Leia and Good Intentions

As I was reading Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan I was struck by the following exchange between Leia and her friend Amilyn Holdo:
Amilyn: “The Force gains strength from our intentions as well as our actions.”
Leia: “Good intentions aren’t enough. They’re not meaningless, but – that’s where we have to start. Not where we end.”

The Star Wars galaxy would be a much different place if not for a lot of good people acting on their good intentions. Most of us have probably heard that the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions, but good intentions aren’t the problem and they aren’t themselves bad things. The problem comes when we are satisfied with our good intentions and don’t act on them. What would have happened if our favorite Star Wars characters would have been content with simply having good ideas?

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CWK Show #88: “Another great excuse to go out and get cereal”, with Jeff McGee and Garr Van Orden (183)

Dan Z is joined by Comics With Kenobi’s Jeff McGee, and Star Wars fan, Garr Van Orden. They start the show discussing the all-new Star Wars Rebels Season Four poster. The hosts discuss how they consume Star Wars, in all respective mediums, and Tom brings us up to date on the news.  For the Coffee Chat, they look at Qui-Gon Jinn, his differences in ideology with the rest of the Jedi order, and how he may have impacted the Clone Wars.This the podcast you’re looking for!

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Council of Fools – A Guest Blog by Imani Caradonna

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A Guest Blog by Imani Caradonna

Obi-Wan Kenobi: “I have failed you Anakin. I have failed you.” ~Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For years we have been made aware of the dynamic and complex nature of the Jedi and the Sith. It’s not difficult to see flaws in the purity of the Jedi and the humanity in the darkness of the Sith. For Anakin Skywalker, this hazy cross-section of morality is where he found himself. There, juxtaposed between two force-wielding sects, he encountered his frailty. In Episode III, his master, Obi-Wan, admits that he failed his vexed padawan. However, the blame was not Obi-Wan’s alone. The Jedi council in its entirety had gone astray and led Anakin down the dark path while making a weak attempt to prevent its collapse. As difficult as it seems, the council could not protect Anakin from himself. Instead, they fueled their own destruction with hypocrisy and a lack of integrity.

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Are Jedi Loyal to the Force, or to the Republic?

“Do not defy the Council, Master – not again.”

“I shall do what I must, Obi-Wan.”

– Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn

 

The Jedi serve the Force, yet the Jedi also serve the Republic. Often, these two masters cannot be served simultaneously. This undoubtedly contributed – if not directly caused – the fall of the Republic, and the rise of the Empire.

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Vader’s Shadow: A Curse of Concealment

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‘Becca’s Chava Chat’ Original Design by Scott Bratek

With the recent embargo [from advanced copies being distributed] of ‘Star Wars: Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray, and all the built-up hype surrounding it, I can’t help myself but to be swept-up in it too.

This upcoming novel holds so much promise when it comes to plot-holes or gaps where the Skywalker lineage is concerned. Even Claudia Gray told USA Today that, “In this book we find out just how far Vader’s shadow falls.” So, as an ‘Anakin Apologist’ and a huge Vader fan, my anticipation of what ‘key elements’ this story may or may not include is barely containable.

So, for the sake of creative thinking and to hopefully spark some innovative discussion, let’s explore Vader’s “shroud of darkness” aka shadow.

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Obi-Wan’s Decision to Train the Chosen One

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Nearly seventeen years ago, Star Wars fans learned how Anakin Skywalker came to be the apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi with the release of The Phantom Menace. The story was a little different from what Old Ben would tell Luke Skywalker in his hut on Tatooine during A New Hope. It isn’t so much that Obi-Wan lied, but he made an omission. Among other things, he told Luke that Anakin was a great pilot when he met him, but it was another student, Darth Vader, that betrayed and murdered Luke’s father. It was Darth Vader that Obi-Wan thought he could teach as well as Yoda, but he was wrong. None of this is news to Star Wars fans and Obi-Wan’s willingness to bend the truth has been a subject of much discussion for years. However, other questions remain. Why exactly did Obi-Wan choose to train Anakin? Did he really think he could train an apprentice as well as Yoda?

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My Journey With Star Wars

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During my senior year of high school, my AP English teacher tried to teach my classmates and me that the journey is more important than arriving at the destination. With my extreme lack of patience, I thought he was crazy. Waiting for a Star Wars movie to be released is actually better than seeing the movie?  The basketball regular season is more important than the championship at the end? Being in school is better than graduation? It made no sense to me, but Star Wars helped me figure it out.

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Anakin Skywalker: The Enigma of Everyone — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan, Part 2

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Young, impressionable Anakin Skywalker’s feelings are molded by Palpatine’s words, particularly those that speak of Anakin’s greatness and the Council’s foolishness. Anakin would be around his 20s in the time of The Clone Wars, and while he does have a vast amount of life experience, he also has seen a great amount of success, which can only stroke one’s natural youthful ego. Palpatine plays directly into this attitude.

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Anakin Skywalker: The Enigma of Everyone — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan, Part 1

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The Force has awakened. The Star Wars era seems to have truly begun. Yet far from the machinations of the past, we must not stray. For where we come from leads to where we are going, and where we are going will bring more nuance to where we have been. Where then, have we been? We have been, through both the prequel and original trilogy, in the story that is the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

This has, I believe, too often been forgotten. Numerous reasons make this so, ranging from the disdain for the prequels, to the vastness of the Star Wars galaxy, the apparent need to separate the prequels from the original trilogy, and, as of late, the emphasis on the practical effects that are being so greatly promoted as a part of the sequel trilogy.

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Force and Faith: Anakin’s Full Repentence

Force and Faith Sabers SquareYears ago, there was an amazing English teacher in my high school that treated us students a bit differently – like people who could think analytically and judge the merits of ideas and experiences. I think I did some of my best academic work for him, and quite often, Mr Wentworth comes to mind when I am contemplating Anakin’s ultimate end (for now) on the Second Death Star. Mr Wentworth questioned how redemption was offered and possible for Anakin at the end of his life since most of his life had been in the service of darkness and evil. It is indeed a tough question. Does it give us the possibility of living a terribly immoral life and stealing a space in Heaven through a few words? If so, then where is the motivation for goodness in this world? I think the answer is much deeper and existential.

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