A lot of the great storylines in Star Wars revolves around family matters, from the whole father/son struggle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker to now the conflicts between Kylo Ren and his family. And even though it is the mothers that bring these characters into the world they’re not really celebrated or utilized into the weaving of these fantastic stories as much as they should. So I figure it’s only fair on Mother’s Day to write a post celebrating these extraordinary women who have had a huge but usually overlooked impact on these Star Wars films. Enjoy!
Star Wars is one of the greatest movie franchises ever made but while it’s filled to the brim with exciting, memorable, and iconic characters left and right through all of its movies there have been some characters who have simply gotten lost in the creative process of making these films. And so today I’m going to share with you the ten characters who should’ve been treated with a lot more love and care. Enjoy!
10. Count Dooku
Count Dooku was introduced in the prequel trilogy in the second installment and while he was obviously played by an incredible actor in Christopher Lee George Lucas didn’t write the character into the movie correctly. Count Dooku wasn’t exactly a believable Sith. When you have characters as scary and intimidating as Darth Maul and his master, Darth Sidious, I kind of expect that frightening aspect in every Sith and Dooku just didn’t have that. He was too fancy, too polished for me, and I just couldn’t take him seriously. Then he was dead within the first fifteen minutes of the next movie and so there went his extra development. I don’t know what Lucas could’ve done to make Dooku a better character but he was definitely a wasted opportunity for something a lot more epic.
9. Saw Gerrera
Saw Gerrera was constantly shown throughout the marketing for Rogue One as a major character and yet he was dead within the first fifty minutes of the movie. In fact, he didn’t even leave his room throughout nearly all of his scenes except for his first appearance in the film when he saved Jyn from her hideout in her home planet, Lah’Mu. He could’ve undoubtedly played a larger role in the movie and maybe he did before the infamous reshoots this film underwent but from what the finished product showed us he feels, at times, like a uneccessary block in the middle of the movie.
Star Wars is a story about heroes and villains, good and evil, love and hate, but most importantly, the tale of Star Wars is about family. From the original trilogy to the current one the stories have centered around the concept of family; from Darth Vader being Luke’s father to Rey being the daughter of, well, nobodies and all of the other family drama in between. But here’s the thing, out of all of the shocking heritage plots and devastating betrayals the mothers of Star Wars have been written with little respect, or purpose for the movies other than to further the stories of other (all male) characters. Let me explain.
Shmi Skywalker, mother of Anakin Skywalker, sounds like an important character right? Wrong. Her main appearance was in The Phantom Menace and she brought absolutely nothing to the story, except one of the dumbest lines in Star Wars, “There was no father,” as Qui-Gon asks her who Anakin’s father had been. She was a devoted slave mother to a destined child, a piece to Anakin’s progression from slave boy to Jedi to eventual Sith, nothing more. She had no business being in the movie other than to give a back story to Anakin and his past on Tatooine. And how did they end her story in Star Wars?
Anakin found her nearly tortured to death in a Tusken Raider village barely able to utter any words whatsoever. She finally died in the middle of trying to tell her son that she loved him but this is just a waste of a character who ended up not mattering that much and only elevated Anakin’s story.
Padme Amidala, mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, she should’ve definitely been a character as important as Darth Vader himself but alas, she wasn’t. She had three movies to be awesome and she was only utilized in a respectable and worthy fashion in one of them. The other two films forced her into being a love interest/worried mother-to-be for the rest of the trilogy. Her story was stripped for Anakin’s…and Obi-Wan’s! and she became simply the woman of the movie spitting corny lines like, “You’re breaking my heart” and “So this is how liberty dies. With thunder’s applause.” (uggh.) And how did she find her demise?
By getting a broken heart and dying in childbirth. So that’s how the mother of Luke and Leia died? Like a damsel in distress!!!
Lyra Erso was in Rogue One for a matter of about five minutes and though she wasn’t a damsel in distress she wasn’t a central character to the movie whatsoever. She was just a piece to Jyn’s unfortunate past.
Leia Organa is the only mother who has been given a decent story line in context with her involvement in the film and her son, Ben Solo. She wasn’t utilized as a damsel in distress or someone whose story line only furthered the arc of another character. She was actually given a role that mattered and, to my great surprise, she didn’t die. Now unfortunately Carrie Fisher actually passed away so we have no idea what The Last Jedi was setting up between her and Ben Solo but she was, thankfully, given her due.
And there are other mothers in Star Wars who have come to rather grisly ends as well!
Leia’s adopted mother, Breha Organa, came to a terrible demise as she got blown up by the Death Star on Alderaan.
And Luke’s adopted mother, Aunt Beru Lars, got burned to a crisp by the Empire’s stormtroopers, one of the grisliest deaths in Star Wars. The constant story of mothers in Star Wars is death and despair. Now let’s think about the fathers in comparison.
Darth Vader was the big bad of the original trilogy and was Luke’s father, making him one of the most important characters in Star Wars. He had a three movie story arc that ended with him becoming a hero, saving the life of his son, defeating Palpatine, and saving the galaxy in the process. And even thirty years later his legacy still lives on as Kylo Ren worships Darth Vader’s burnt mask and tries to become as powerful as the Dark Lord. He is written with respect and thought, not lack of care or imagination.
Galen Erso, compared to his wife, had so much larger of a story. He literally built the weapon for the Death Star for crying out loud! He wasn’t put into the movie to only further Jyn’s story. He was an actual character who meant something to the film.
And Han Solo
Of course Han Solo is going to play a major part, it’s Han Solo, but that’s the thing. He’s another man who had a very important role as father to an already important character, Kylo Ren. He came to a terrible end as he got run through by his son’s lightsaber but he was a hero in death, not a damsel in distress. He could’ve easily been treated the same as characters like Shmi and Padme but because he’s a man they gave him a purpose in the movie that the mothers of Star Wars have never been given.
The difference between mothers and fathers in Star Wars is kind of disgraceful and while the story of Star Wars is becoming more and more progressive as the movies continue to introduce fascinating heroines and characters of color the mothers still have a long way to go in the realm of representation in this wonderful franchise.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.
Revenge of the Sith has its wins and its losses. On one hand you’ve got Palpatine and his horrid plan to wipe out the Jedi, which actually comes to pass and then you have Anakin…and Padme…and more Anakin. There are good scenes and there are scenes I wish could’ve been revised but overall this is one of the better Star Wars movies and the best Star Wars film of the prequel trilogy. So, I’m going to share with you my five favorite scenes from Revenge of the Sith. Enjoy!
1. The Space Battle over Coruscant
There weren’t a lot of scenes that made me really happy in the prequels but the opening scene for Revenge of the Sith was legitimately awesome. From the shot of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s ships dipping out into a heated battle previously hidden from view by a giant Republic ship to Anakin spinning his ship to oblivion as he evades a pair of missiles. This scene has it all. In fact, Anakin isn’t even that annoying at this part which is a miracle in itself.
2. The Creepy Conversation
There’s something deeply unsettling about this quiet scene in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine was so crafty and calculated. He had Anakin wrapped around his pinky finger like a piece of string. I mean, he literally was telling him the story of a Sith legend! and that somehow didn’t send the young Jedi any warning signals? That’s weird. It’s silently horrifying as he throws Anakin the ultimate bait; the concept that the Force could teach those how to save people from death. He could sense Anakin’s fear of losing Padme in childbirth, he knew that information of the Force would be the catalyst to Anakin’s path as a Jedi, and he capitalized on it. And the final words spoken between Anakin Skywalker and Palpatine are utterly chilling.
Anakin: “Is there any way to learn this power?”
Palpatine: “Not from a Jedi.”
That was the beginning of the end. 😦
In the last three Star Wars movies there have been four new incredible women that have been added to the unfortunately small list of major Star Wars heroines. And while I have celebrated the women of Star Wars Padme has always never been a part of those conversations and that’s kind of strange. She’s the leading lady of the prequel trilogy, she’s the mother of Leia and Luke, and yet I never talk about her? How could this be? It’s simple. She’s one of my least favorite characters in Star Wars and it’s not even her fault.
In The Phantom Menace she was everything I’d expect Leia’s mother to be. She was strong-willed, she was a queen (one of the youngest Naboo queens in history, I might add,) she was a warrior, and she simply was a perfect character. I absolutely loved Padme’s introduction into the Star Wars universe and I couldn’t ask for a better mother of the iconic Princess Leia. You would think George Lucas would keep her awesome momentum going right? Wrong!
The next time we see her in Attack of the Clones it’s like she’s a completely different person! Her voice has changed and become lighter. Her look is more flirtatious and not that of the queen she used to be. Her countenance does not emit the strength that it once did. It’s like as if another actress is playing the character of Padme Amidala, that’s how much the writers changed her.
She should’ve come back even stronger than she was before considering that she had aged ten years and experienced more in life but she became victim to the famed love interest bubble that so many women in movies are reduced to.
I get that the story of the prequel trilogy is frankly the story of Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side but that doesn’t mean you should take such a remarkable heroine and sit her to the side as if she doesn’t even matter? Did they turn Obi-Wan into a corny sidekick/master? No. Padme was the only one whose story was mistreated so terribly.
Can you imagine what the movie would’ve been like if Padme had been a stronger character? The movie, in fact the trilogy, would have been so much better. Imagine if she had the tenacity of Jyn Erso, the strength of her daughter, Leia, the emotional prowess of Rey, the authority of Admiral Holdo, and the problem solving of Rose? She would’ve made it very difficult for Anakin to get her to be his future wife.
There are a lot of different characters in Star Wars, I mean a whole lot of them. There are new characters, old characters, famous characters and background characters, and every single one of them has a unique style about them that makes them memorable, whether it’s good or bad. So, on that note, in this post, I’m going to see who reigns supreme in the realm of fashion in the galaxy. Enjoy.
10. Jyn Erso
I like Jyn’s outfit a lot. First of all, the outfit she wears throughout the entire film looks very logical for her field of work. I love that there aren’t any low necklines or ultra tight leggings to try to sexualize her. And I love the dark brown. And there aren’t a lot of main female characters in Star Wars, so far, who have worn dark colors. Padme was always in something vibrant or colorful except for a few times. Princess Leia (not General Leia) was always in white or if not that color at least green. Jyn was the first female protagonist to wear some dark clothing and I love it. And by the way, are her pants for sale anywhere because they look so comfortable?
A lot of the great storylines in Star Wars revolves around family matters, from the whole father/son struggle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker to now the conflicts between Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, and his parents. And even though it is the mothers that bring these characters into the world they’re not really celebrated or utilized into the weaving of these fantastic stories as much as they should. So I figure it’s only fair to write a post celebrating these extraordinary women who have had a huge but usually overlooked impact on these Star Wars films.