Scene it?: Leia and THE Bikini

scene it 2In today’s Scene it? I am looking at a very contested story-line within The Return of the Jedi. Although I will be discussing the whole story arc, I will be focusing on the scene that brings it to an end. I am talking about ‘slave Leia’ and especially “the bikini”, which is one of the things that has been incredibly divisive within the Star Wars fandom

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And such is the Nature of Evil

The two great mythologies of the last 60 years, Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit and the Star Wars Saga, both attempt to give insight into the origin and reason of existence of Evil. If there is any conclusion to be drawn from the way in which Evil is depicted, or hidden in plain sight, in these stories then it seems the conclusion that Evil is something your recognize when you see it, but that eludes a real definition. Many perceive Star Wars (and also Lord of the Rings) as a simply black-and-white tale of Good versus Evil, but it isn’t. In this post I want to have a closer look at some aspects of this. Continue reading “And such is the Nature of Evil”

Padme in 'Bombad Jedi'

‘Bombad Jedi’: Working Against Stereotype

I am currently on a rewatch of the 200The Clone Wars series and realized that S1E08, ‘Bombad Jedi’ is an absolutely fascinating episode! Not only funny, it gives room to some major development for two of Star Wars‘ most interesting characters: Padmé Amidala and Jar Jar Binks. ‘Bombad Jedi’ works on a lot of different levels, reintroducing the political element of the Clone Wars and showing how war leads to suffering and betrayal. The episode, directed by Jesse Yeh, starts with the fortune cookie-esque ‘Heroes are made by the times‘, but rather than focus on our accepted heroes, Anakin Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi, the episode goes out of its way to show that heroism exists on different levels and can be found in everyone.

From the very start of the episode it is clear that Padmé is in control of this mission. Her unwavering loyalty to her friends has brought her into dangerous territory and yet she goes there believing in the strength of diplomacy and peace, in itself the start of a very heroic quest. In choosing Jar Jar as her companion, she also reveals her recognition of similar principles in Jar Jar. Chancellor Palpatine functions as a good point of contrast to her behaviour when he mocks Jar Jar’s “qualifications”. He not only disregards JarJar but also looks at him with contempt, unable to see the potential Jar Jar holds. Palpatine respects martial strength and Jar Jar’s own brand of strength is not something he recognizes, initially. In some ways this is similar to how he considered Padmé naive in The Phantom Menace only to have to admit by the end of the film that she is a lot stronger than he thought.

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