shmi skywalker

gffa:

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.  It’s an older Legends journal that you can use on your own (though, of course I can’t bring myself to dare write in mine, because IT IS TOO PRECIOUS) where Anakin has doodled down some drawings and thoughts on the pages and I love how cute and funny and sweet it is.

I love the idea of Anakin journaling and sketching, using art to work through his feelings, both the good ones and the bad ones, I love that of course he has a safe space to express the frustration he feels with Obi-Wan–THE OGRE DRAWING IS THE MOST HILARIOUS THING–or how he feels like he’s not going fast enough to learn everything as a Jedi, how he is still thinking of Padme even  years later, but also how there’s all this wonder of the Jedi Temple.

Seeing other Jedi meditating, the drawings of the fountains, the doodles of the other Padawans he’s met or other Masters he’s met, the sense of detail given to these drawings lets us know that a real impression was made on them, like some of those drawings of Obi-Wan or Padme are BEAUTIFUL, you know that Anakin keeps coming back to them because they’re such important figures for him, I love that not only do we get to see Anakin Skywalker: ARTISTE, but that each piece conveys a feeling.

IT’S SUCH A FUN BOOK AND I’M REALLY IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF ANAKIN AS AN ARTIST, THAT HE HAD A BUNCH OF ART NOTEBOOKS SCATTERED ALL ACROSS HIS ROOM AT THE JEDI TEMPLE.

Spacecest

So – is there any point warning for Star Wars spoilers anymore? – at the end of Rise of Skywalker, this kiss happens.

(gif from here. I guess there’s a camrip of the movie already?)

I’m not a Reylo shipper, but it was effective, I guess. Adam Driver’s acting in that scene was stellar, which made it mostly worth it overall. Except. EXCEPT

Rey and Ben are related! (Probably.)

So in a canonical Star Wars comic from last year, this scene happens,

which seems to confirm the Palpatine = technically Anakin’s father theory that’s been in the air ever since Revenge of the Sith came out. Okay cool! But Palpatine is also Rey’s grandfather, and Anakin is Ben’s…

See? You see what I mean?!

Why’s the question mark there? Well, because some of the Star Wars story people (holy heck, that’s a job? Sweet) have come out and said Palpatine is absolutely not Anakin’s father and all that stuff in the comic was a vision or a metaphor etc etc etc, but… it’s Star Wars. There’s pretty much no strict canon at all anymore, so heck, let’s assume that purely based on Palpatine’s Revenge of the Sith speech and the fact that he keeps calling Anakin “son” that he’s his, uh, I guess “Force Dad.”

So what does this make Rey and Ben? I have no idea, but let’s just say they’re closely enough related that they probably shouldn’t be kissing. (And that’s even without getting into the weirdness of Ben’s parents constantly serving as surrogate parents to Rey.)

Luke and Leia would be so proud.

padawanlost:

thewillowbends:

windona:

sarah531:

My absolute LEAST. FUCKING. FAVOURITE Star Wars discourse ever is “Well, Anakin and Shmi live in an acceptable house and have food and sometimes have free time, so how can they possibly be real slaves? Fuck these characters for claiming an oppression they don’t have/fuck Lucas for writing slavery as something not instantly recognizable on first glance.”

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. What the hell sort of attitude must these people have towards real slaves if they think ‘being provided with a house and food’ discounts the dehumanization???!

#and….you know…it says RIGHT THERE IN THE MOVIE that slaves will be murdered if they ever try to leave #and it also says RIGHT THERE IN THERE IN THE MOVIE that anakin is forced to risk his life podracing against his mother’s wishes #(even though he likes doing it) #but SO MANY PEOPLE apparently just saw the (not even that great) house

Yeah, and we do see on screen the working conditions Anakin is forced into.

Honestly it’s weird how people take the tiniest things to mean everything’s alright, when usually it’s more practical than kind. Anakin and Shmi have a house and food, not because Watto is nice, but because he spent all that money on two slaves and that money would be wasted if they died due to exposure or starvation.

People seem to be under the impression that a slaves exist to be abused.  I mean, they are, in the sense that their human rights are being violated, but slaves are PROPERTY.  You maintain property because otherwise it’s a wasted resource.  Even then  – EVEN THEN – it’s canon in at least two of the three novelizations that Watto is physically abusive, at least toward Anakin.

Beyond that, OF COURSE Watto isn’t going to beat the shit out of Shmi and Anakin when he was customers – especially one who clearly comes from the Republic core and likely totes along its “liberal” values.  Plenty of people are willing to ignore slavery or suffering when it’s in the background, but most will find active shows of violence distasteful or off putting.

That’s literally the entire reason why Anakin and his mother are slaves to begin with – they live in a part of the GFFA where crimes against humanity can be swept under the rug and overlooked entirely by the wealth core worlds.

Anakin is taught from a very young age that power is gained violence and control.  Why nobody thought to address this with a psychologist after he came to the Order, I have no idea, but the Clone Wars certainly do nothing to dispel that notion for him.

One of the
most horrifying things I’ve ever witnessed in the SW fandom is “slavery is not
that bad” discourse. Not only for the obvious lack of empathy but for the complete
misunderstanding of what slavery means.  This
particular sentence will be forever burnt into my brain: “[Anakin] had it all, a
loving mother, a home to call his own, friends, a job, he had his own droid!”.  WTF, sw fandom?!

But, you
know, it’s not really surprising. Slavery in the GFFA was an issue even before
the Prequels existed. A big part of the ROTJ involves sexual slavery in
Tatooine but hey, trust the fanboys™ to complete ignore the issue and turn a
horrifying situation into nothing more than a sexual fantasy.

It was one of those discourses that just went round and round every few years and was always terrible. A tiny portion of it is burnt into my brain, too, on a message board (theforce.net, probably) someone referred to Anakin’s status as a child slave as “not that bad a job” or something along those lines, and someone exasperatedly snapped back with “A job where you get blown up if you try to leave is by definition A BAD JOB.”

(This was all ten years ago, by the way. I can’t believe ‘is slavery still slavery if occasionally nice things happen to the slaves’ is still a question people are asking.)

My absolute LEAST. FUCKING. FAVOURITE Star Wars discourse ever is “Well, Anakin and Shmi live in an acceptable house and have food and sometimes have free time, so how can they possibly be real slaves? Fuck these characters for claiming an oppression they don’t have/fuck Lucas for writing slavery as something not instantly recognizable on first glance.”

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. What the hell sort of attitude must these people have towards real slaves if they think ‘being provided with a house and food’ discounts the dehumanization???!

anakinskydala:

question for the star wars fandom: 

why do yall think a large group of adults who are responsible for defending peace and freedom in the ENTIRE galaxy are not to blame for not doing something about slavery, but a fourteen year old who only has jurisdiction over one single planet IS to blame

I’ve never understood the ‘why didn’t Padme free Shmi?’ conversation because there’s so very little she could have done. Padme walking into the Galactic Senate and suggesting something to be done to stop the Tatooine slave trade, that’d be like an American politician suddenly popping up asking for intervention in a country no-one had heard of, they’d immediately be regarded with suspicion. Politics just isn’t amenable to going to someone else’s country/planet and trying to get suffering people out of it, it takes decades if it happens at all, and if no-one apart from Padme even cared about what was going on some sandy backwater… it wouldn’t happen. Just like reality, I suppose.

(I suppose there’s also the question of why she didn’t send money to Shmi directly in the hope she’d be able to buy her freedom. But I also suppose there’s nothing that said she didn’t

Or she may have not done that out of fear for Shmi herself. Slaves don’t really get to own stuff. Worst case scenario, Watto or another slaveowner takes her money and beats her for hiding it and everything gets even worse)

Conclusion: everything is terrible

wingletblackbird:

starwarsbookshelf:

dailyskywalkers:

#like mother like son aka the skywalkers feeling loss and subsequently crossing their arms

They aren’t crossing their arms. They’re hugging themselves because there is no one else to do it for them.

Oh, dear God. That really hit me hard.