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Everything in the Star Wars prequels is poorly written, and yet Padme and Anakin’s relationship still manages to stands out as particularly awful. Even setting aside clunky ramblings about sand, nothing about their budding relationship is okay. For starters, when they meet, Anakin is only nine years old, while she’s 14. A mere five years may not seem like a huge age difference in the long run, but that’s vital timing. She’d be a freshman getting into high school, and he’d be a fourth-grader getting into SpongeBob. And further, she’s the queen of an entire damn planet, while he is a slave child who almost certainly hasn’t had “the talk” yet.

When they meet again ten years later, Padme’s a big-city girl trying to have it all (“all” in this case means balancing political infighting with repeat assassination attempts). Meanwhile, Anakin is training to be a chaste wizard-priest-knight with a rattail. They have absolutely no common ground, save for their prior shared adventure when he was an overly precocious child and she was a teenager who looked and behaved like an adult. That’s what they build their love on: The rapport they used to have back when they were separated by an ocean of puberty. It’s not exactly unethical when they inevitably hook up, since they’re both young adults by that point. But she was basically his space-babysitter in the first movie, and the next time they meet they start boning. That’s weird, Padme. That is a weird thing to do.

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“Remember in, like, fifth or sixth grade? I was starting to get really good at poker, and going home with lots of lunch money? I got to know the principal’s office really well. He always used to say to me: ‘How come you can’t be more like your brother, Peter?’ But you know what? I was alright with that. I had no problems with that because I was proud of you. And I was never envious of anything that you had. Until now.


While You Were Sleeping | HA HA Cloud Machine 

While you were sleeping, the humor themed illustration show HA HA Cloud Machine, curated by Dave Van Patten, opened over the weekend in MADE by Millworks, Long Beach, CA. The show featured the hilarious handiworks from various Los Angeles and Long Beach based artists as well as the awesome works of Daniel Johnston. Other artists included Matt Furie, Penelope Gazin, Luck McGarry, Michael Hsiung, Travis Millard, Dave Van Patten Jeff McMillan and Charlyne Yi. HA HA Cloud runs till April 30th, so there’s plenty of time to grab one of those special Daniel Johnston pieces!  

Photographs courtesy of Dave Van Patten


 “Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever, like, seen somebody? And you knew that, if only that person *really* knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with, and realize that. You were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with. Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven’t even talked to? Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?“

Lucy Eleanor Moderatz  - While You Were Sleeping,1995.