Instead of sending you a specific thing, can I ask you to talk about particular character tropes you’re drawn to? (If that’s annoyingly broad, tell me about Qui-Gon please.) -skalja
OH MAN I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD ASK FOR QUI-GON BECAUSE UPON FALLING BACK INTO STAR WARS FANDOM I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AGAIN
(but the character tropes one is very good too! I may do that one later!)
I think basically whoever says the PT is full of one-dimensional flat characters is not paying anywhere near enough attention because: QUI-GON. He basically spends an entire movie being secretive, being sneaky, being obnoxiously blunt (”I didn’t actually come here to free slaves”) mind-tricking people, not bothering to bow to the Jedi Council and so on. He’s got virtually all the qualities of a bad guy, including an intriguing strain of arrogance, except…he happens to be a good guy. WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER TROPES IN THE WORLD.
Anyway, it’s a tremendous cliche but the thing that separates him from the actual bad guys/Dooku (man I wish the EU detailed that relationship more than it did) is compassion because this is Star Wars so OF COURSE IT IS. He’s pretty much the only Jedi we see even extending physical touch to people. (Granted, Obi-Wan does too later on, and I suppose we only get to know a handful of Jedi anyway – BUT STILL)
Basically he’s great because he spends most of his movie cheating a slaver out of his money and slaves but also subtly really enjoying it and that is a guy Worth Getting To Know