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.
“ahsoka tano can’t be in the sequel trilogy, she’ll be too old”
umMMM BITCH YODA WAS FUCKING 900 YRS OLD AND NONE OF YOU SEXIST WHINERS BITCH ABOUT THAT, COUNT DOOKU AND QUI-GON JIN WERE IN THEIR 70S OR 80S AND NONE OF U CARED, OBI-WAN KENOBI AGED TWICE BC HE LIVED IN A PLANET WITH TWO SUNS AND NONE OF U BITCH
BUT WHEN A WOMAN GETS OLDER YOUR BITCHINESS AND SEXISM RISES UP FROM THE FUCKING ASHES AND LEMME TELL U SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GIVE ME AHSOKA TANO WHOOPING FIRST ORDER ASS
So in the Jedi Apprentice books, Obi-Wan’s friend Bant came to the temple later then usual, and it resulted in some sideeyes and bullying, but Obi-Wan befriended her anyway.
So what if Obi-Wan and Anakin were initiates at the same time? Nine year old Anakin has just been freed from slavery, and is in a strange place with strange people, many of whim dislike him for being different, and too old, and already having a master and not having to worry about losing the only home he’s ever known - and Anakin is alone. And lonely.
And Obi-Wan sees. And Obi-Wan cares. Because the heart of Obi-Wan Kenobi, once you strip out everything else, is compassion. (and it’s something the jedi have forgotten, that the so called ‘dark’ emotions, fear and anger and hurt, are natural, and they lead to empathy and compassion, for how can you be compassionate without knowing what others have gone through?)
So 12 year old Obi-Wan, on the edge of losing his home, being told he’s too angry and fearful to be a jedi, reaches out a hand to a lonely, lost 9 year old boy, who latches on as if he’s drowning - because he was.
And Anakin is torn apart when he learns Obi-Wan won’t be there forever but Obi-Wan comforts him, says he’ll keep in touch with comm calls and holos and letters, and the agricorps are important for many planets, and hey, maybe he’ll stop by Tattooine sometime to help them out? See what he can do for Anakin’s mother?
Spoiler alert Obi-Wan doesn’t become an agricorps member, he was meant to be a jedi, and yoda is this close to juat taking him as a padawan himself when Dooku shows up and does it for him. Because Dooku almost lost Qui-Gon to the councils stupidity, and would have if he hadn’t accompanied him to Naboo, and he’s losing his faith in the jedi order - even more when he sees what’s happening to this boy, who, it seems to him, is the only one who really understands what it means to be a jedi - to be compassionate, above all else, even when its hard, or it hurts, or it asks you to empathise with someone different to you - and immediately scoops up Obi-Wan as his Padawan. Obi-Wan is over the moon. So is Anakin.
(Anakin gives Obi-Wan a japor snippet he’d been carving for Obi-Wan when he left, so he’d remember him? Obi-Wan beams, announces he loves it, and never takes it off. Anakin is going to MARRY HIM one day, he’s sure of it.)
Anubis: It is my thanks.
You were once a girl with your own Tita.
Who taught you the ways of Egypt old, of when the Nile was full and flooding.
She told you stories of the Wolf and the Jackal, the Red Wind, and of the Child of Bast.For that, I bring you to the Scales.
Kuroo Tomoko was a confident woman; not completely lacking
in humility as the word ‘pride’ might suggest, no, she was confident. She had faith in
her abilities (and her son’s, whatever she might say), and she held her
observational skills in high regard. It
was how she had known her son’s sexuality long before he finally outed himself
and how she knew now that Kenma was nervous standing in front of her.
okay brain, today we need to finish the ninth chapter of the Xenomorph Fic
uh oh. Brain? What'd you do?
PROHIBITION ERA AU!
Obi-wan and Vader are veterans of the Great War, and damage from mustard gas means Vader has to wear a gas mask all the time-
Wait no, come back-
Palpatine is a crooked senator (of course) with connections everywhere, Bail Organa is a tired mayor doing his best and Leia wants to be a private detective, Luke is literally a farmboy -- would Kansas be too cliche?
and Han and Chewie are a couple charming rascals who frequent the jazz scene and are the best getaway drivers in the city if you can find them. Nobody knows where Chewbacca is from because only Han and Lando understand his accent (and Han says it's because nobody bothered to ask)