Realization that took me about 25 years: when Emperor Palpatine tells Luke “Strike me down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the Dark Side will be complete,” he’s not saying something deep about the nature of evil and the ease of turning into the bad guy. He’s just making a last-ditch gambit to not get his ass lightsabered. Luke’s kind of a sucker for falling for it.
Luke’s already decided violence is an acceptable tactic, based on the dozens of nameless troopers and pilots he’s blasted into subatomic particles, so why would the Emperor be any different? Killing the Emperor isn’t going to make Luke a different kind of killer just because he killed someone with a visible face, and it’s certainly not going to make him start blowing up planets or torturing prisoners just for funsies. Luke could have said “Strike you down? Don’t mind if I do,” done just that, and not only would the battle have ended the same way, his dad might have survived.
(And if Vader had survived, repented, and rejoined the Light Side, but retained his influence over the Imperial military, he could have saved everyone a whole lot of grief in the coming years.)
The point is, sometimes when your enemies say “You’re playing right into my hands! The harder you oppose me, the more power I get!”, they’re actually just scared and full of bullshit. Never forget to consider that possibility.
So I’ve always suspected Padme originally had a bigger role in Revenge of the Sith than what ended up in the final product. Knowing what it is now though?
I’m mad as hell that it was cut.
-She has a prominent role in the formation of the Rebellion. Not just a single deleted scene, but multiple, regular meetings with Bail Organa and Mon Mothma. Seeing Padme start the Rebellion that her children eventually lead to victory? F**king awesome. The greater ties in personality and action between Leia and Padme would’ve been appreciated too.
-Padme suspects Anakin of going to the dark side throughout the movie. Padme with her natural intuition, instead of just being a whining plot device? Yes please.
-Padme goes to Mustafar with a knife with the intention to use it on Anakin. She loves him but she sees what he’s become and makes the hard decision to (try to) kill him for the greater good of the galaxy. Anakin doesn’t force choke her out of paranoia but a semi-more-tangible sense of betrayal. It increases the significance of Anakin being redeemed by Padme’s son later on and enhances the themes of family and legacy within the Skywalker saga. Most importantly, Padme doesn’t just die from a broken heart. She still dies, because she kind of had to from a storytelling standpoint, but not for an incredibly weak reason.
Anyway, Padme deserved better. Like in general, but in particular she deserved better in Revenge of the Sith.
I think the most amazing thing about Kylux is that the two of them can be written in so many different ways while still staying true to character.
Is Hux the worldly soldier who came of age in a seedy Academy and slept his way to the top? Or an uptight prude, terrified of having his reputation ruined? Had a little fun in his youth, but is now married to his job? Do his leadership tendencies carry over into his sex life, or is it a relief to give control to someone else for once?
Is Ren the virginal monastic who has dedicated himself to his spiritual life since an early age? Or the celebutante Ben Solo, who slept around in the liberal New Republic until the age of 23? Hates himself for giving in to desire? Uses it to gain strength in the dark side? Does his physical prowess and supernatural powers make him a natural dom? Or do his unruly emotions require external regulation from a trusted partner?
I love that you could make any one of these arguments (or dozens more) and still be able to back it up with evidence from canon. That’s what has kept me interested for over a year now, the well for characterization never runs dry.
Beginnings Must Be Clean: Why KOTOR’s Darkside Ending Is Most In Line With The Philosophy Of Star Wars
So, right off the bat, let’s establish something: I am not nor will I ever claim that the darkside playthrough is the morally correct choice. Darth Revan is a violent dictator. The darkside ending is evil, unequivocally, full stop. This is NOT a post going “Revan is just misunderstood!!! The Jedi are the REAL bad guys!!!edgy!”
I never said that the darkside decisions were right, better, or morally defensible. I said the darkside ending, the story told by the darkside ending, is infinitely more thematically consistent.
Why is this? Well, let’s take a look at what are, in my opinion, the three major recurring themes in all Star Wars media. (Note: “Good vs Evil” is not going to count here; I’m talking about the major themes used to ILLUSTRATE the major, overarching premise of the battle between good and evil.) So what are those themes?
Behind these eyes, beneath this crown of fire, hides a mind etched in violence - stained and rotten.
The sun represents our basic ego needs. A solar Scorpio craves depth in every sense of the word. In order to fulfill these ego needs, these people consciously seek out dark and intense experiences in order to feel alive. The ascendant sign is highly indicative of how they go about attaining these experiences, so you should look to that for more information. The sun also represents who you are becoming. You don’t really begin to embody your solar energy until your first Saturn return when those energies are fully activated. It is the destiny of the Scorpio sun sign to learn how to embrace not only the darker aspects of life, but come to terms with their own inner darkness and learn to embrace it, so that they may inspire others to celebrate the darkness within themselves. These people know better than most that true enlightenment comes from exposing your darkness to the light.
MOON IN SCORPIO: DANSE MACABRE [EMOTIONS]
Dark its wings across a pitch-black sky. Death will come for me, but not tonight.
The moon represents our inner emotional world. The part of us that is most hidden to the outside world. This aspect of our psyche is known only to us and those most intimate with us. Someone with their moon in Scorpio will be the very definition of mystery. These people are incredibly dangerous individuals, as they are masters of the poker face. A lot of their power comes from you never knowing exactly what they are feeling, and they often use that to their advantage. A lunar Scorpion’s greatest fear is emotional vulnerability, although paradoxically, what they ultimately crave is deep emotional intimacy. Of all of the Scorpionic placements, this is the one that feels the most intensely. Everything bad that happens, no matter the severity, feels as if it’s a life or death situation, because they feel it so deeply. They are incredibly enigmatic and sexually alluring because this energy broods within them on such a deep level. A moon in Scorpio has a very strong emotional identification with Scorpionic concepts, and they are fascinated with the concepts of death and rebirth. If you are ever lucky enough to win over the heart of someone with this placement, you will have a partner for life, unless you do something incredibly horrendous to violate their trust. This placement has the most difficulty letting go of past hurt.
ASCENDANT IN SCORPIO: HARDER THAN A COFFIN NAIL [APPROACH]
My heart is a fist drenched in blood; my soul will rise again.
The ascendant represents our basic approach to life. It’s who we are on autopilot. What people who don’t know us well know us as. A Scorpio Ascendant approaches life with passion and intensity to the Nth degree. It has a very strong pull over the outward appearance, and Scorpio risings give off a very obvious sense of power, strong connection to sexuality, and know all too well the darker aspects of life, because they experience them all first-hand. These are very strong-willed and determined people, and they give off the vibe that they are not to be messed with. These people may come across as cold and unfeeling on the surface, but in reality, this is just a defense mechanism to protect their fragile heart, as they feel incredibly deeply. They have a strong desire nature, so unless this person does not have earth elsewhere in their chart, they may find it more difficult to suppress these urges. Life tends to place them in life or death situations to teach them how to die and transform. They are born with an innate wisdom regarding Scorpionic concepts (life, death, rebirth, transformation, fear, jealousy, etc). It works together with the sun sign to help fulfill basic ego needs and wants.
MERCURY IN SCORPIO: DEATH BREATH [MIND]
I may look happy, but honestly dear, the only way I’ll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear.
Mercury represents our communication style and how we process our thoughts. A Mercury in Scorpio has a very low tolerance for bullshit. A Scorpio Mercury is the one that you’ll find making that dark comment or joke, and you aren’t sure whether to laugh or be repulsed. They have a mind suited well to detective work, as these people are known as the lie detectors of the zodiac. It is incredibly difficult to get anything past a Mercury in Scorpio due to their ability to see past the surface and get to the heart of the issue. They will be the first one to call you out if they sense you are lying, and it will always be in a very cutting and sarcastic manner. They love to communicate about Scorpionic concepts, and their voices are endowed with a naturally dark and seductive tone. These people do not do small talk. But if you are looking to have a deep conversation about things that actually matter, this is the person you want to go to. You can rest assured that you can tell this person your secrets without the fear of being found out.
VENUS IN SCORPIO: ETERNALLY YOURS [LOVE]
So, tell me your secrets and join me in pieces, to rot in this garden made of stones - eternally yours.
Venus represents relationships, income, how we attract and what we find beautiful. A Venus in Scorpio finds the darkness of life to be incredibly beautiful and even romantic. Their fashion sense tends to be more on the dark side with lots of blacks and reds, but it is usually never vulgar, as Venus is a softer planet. Because Venus represents earned income and Scorpio is the sign of other people’s money, there is a very delicate balance between money that is received and money that is earned. A Venus in Scorpio attracts the dark side of life to them through their naturally seductive means of outward expression. Of all signs, Scorpio is the most in tune with their inner magnetism and they have no problems attracting people to them. How spiritually developed they are dictates the kinds of people they will ultimately let into their lives. Once you have a Venus in Scorpio’s heart, it’s forever. Once trust is built and the connection is made, there is no escape. You are bonded to them for life and beyond. If the relationship ever ends, it will be on their terms, not yours, and they will burn that bridge and never look back. Scorpio love is not for the faint-hearted. Intimacy is incredibly important to them, so if you are constantly striving to deepen that intimacy, you will be loved like no other until your dying breath, and they would most happily die for you and with you.
MARS IN SCORPIO: BLACK IS THE SOUL [DRIVE]
It seems funny to me how fucked things can be. Every time I get ahead, I feel more dead.
Mars represents our passion and sex drive. These people are driven by the darker aspects of life on the most primal level possible. Mars is the planet of sexuality, and the original ruling planet for Scorpio. It represents their instinctual desire nature. Their darkness is felt on a gut level, as Mars also rules over the sign of Aries. These people are incredibly passionate folk, but if you anger them, they could tend towards passive aggressive behavior, especially if they are on the lower end of this energy. This placement is indefinitely the most sexual of all of the Scorpio placements. The Scorpionic desire nature is at its strongest here given that Mars is the most extroverted planet, so these people need more light-hearted energy to help temper this part of themselves.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO: THE SHADOWS OF YOUR LIGHT [CREED]
I’ve found a world where love, dreams and darkness all collide. Maybe this time we can leave our broken world behind.
Jupiter represents our means of self-expansion and belief system. Those with Jupiter in Scorpio have a natural belief in the darker aspects of life, and it is a huge part of their life path to shine a light in the darkness. These people will expand their horizons by showing others that there is no need to be afraid of the dark. They might find themselves being drawn to more occult philosophies or belief systems. A huge part of this energy is being able to see the light side of the dark, and that is ultimately how these people will gain their abundance, whether it be monetarily or spiritually. Scorpionic Jupiterians know instinctually that if you have no shadows, then you aren’t standing in the light.