Harrison Ford probably wouldn’t have agreed to appear in TFA then, since he’s been rooting for Han to die since ESB.
It’s amazing how seemingly insignificant events like the quadjumper being destroyed ultimately started a paradigm shaking chain reactions that, for instance, caused Han to reunite with Ben and meet his tragic yet heartfelt end.
The Force truly does have a will, so it would seem, and everything that transpires within has a specific purpose or reason for happening (even if it’s not completely obvious to the characters or audience at first).
Classic era, classic feel. Modern classics, if you will.
Canon Galactic Civil War era. Can’t beat the classics;)
Of these two, Ahsoka. I know many decry her as annoying in earlier seasons, but to be honest, Ventress never had much character throughout the first 2 1/2 seasons either, beyond being a one-dimensional bad guy Dooku sends out to do his dirty work.
Ahsoka’s arc began in the TCW movie and is still ongoing, and in retrospect, is a pretty fascinating evolution from plucky Padawan into a semi-Gray Jedi, transformed by her relationship with the Jedi and pretty brutal experiences in the Clone War.
Regardless of how people feel about the characters, I haven’t really heard any serious criticisms about the actors’ respective portrayals.
While Oscar Isaac was established as an actor before signing on, Boega, Ridley, and Driver were all relatively new actors who all do a pretty remarkable job, in my opinion. They have that special chemistry that makes their characters all the more likable, and look as though they’re having fun for while filming.
However, Driver’s semi-method acting takes it to another level, in my opinion. For such a reserved, and quite frankly, intimidating guy to be so believably emotional and vulnerable on screen takes acting chops. His other work in films such as Logan Lucky and Blackkklansman is further testament to his range and ability as an actor.
Kudos to him to for choosing to not live in the spotlight. I know many fans criticize Driver for not being more connected with the fan base, but I don’t think he’s the extrovert like Ridley or Boyega. I admire his decision to not put himself in situations he doesn’t want to be in.
As silly as it may sound, Padme dying of a “broken heart” or simply “losing the will to live” is rooted in real life trauma.
There are numerous studies that have found several tragic cases of individuals succumbing to “give-it-up-itis.”
As made-up as the term sounds, it’s a psychogenic process that more or less shuts down the brain when confronted with psychologically impossible-to-confront stimuli (in Padme’s case, having her husband turn into a zealous, genocidal child-killer and attempt to choke her to death).
To the point of the post, while I don’t think Shmi’s survival would’ve prevented Anakin’s turn, I do think it would place Anakin in an interesting situation.
A lot of Anakin’s motivation to trust Palpatine was his insecurity in his own abilities. He had the pressure of being the Force Messiah placed upon him by the Jedi, yet no one every gave him the confidence or trust he needed in his own abilities like Palpatine did (which is also attributable to Anakin’s lack of emotional growth).
If Shmi survived, I could definitely see Anakin leave the Jedi to deal of justice on his own terms while living with his mother, like he promised in TPM. I could also see Anakin relocate Shmi to be closer to him to he could “protect her.”
Whatever the case, Shmi’s death was merely one step in Anakin’s evolution into Darth Vader, which was inevitable the moment Qui-Gon died and the clinical, emotionless Jedi Order was left to develop a 9-year old slave into the Chosen One.
I like KOTOR I better, mostly due to the nostalgia and iconic characters. KOTOR II does a much better job of developing the universe and the lore (particularly through Traya) in my opinion.
Vitiate, if he counts. I feel like people are drawn to him just by nature of his power (which is overestimated, in my opinion), and while he was an effective villain during his reign as Sith Emperor, his continual cheating of death makes him a dull character who outstayed his welcome, in my opinion.
Maybe Revan too. While it’s natural to cherish Revan, since the character is our avatar presence in Star Wars, his Legends-canonical character I think get hailed as one of the greatest Jedi ever, when in reality he misses the point of being a Jedi on a number of occasions, and acted more as a headstrong warrior than a peacekeeper.
Blade lengths are adjusted to the height of the wielder, so I suppose whatever is proportional to the average height of a Jedi or Sith is.
Where’s 99’s option? ;)
While it did not bring me to tears, Fives’s death hit me the hardest.
Him being killed by a fellow clone like a fugitive, right when he was on the cusp of revealing Order 66, made it a tough one already.
Combined with the fact that he was the last of Domino Squad, and we got to see him progress as a soldier from beginning to end, it was hard to see a character I’ve grown so attached to go out that way.
I heard a quote once that I think encapsulates this situation:
"This is what it looks like when you've actually fought in battle. It's not glorious, it's not beautiful, it's not even heroic. It's merely doing what's right, and doing it again and again.”
I think that’s just the reality of war, and it’s a pretty watered down representation at that. Millions of brave men and women lose their lives and end up just becoming casualty statistics, while a few notable people are given more recognition.
Some of that is practical. In the middle of war, stopping to hold individual memorials for every fallen soldier is impossible. Especially when everyone knows the risks of taking up arms and chooses to fight anyway.
War not make one great.
Speaking of which, we actually had a somewhat extensive debate on the morality of the Republic using a Clone Army a few days back
@Turtleman2 If there’s a right and a wrong answer, then why even make the poll?
I feel like you wanted to have your opinion unanimously validated here, and when that didn’t happen, you objectified the conversation into a false dichotomy.
I actually think this was Yoda trying to honor Qui-Gon Jinn in taking on Luke more so than Obi-Wan.
Qui-Gon was the one who brought Anakin into the Jedi, and was probably the only Jedi who truly understood the support and guidance Anakin would need as the Chosen One. With Qui-Gon dead, Yoda made Anakin Obi-Wan’s problem and refused to help Anakin in any meaningful way.
It’s no secret that the Jedi failed Anakin as much as he failed them, by letting their arrogance and clinical judgement blind them to Anakin’s special situation.
Basically, the last time Yoda ignored a dead friend’s advice to pursue his own beliefs, the prophesied Chosen One Yoda turned his back on destroyed everything he held dear.
And by putting his faith in Luke rather than trusting his own flawed idea of the ideal Jedi, Yoda was rewarded. Luke did what both Yoda and Obi-Wan thought was impossible; he redeemed Darth Vader.
So I don’t think Yoda was in a position to make such a call. He needed to trust others.
Yoda actually did want to train Leia instead of Luke, and was pretty disappointed when Obi-Wan requested he teach Luke instead. It’s why Yoda is so pessimistic when Luke leaves and stills holds out to the hope that “there is another” in Leia.
“Years later, Yoda was feeling his age and isolation. He also harbored regrets about having not taken Anakin Skywalker's daughter as his apprentice. However, he was not confident that he had enough time left to teach another pupil. After Obi-Wan Kenobi was killed, he reached out to Yoda from the netherworld of the Force and requested that Skywalker's child be trained. The Jedi Master readily agreed until he found out that Kenobi was actually speaking of Anakin's unfocused son instead.”
Agreed with Buzzty. As much as Death Watch claims to embody their culture’s traditions, they completely lack the honor and loyalty essential to the ways of true Mandalorian warriors.
They were terrorists, plain and simple. Pre Vizsla sold his soul to Dooku and then Maul out of a blind quest for power, allowing Maul to take over and send Mandalore into even greater turmoil.
I loved it when first seeing it, and still upon subsequent rewatchings. Perhaps because it heartens back to the magic of A New Hope that I love so much, but something about it just clicked with me.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of it. A group of ordinary people coming together by the will of the Force to traverse the galaxy, battling evil regimes, dark lords, and sleazy gangsters. The characters were charming and had great chemistry, the movie was visually stunning, and it had a coherently engaging story that made me excited for the next chapter.
A delightful Star Wars story, through and through, that reinvigorated a franchise that was slowly fading away, all while bringing a whole new generation of fans into the fold.
In my opinion, it was lightning in a bottle, and I feel very fortunate to have experienced it.
Underrated: Solo: A Star Wars Story, for the reasons many stated before. A truncated marketing window, intense competition with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, and behind the scenes production drama discouraged many from seeing this well-acted, thrilling space adventure.
Overrated: The Empire Strikes Back. I think I made a post about this a few weeks ago, and while I still enjoy the movie, many others like this film far more than I do. I personally think it’s the weakest of the OT.
I don’t know if it’s the Sith who are integral to maintaining balance as much as the Dark Side of the Force.
I know the Jedi and the Sith have been used synonymously with the Light and Dark Side respectively, but both Orders had many flaws. The Jedi were far too institutionalized and vain, while the Sith... well, many of them were just flat out evil.
As Luke said in The Last Jedi, “The Jedi don’t own the Force.” And neither does the Sith.
I think that Rey and Kylo Ren, a Light and Dark Side Users not necessarily associated with either the Jedi or Sith (at least, not yet), are proving that the Force is bigger than both the Jedi and Sith, and does not depend on organizations as much as it does individuals.
I’ll be curious to see how this plays out in TROS, since Luke promised he wouldn’t be the Last Jedi in TLJ and now the Sith Lord Darth Sidious has returned.
Well, I’ve learned why people are upset with the scene, which I never really did before since most of the time the criticism was presented to me in vague terms.
I learned what people expect to come out of this type of hyperspeed maneuver, and even if I don’t agree with them, we still had a relatively mature conversation about little details us Star Wars geeks really care about.
Again, if it upsets you, you’re free to refrain from such conversations. The fact that we have them won’t have any larger societal implications, and certainly doesn’t affect you in any way.
I believe there’s a certain value in discussing the merits of criticisms. Debating is rarely about changing people’s minds. Rather, it’s an avenue to exchange ideas.
And while belaboring arguments can become tiresome, I never talked about this issue before in this capacity. I’m glad I got the opportunity to voice my thoughts.
If seeing such disagreement is bothersome, you always have the choice to “unfollow” the particular thread.