CWK Blogger Becca Benjamin Makes a Guest Appearance on Bantha Banter

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Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of ‘Bantha Banter – A Star Wars Chat Show’ because one of our resident bloggers, Becca Benjamin, is the guest.

Here’s what to expect:

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No! Not Anakin! He couldn’t ….

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Such an emotional testament, almost an earth-shattering plea from Padme in regards to her once devoted, forthwith estranged husband; Anakin Skywalker. Her denial of the pain-staking truth is apparent by her shocked expression and the sheer fear that fills her heavily distraught eyes.

Yet she remained poised and resilient (at first), regardless of Obi-Wan’s serious accusations against the father of her unborn children. Really, what choice did she have? After all, he’s her husband and as one of the oldest covenants of marriage, most absolute vows state … So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God (in this case, the Force) hath joined together, Let No Man Put Asunder.

Obi-wan and Padme no he couldn't

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Review of Rebels: A New Hero by Pablo Hidalgo

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Star Wars REBELS“A New Hero” by Pablo Hidalgo

“So don’t be afraid of the Empire. Believe in something bigger than it. Believe in yourself.”  Star Wars REBELS: A New Hero

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Absolutely! Believe. Without faith, what else is there? If you can’t trust in yourself, who can you trust? Sometimes we must put all feelings aside and rise above our selfish pride or what seems to be the safest way to live; the “norm.” If you choose to conform by ways of the Empire, you’re not really living, are you? You’re controlled by fear instead of free will and that’s no way to live. Besides, fear is the path to the dark-side.

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Hey, it’s me!

 

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Ah…Han, what’s not to love? The originalSpace Pirate and the smoothest scoundrel to ever skirt-by the Maw black hole cluster, making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.   Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, let’s not forget his awesome ride, the Millennium Falcon. Sure, it dates back to the decades before the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, but she is (was?) the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! Of course, this so called mantel is yet to be determined with the Ghost ship so close on the horizon.  Quite possibly, the Falcon might just meet her match, but that’s a topic for another day. Move along, move along

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls my destiny.”-Han Solo (ANH)

 

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To exist is to endure

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A Jedi does not cling to the past. And Obi-Wan Kenobi knows, too, that to have lived his life without being Master to Anakin Skywalker would have left him a different man. A lesser man.Matthew Stover’s Revenge of the Sith

As I contemplate this tiny insert by Matthew Stover, I’m left to wonder how impactful Anakin’s training really was on Obi-Wan’s life. How often did he recall certain scenarios, wishing he would’ve acted instead of reacted? Did he fully come to terms with the death of his own Master, Qui-Gon Jinn? A Jedi does not cling to the past… or does he?

 

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Padme’s Prayer

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There is no danger. The fighting is over, and this is personal.” – Padme Amidala

The power of silence, it has an immense energy like no other source. It has the ability to allow us to rationalize and to act, it can (sometimes) help ease the mind and quiet our emotional storms, and it is a powerful ally like no other…it is, in a sense, a personal prayer.

Not only is silence an important key in our own daily lives, but it’s also a significant element in movie making. George is no exception to this; in fact he embraced that influential power and incorporated it throughout the Saga.

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“What does your heart tell you?”

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The role of motherhood is minimally depicted in the Star Wars saga. Why is that?

To be honest, the role of fatherhood isn’t exactly picturesque. Yet, the entire “maternal relationship(s)” are cut short or just briefly portrayed. That is not saying, representation of motherliness is lacking substance or quality, just profusion.  It just wasn’t the angle Mr. Lucas was going for, at the time, the path of paternity took precedence.

So in light of this past Mother’s Day, I thought it’d be best to pay homage to our GFFA moms and explore their importance to the Saga. Remember, there are no small parts, only small actors. -Constantin Stanislavski – Read more

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A True Joining in the Force!

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“Twilight is upon me, and soon, night must fall. That is the way of things. The way of the Force.” – Yoda

 

There is something captivating, almost theatrical, in the cyclical time between day and night. Symbolically, this splashy array of vibrant coloration, displays a state of vulnerability. Showing a significant contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight…..

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*Sometimes there are things no one can fix.* -Padme`

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Luke: “Leia, do you remember your mother, your real mother?”

 Leia: “Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.”

Luke: “What do you remember?”

 Leia: “Just images really, feelings.”

Luke: “Tell me.”

Leia: “She was very beautiful, kind, but sad. Why are you asking me this?”

 Luke: “I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her.”

 

The above dialog is absolutely, positively, one of the most poignant and emotional moments of the entire Star Wars Saga. With that said, I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Such an impactful scene with a magnitude of revelations and yet, it opened up another sarlacc pit of wonderment.  Who wasn’t curious about this mysterious woman that gave birth to these separated, force sensitive twins?

Padme Naberrie Amidala Skywalker :

1.)Queen of Naboo 2.)Galactic Senator 3.)Wife of the “Chosen One” (Anakin Skywalker) 4.)Mother of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. That’s quite the list of impressive credentials. There are not many, if any, that could’ve held a candle to her and all that she represented during her short-lived life. Her beauty was exquisite, her selflessness was immeasurable, and she loved unconditionally.

Personally, she is my favorite female character of the Saga. She exemplifies the core meaning of her name, “Padme”:  lotus, which symbolizes wisdom. The whole name, “Om Mani PADME Hum” also symbolizes such characteristics as:  pure exalted body and speech [Om] and purity by unity of wisdom [Hum]. Translation: In theory, a path in which and indivisible union of method and wisdom, one can transform the impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body. This is best known as Buddha or Buddhism. Perhaps, this is better explained, or at least quite similar to this description given by Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn: “Eternal Life….”

“The ultimate goal of the Sith, yet they can never achieve it; it comes only through the release of self, not the exaltation of self. It comes through compassion, not greed. Love is the answer to the darkness.”

It’s definitely interesting to see the comparison(s), even more intriguing because Padme was not a Jedi/Force sensitive.

Getting back on track, Padme was a very powerful political figure in the Republic Senate. She typically could sway her colleagues, even those on the opposing side(s), in her favor and resourceful enough to avoid several assassination attempts on her life. The woman was not to be underestimated, yet she could not contain/control her personal affairs, aka: marriage. Anakin had matched her “Powerful Stature” equally, if not, more so.

With all of that being said, how is it that she died such an untimely death? Perhaps, we will never really know or completely understand the reasoning behind it, which is what makes it so controversial amongst the fandom.

Not everyone agrees with her “losing the will to live” line, I will admit, it is a hard one to swallow. Given all we know of her character strengths, it just doesn’t seem plausible, does it? This topic has been blogged/discussed/dissected more times than I can remember, but it’s definitely worth the rehashing/debating, at least to me.

Before I begin theorizing, let me just reiterate, that this is just my own opinions/musings/ideas on what I think/believe may, or may have not, been the reason(s) for Padme’s demise. What I hope to gain by all of this? To hopefully spark some new thoughts, questions, and interests in our fandom.

“She has lost the will to live.”

A medical droid delivers this message to Obi-wan, Yoda, and Bail Organa before the delicate delivery of the twins. All present seem to be stunned by this news, even Obi-wan chimes in, as if he were trying to clarify the diagnosis, She’s dying?”

Please keep in mind, the medical droid only knows how to decipher scientific scenarios, not matters concerning “human behaviors.” As Obi-wan once said,If droids could think, there’d be none of us here, would there? There IS a distinct difference between, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Going with the Knowledge route, it was stated that there was nothing medically wrong with Padme, but she had lost her will to live. So WHY did she die? Intriguing, isn’t it? Didn’t they (Obi-wan, Bail, and Yoda) want to know? That has always baffled me, especially since the Jedi have always been known to save others. Wasn’t Padme worth the effort? Or was it something else, something more….elusive?

Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing happens by accident.”- Qui-Gon Jinn

As the wise, Qui-Gon Jinn stated, everything happens for a reason. So on the Wisdom side of things, Padme’s death was not by chance. Perhaps she was chosen, by something else, something unexplainable; the Force. Is this possible? Why not? According to Jedi prophecy, the Force selected it’s very own savior, known as the “Chosen One.” So how is this any different?

Let’s explore.

If the force did pick Padme to carry and deliver Anakin’s offspring, then her time among the living, physical force was complete. In other words, she had met her destiny and carried out the ultimate sacrifice; delivering a New Hope to the Galaxy. Is there anything more noble or selfless than giving up your own life for others? I’d have to say no and quite frankly, very befitting and true to her character. It also ties in nicely with her statement from AOTC,I’m not afraid to die. I’ve been dying a little each day since you came back into my life.” Quite possibly the Force was already foreshadowing her fate.

We could also romance it a bit too and say that the two, Star-crossed lovers died of broken hearts. That as Anakin’s soul died on the operating table and the persona of Vader took control, Padme let go as well. Soul-mates are noted as being One Entity, living harmoniously with an intense connection. That certainly depicts the bond between Anakin and Padme. The price they paid for such a short time of togetherness, the repercussions, and all the lives lost, was it worth it? You know what they say about love, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

One more notion, if you will, please do not throw poodoo my way after this musing.

Have any of you seen or read the Twilight Saga? Yep, there you have it, the flying poodoo. Ok, so here’s what I’m proposing. Is it feasible to think that Padme a human, (like Bella Swan) could have died because the pregnancy was not compatible with her body?

Padme was carrying two force sensitive beings in her human body. Could it have been too much for her and possibly drained the life force from her? Like Padme, Bella was carrying a hybrid child, much too powerful for her frail, human body and it ultimately killed her. *SPOILERS* my apologies for those who haven’t seen it yet and are planning to.

So, what do you think? Was Padme’s death unjustified? Or do you think she made the ultimate sacrifice and thus, making her the true heroine of the Star Wars Saga?

As for me, I choose to believe that the Force selected her, much like it chose one before her; Shmi Skywalker.

Both women were strong and put the ones they loved before anything or anyone else. They were selfless and had the emotional backbone to let go or stay behind, in order for the ones they loved to grow, flourish, and even supersede a lost legacy. That to me, is probably the most quintessential act of surrender, for the “Greater Good” one could ever give; their life for another’s.

“I’ve never given much thought to how I would die, but dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go…”-Bella Swan

 

I really hope you enjoyed my broodings. If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask. Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to respond, or contact me directly at beccab@coffeewithkenobi.com

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IS Honesty the best Policy?

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Is honesty the best policy?  This is a thought that crosses my mind quite frequently. Being a parent, one must be cautious or heed caution when guiding/raising their children.

We teach and preach to our younglings, at an early age that they should NOT tell lies or fibs. That in doing so, such falsity, no matter how small could eventually snowball into something disastrous.

For instance, telling someone that you have a certain item that you do not actually own. Now say that someone pays you a surprise visit and asks to see such said item, what do you do?

Do you A) Say, “you have missed placed the item?”  B) Say,” it is out for repair?” C) Say,” a friend is borrowing it?” Or D) Say, “I don’t actually “Have” said item, but I wish I did.”

Obviously, my example is probably a harmless sample by far. That doesn’t make the lesson less valuable. Sometimes the “Truth” does hurt, but Deceit can be far worse, even fatal at times.

Now, speaking on my own behalf and a “choice” between, telling the truth versus lie/fabrication, I decided to go with; “Sometimes the truth hurts.” My oldest was only 9 at the time and she had witnessed things a nine year old should never have to see. These disturbing events were between her father and I, which resulted in a divorce.

I will not disclose more than that, but will say, I told her the truth as to WHY it had happened. There was no “cover up” or “white lie” or even “bending/fabricating” of the truth, I gave it to her straight.  Whether that was right or wrong on my part, it was my decision. Personally, I feel that I had made the right choice.  Well, that’s my “Point of View.”

 Ah, the infamous line: “So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.”-Obi-wan Kenobi/Ben

 

Ever since I can remember, this dialog has intrigued me.  Even more after the Prequel Trilogy was complete.

It’s fascinating how someone could alter the truth in such a way, that they actually perceived/deemed it as “acceptable.”  Not to mention, to pass it along without finding fault or accepting ownership in any wrongdoing on his part.

“You’ll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon your own point of view.” – Obi-wan

 

Let me just point out, this would not be permissible in a court of law. Modifying the truth, to your liking, would be considered a LIE (tampering with evidence) during a trial.

Ok, staying on target, was Obi-wan right to change the truth about Luke’s father? Recasting those events, did he not fear any repercussions? Or possible consequences his words may cause for, Luke or the galaxy when all was said and done? With that said, his so called “testimony” of the truth, or his version of it, is somewhat of a “cop out.” Yes? No? A certain point of view, yes, possibly so. Let’s face it, Darth Vader is either Luke’s father or he isn’t. Truth, after all, is but a perception of one’s own confirmations, right?

Delving even further into this topic of Truth and Lies, what about Vader? He is the villain, right? A Master of Evil, more machine than man. Obi-wan goes on and says that his, old pupil is “twisted and evil.”

Interesting…..

The mentor and man that Luke trusts the most, the man he upholds with such high regard and faith, has deceived him.

“He was deceived by a lie; we all were.” –Obi-wan

 

Now that’s intriguing, isn’t it?

He (Obi-wan) knows exactly what he is doing, right?  I mean, he couldn’t have forgotten how the Chancellor played everyone as his personal pawns. How this Dark Lord manipulated the entire Senate, the Jedi Order, and their “Chosen One” into handing over the galaxy on a silver platter? Of course not, those were the “Dark Times” and he, like Yoda, have been in exile ever since.

Ok, ponder those questions for a moment while we take a look at this, Bad Guy, Darth Vader.

Once they engage each other (Luke and Vader), Vader doesn’t hold back, he tells Luke the truth. “No Luke, I am your father.” –Vader

This visage of pure evil, the one he has been destined to confront, divulges the Real Truth. Talk about a virtual slap in the face! All this time, all that he (Luke) was taught to believe in, was a hoax? Oh, this is good, real good (cue sarcastic tone). Wait a minute, what about the stories? Does Luke question the, Jedi Tales that Obi-wan told him back on Tatooine?

“He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior.”- Obi-wan

More important, how about this particular memoir, filled with a young man’s dreams of his father’s legacy being passed down with adoration:

“I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn’t allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did. It’s your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, before the dark times, before the Empire. “- Obi-wan

 

No wonder Luke held his head down in pain (or was that mistrust?) on the Millennium Falcon after his confrontation with Vader and discovering his lineage.  Seriously, my head would hurt too, talk about a major migraine. Luke had to be in serious emotional turmoil, not to mention, physical anguish.

Oh and not to get off topic here, but I honestly don’t remember Anakin telling Obi-wan to take care of his lightsaber and to present it to his unborn son when he is of age, anyone?  For the record, I’m NOT throwing Obi-wan under the bus here, but as he says to Anakin, “You have done that yourself!” Seriously, I’m not pointing fingers, just pointing out the obvious. The evidence is there, whether we like it or not. You can either accept it for what it is, or you can choose to ignore it. Although, he is NOT the only Jedi Master who tells fibs, “No, there is another.” –Yoda

Yes, our little green friend doesn’t just use a unique speech pattern, but he also uses trickery when guiding Luke and storytelling. “Ah, father. Powerful Jedi was he, powerful Jedi.

Indeed he was. I give Yoda props for telling Luke the truth in that regard, but still, where’s the rest of it? You know, the Prophecy of the “Chosen One.” The one who will restore balance to the Force and destroy the Sith. That’s a pretty big Sarlacc Pit to leave open, or would that be unopened? Regardless, you get the point.

“Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-wan’s apprentice.” -Yoda

Is it me, or is there a lot more dishonesty going on with the Jedi versus Sith? I mean, forever is a long time and quite an “absolute” statement I might add. Remember, “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” Maybe the Jedi should do less vocal negotiating and stick solely with, “Aggressive Negotiations.” After all, Actions do speak louder than words.

What about the Original Trilogy versus the Prequels?  Maybe I’m just over analyzing the whole scenario? Am I? With those questions dangling there, let’s take another look at Vader, shall we? Try as I may, there’s only one scenario that I considered to be a possible lie or form of deception; “altering of the deal” with Lando on Bespin.  Quite possibly this could fall under the category of, “changing your mind” and not that of an actual “lie.”  Well, what do you think?  Do you happen to cling to truths based on your own point of view? Maybe the real question is do we do it consciously or passively?

In my best Yoda voice:

“An answer?”

“A thought?”

”Anyone?”

Please, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly at beccab@coffeewithkenobi.com  I really look forward to hearing your thoughts, insights, and ideas. Also, remember to leave a review on iTunes for Coffee With Kenobi! It’s greatly appreciated. This IS the Podcast you’re looking for.

Special thanks goes out to, Melinda! Thanks so much for my SW surprise. My Vader statue is Funtastic!

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