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Star Wars, Ep. III - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 04:18 pm
Star Wars, Ep. III

I'm looking forward to this movie, and I've been spoiling myself silly. Well, there are still a few things I don't know yet--and I've stopped reading spoilers now, unless it's something I know I already know about. Anyway, there's one thing I'm still reading spoilers about that's really bugging me.



So, Padme is supposed to die shortly after giving birth to the twins. I had some trouble with this when I first heard it, because I always got the impression that she had gone into hiding with Leia on Alderaan (perhaps assuming the identity of a servant in Baal Organa's household), and died when Leia was a few years old, perhaps "of a broken heart." That's what I always thought would have happend to the twins' mother, even before I knew there was going to be a prequel trilogy telling us anything about her. This is the information we have from the OT:

LUKE: Leia... do you remember your mother? Your real mother?

LEIA: Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.

LUKE: What do you remember?

LEIA: Just...images, really. Feelings.

LUKE: Tell me.

LEIA: She was very beautiful. Kind, but...sad. Why are you asking me all this?

LUKE: I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her.


In light of this conversation, it seems a little strange to have Padme die when Leia is still a newborn.

But I can see how from the storyteller's point of view, it makes more sense to move Padme's death to an earlier time, in order to get it onscreen without having to do an awkward "flash forward" at the end of Episode III. It's more poignant that way. So, though I was upset about it at first, I made peace with the new information, and accepted the general fandom explanation for the continuity issue: Leia, one way or another, had more contact with her mother--perhaps she was born a few minutes before Luke--and it was enough that, through the Force, she was able to hold on to some impressions of her mother--"images" and "feelings" of a woman who was "beautiful, kind, but sad". Meh. It works, right?

Only now, I find that apparently a very reliable spoiler source makes it clear that Padme actually has more contact with Luke before she dies (it's not clear who is born first, but she touches his forehead for a moment, then dies before Leia can be shown to her by the medical droid).

So...now I'm kinda going, "Um...Wha?"

Pablo Hidalgo, from the Star Wars official website has said:

Leia's recollections as described in Return of the Jedi have no inherent flaws and are valid given the greater context of the saga. But I suspect those looking for contradictions always find them.

Dude, I am not looking for contradictions--except, perhaps, to go "Ha ha! Oops!" and continue enjoying the movie. I can forgive little errors, like "[Vader] was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil," which isn't exactly true, but close enough. And Yoda being identified as "the Jedi who taught me" by Obi-Wan--not the whole truth, but at least partly true. I doubt that "I haven't gone by [the name Obi-Wan] since before you were born" will be exactly right, either. But, hey. No big deal.

All I ask is that the emotional impact of all the imporant moments and relationships from the OT remain intact.

Please, George, don't ruin the emotional impact of that scene between Luke and Leia in ROTJ. Please. It's so simple. All you have to do is give us some reason to believe that...

1. Leia has some reason to have at least some sort of memories of Padme, and
2. Luke doesn't.

That's it. It shouldn't be too hard, right?

Ugh. I know it's silly, but I just have always liked that scene, and I'll be really annoyed if the new movie does anything to taint it.

And since currently the most poplular explanation I've heard from fans is "Well, Leia could be talking about the Queen of Aldraan instead"...um, yeah. I'm worried. Because that would not be a remotely good explanation for it.

*sigh* Okay, I'd better quit obsessing and get ready for my ESL class.

Joie

Current Mood: worried worried

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liwy
liwy
LIWY
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)

Meh. It's easy for one to remember and the other to forget.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)

George Lucas = The Taint

sincerely,
dj mab


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prongssr
prongssr
Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)

That spoiler is not good news, as I was looking forward to seeing exactly how Padme would keep the birth of the twins a secret from Anakin and how she went into hiding with Leia; but it appears this is not the case. What a disappointment. I too, loved the Luke/Leia scene in six.


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solusfides
Jon
Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)

alas, one of the earlier conniptions you had had, and it still continues to elude you. Well, you'd be bored if you had all the answers, right?
you'll find out, eventually, eh?


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xray2000
xray2000
xray
Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)

Uh, who's the hot chick in the icon?


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)

Not the Queen of Alderaan, that's for sure. ;)


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xray2000
xray2000
xray
Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)

I saw her in an episode of Stargate SG1. I just don't know her name. Gah, I'd make a terrible stalker.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)

Oh, I didn't realize you were being serious! That's Natalie Portman (Padme in Star Wars, which is why I used the icon for this post).


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