I’m going to change gears from my usual anti-Kylo Ren tirade for this post:
I am really fucking tired of seeing Anakin Skywalker apologists blame Mace Windu, or otherwise imply that Mace Windu deserved his fate, just because he happened to rightfully believe that the man was not emotionally equipped to be a Jedi.
Here is an unpleasant truth for all of us: Mace Windu was right.
Anakin wasn’t equipped to be a Jedi. He wasn’t equipped to live with Jedi restrictions the way the others were. He wasn’t equipped to have to deal with political machinations or secret Sith scheming. He wasn’t equipped to leave a loving mother. He wasn’t equipped to balance Palpatine’s gaslighting with his Jedi trained perspective and self-awareness.
He wasn’t even equipped to leave the Jedi Order of his own free will and use his training and skills and connections to establish a life that suited him better.
Mace was right to be wary of Anakin. Because Anakin did end up turning on the Order. And Mace absolutely did not deserve what happened to him.
Mace Windu did not yank Anakin off of Tatooine while leaving his mother behind.
Mace Windu did not create the culture that raised Jedi from birth, without standard family attachments. Mace was in fact as much a victim of that culture as Anakin or any other Jedi.
Mace Windu did not create the code or restrictions that forbid Anakin from marrying Padme.
Mace Windu was never cruel to Anakin. He may have distrusted him or not been as warm as Anakin would have liked, but you know what? He had no responsibility to do so. He wasn’t Anakin’s master. He’s certainly not a brother or father figure to him. SO WHAT if he distrusted Anakin. He’s allowed to have a fucking opinion.
Newsflash: in your life, you’re going to meet people who don’t trust you. You’re going to meet people who dislike you. You’re going to meet people who don’t know what to do with you. And guess what? You get the fuck over it.
There was no indication that Mace Windu was unfair to Anakin. He opposed Anakin being a master. Okay. Anakin was twenty-three years old. We have never seen a master that age. Obi-Wan was still a Padawan at that age. Anakin may have been a war hero, but that doesn’t mean that Mace can’t have legitimate misgivings about Anakin’s emotional readiness for the job.
There is no indication that Mace Windu mistreated Anakin. If anything, he tried to protect him. He knew Anakin and Palpatine were friends and he tried to spare Anakin from having to be part of the confrontation.
If you can’t defend Anakin Skywalker’s choices without slamming a man who did nothing to deserve his murder at Anakin’s hands, then you have to wonder how defensible Anakin actually is.
Mace Windu: Hardass, not asshole.
There’s a good post I’ve seen going round talking about how in the prequel trilogy it’s everyone’s good qualities rather than their bad qualities which doom them, and I think it’s Mace’s pragmatism (not in any sense a character flaw) which ultimately dooms him.