ok so Leia was heading to Obi-wan before the Battle of Scarif, and before she ever knew she or anyone would have the plans. It wasn’t just a last resort, “vader’s bout to get us we gotta go somewhere” decision. the fact that she was going to Obi-wan is probably the reason she was with the rebels and not on Alderaan.
so think in the context that a) Bail was knowingly sending his daughter, who has the genes of one of the most powerful force users ever, to go get a Jedi, b) Bail knew that he was sending the biological child of Anakin to Anakin’s former master and friend, c) Obi-wan definitely would knows who Leia is, d) Bail knows that Obi-wan is keeping an eye on Luke.
I’m not saying Bail Organa knowingly sent his force sensitive daughter to the only fully trained Jedi he knew how to get in touch with and also her force sensitive brother, but Bail Organa knowingly sent his force sensitive daughter to the only fully trained Jedi he knew how to get in touch with and also her force sensitive brother. Because he and Mon Mothma decided things had gotten to this point.
I’m going to change gears from my usual anti-Kylo Ren tirade for this post:
I am really fucking tired of seeing Anakin Skywalker apologists blame Mace Windu, or otherwise imply that Mace Windu deserved his fate, just because he happened to rightfully believe that the man was not emotionally equipped to be a Jedi.
Here is an unpleasant truth for all of us: Mace Windu was right.
Anakin wasn’t equipped to be a Jedi. He wasn’t equipped to live with Jedi restrictions the way the others were. He wasn’t equipped to have to deal with political machinations or secret Sith scheming. He wasn’t equipped to leave a loving mother. He wasn’t equipped to balance Palpatine’s gaslighting with his Jedi trained perspective and self-awareness.
He wasn’t even equipped to leave the Jedi Order of his own free will and use his training and skills and connections to establish a life that suited him better.
Mace was right to be wary of Anakin. Because Anakin did end up turning on the Order. And Mace absolutely did not deserve what happened to him.
Mace Windu did not yank Anakin off of Tatooine while leaving his mother behind.
Mace Windu did not create the culture that raised Jedi from birth, without standard family attachments. Mace was in fact as much a victim of that culture as Anakin or any other Jedi.
Mace Windu did not create the code or restrictions that forbid Anakin from marrying Padme.
Mace Windu was never cruel to Anakin. He may have distrusted him or not been as warm as Anakin would have liked, but you know what? He had no responsibility to do so. He wasn’t Anakin’s master. He’s certainly not a brother or father figure to him. SO WHAT if he distrusted Anakin. He’s allowed to have a fucking opinion.
Newsflash: in your life, you’re going to meet people who don’t trust you. You’re going to meet people who dislike you. You’re going to meet people who don’t know what to do with you. And guess what? You get the fuck over it.
There was no indication that Mace Windu was unfair to Anakin. He opposed Anakin being a master. Okay. Anakin was twenty-three years old. We have never seen a master that age. Obi-Wan was still a Padawan at that age. Anakin may have been a war hero, but that doesn’t mean that Mace can’t have legitimate misgivings about Anakin’s emotional readiness for the job.
There is no indication that Mace Windu mistreated Anakin. If anything, he tried to protect him. He knew Anakin and Palpatine were friends and he tried to spare Anakin from having to be part of the confrontation.
If you can’t defend Anakin Skywalker’s choices without slamming a man who did nothing to deserve his murder at Anakin’s hands, then you have to wonder how defensible Anakin actually is.
Anakin's Training: Implications of a High Midichlorian Count
The minimum midichlorian count for a Jedi was 5,000 and to have over 15,000, it was said you had to be born of the Force. Anakin has over 20,000.
This interests me in terms of his childhood at the Temple. Anakin was at least 2 to 4 times more powerful than all of the Forcefuls in the Temple. I would imagine that once his training began, there would have been trouble. Where most people took months of meditation to learn proper telekinesis, Anakin probably struggled not to throw objects and hurt people unintentionally. When Anakin was taught how to warm something with the Force, he set it on fire. He burned himself trying to raise his temperature. I imagine meditation was so difficult for him because he heard so much. He was probably overwhelmed and easily distracted by what he felt but didn’t know how to control or channel. It probably scared him
Even more intriguing is the question: Was he separated from others for their own safety? Did he believe he was dangerous, difficult, unnatural? I imagine the other initiates kept their distance. Was he pulled from normal classes?
The great tragedy of Anakin Skywalker is he never got a chance to be free.
Think about it. He’s born into slavery. He lives 9 years as a true slave. Even if Watto was the “best” owner ever that is still a horrific circumstance to spend your FORMATIVE YEARS. Even if Watto was a saint, there is so much trauma in having no freedom or control over your own body, in knowing the PRICE of your life. Not to mention secondary trauma, which is NO LESS TRAUMATIC, btw.
Then, he’s “freed” by a Jedi. But the Jedi frees him with the implied condition that Anakin be taken in and trained by the Jedi order. As soon as he leaves Tattooine, all choice is stripped from him. The counsel evaluates him and finds him wanting. His entire future is thrown into jeopardy because the man who bought him is dead and the new owners may want to return him. When they finally do induct him into the Jedi Order, it is with suspicion and a lot of conditions (cough, being the Chosen One, cough)
Once again he’s in a situation where he must call the people in charge MASTER.
(But it’s Different, someone might say. Yeah, well, when you’re 9 a cucumber looks like a zucchini, and patterns of thoughts, how the world works, worldview, that doesn’t change just because someone tells you some pretty words)
In the Jedi Order, Anakin loses the autonomy of his choices. He loses the option of getting married and having children (which, btw, is one of the rights traditionally stolen in slave cultures). He loses the right to chose where he goes and what he does EVEN AFTER HE REACHES ADULTHOOD. And, he loses the right to his own emotions.
Even as a slave, emotions are the one thing they can’t truly take from you. They can try to break you, they can punish you, but as long as you can think you can feel, you can hide what you’re feeling. You can be angry, sad, happy, in love even if they don’t want you to. But in the Jedi order, not only are these emotions bad, but it is an entire organization of psychics who vocally criticize and police you out when you’re struggling to “let go” of anger and hate, even or especially hate that is justified!
Then, this Order begins using SENTIENT HUMAN SOLDIERS who have been BRED AND RAISED AND SOLD TO BE AN ARMY. Soldiers who’se MINDS have been stripped to make them more obedient. And the Jedi don’t even hesitate to put them to use. The Jedi Order legitimized slavery. How do you suppose THAT felt for the former slave boy?
So, in the movie, you see a progression as Anakin struggles for power. Because, if he’s the master then HE WON’T BE THE SLAVE.
Lastly, after THREE YEARS OF TRAUMA AND WAR AND SLOWLY SLIPPING TO THE DARK SIDE (don’t tell me it was just Padme’s death that caused him to fall), Anakin fall’s and turns to the only Authority Figure who has treated him with full respect and told him that he is powerful, he is in control – Darth Sidious. Who then ENSLAVES HIM UNTIL THE DAY HE DIES.
Anakin only got 30 minutes of true freedom and he was dying.
The raffle winner @fettuccine-alfreylo asked for a training kylo, and sent me that picture of adam training in a tank top from the behind the scenes of TLJ. I got carried away with the new pictures released in the last few days. So it happened^^
I’m holding out for a hero to awaken the Light, She’s gotta be strong, and she’s gotta be fast, and she’s gotta be fresh from the fight! (Racing on the Falcon and rising with the heat, It’s gonna take a Jedi Knight to sweep me off my feet~! ♫)
Riffing off the Disney/fairytale theme once more, because Rey is the hero we all need and I’ve always dreamed of, I’m in love…….. *__*
also having fun with potential “level-up” Jedi outfits! (I know this is more PT than OT style, but I really like the PT tunics…) I can’t decide between Rey making her own classic lightsaber, or making a dual-bladed saber to complement her quarterstaff… the dual blade was just fun to draw :D