‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Redefines Padmé Amidala’s Star Wars Legacy with Leia

Obi-Wan KenobiThe most heart-wrenching moment so far is the absence of the lightsaber and Darth Vader. Instead, it focuses on characters that often play supporting roles for the biggest heroes in the Star Wars saga.

In episode 3, young Leia (Vivien Laila Blair) realizes that Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) knew her biological mother. As they ride in a vehicle driven by a truck driver named Flake (voiced by celebrity guest Zach Braff), Leia tells Obi-Wan that she knows he’s been hiding something. He must have known her mother, she said, and it was true. However, Obi-Wan tried to imply that he was just relaying their cover story to the Stormtroopers and nothing more. Disappointed – but probably still seeing through the new lie – she then asks Obi-Wan if he is her biological father. He replied that he wished he was, and his voice was full of sadness.

Of course, Obi-Wan is not Leia’s father. But by telling her he didn’t know her mother either, he continued to protect Leia from the terrible truth about her parents. Leia: Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is your father, Obi-Wan’s longtime disciple, aka Darth Vader.

Vader is a massive presence, looming in and out of the series.but from start to finish Obi-Wan Kenobi, the apparition of Vader’s late wife and Leia’s mother, Padmé Amidala Nabery (Natalie Portman), feels the most jarring. Focusing closely on 10-year-old Leia rather than her more famous twin brother Luke, the series continues Padmé’s legacy in a surprisingly rare way.

Considering she hasn’t shown up yet Obi-Wan KenobiPadmé’s screen time also dwindled with each subsequent prequel film she starred in, and by the end of the trilogy, she was nothing more than a character we knew was doomed.

However, in the 17 years since Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith After its debut, Padmé’s story was given more and more depth and context. Numerous Star Wars novels, spin-offs, and side stories have given fans more insight into the ill-fated character, from her days as Naboo’s youngest queen to her becoming a beloved senator, her people Almost changed term limit rules for her. She’s become a standout in the Star Wars canon thanks to these versions — which together highlight how underused she is in the films she’s actually starred in.

exist Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenacePadmé stands out in her debut as a wayward, self-determined member of the Queen’s court at Naboo. It’s no surprise to find out that she’s the queen herself. Although she is only 15 years old, her political expertise is evident. She spoke in the Senate, allied herself with the Gungans, and led opposition to Separatist attacks on her planet and palace.

But in the next two films, the overall plot transcended Padmé’s personal storylines.As a senator for Naboo, she was Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, when she returned to Coruscant to vote on whether an army should exist for the Republic. She then became the target of an assassination plot, which led to Anakin being named her protector. But while her life is intertwined with Anakin’s, she exists mostly in the series about him, not herself.

In some ways, this is not surprising. Padmé’s relationship with Anakin was integral to both his fall and the birth of the next generation of Skywalker. However, choosing to prioritize the Chosen’s storyline over the others in his orbit means that even Padmé, who is closest to him, has little chance of standing out on screen.

One such part of the development of Our Lost Padmé is a full storyline depicting her vital role in a delegation of senators opposed to Speaker Palpatine’s rule. Padmé was essentially part of what would later become the foundation of the Imperial Revolt, of which Bell Organa and later Padmé’s daughter/Bell’s adopted daughter Leia were a part.The storyline was reportedly “deeply regretted” from Revenge of the Sith to ensure the focus stays on Anakin’s storyline, according to George Lucas in a feature film about the film’s cut scenes.

Thankfully, there are satisfying places to look for those who want more of Padmé’s arc. Reading EK Johnston’s trilogy of books, set before, during, and after the prequel film, is a great way to learn about Padmé’s life from start to finish.But animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, her final season airs on Disney+ in 2020, leaving her to the fullest. Over the course of several seasons, Padmé became known across the galaxy as a committed politician who went above and beyond her duties to the Senate and fought on behalf of all those in need.

In books and on TV, she is deeply committed to her people and her efforts to bridge peace between the republic and the separatists. She’s an older sister to a character like Ahsoka Tano and a woman feared by powerful separatists. She even found time to provide her husband with a witty comeback.

The essential part of what makes her such a compelling character disappears when you just focus on the movies

But if you didn’t look for these moments and stories, you wouldn’t know Padmé was capable of it all.when you skip like clone wars And stick to watching movies.

Thankfully, the way Star Wars treats Padmé isn’t primarily about her daughter Leia.Leia’s presence continues her mother’s story The Phantom Menace. Leia followed her mother in many ways: she was a determined princess who continued to fight the rebellion even after her entire planet and family was destroyed. Decades later, she went on to become the Resistance’s General Organa, a role that has earned her respect across the galaxy.

What was most powerful about young Leia’s appearance as a fearless 10-year-old princess Obi-Wan Kenobi It’s the story of how it honors her mother, especially those scenes that we never see on reality TV or on screen. Even if Obi-Wan simply states that he saw Padmé through little Leia’s eyes, her mother’s legacy lives on — and has always been treated with due respect.


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