New CW Stuff From Forces Of Destiny

March 17, 2018

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Ahsoka crashes a mission Anakin was slyly trying to turn into alone time with Padmé in a brand new Forces of Destiny adventure! New episodes start appearing (probably on YouTube) March 19!

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AOTC Star Words Part 24: Sith Never Lie

March 9, 2018

Count Dooku drops some unwelcome news to Obi-Wan:

How carefully he phrases it. “What if I told you” makes it rhetorical, hypothetical, giving him wriggle room. He lets Obi-Wan voice his denials, then calmly offers more details — every one of them completely true. The name of the Sith Lord, his power over thousands of Senators — not a single lie. We don’t know for sure how much of his story about Viceroy Gunray is real, but I’m guessing it probably happened much as Dooku describes. The only thing he leaves out is the silly little fact that Dooku happens to be the apprentice of Darth Sidious.

What is his aim here? He asks Obi-Wan to join him (an echo of Vader’s call to Luke) claiming that they can destroy the Sith together. And again, I don’t think he’s bending the truth all that much. As a Sith, his ultimate goal is to train a new apprentice and overthrow his old master. He already invoked Qui-Gon, reminding Obi-Wan of their old Master-Padawan relationship, and implied that Qui-Gon would be on his side if he were still alive and knew what Dooku knows. That’s probably Obi-Wan’s most vulnerable spot, his loyalty to his old master. Dooku knows what he’s doing.

 

Two Minutes On Why This Guy Loves The Prequels

March 7, 2018

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.

AOTC Star Words Part 23

March 3, 2018

Matril’s back with another look at pivotal moments in AOTC, this time when Padmé makes a reckless decision and well, Anakin just has to come along:

Wait, what’s going on here? Isn’t Anakin supposed to be the reckless, impetuous, out-of-control one? Isn’t Padmé the rational coolheaded type? Nope. From the beginning, she has been characterized as a figure guided as much by emotion as by intellect. Remember how Typho said he was worried about what she might end up doing as she left Coruscant to go into hiding? He knows her well.

In fact, that duality is so pronounced that it’s initially represented by two separate personas, queen and handmaiden. And though the duality is more subtle in later installments, it’s still very present. Her relationship with Anakin is fraught with the tension between obeying her rational, dutiful self or following the impractical yearnings of her heart.

In this regard she is very much like Anakin.

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!

AOTC Star Words Part 22

February 22, 2018

The difference between how Cliegg Lars and Anakin Skywalker mourn Shmi’s loss:

Why is Anakin’s response so much more selfish? I think we can cut him a little slack, considering his traumatic background. This inward-focused reaction isn’t outright evil; it’s just immature. And Anakin’s relationship with his mother was basically stopped short at age nine. So in many ways, he still views her as a nine-year-old would. Unfortunately, while he has a child’s simplistic mentality toward her, he has the extraordinary capabilities of a trained Jedi. The combination of those two things has made him believe that it is his privilege, even his duty, to keep those he loves completely insulated from any harm.

An In-Depth Analysis of “Across The Stars”

February 22, 2018

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this piece from December 2015 until it was linked through a Tumblr post about another topic re Star Wars music.  It’s very technical but very fascinating, especially for you music geeks out there:

One could also argue that, because Across the Stars is the most pervasive theme in the film, these thematic connections emphasize that Anakin and Padmé’s love will have drastic effects on just about everything in the prequels’ universe. That is, Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side is grounded in his love for Padmé, without which there would not have been Darth Vader to contend with, nor the Emperor, nor even the Empire for that matter (as Anakin is the one who saves Palpatine’s life in the next film). In any case, it is difficult to overestimate the impact that the couple’s falling in love has on the saga. One could even call it the event that precipitates Anakin’s downfall.

How Did Anidala Fans Do With Their ROTS Predictions?

February 20, 2018

Edited and paraphrased from a post I made elsewhere:

I’m going to address what we Anidalas guessed correctly about the events of Episode III and what we didn’t.

There is one obvious point to keep in mind that distinguishes where we are now re Episode IX from where Anidala fans were 2002-2005:  EVERYBODY knew Padmé was going to give birth to Luke and Leia and Anakin was going to become Darth Vader, therefore things won’t end well.  We as Anidala shippers dreaded it.  The prequels were basically a journey from Los Angeles to New York where you always knew the destination, but we just didn’t know the route or where we were going to stop along the way.

The fates of the ST characters are as open-ended just as the fates of the OT’s characters at the end of TESB.  We know where we left from but we don’t know where we’re going.  We can only guess from the landmarks.  This of course causes a lot more consternation but a lot more thoughtful and careful consideration.  Indeed there was meta here and there about Anidala and lots of thoughtful discussion but nothing on the level of what I’m seeing now.

Still we had to guess how the endgame between Anakin and Padmé was going to play out aside from the obvious pregnancy and giving birth.

It was a given to me that poor Padmé was toast; I didn’t see her hiding on Alderaan for a few years and her fate left off-camera.  It’s just not how stories are told in films, what Leia said in ROTJ and the assumptions fans made about it notwithstanding.  I knew for sure she was going to die in ROTS.

When I saw the digital (and current) cut of AOTC in 2002 where Padmé took Anakin’s roboclaw hand in hers during their wedding, I knew right then and there that she was going to lose her life trying to save Anakin from the Dark Side.  Why?  I saw it as a symbol of her accepting the monstrous side of Anakin along with his good side and that she was invested in him as a whole.  Of course she would do anything and risk anything for him.  As soon as I saw Padmé running off to Mustafar, I knew her doom was approaching.

I predicted that Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side was predicated on losing Padmé.  Most Anidala fans agreed.  It was obviously the one thing he feared the most and that soliloquy he delivered at his mother’s grave wasn’t for nothing.  Shmi’s death had hurt him deeply and like hell he was going to let the same happen to the love of his life.

I’d also predicted in a fan fiction I wrote in 2003 that he would dream of Padmé’s death and it would shake him to his core.  The difference was that in the movie Anakin dreamed of Padmé dying while giving birth while in my story he dreamed of her being shot in battle.

There were other fans who more or less agreed with me and some who had very different ideas.  For instance, it was a popular theory that the Jedi Order was going to rain hell on Anakin for breaking their no attachments rule (expulsion, jail, scandal) and that’s what would push him to the Dark Side.

The big one most of us missed?  Vaderkin attacking Padmé.  Nobody believed or wanted to believe Anakin would ever hurt a curly hair on Padmé’s head.  He loved her too much!  Most of us thought that Padmé would come to harm or meet her demise via a third party, such as the Trade Federation or Count Dooku’s forces.  We didn’t think he’d Force choke her and break her heart.  In retrospect it makes sense; once he became Darth Vader, he would do evil stuff including things we didn’t think he would’ve done before.

Nobody predicted Padmé would die in childbirth (those avoiding spoilers anyway).

I was also surprised that discovery Anakin and Padmé were in a relationship wasn’t treated as a big deal.  It seems to have been the worst-kept secret in the universe rather than a star-shaking scandal.

 

 

A Possible Influence On Star Wars?

February 18, 2018

I spotted this meta on Tumblr about George Lucas’s mother Dorothy and how the events in her life may very well have influenced some of the events of the prequels and the saga as a whole:

And finally, when George Jnr was eight months old (possibly. Some sources say he was actually three?), Dorothy gave birth to another girl. By this point her health was utterly and completely shot, to the extent she couldn’t even really raise the kids and go out with them and such. George and his sisters were mostly raised by their housekeeper, Till Shelley, whom the Lucases have spoken fondly of but whom we know pretty much nothing about.

Obviously that is all very much different from dying in childbirth, considering Dorothy actually lived to be 75, but there’s no way in heck it didn’t have some effect on her only son.

Anyway. Dorothy is described in various Lucas biographies as being strong-willed (especially considering, you know, the era she was in), rather fragile physically even before the pregnancies, dark-haired, dark-eyed, and a loving mother. Obviously, Star Wars fans know a couple of characters fitting that description: