Council of Fools – A Guest Blog by Imani Caradonna

Council of Fools
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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Force and Faith: An Unfinished Trilogy – Life, Redemption and Legacy

Force and Faith Sabers SquareFor all of George Lucas’ flip-floppery on whether there would ever be a sequel trilogy, the form of the story demands that a third installment be created.  It asks for it, it begs for it, and it demands it.  The Skywalker story is not complete.  From one point of view, we have Anakin’s rise, fall and redemption.  But we are missing the story of his legacy.  Every one of us will leave a legacy – a story that can only be told after our death.  So, from my point of view, we have Anakin’s life, his redemption and – and then, nothing.  The Skywalker baton was passed on to his son, but what he did with that legacy is a story as yet untold.  Life, redemption, legacy.  A trilogy that can be reflective of every life. Read more

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Final Season, “The Lost Missions,” coming to NetFlix on March 7th

anakin-rex-netflix-mdtoutGreat news for Star Wars fans this morning, as StarWars.com is reporting that the Clone Wars’ Final Season is coming to Netflix on March 7th, 2014!  From the article:

In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Fans will not only be able to watch the thrilling finale, they’ll be able to see more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director’s cut of seasons one to five.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, U.S.A. Today has a clip from the Bonus Content, featuring Liam Neeson, returning to voice the esteemed Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn.  Wonderful days ahead for Star Wars: the Clone Wars fans!

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