Taken From Birth

A lot of my thoughts have lately been around my child (obviously) who is now three months old and how much they really do take over your life.  While the first eight weeks felt stagnant and like I was pouring in energy and getting nothing back, I now see changes each and every day and feel like she is growing so fast.

The first eight weeks was tough.  Yeah, it was really tough.  I began to think about how they did it in a galaxy far, far away.  Did they have droids to help them?  Like, babysitting droids?  Droids that somehow knew the magic touch to calm the baby?

All these meandering thoughts led me to think about the Jedi and the First Order Stormtroopers.

Qui Gon says to Shmi (in regards to Anakin):

Had he been born in the Republic, we would have identified him early, and he would have become Jedi…

General Hux counters Kylo:

My men are exceptionally trained — programmed from birth.

I’ve always admired the Jedi, though as I have gotten older I have seen their many flaws as an organization.  But all this thinking led me to wonder: how different are the Stormtroopers from the Jedi?

jedi younglingsWith the Jedi, I found some information online that says the parent’s permission was always asked, but once the child’s mind was opened to the Force, the parent could not take them back.  However, all this was wiped out with the new Disney canon so we essentially don’t know much about the subject of how the young were actually initiated into becoming a Jedi.

The Jedi Order is supposed to be good and uphold justice in the galaxy.  Yet they had a way of identifying young babies, or children, and taking them from their parents to become a Jedi.  I feel conflicted about this.  It seems almost selfish for a parent to refuse to give up their child to become a Jedi since it’s for the greater good of the galaxy.  When you think of how large the Star Wars galaxy is and how few Jedi there are in relation to the number of sentient beings – there aren’t that many Jedi.  At the same time – it’s your child.  How could you be expected to give it up?  Ever?  I look at ARM and I sometimes wonder to myself if I would be able to give her up if Jedi came knocking on my door.  I understand Shmi’s pain a lot better now when she said, “Don’t look back.”

It’s not just your child you’re giving up, you’re giving up your future.  Dreams and plans you had for them.  Little moments that you’ll never get to see.  You’re not allowed to visit them and they will never know who you are.

Then I began to think…is that more or less cruel than General Hux and his stormtroopers?

I’m assuming that Hux doesn’t give a choice to the parents and he wrenches the babies from them.  Then those children are spoon fed First Order young stormtrooperspropaganda day in and day out to make them completely loyal to the First Order.  Their whole life, all they know is the First Order and they live, breathe, and die for the First Order.

Is that really so different from the Jedi?  There are nuances but I find that they feel eerily similar to me.

Both are taken from birth to serve a higher order and both are entrenched in the doctrine of what they serve.  Creepy, right?

In the end, what slightly mollified me was remembering Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order at the end of The Clone Wars.  I realized that despite the similarities, the Jedi offered something the First Order did not: a choice.  As a Jedi, you had the option to leave the Jedi Order.  If you wanted to give up your life as a Jedi when you got old enough, you were allowed to leave.

I have now begun to wonder if the Jedi who left ever went back to find their family.  If they found them, would they ask why they made the decision to let them go?  Or how hard it was?

The more I think about the Jedi Order, the more jaded I become with them at times.  But did the Jedi do what was right for them as an organization?  Had this been tried and tested many times over the years and they realized that younger children were better to train than older?  Yet, couldn’t there have been a balance between allowing them to know and love their parents while also training to be a Jedi?  Though attachment was forbidden, could it possibly have made them better Jedi in the end (an argument I strongly stand by)?

I don’t have any answers but I do realize now how hard it would be to let my child be taken by strangers, even if they were Jedi.  I’m not sure I could do it, even with how much I love Jedi.  Perhaps that’s the real reason why they had such small numbers – maybe more people had the Force than we know, it’s just that their parents didn’t want to give them up.  😉

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12 Days of Christmas…with some Star Wars spice

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

tauntauns on Hoth

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Tooka

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

death star

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

homing beacon

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

golden droid

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

eopie

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

varactyl

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

blaster pistol star wars

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Corellian freighter

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

lightsabers

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

wookiees

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Astros beeping
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

astro droids

I wouldn’t want to mess with whoever gets these gifts.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!  May the Force be with you today and always.

Haiku Me Friday! Luke and His Grief

 

 

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The Empire killed them
For what? To find my two droids?
There is change coming

I love this photo…mostly because it’s not in the movie.  I feel like it’s this moment on Luke’s face where we’ve all been before.  The way he’s wrapped up in his poncho, even though it’s so warm out, shows that he has been hit badly by something strongly devastating.

You can see the tears in one of his eyes and there’s a haunted look in them.  Even if you don’t know the story, you know this boy is about to have his life changed.  You know something has happened, even if it’s all in his head or it was something external that forced him to get to this point.

For Luke, I always wonder if he’s wondering how the Empire could be so cruel over two droids?  Is he wondering if they asked Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen any questions before brutally murdering them?  Is his future even on his mind at this point or is he still in too much shock?  Does he blame the two new droids that he has for this turn of events?

In some ways, it’s interesting that he deals with this so easily.  When you compare Luke to Anakin, Anakin would have burned with rage for days.  He would have sought anyone working for the Empire on Tatooine for revenge.  Luke comes to acceptance faster than Anakin would and knows that, if anything, this is a sign for him to go to Alderaan with Obi-Wan.  As he says, “There’s nothing here for me now,” and it couldn’t be more true.

Anakin could never accept death.  It was an inexcusable part of life for him.  Instead of just trying to get his mother out of the Tusken Raiders camp and to a place where she could be buried properly, he instead takes his power, channels his anger, and kills all the Sandpeople.  When Palpatine tells him about the ability to stop death that Plagueis learned, it’s all he wants.  I believe he not only wants to it save Padmé, though that is his primary reason, but he also wants to have that power himself.  To never die and never have that weakness.

Luke, on the other hand, accepts it as part of life.  He accepts it as a normal person would and continues that even as his powers grow..  Through all the deaths we see him go through (Uncle/Aunt, Ben, Yoda, Vader), he tends to fight it a bit, but then realizes it’s part of life.

In this moment, I wonder if the feelings he’s going through gets him to acceptance faster.  Whereas Anakin stops in the anger stage and lets it build, Luke works through everything logically and emotionally to get to a point where he can see what he has to do next and why.

[I’m so mad at this new WP posting system…I can’t figure out how to make my haiku be a caption of the photo.  I can only get one line in before it stops me from doing two lines.  I also don’t know how to make my photo larger than this.  Grrrrr.  Anyone know how to make photos larger and add more than one line to a caption?  It won’t let me hit the plus sign on the photo and is telling me it’s as large as it gets. Lie.]

Scene it on Friday – ROTS Scene #51

fire the emergency booster grievous

Ohhhhhh, Lucas, why must you have such short scenes in the Prequels? Especially AOTC and ROTS. I can’t write anything about them when you do this to me!

Here are some interesting tidbits about the ship:

  • Operated by 600 droids, commanded by real people, aliens, etc.
  • The ships were easy to modify to suit someone’s desire because of modular compartments. An example of such ship would be the one in this scene, General Grievous’ ship named The Invisible Hand. Modifications include:
    • Aft reactor bay rearranged to provide more hanger space, dorsal fin refitted into spacious quarters.
    • Turbolasers, 34 dual laser cannons, two capital scale ion cannons, 12 point-defense ion cannons, and 8 proton torpedo batteries.

In reference to the booster engines from wookiepedia:

The thrusters could be arranged to provide different emergency settings, the main one using blast shields to redirect the ion particles exiting the thrusters, and provide a breaking thrust which slowed the ship’s movement during an atmospheric descent. A similar setting utilized emergency booster engines to slow the ship. In addition to thrusters, a Providence-class ship could utilize airbrake panels that lined the ship to slow descent in an atmosphere.

Little trivia tidbit: in the commentary behind the scenes, good ol’ Georgie refers to the Invisible Hand as a “Star Destroyer”. Gotta love him.

Okay, I tried. Have a great weekend!

Invisiblehand

INTERIOR: BRIDGE – TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER

GENERAL GRIEVOUS: Fire the emergency booster engines.

PILOT: Leveling out, sir.

Scene it on Friday – TPM Scene #23

jar jar and obi wan

I don’t really remember this scene.  I think I blocked it from my memory.  I mean, I remember it, and I remember Jar Jar touching all the droids, but the specifics are hazy to me.

But reading the script here, I’m seriously tempted to hit my head against a wall at the outrageousness of Jar Jar.  How annoying is he?  Why does every scene he’s in during TPM have to be just a disaster that’s meant to be funny?

In Jar Jar’s defense though (and it’s kind of weird to write this), I really didn’t find him that annoying when I first watched TPM in the theaters at 12 years old.  In fact, I don’t remember finding him funny either.  I was much more obsessed with the plot and the Jedi than to give Jar Jar too much thought.  I knew about the Jar Jar hatred, but I didn’t understand it.

jar jar binksAs I got older and continued to watch Star Wars, I began to realize why people couldn’t stand him.  If you were an older fan who grew up with the OT, seeing Jar Jar on screen would make your jaw drop and have you question Lucas and what Star Wars was turning into.  As a younger fan that has (basically) grown up with the Prequels, I began to find Jar Jar kind of a waste of a character.  I don’t think we really need him in the movies at all.  If we want to argue that his character gave emergency powers to Palpatine and therefore changed the course of the galaxy, I think that still could have been done differently and without Jar Jar.

Imagine watching a senate scene and seeing a completely random character give emergency powers to Palpatine…would it really have been that different?  It still would have propelled the movie forward.  We could even change Jar Jar’s character completely, tweaked a few things with the plot, and it still would have had a better movie.  I mean, what if we even kept Jar Jar as a Gungan but just made him less silly?  He could have been banished for reasons other than clumsiness, maybe something deeper like treason and give him a bit of a mysterious edge.

Okay, I’m getting ridiculous now.  It is what it is (I can never say that anymore without thinking of Paula Deen saying “I is what I is”) and it can’t be changed.

In other news, I went on a mini-vacation last week to the Bahamas and it was wonderful.  My husband and I haven’t vacationed alone for a while.  All we did was relax, drink, eat, and swim and the weather couldn’t have been better.  Would you like to be jealous for a few seconds?

As I was swimming in the crystal clear blue waters one day, this guy swam by me heading towards shore.  I looked at his back shoulder blade and saw a tattoo that made my heart happy.

“Hey!  Hey!”  I shouted out to him.  Once he turned around, I said, “That tattoo looks familiar!”  And proceeded to pull down my bikini string to show him my matching tattoo.

I love the excitement of meeting other Star Wars fans.  We chatted about Star Wars and the new movies, etc.  I only saw him and his wife once more that vacation and I wish I had gotten the chance to talk to him more about Star Wars.  If anyone knows a Chris who got married in Charleston, but was honeymooning in the Bahamas for 12 days with a rebel insignia tattoo on his right shoulder blade, please tell him I say hi (that is an intense SEO sentence).

One more thing (please ignore this part if you hate potty humor – I love it because I think I have the heart of a 7 year old boy): sometimes when you’re in the Caribbean, you get diarrhea.  Shit happens, literally.  I thought of a great code phrase for when it does happen: “My rear deflector shield isn’t stabilized,” or “I need to figure out a way to stabilize the rear deflectors.”  HAHAHA.

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EXTERIOR: SPACE (FX)

The sleek spacecraft speeds away from the planet of Naboo and heads for the deadly Federation blockade.

INTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – COCKPIT

The PILOT, RIC OLIE, navigates toward the massive battleship, QUI-GON and CAPTAIN PANAKA watch.

RIC OLIE: …our communications are still jammed. 

INTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – DROID HOLD

JAR JAR is led into a low, cramped doorway by OBI-WAN.

OBI-WAN: Now stay here, and keep out of trouble.

OBI-WAN closes the door. JAR JAR looks around and sees a long row of five short, dome-topped ASTRO DROIDS (R-2 units). The all look alike, except for their paint color, and they all seem to be shut down. 

JAR JAR: Ello, boyos. (no response) Disa wanna longo trip… hey?

JAR JAR taps a bright red R-2 UNIT on the head, and its head pops up a bit. He lets out a gasp as he lifts the head.

JAR JAR: (Cont’d) Tis opens?…Oooops! Many springs and things come flying out. 

JAR JAR quickly closes it again, very embarrassed.

JAR JAR: (Cont’d) Yoi! Just yoken!

EXTERIOR: SPACE BATTLE (FX)

The Naboo spacecraft, surrounded by EXPLOSIONS, heads even closer  to the massive Federation battleships 

INTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – COCKPIT

RIC OLIÉ: There’s the blockade, hang on.

ALARM SOUNDS fill the cockpit as OBI-WAN enters.

RIC OLIÉ: (Cont’d) The shield generator’s been hit.  Our deflector shields can’t with stand this. Power down…  Hopefully the repair droids can fix it.