I did a little twist this week and tried to imagine what it would be like to be a patron at the Outlander Club when Obi-Wan and Anakin show up chasing Zam Wesell.
I love this scene in Attack of the Clones (yes, I just admitted to loving something in AOTC). It’s one of the few times we get to see the seedy underground of Coruscant and what everyday beings do when it’s time to unwind. Apparently, just like on Earth, people like to go out and have a drink, possibly gamble, and watch sports.
In this scene, two Jedi show up which must have been unusual. I feel like Jedi could have been a little like police – when they show up in their Jedi outfit, you know something is about to go down. I wonder if the reaction to the Jedi was similar to the reaction people had to Stormtroopers 15 years later, but not *as* harsh, since there was a chance you could live when you encountered a Jedi.
I purposefully ended my haiku where I did because I have not yet been able to figure out if Anakin used a mind trick on the patrons of Outlander Club to make them forget their encounter with Zam or if it was an honest statement that it was “Jedi business”. It’s not like I stay awake at night thinking about this, but I have always wondered (I bet the novelization would give me more insight). So for the haiku, I had that be the last quick thought before they either go about their business and don’t care, or if they forget because Anakin used a mind trick.
Can you imagine living in a world where this is kind of normal though? Injuring/killing people like it’s no biggie? I remember telling my dad that I loved how Han Solo was able to kill someone, flip some extra money to the bartender, and go about like nothing happened. I’m not sure why I found that cool, because honestly, I wouldn’t really want that to happen in my everyday life, but when I was younger – it was the bees knees! Now I see it for what it is – a nod-of-the-head to the old Western movies where similar scenes often happened in Saloons.
I’ve said this over and over again on this blog but – I really hope in future movies to see more of the seedy, other side of the Star Wars universe. We definitely got to see some with Cassian in Rogue One but it still was part of a bigger picture with a fight of Rebellion vs. Empire. More individual, interesting stories of average folks that make the universe seem as large as it should be would be a good step for Disney to take.
Do you guys have any thoughts on the Outlander Club? Or seeing something different in Star Wars? Would you want to see stories that step away from main characters, Jedi, Rebellion, and the Empire?