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.
I’ve been trying to figure out lately why 12 has appealed to me so much.
As I’ve spent more time with my storytelling, a well crafted character arc has become kind of a thing of beauty. The other re-boot Doctors have been wonderful, but their arcs, the ones that are big and sweeping and external haven’t resonated with me nearly as much as 12′s, which is very much internal. And it starts in his very first episode with the question:
And from that point on, the series continues to ask that question of us as the Doctor continues to ask it of himself. What does it mean to be good? What does it mean for ME to be good?
There have been some serious clunkers, writing-wise, that Capaldi has dealt with best he was able, but I’ve hugely appreciated the through-line on the question of goodness. 12 struggles with the Doctor’s known faults–god complex, overreaching, ego. (He says himself that he’s nothing without an audience. And, I believe, is the only Doctor to break the 4th wall) That is, until his epiphany in The Girl Who Died, where he finally realizes what he was trying to tell himself with his new face–that sometimes goodness doesn’t mean saving the world; it often means making a difference in just one life. It’s a face to warn against hubris.
It’s not that he necessarily learns his lesson at this point. In order to save the person he regards as the better angel of his nature, (she LITERALLY had to make him flashcards reminding him how to be nice) he’s engages in some pretty hard core, 4 billion year self-destructive behavior, completely fucks up time and then throws a temper tantrum about it, but in the end, realizes that he’s gone too far and accepts that he can find goodness in himself, even if it means erasing Clara entirely. He’s even called out on his broad, and sometimes impractical notions by Missy. “It’s vain, arrogant and sentimental.” (And incidentally, we’re reminded through his interactions with Missy that the Doctor has a considerable dark side.)
I know there’ve been complaints about the “woke” nature of the show over the past two seasons, but the Doctor’s been an SJW since 1963–horrified by war (even though he’s been forced to fight in them) and outraged by injustice and inhumanity. 12′s evolution and quest for goodness has been a reflection of the writer’s struggle with the unfolding global horror of populism, racism, nationalism and fascism. We’ve had some beautiful speeches, like the anti-war rant in The Zygon Inversion, the “measure of a society” in Thin Ice or last week’s bitter diatribe on the failings of humans to learn from past mistakes in The Lie of the Land. The casting director knew what they were doing when they got Capaldi– an actor capable of fierce intensity, deep pathos, solitary introspection and childlike playfulness. He’s everything a Doctor should be.
I’ll enjoy these last few weeks with a measure of sadness knowing the era is coming to an end, but grateful for three seasons of excellent, thoughtful television.
Lucifer is the dark side of cosmic fecundity, the cutting blade of the sculptor’s knife. Nature does not abhor evil; she embraces it. She uses it to build. With it she moves the human world to greater heights of organization, intricacy and power.
[Note: I posted this meta for the first time on my first blog, which has been deactivated. I am reposting and revising this meta because Light Side!Jaesa could never get enough love, and in my honest opinion, LS!Jaesa is a criminally underrated character]
I want to talk about Jaesa - specifically, Light Side!Jaesa - a lot. I want to talk about the things that make LS!Jaesa such a wonderful character, thus I’m deeply grateful of her existence.
(Warning: Spoilers for the Sith Warrior storyline and LS!Jaesa’s conversation arc)