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Essay On Padmé: Women of Speculative Fiction

April 13, 2016

Cynthia Ailshie posted an essay as part of her Women of Speculative Fiction about Padmé and her role in the saga:

And I applaud Lucas for creating a compelling character in her own right. The only thing she had to be, for continuity’s sake, was the mother of Luke and Leia. He could have focused on Anakin and kept her a side character love interest, or worse. Instead, her journey provides the driving force behind most of Episode I and Episode II, and her diminishment and death in Episode III highlights the heartbreaking tragedy of the prequels.

Parallels With Roman History

January 17, 2016

Pints of History has a started a series about Star Wars and real world history, beginning with a short piece about Rome’s transition from republic to empire:

The story parallels ancient Roman history. The first emperor, Augustus, led the Roman Republic as its most powerful magistrate, starting in 27 BCE — with an ever-repeating term of office, thanks to victory in a civil war. Like Palpatine, he centralized power in his own hands at the expense of the Senate, but he didn’t disband the Senate. In fact, he carefully preserved the forms of republican government.

Clone Corridor Essay On Anakin, Padmé, & Arthurian Legend

January 17, 2016

Clone Corridor posted a really good piece about the Arthurian legend’s influence on the Anakin/Padmé romance:

I think the similarities to Anakin here are quite obvious, but the idea that this paragon of knighthood is brought low by illicit love runs through Anakin’s story. He has the potential of being one of the best Jedi to have ever lived with incredibly powers, but by falling in love with Padmé Amidala, herself a queen at the time, seemingly dooms him from the beginning. Both Lancelot and Anakin are torn between their duties to their orders and their hearts.

Just to throw in my own thoughts, Gwinnie was by late medieval standards both an adulteress and a traitor, way more serious than anything Padmé ever did. In real life that got your head separated from your body if you happened to be a queen married to Henry VIII. I’ve read that the Guinevere/Lancelot romance did not appear in Arthurian legend until after the Norman invasion and the French court’s troubadours brought a little sprinkle of forbidden love and scandal to add a little spice. It figures they’d like that sort of thing.

Some Interesting Reading

December 17, 2015

First, check out the Telegraph’s defense of Lucas and the prequels.

A fan blogger discusses why saga/prequel fans shouldn’t boycott TFA. I don’t necessarily agree with all of his opinions and there are some inaccuracies/assumptions, but it’s an interesting argument. And like I’ve been saying, prequel fans have to learn to be more vocal in constructive ways.

While not technically reading, Geek University posted this video showing Eps I-VI side by side, demonstrating the Ring Theory:

UCL’s Lesson On The Female Core Of Star Wars

December 14, 2015

Clone Corridor posted another part of UCL’s Star Wars course, this time on the ladies of the saga:

To me the message seems clear: Padme’s death and funeral are not merely the death and funeral of a particular character. What is being carried to the grave here is femininity in the Galaxy. All those qualities that we associate with this word, whether it are connotations of beauty, fertility, caring, compassion or nurturing … they are all lost to the Galaxy in that final sequence of Revenge of the Sith. With Padme also the beauty of the Naboo’s design, the green lushness of its fields and forests, the compassion of the Republic, etc, it all comes crashing down and has fallen apart. It will not return in this way until we are on that Sanctuary Moon of Endor. All that remains of it is an impression in the soul of a very small girl: Leia, Padme’s daughter … the only one who carries that memory.

Long Blog Post Analyzing Prequels

December 4, 2015

In contrast to the post I made yesterday about ho-hum or not-really defenses of the prequels in the mainstream media, Roderick Heath on the Ferdy On Films blog wrote a long piece about the prequels from the perspective of someone who is serious about film.

It’s not an unabashed love fest and I don’t agree at all with his takes on the usual but he has a lot more good to say than not and it’s obvious the author is not a babbling fool:

At its best, the prequel trilogy legitimately inhabits the realm of chivalric romance, stocked with themes and stances found in sagas, particularly in the traits that define Anakin, who’s actually much closer to a great mythic hero like Achilles, Jason, or Siegfried than Luke ever was in the violence and intensity of his driving emotions and character stances—forbidden love, crippling conflict between stoic integrity and hysterical eruption, an inability to settle into required strictures of life in the society he represents. Obi-Wan was originally presented as a mentor figure whose initially uncomplicated call to action for Luke was revealed in subsequent instalments to have more dimensions, but he still remained a figure of sagacious wisdom. McGregor plays him as a dashing, but serious-minded swashbuckler who retains a telling and ultimately calamitous blind spot when it comes to Anakin, his pupil and adopted brother, an emotional substitute for the lost father figure of Qui-Gon. This fantasy world is a kind of Eden from which everyone falls, giving birth to a different time and throwing up rogues like Han and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).

Den of Geek On The Hero’s Journey

December 1, 2015

Mr. Hand sent along a link to an article on Eps I-VI and how they subvert the “chosen one” trope; it discusses Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey as well.

This is a rare well-written piece on a “geek” site. Check it out!

But as Obi-Wan duels with him, admitting that he hasn’t been the mentor Anakin needed (“I have failed you”), it’s also emphasized however tragic Anakin’s downfall is, his grievances don’t excuse his actions. He did it all for his own purposes, no matter the original good intentions. And with his christening as Darth Vader and Padme’s death, the bitterest ironies are complete. Anakin, from life on Tatooine, as a Jedi knight, and then as Vader, is never truly free his entire life, and now he’s enslaved himself to the very evil he swore to destroy, and his pursuit of power ended the same life he was trying to protect.

AOTC Themes On Star

November 10, 2015

Dan Zehr is back with another installment of his Studying Skywalkers series, this time on the themes of AOTC:

The love that Anakin and Padmé share will eventually bring peace to the galaxy, but the journey towards that peace is ripe with strife and discord. The Jedi Knight and the former queen wish to be together, and express this in the coliseum on Geonosis. Love can sometimes bring pain, as the couple learns; in order to be together, they must practice deceit, as well as lie to their friends. This is not an ideal foundation to build a relationship on, and their marriage, along with the Clone Wars, both become a metaphor for the destruction that dishonesty can do.

UCL Star Wars Class Notes

October 15, 2015

Can’t make it to University College London to take its class on the Star Wars saga? Clone Corridor has been helpfully posting class content and it’s truly amazing!

If you enjoyed the recent poetry video and Mike Klimo’s Ring Theory, you’ll also love this lesson on Star Wars storytelling.

The first lesson is about the saga and how it was received by different generations. A very interesting read though I am one of those Gen X-ers and well, here I am!

The Secret Connection of the SW Trilogies

October 5, 2015

Mike Klimo has brought his ring theory to star with his first article for the site, The Secret Connection of the Star Wars Trilogies:

So, just as George Lucas borrowed from a multitude of ancient sources in crafting the story of his modern myth, the use of multiple types of parallelism suggests that he also borrowed from ancient sources in creating the structure (or form) of his myth. But now that we know a little bit about the concept of parallelism, let’s take at look at some of the extremely subtle ways Lucas designed The Phantom Menace to correspond with A New Hope right from its opening frames.


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