In light of the Holiday Season, namely Thanksgiving, I thought it would only be befitting if I found a way to give “thanks” and what better way than to highlight some Star Wars characters that are lacking in the “thank you” department. And trust me I could think of more, way more characters to thank than just the ones I am about to list on this blog. So what I am waiting for? Let’s get started!
As I said, I’d like to take a moment and shed some light or thankfulness on a few characters that have catapulted the overall storyline of the Star Wars saga in the right direction. Heck, without said characters, the major players, and the main connections would most likely never have occurred. Whether-it-be a case of being in the right spot at the right time, or simply, it was just the way George Lucas had intended it to be. Whatever the reasons, my list of “thank you’s,” in my opinion, are more than justified.
“This is my decoy, my protection … my loyal bodyguard.” – Padmé Amidala, to Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Not sure how much more I can add to justify her importance to the story as a whole. After all, she safeguarded the future Mrs. Skywalker and ultimately, the future “Hope” for the entire galaxy far, far away. Seriously, had she not switched places with Queen Amidala during the Naboo crisis, it’s possible that the queen would have never crossed paths with the young Anakin Skywalker. Her role is more important than most give her credit for and with that, thank you, Sabé.
To the Royal Handmaiden Society: We are brave, Your Highness. – Dedication page from Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston and Disney Publishing
Jar Jar Binks
“They banished you because you were clumsy?” – Obi-Wan Kenobi to Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Yes, even Jar Jar Binks plays an essential role in setting the cogs of the saga wheel in motion. In fact, it’s that very same “clumsiness” that brings Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala together. Well, to strike up a conversation with each other. So, if Jar Jar hadn’t meddled with the junk at Watto’s shop, there’s a possibility that our star-crossed lovers could’ve very well missed their window of opportunity. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like an interesting tale to tell their children about “How I met your Mother?” Oh wait, never mind. But you see my point. In spite of all this, thank you, Jar Jar Binks.
Breha Organa, Queen of Alderaan
While we don’t know much of her personal story, we do know that she was the adoptive mother of Leia, the biological daughter to Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. That alone, at least to me, speaks volumes about her character. I mean, how many volunteers would have raised their hands to rear a child that was partially parented by the Dark Lord himself? Yeah, I hear it too, crickets. Honestly, there’s no reason to think that Bail Organa wouldn’t inform Breha that the baby he just brought home imbues enough Force-sensitivity to tilt an entire world on its axis – if not handled with extreme tender loving care and caution. That said, thank you, Queen Breha for placing not only yourself but your people at risk for the sake of one day, this child would bring “Hope” back to the galaxy.
Much like the Queen of Alderaan, Beru Lars, or Aunt Beru as we know her, had accepted the role of guardian to one of the strongest Force-sensitive beings ever to grace the galaxy far, far away. Aunt Beru was so much more than a guardian to young Luke. She was his biggest, if not his only, supporter where his dreams and aspirations were concerned. Unlike her husband, Luke’s uncle, Beru understood what “moved” Luke, his drive for adventure and well, something much more than moisture farming.
“He has too much of his father in him.” – Aunt Beru to Uncle Owen in Star Wars: A New Hope.
And so, like those mentioned above, thanks, Aunt Beru, for not only taking on a responsibility far greater than any parent, biological or adoptive, dreads not to experience and that is to, one day, spare your life for that of your child’s.
Hopefully, I was able to share with you by giving thanks to certain characters and helping us all see a bit more of what’s in Star Wars than what isn’t.
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Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor for Coffee with Kenobi.