‘Favorite Characters’ Category

Slashfilm Defends Anakin Skywalker

March 5, 2018

Really? You read that right!  It’s not 100% perfect and I don’t agree with everything the author says but this is one of the most positive things written about the prequels I’ve read in years on that site:

Yet without all of the Anakin Skywalker context, Vader really isn’t much more than the Emperor’s rabid attack dog, to borrow Princess Leia’s phrasing from A New Hope. There is certainly something to be said for a villain that represents pure chaos, but a truly great villain – a character that goes beyond just character, one that also probes the darkest depths of humanity – is able to invoke empathy as well as revulsion and fear. (Think: Killmonger from Black Panther.) If we can understand where a character is coming from, if we can peek into their soul and witness the roiling mass of traumatic emotions and experiences, then we can begin to understand how a person might get to the breaking point – and, terrifyingly, how we might, too.

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Coming Soon: Tumblr Anidala Week 2018

March 2, 2018

Coming this May if you’re on Tumblr or other social media, the annual Anidala Week.  Work on those fan fics, graphics, and other goodies for posting in May!

Song: Padmé’s Message

February 12, 2018

Sacha Feldberg wrote her own song about Anakin and Padmé’s love (forwarded to me by her dad Greg) and I have to say, it’s pretty good!  Check it out:

Star Ships Podcast Talks Anidala

January 31, 2018

Star Ships is a new podcast from the Clashing Sabers network that focuses exclusively on the romantic pairings of the saga. First up is the first couple of the prequel trilogy, Anakin and Padme. Best of all it’s only 32 minutes long!

 

10 Years Of TCW: Ahsoka Tano Introduced To World A Decade Ago Today

January 29, 2018

Here’s my post about it on January 31 (where was I for two days?).

Geez, where did the time go?

Podme Episode 3: AOTC

January 19, 2018

The third episode of Podme, the only podcast entirely devoted to Padmé Amidala, focuses on AOTC.  I haven’t listened yet so don’t yell if there’s something in it you don’t like.

More Prequel Art From Acme

January 11, 2018

Acme has debuted two new pieces from Jerry Vanderstelt, part of the Timeless series:   Qui-Gon and Padmé.

These are available in two different editions, one for $55 and the other for $175.

SyFy Says Padmé Is Genre’s Best Dressed Woman

December 16, 2017

As though anyone comes close:

 

But what makes Padmé so well-heeled is the sheer extra-ness she brings to the table. There is no occasion she cannot elevate. A casual dinner at your summer villa with a hunky Jedi bodyguard you probably shouldn’t hook up with but want to? A leather dress with a coy feathery capelet to capture the ambivalent mood. Concealing a pregnancy? Single-handedly make A-line hoop skirts a trend. And slip into something comfortable? Please, this is Padmé kriffing Amidala we’re talking about—you know that nightgown comes with beadwork and its own tiara.

H/T Naboo News

SyFy Wire On Jar Jar

December 10, 2017

Bryan Young wrote a nice piece about Jar Jar for SyFy Wire:

By keeping Jar Jar around for his goodness rather than potential worth, Qui-Gon enables Queen Amidala to see a side of the Gungans to which the prejudice of her people had closed her off. Because of this, Jar Jar brings her to the Gungans and unites their people. It saved Naboo, Gungans and Humans alike, from Palpatine’s machinations.

This is a classic story in mythology: the creature you’re nice to will unexpectedly help you in the end. Beauty and the Beast teaches the opposite version with the idea that the “worthless” person to whom you’re awful has the power to curse you.

 

What Happened To Captain Panaka After TPM?

December 8, 2017

By Liam Bailey

During the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we discovered Captain Panaka, the security captain Queen Amidala’s forces. After the events of the film, Panaka was never seen again in the following films which left fans wondering what actually happened to him. Well, I have found the answers.

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“Your Highness, this is a battle I do not think that we can win.”―Quarsh Panaka, to Queen Padmé Amidala during the Battle of Naboo.

Quarsh Panaka was a native of the planet Naboo. He was a security forces captain who served the Royal House of Naboo during the final years of the Galactic Republic. When the Trade Federation invaded Naboo during the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Panaka fled the planet, alongside Queen Padmé Amidala to Tatooine and then Coruscant before ultimately returning to Naboo in order to liberate their homeworld from under the siege of Nute Gunray and his separatist army.

Panaka remained in Amidala’s service. When her two terms were over, Amidala became senator of Naboo, and Panaka stepped down from his functions as her personal bodyguard, making way for his nephew Gregar Typho. He did, however, continue his services as head of Security under Queen Jamillia. During the Clone Wars, a three-year conflict that pitted the Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Panaka met Viceroy Bail Organa of Alderaan several times.

“Panaka’s loyalty to Palpatine was great. Still, he was as good a man as anyone in the Emperor’s inner circle could ever be, and much better than most. Panaka was… an option I wish had been left open to us.”―Breha Organa

Immediately after the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine abolished the Republic and replaced it with the Galactic Empire, a government solely controlled by himself. Panaka remained loyal to the newly anointed Emperor and was made the Moff, or governor, of his native Chommell sector.

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In 3 BBY, Panaka met with both Queen Dolne of Naboo and Princess Leia or Alderaan. As the meeting progressed, Panaka became to suspect that Leia was, in fact, the long-lost daughter of Padme Amidala who he formerly served. It was intended that he was going to inform the emperor of his findings, but a bomb exploded in his chalet, destroying the building and subsequently killing him in the process. It was discovered that the bomb was planted by the infamous Saw Gerrera and his Partisans.

Source:  Wookieepedia

Check out Liam Bailey’s blog here.