A long time ago, in a blogging-sphere far, far away….a “Pitiful little Band” of Star Wars Fans came together and united a Galaxy!
Well, not exactly, but you get what I’m saying, right?
If not, no worries, I’ll touch on that a little later on…..
First, I’d like to give you, the reader a small snippet of how Star Wars locked on to me like a tractor beam.
It was 1977, or quite possibly the summer of 1978, seeing as Star Wars played in the theater for a year. My whole family (cousins, Aunts, and Uncles) came together to see the biggest film of our time, a space opera like no other; Star Wars.
This was my first Theater Experience and I was just a “Tot”, a mere 3 ½ years old. My memories of that momentous moment you ask? “Images really, feelings…”
In all seriousness, I mostly remember Darth Vader and his labored breathing. A bit scared? Yes, but more than anything, sad. In my ever processing and growing toddler mind, I kept thinking how alone he had to be. Yes, this is how a child’s mind interprets life and family. Luke had an Aunt and Uncle, Leia mentions her Dad, and Old Ben had a Best Friend. So what about Dark Vader? Yes, I said “Dark”, I was 3 remember. Anyways, by my 4th Birthday that sort of changed, at least for me. Vader was center stage on the middle of my Birthday cake, surrounded by pink frosting. Ok, how many 4 yr old girls have a Vader Cake? This one! And the rest is history….
Now flash forward about 25 some years and back to my question, how many girls (oh, ok and “boys” too.) have a Vader cake? Apparently a lot more than I thought, thank “The Maker” for making that possible. Through the ever expanding internet, Star Wars.com zoomed to life and the Hyperspace Blogs were forged. Along with blogging about our “idealistic crusades”, friendships were born and that “Pitiful little Band” grew into something so much more; a family continuity.
And so, this is why I am here, blogging for Coffee with Kenobi. You see, I’m just a simple girl, trying to make my way in the Universe.
Join me on my new journey, writing and discussing everything Star Wars!
So without further ado, I give to you my topic for discussion; the meaning behind,
“The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.”
Yes, yes I know that “Old Ben” was lecturing or more so, tutoring our young, Luke Skywalker on the ways of the force. Still, if the sentence is examined more closely, or better still broken apart, you will find something far more powerful than a lesson. Looking at the invisible power of words, you’ll see the capability to manipulate thinking and the ability to control behavior.
Things that make you go, “Hmm?” Absolutely!
Which leads to my next question, mind you I’ve pondered it for quite awhile now, what exactly is meant by “weak-minded?” Does it necessarily mean someone more docile, or compliant? Or could it actually persuade the strongest mind if that mind were to be unlocked or unbalanced due to vulnerability, like say, someone under assassination attempts? Is it possible or even plausible that, Anakin may have indeed used the force to his advantage with, Padme in order to trick or alter her sensibilities? Let’s face it, she was under a lot of stress and completely isolated with a powerful Jedi. Not just any Jedi, but the “Chosen One.”
Oh, I know they had a brief discussion on the topic of, “Jedi Mind Tricks” while on Naboo in AOTC. As Padme asked, “Are you going to use one of your Jedi mind tricks on me?” Anakin appears to have a little twinkle in his electric blue eyes and a slight, Grinch like smirk that creeps across his lips as he responds with, “They only work on the weak-minded.” With that, she continues on with her conversation, but not without regarding him one more time with a sharp look of curiosity and wonderment.
Furthermore, Padme is anything, BUT weak-minded. Still, she was vulnerable and completely A LONE with a young man who she DID find to be eerily attractive. I use the word, EERILY because it is crucial to her new-found emotion, a bit unnerving too. She knows, like staring at the sun one could go blind; yet she can’t look/turn away from Anakin’s hypnotic aura. She is captivated, caught in his Tractor Beam.
So what do YOU think? Is it even feasible or just my own muddled mind having Delusions of Grandeur?
Share your thoughts, I encourage you! Leave them here or contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Thanks to Dan & Cory for having me on their show, “Coffee with Kenobi” to discuss, Anakin. It was such an incredible honor to be a part of your podcast. You guys are Awesome!