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What Does “Choice” Have to Do With Star Wars? Part 2 – Attack of The Clones

Attack of the Clones is probably the oddball of the Star Wars saga.  It varies noticeably from other movies in that there are no main villains for most of the movie and that a large portion of the narrative is based on dialogue, but this does allow for another contemplative meditation on “choice”.
We start off where we ended last: Anakin Skywalker.  After ten years of living romantically and partially paternally barren, Anakin is rather confused.  It’s obvious from the first moment he’s on screen: he can’t believe he’s going to see Padme again and is visibly shaken.  After ten years of having a romance-sized hole in his heart Anakin finally feels that Padme will fill it.  As soon as he begins to get close to her his emotions are shown to be very turbulent.  He says rather strange things at inappropriate times to Padme and begins to rant in casual conversation.  Ever so slightly, he begins to forfeit his ability to choose, by becoming more and more controlled by his emotions as the movie continues.

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This slowly builds throughout the movie and finally comes to a head on Tatooine when Anakin kills all the Tusken raiders to get revenge on the ones that killed his mother.  When he does this he completely relinquishes his ability to make the right decision for that moment and is totally ruled by unbridled malice (a.k.a. the dark side).  He allows his anger to get the best of him and allows his malicious emotions to dominate his mind for a time.  Afterwards he shows some form of regret, but with the help of Padme (talk about bad decisions) he simply replaces his anger with his love and infatuation (at that point it’s still infatuation in my opinion) for Padme.

tumblr_inline_nofsvaEeZy1sjf2gc_1280 This instance presents us with the idea that we can begin to weaken our resolve to make moral decisions and drives us deeper into impulsiveness, a vicious cycle.
Next, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi in his political escapade which by it’s nature involves an ability to curb or harness one’s emotions.  As Obi-Wan begins to track the mysterious assassin to the ends of well-known space.  He must gather all his wits and play his cards right to discover all the mystery surrounding Jango Fett.  He must make sure he does not show his emotion to Jango or any of the Kaminoans so as not to blow his cover.  This is expertly showcased in what some fans have come to refer to it as a verbal duel with Jango.  Obi-Wan sees Jango’s incriminating armor and it’s very likely that somebody like Anakin would immediately draw his saber and make his move.

Jangos_ApartmentObi-Wan, on the other hand, bides his time and waits until he can get Jango alone, and while he still fails to capture Jango he is mostly cut short by fate (or the force), and his failure was ultimately saved by the happenings on Geonosis.  One can’t help but notice the almost sharp contrast between Anakin and Obi-Wan.  Obi-Wan is very collected and makes decisions based on facts and evidence while Anakin is very impulsive and can base his decisions solely on emotion.  We even have this showcased during the scene in which Obi-Wan tells Anakin not to rescue him from his captors on Geonosis, only to alert the council so they can deal with it.  In response Anakin makes the impulsive (but still altruistic) decision to rush to his friend’s aid, only to be captured himself; such is the fate of those who don’t think things through.
In conclusion Attack of The Clones is a solemn warning to where allowing blatant impulsiveness and lack of forethought can lead.  It shows us that life can be better when we’re in control of our emotions, and make choices deliberately and not impulsively.

Podcast Commentary: A New Hope – SWR #169

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In this episode, we commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign with a special live commentary of the Star Wars Film that started it all – A New Hope!

Joining us for the ANH commentary will be Nerdist writer and StarWars.com blogger Amy Ratcliffe and Radio broadcaster extraordinaire and host of My Star Wars Story, Scott Ryfun.

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Andy Serkis’ Star Wars 7 Character Revealed

StarWars.com has just revealed Andy Serkis’ character name as well as a photo of Serkis in motion capture gear.  Serkis is reportedly playing a character by the name of Supreme Leader Snoke, and by the name and the motion capture gear I think it’s safe to assume he is obviously playing an alien character.  Either way we’ll know in December when The Force Awakens theaters this December.

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Killing the Skywalkers (Part 2 of 3) – SWBTF Ep 172

Killing Skywalker, SWCA Feedback, Clones, Jedi, and the Love of Star Wars, and so, much more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of Continuities; Nathan P. Butler sit down to discuss YOUR FEEDBACK! So strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!Feedback Disney 2013 Continue reading

Mark Hamill Can Handle

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim inspired many Star Wars fans around the globe. Images, news, and trailers from the event began streaming online almost immediately, and with that came the awe that inevitably goes hand in hand with watching Star Wars.

On May 4th, in Cape Town, South Africa, Chris Cape, a full time pop musician, found himself particularly inspired. After a long day of teaching guitar lessons, he sat down and let the creativity, (like the Force) flow. What came next, is a fun blend of fast lyrics, fun music, and STAR WARS.

Mark Hamill Can Handle - A fan made song - Chris Cape

Last year Chris Cape released a 10-track project for free download and it was a total success. Hoping to follow it up this year, he is working on material for a new album, as well as several single-track releases. But wanting to give back to the community that has so inspired him along the way, Chris is offering his fun new track “Mark Hamill Can Handle” for FREE!

As Chris Cape puts it:

I’m a Star Wars fan from Cape Town South Africa.

I’m also a full time pop musician. I write, produce, play guitar, sing and rap. I’m deep into the Expanded Universe as well as the movies and have found that SW fuels the creative mind in a unique way.

The recent overflow of SW7 excitement has found it’s way into my writing. I got home from a long day of teaching guitar on May 4th, sat down in my studio, messed around on my 80’s Japanese Casio keyboard, and let the inspiration flow into a new song. What came out was the song I’ve attached to this email.

“Mark Hamill Can Handle” is me talking about my anticipation of SW7. Like, “sheesh this Kylo dude looks hard core so I hope Luke can deal!”… and at the same time, “But dudes, it’s Luke Skywalker… of course he’s got this!” I love Mark Hamill and am hoping he’ll hear this song at some point!

So let’s spread this far and wide! If you like it, share it!

SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/chriscapesound/mark-hamill-can-handle
Shorter Link: http://bitly.com/starwarssong

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