As The Clone Wars dives into the heart of Season Five, some interesting insight has popped up around the internet. Here’s what I spotted the past few days.
Over at IGN, Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein share their thoughts about their characters, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, as the show moves closer to Revenge of the Sith. I thought Lanter’s comments on Ahsoka were particularly noteworthy:
Lanter: It feels like Ahsoka’s shaping up to be the anti-Vader, you know what I mean? Ahsoka feels like all that is good in Anakin, in a way. She’s taking all of his good qualities and soaking those up. Because I even think some of the brashness and things like that are good qualities in a Jedi. It just makes things fun, and Anakin gets things done. I feel like Ahsoka’s taking that and leaving his bad qualities, leaving behind some of his mistakes. It’s kind of cool to see her develop and where she’s going to go if she’s around when he’s Darth Vader… or whatever happens.
Yeah, again another fantastic idea brought to us by George Lucas. I gotta say, he came into to the writers’ room and said, “I want to do these witches.” That was something new because it really fits with those mythological ideas of the witch and the earth mother kinda character. Are they evil? What is their ultimate purpose? Again, anything that makes us question that in such a well defined universe like Star Wars is a really good creative area to be in.
It’s kinda interesting looking back. We have created the Cad Bane and Savage Opress characters, but for the most part I would say the strongest and arguably the most interesting characters we’ve created within Star Wars are more your Mother Talzins, your Ahsokas, fleshing out Ventress’s character, even the Mandalorians Bo-Katan and Satine. I just seems like even with Princess Leia and Padme, there was room for strong female characters in Star Wars and we’re at a time in fandom when female fans have a much stronger voice than they used to.
People are ready to recognise that girls are just as much into Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings and Avengers as boys are, so that’s our changing world.
Considering where the fandom discussion was on May the Fourth, I think the recent efforts of creative parties to show and tell the female fans that they have a voice means maybe it’s time to “move along” from the notion that Star Wars is for boys.
Finally, if you’re wondering about the tone of the rest of the season, the Keeper of the Holocron shared his thoughts on Twitter:
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