Shout out to Queen Amidala. I was supposed to do a Fan Art Friday with Mei-Mei and I completely dropped the ball. First, I forgot. Then, my daughter got very sick and all my attention was devoted on getting her well again. So be sure to check out Mei-Mei’s coloring book post and I’ll be back with her in February for the next one.
But I wanted to give my own little homage to Queen Amidala because she is one of my favorite characters in the PT. I like Padmé, but Queen Amidala and Qui-Gon Jinn changed my liking of Star Wars into an obsession when I was 11 years old. Padmé and Queen Amidala are the same though, right? Yes and no. I don’t think the Barack Obama we see on TV is the same Barack Obama behind closed doors with his family. Padmé from AOTC and ROTS was different than Queen Amidala as she was no longer ruling. Though she was a senator, she was freer to be herself.
I loved Queen Amidala because she represented strength to me. Though I am older and also see the way she got played by Palpatine, I hardly fault her for it. Palpatine is one of the best characters in Star Wars because of how he plays everyone in the galaxy as pawn in his masterful game of chess, including Amidala.
I’m not sure I realized it at the time, but another reason why I loved her is because there was no man by her side. The Jedi protected her, but they were not from Naboo, nor were they part of her politics. I appreciated how she made the decision to return home to Naboo though every man advised her not to. She appreciated the advice of counsellors, but led with her gut and made her own decision in the end.
It’s hard for me to relate to people who hate The Phantom Menace. I understand where they are coming from as TPM is vastly different from the Original Trilogy, but by hating the movie, they miss out on some great characters, with Amidala being one of them.