“I really admire and look up to all the female villains (especially Ursula). There’s something really impressive about women who never end up with a man, who have incredible power, and usually a sense of humour. Even if they are evil, they’re still my heroes”
Those scenes in Siege of Lothal bother me a lot for two reasons:
1) Tua said she did everything to find any information about Rebels, yet the moment when her life was in danger, she magically found out that
has a connection to Ghost Crew.. and successfully
persuaded him to cooperate. How she did that? Or if she knew about it
all the time(?), why she didn’t report that to Kallus and save everyone
trouble with Tarkin and Vader?
She could redeem herself
with that information. Instead she ditched Empire thinking only about
herself. I understand that not everyone is a heroic enough to put
loyalty or beliefs above being alive but it saddness me that
the only one named & active imperial female character showed at the
on the screen was so…
useless until her death scene. I don’t mind that she worked for Empire
or that she wasn’t warrior (like Sabine or Hera) or how she was a poor
politician or how unkind she was to others. That’s okay. She had a lot of faults - all interesting
characters have them. But the show didn’t really present any of her good
qualities and when finally she had moral / emotional dilemmia and, you
know, a bit of character development, she was killed. What makes me sad,
because creators of Rebels proved with “The Honorable Ones” that they
can show already
villian in new light without killing said character.
But what bothers me even more is:
2)the missed opportunity to make an interesting plot twist, because TUA COULD BE AN UNDERCOVER REBEL SPY
Gall Trayvis? A man who by more than half of first season was seen as a
hero by Ghost Crew but turned out to be imperial agent? We could have
similar yet reversed scenerio with minister Maketh Tua.
it: how you would feel if Tua - a woman with political power yet not really respected by
her fellow imperials, who most of time was unkind to everyone around her
and who was shown as a joke & caricature of
politician - turned out to be a brave spy who not only smuggled
important informations to Bail Organa / Falcrum about imperial operations but also kept saving Ghost Crew’ asses time after time?
As much as it would be sad for me to not have any loyal named
& active female character on Empire’s side, Tua being Imperial
turned into rebels spy would made a lot sense. Just think about all
scenes when she acted arrogant or plain stupid or angrily shouted at
everyone around her and “add” a spy-related reasons behind such
unprofessional / emotional behaviour and we could have something like
Remember Droid in Distress, when she - as minister from Lothal - was accompanied by C3-PO & R2-D2? Which no
why? Since we know now that Bail wanted to see the unknown rebels
in action, he and Tua could work together in that aspect. She could be
the one to inform him about Ghost Crew’s activity on Lothal and set a
“test” for them (if Ghost Crew would fail, Tua would still known where
the weapon went and gave bearings
to Bail & Falcrum, so they could sent a trusted rebel soldiers to
recapture it). Maybe Tua is like Sabine, when it comes to foreign
languages? Maybe she all the time knew what her Alien companion was
saying but since she needed a pretext to bring Bail’s droids, she acted
uneducated and racist politician?
In Empire Day,
when after rebel’s attack, she screamed at Kallus and Inquisitor,
demanding from them to catch “terrorists”? She knew that Tseebo was
wanted by the Empire; that Kallus was looking for him personally.
And there was attack, so she had a reason to put pressure over ISB
agent to forget about Rodian for now and look for rebels (maybe she
hoped their attack was a diversion to smuggle important for Rebellion
Tseebo from Lothal?) When I analyzed this scene between Imperial Trio for the first time
I thought of Tua as arrogant person or acting on
adrenaline rush - but then the thought she could be someone more than
useless imperial politician never crossed my mind. If she were a spy,
the fact she was ready to put Ghost Crew in danger for the sake of
Tseebo’s informations would be a nice addition to her persona. Because
as a spy she would make a very hard choices under awful circumstances.
Not everyone has guts to do it, especially not after almost being blow
up by people you try to protect.
Or Vision of Hope,
when Tua called in question Kallus’ plan because she tried to discourage
him from setting a trap for Ghost Crew. She even recalled Inquisitor’s
apparently did not support Kallus’s plan either) what pissed off Kallus.
And since agent of ISB was too stubborn to change his mind and listen to her & Inquisitor, she practically barged into military operation, maybe hoping that rebels will use the moment of distraction and run away?
Coming back to Siege of Lothal,
we could have something more than “self-absorbed politician solding
informations to save a life” scenerio. We could have a very emotional
moment, when Ghost Crew learn that Tua was actually their information (probably sending info via Old Jho) by
the whole time and instead of asking them to save her, she could warn
them to NOT COME BACK TO LOTHAL because there is someone far worse that
Inquisitor. Tua warned them because she knows she will be found out
pretty soon, but Ghost Crew still decide to come back for her. Except
their action would lead to Tua’s death (and Imperial using it to
discredit whole Rebellion). That would be depressing, not only because
of sad end for a useful rebel spy but also because Ghost Crew would need
to copy with their failure on more personal level and Kallus’
behaviour would made a lot of sense too if all his previous efforts were
spoiled by Tua and now he had a chance to kill the traitor; of course he
would be happy to lead her into trap
And you know what would be an interesting part of Tua’s role? She could gave a lot of useful informations to Rebellion, she could save main heroes, she could be smart enough to fool Kallus and Inquisitor but not enough to fool Vader, no shame here
but still it was her signature on every imperial decree that hurted
people of Lothal. Every order of deportation or takeover of land or
maybe even execution. Think how Tua would feel knowing that as much as
she helps Rebellion at the same time she hurts her own people. That what
in part contributed to the execution
of Aresko & Grint (two people she knew personally and worked
probably for a long time; they may not be the best of people, yet they
weren’t monsters either to deserve such a death). Or
knowing that most of ordinary
people will never learn truth about her; they
may never knew she was a rebels spy, that she risked her life on daily basis for safety of galaxy.
you know how much I need right now Tua being something more than a
pretty face of not really useful character - at least before her death?
Because I would take courageous
but also not-totally-without-fault
Tua over just
Just… GIVE ME A TERRIFIED YET COURAGEOUS &
SMART TUA WHO FOOLED KALLUS AND GRAND INQUISITOR BY WHOLE YEAR INSTEAD
OF PATHETIC CARICATURE OF INCOMPETENT MINISTER.
Some Bellwether sketches, she was one of my favorite characters from Zootopia. Jeez, I love well written female villians. Also, there seems to be a lack of Bellwether fanart?? :0c I have to change that. She’s difficult, tho, still have to figure out how to draw her
I don’t know why but I’ve always like the female villians/bad girls in magical girl shows There just so bad ass to me and not the typical cute and sparkly and pink Some of my favorite are queen beryl(sailor moon) stormy weather (miraculous) and my all time favorite ICY(winx club) Icy is the queen of all magical girl female villains ever Icys the queen of all magical shows period
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is really unique even by today’s standards, given that it was released in 1950ish, all the main characters are women, and most of the action in the film is performed by 3 elderly nonconventionally attractive women. Even the villian is female, yet shes never portrayed as ugly, fat, or vain like most Disney villains.
TL;DR What a quality program smh