Posts Tagged ‘Meta’

Video: What If Anakin Went To Utapau

September 8, 2017

I haven’t highlighted The Prequels Channel on YouTube (though I have it under the blogroll links) because it posts videos very frequently.  But I thought I’d highlight this “what if” video:

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Essay: “Choose Or Lose”

May 22, 2017

hafanforever posted an essay called Choose Or Lose, which discusses the mirroring of ROTS and ROTJ in the scenes where Anakin/Vader have to choose whether to serve good or evil:

In Revenge of the Sith, in Palpatine’s office, Anakin arrives at Palpatine’s office after Mace defeats Palpatine in their duel. The latter still tries to kill the former with Force lightning, but Mace manages to deflect it back using his lightsaber. As this happens, Anakin is off to the side, watching and trying to decide if he should help Mace or Palpatine. Believing that Palpatine holds the power to prevent death, which is what Anakin desires for Padmé, Anakin chooses to help Palpatine and cuts off Mace’s lightsaber hand. This leaves the latter defenseless against a new bolt of lightning, and Palpatine sends Mace plummeting out the window to his death. Although horrified that he helped to murder a Jedi, Anakin submits himself to Palpatine and finally becomes Darth Vader.

(Yeah, ignore the first line.)

Essay: The Wisdom Of Qui-Gon Jinn

March 30, 2017

The Wisdom Of Qui-Gon Jinn was posted a few weeks ago but I finally read it today.  Again, more love for everyone’s favorite maverick hippie Jedi:

Qui-Gon Jinn as played by Liam Neeson in the Phantom Menace is one of the most curious characters in the entire Star Wars saga. Little understood and frequently misunderstood, I thought it was an appropriate time to take a look at this character who is both one of my favourite from the series and also one of the most interesting.

Star Words Part Three

March 30, 2017

Matril is back with another installment of her series, this time it’s about one of Queen Amidala’s more famous lines from early in TPM:

It’s already too late. Amidala’s words are all very well as a pacifist ideal, but in the face of an actual invasion, they can’t do a bit of good. Whether she wanted to lead her people to war or not, war has come. And whether it’s her fault or not, she must deal with the consequences.

Essay On Qui-Gon

March 26, 2017

This was posted on Future of the Force on St. Paddy’s Day but I didn’t see it until now:

Qui-Gon Jinn. The wisest of Jedi, and an advocate of the living Force. A critical voice to the Republic’s Jedi Council. A voice in the wilderness, in a period increasingly dominated by bureaucracy, rules and regulation. Qui-Gon was convinced that Anakin was the Chosen One, the one who would bring balance back to the Force.

Essay Defends Mace Windu

March 18, 2017

Everyone’s favorite bad mo-fo Jedi Master gets some love from this Crossing Sabers essay:

We would expect the Jedi to commune with the Force in order to divine what purpose or action they should apply the clone army to, but instead we see them rush into battle and try to squelch the fledgling Separatist movement with sheer force. When you combine this with Mace’s acknowledgment that their ability to use the Force has diminished, we get our next key: Mace is trying the best he can even though he can see the foundations of the Jedi starting to crumble.

“The Plank In Your Eye”

March 8, 2017

Clashing Sabers has an interesting essay about Anakin called The Plank In Your Eye:

Think about it. He starts as a slave and he ends as a slave. The whole journey in between is really trying to figure out where he fits into the galaxy. Is he a lover, a Jedi, or something else entirely? He never really figures out until he meets Luke, and realizes that his true purpose is found in his son (and hopefully his daughter, too, although we never get to see it). But to say that Anakin is without motivation is a fallacy.

The author also relates Anakin’s problems to some very serious personal issues.

“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.

Essay On ROTS

December 12, 2016

A Score To Settle is about music scores and this entry focuses on ROTS.  There’s a lot of great stuff here, check it out:

On the day it was released, I wound up seeing it twice – once in the early morning on my own and then again in the evening with friends. From the opening space battle to the visually poetic closing moments, I was riveted. As a first generation fan who caught each film from the classic trilogy in the theaters, I’d found myself fascinated on many levels by the era being presented in this second trilogy, the prequels. It was akin to watching a “period piece” of our own history, when mannerisms, dress and behaviors might differ to the present, such as Elizabethan dramas compared to present day. Not to everyone’s taste, but I was digging it. The world-building was imaginative and immersive, diving into other cultures and corners of the fictional galaxy previously unexplored or simply unknown. I plugged into the macro/micro level of parallel storytelling on display throughout, noting how over the course of the trilogy we witness both a democratic Republic and a compassionate Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker be manipulated and corrupted from the inside out, all by the same person, that being Chancellor Palpatine. Indeed, the fateful circumstances leading to Anakin’s downfall constitute the component to which I unexpectedly connected.