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January 5, 2010

Character assassination

"You know, Padme, they say sex with your boyfriend's mentor builds character."

"You know, Padme, they say sex with your boyfriend's mentor builds character."

What the Star Wars prequels need is a soul. They need characters you care about and real character development.

There was plenty of character development in the prequels, but people were so fixated on the stuff they didn’t like that they ignored the good things.

One of the Shameless Star Wars Apologist’s favorite moments in all of the prequel films is the scene in Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan tries to get Padme to tell him where Anakin has gone and, in the process, figures out that Padme is pregnant. That whole scene is one of the best character moments in all the Star Wars films—quiet and understated and you get revelations about each of the characters that fundamentally change their relationship as well as changing the course of events to come.

And then you have the weird, drawn-out moments where Anakin and Padme are shown thinking about their lives and what’s going on.

And Palpatine trying to pull Anakin to the dark side by telling him lies about the Jedi, playing on his fears and uncertainties.

Those are all great character moments where you get a real sense of the connections between these people and how they affect and manipulate each other. There’s a lot to like about the prequels in that regard but too many nerds crying in their Mountain Dew about Jar Jar and midichlorians can drown that out.

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