"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and let's the future in." - Graham Greene
Padme may not have had many romances before she got involved with Anakin, but it still seems pretty clear that she doesn’t get immediately swept up by Anakin’s so-called charms. He wears her down until she finally says yes and their marriage reads more like an attempt to mitigate Anakin’s growing darkness than an actual romantic union.
Let’s remember that Anakin was assigned by the jedi council to guard Padme. He was just as reluctant to take the job as she was to be protected. Neither of them had a choice. Let’s also remember that Anakin is 19 - no longer a boy but still not a man. Nineteen year old young men say and do stupid things especially when their in love. Once when I was in college, a 20 year old schoolmate told me I was, in his words, “absolutely beautiful”. And he was sincere about it. It made me a little uncomfortable but I was also kind of flattered. I sure beats some of the other pickup lines guys usually use on women.
Wear her down? In what scene of AOTC does Padme break down in tears and say “Yes Anakin! Yes Anakin! I will marry you if you just stop bothering me!”? After the fireside scene where Anakin professes his feelings for her Padme gives him one whammy of a lecture where she tells him that a relationship would be impossible because of their professional duties. He never brings up the subject again. But all throughout episode 2 it’s Padme that supports and comforts Anakin. It’s Padme that calls all the shots even over Anakin’s objections (such as where they’ll stay on Naboo and whether they should rescue Obi-Wan) and it’s Padme who finally admits that she loves Anakin—even after Anakin reminds her about what she said earlier. A woman can be in charge and be in love at the same time.
Padme most definitely should NOT have responded to Anakin’s confession with acceptance and forgiveness and there is NO EXCUSE for that. And trying to justify that with “well she’s racist” is a massive problem.
Of course it’s a massive problem! That’s why Anakin and Padme’s marriage is doomed for failure. But guess what? It was not ok for those Tusken Raiders to abduct Anakin’s mom, keep her enslaved for days and torture her. She didn’t do anything to them. She didn’t deserve that kind of treatment. So while I don’t condone what Anakin did I can’t say that I don’t blame him either. Look at how angry people were at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor and The Rape of Nanking. That’s why the U.S. entered World War Two, to stop this menace, but it did not justify putting Japanese Americans in internment camps. Anakin’s sin was going against Jedi philosophy regarding killing in vengenance but jedi can kill in self-defense. Padme doesn’t know about the jedi code. Anakin never told her whether he killed in self-defense or vengeance. And as regards to the “racist” part. I never said she was racist. I said she was a bit of a “fantastic racist”. Racism is taught but it’s not always so easy to get rid of and according to Star Wars: Episode 1 The Visual Dictionary Amidala was taught that Gungans were inferior but after meeting Jar Jar and learning more about Gungan culture she changes her views. She didn’t meet any nice Sandpeople to make her think twice. All she had was Cliegg’s story.
The same could be said of the scene at the lake house where Padme’s wearing that skin tight black dress that shows a ton of cleavage. Why did the costumers decide to dress her as a femme fatale in the scene where she’s discussing her political duties and reminding Anakin of his Jedi duties?
Because Padme can wear whatever she darn well pleases! She’s not being a femme fatale, she’s relaxing and her clothes, even when they’re sexy, are far more tasteful and classy than most of the costumes of female superheroes. She’s reminding Anakin of his and her duties because it’s in her nature. And anyway lots of women star warriors cosplay as Padme in episode 2. Does that mean they’re being femme fatales or floozies? Not. At. All. They feel empowered. STOP SLUT SHAMING PADME.
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What! You’ve never heard the story of Amy Winston, the teenage girl that gets transported to another realm known as Gemworld and becomes adult Princess Amethyst of House Amethyst? You didn’t know that she rode an alicorn and had friends named Topaz, Turquoise and Emerald? That her sworn nemesis was a sorcerer named Dark Opal? That’s a shame because this gal needs more love. She needs to be up there with other super heroines like Wonder Woman, Black Canary and Mary Marvel.
Well at least she got to be immortalized in animation. 7 shorts (“levels”) were aired on Cartoon Network in 2013. In the micro-series, Amy is transported to a Gemworld via a handheld video game she plays religiously. She gets sent on a mission to rescue a (literal) frog prince and face off against Dark Opal. The style of animation is anime, taking inspiration from the “magical girl” genre.
These 7 “levels” should be expanded into a series. It’s light-hearted, it’s cute, it’s entertaining and it has a female protagonist. And we definitely need more cartoons with female protagonists.
DC’s most famous western character, Jonah Hex has not only had the longest-running title but he’s made many memorable appearances in the DCAU. From the episode “Showdown” on Batman: The Animated Series to the episode “Duel of the Double Crossers” of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Hex has been an unlikely but reliable ally of The Justice League.
But in 2010 the spotlight was on Jonah Hex and Jonah Hex alone. No time travel. No Batman or Justice League. Just a 12 minute short written by famed splatterpunk author Joe R. Lansdale and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos where Hex rides into town looking for a wanted man and finds himself going toe to toe with a murderous madame.
A word of caution: this “cartoon” is not for children. It has scantily clad prostitutes, it’s sexually suggestive (but there’s no sex), has lots of gun violence (said wanted man shoots a dog offscreen) and scene with piles of corpses. Nevertheless I include this short on the list because I like westerns and this has to be the best written animated western since the woefully short-lived series The Legend of Calamity Jane. Once you see it, you’ll want to watch it over and over again. I always do.
"I see Tom Hiddleston’s red hair and I want to paint it black."
I read all the books up to Dune: House Atreides. After that book I decided to stop because if I take another trip to Arrakis, I’ll be up to my neck in sand. I liked the first four books and the aforementioned prequel but for me Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune were signs of decline in Herbert’s work. His wife had died and she was his editor and there were just too many gratuitous sex scenes, some of them involving bestiality, pedophilia and rape. But I still love Dune.