selenak: (Ashoka and Anakin by Welshgater)
After marathoning The Clone Wars, I was awash in Star Wars feelings in general, and feelings about the Anakin and Ahsoka relationship in particular. Which inevitably resulted in fanfiction. This story is a bit too long to do a commentary for the entire text, which you can find here, so I’ll focus only on some of the, to quote the summary, “Eight lessons Anakin Skywalker learns through Ahsoka Tano, and one Darth Vader does”.

On what happens when you give a kid to Anakin Skywalker to teach )
selenak: (Ashoka and Anakin by Welshgater)
Fanfiction:

In the Twilight of Memory: Rex and Ahsoka, finding closure.


Anakin and Ahsoka vid "You are a memory" : break my heart, why don't you, vidder:

selenak: (Ashoka Tano by Dasakuryo)
Star Wars, Clone Wars edition, continues to be on my brain. And to inspire fanfiction. This time about a supporting character whose actions have a major affect on everyone's storylines, but whose key development happened off screen... or did it?


Another Way To Fall (5271 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barriss Offee & Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, Barriss Offee & Luminara Unduli, Barriss Offee & Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Barriss Offee, Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Luminara Unduli, Sheev Palpatine | Darth Sidious
Additional Tags: Master & Padawan Relationship(s), Character Study, Episode: s05e02 The Wrong Jedi
Summary:

Barriss Offee had many reasons to act as she did. Or none. Or just one.




Alternatively, this one could be called "How Screwed Up Are the Jedi: The Return".
selenak: (Ashoka and Anakin by Welshgater)
The Art of Letting Go (2957 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, Dooku & Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Dooku & Qui-Gon Jinn, Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi
Characters: Yoda, Dooku | Darth Tyranus, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano
Additional Tags: Master & Padawan Relationship(s)
Summary:

From Yoda to Dooku to Qui-Gon to Obi-Wan to Anakin to Ahsoka: betweeen Master and Apprentice, letting go is the hardest of lessons.



Because I'm not nearly done yet with Master-Padawan relationships and their messed up intensity. Irreverent alternative title of this one: How Screwed Up Are The Jedi?
selenak: (Clone Wars by Jade Blue Eyes)
The Citadel arc in s3 of the The Clone Wars introduces one Captain Tarkin (to the audience and Anakin Skywalker alike). He shows up now and then on the show thereafter. (His voice actor is no Peter Cushing, but the characterisation is v. plausible as a younger version.) My question is this: in A New Hope Admiral Tarkin clearly knows Darth Vader used to be a Jedi (he refers to Vader being the last thing left of the Jedi in the 'verse), but do you think he's also aware Vader used to be Anakin Skywalker? I'm usually going with the assumption that on the Imperial side, no one other than the Emperor and Vader himself is aware of this, and the official Imperial story is that Anakin Skywalker died on Mustafar (or just plain died, maybe defending Palpatine against the Jedi coup - something like this). However, Tarkin, who shows up at the end of Revenge of the Sith in a favoured position and presumably was involved in the execution of Order 66 before that, may just have been enough of an insider to have either figured it out or have been told by Palpatine for some Machiavellian reason (playing out Tarkin and Vader against each other to a certain degree to ensure they don't team up, for example). (Tarkin clearly outranks Vader in ANH in the Imperial hierarchy. One my pet peeves in reviews of The Force Awakens is when reviewers sum up the backstory by referring to Vader as the dead ruler of the Empire; guys, not only was he never No.1., he arguably wasn't No.2 as of the start of the OT, either.)

The reason why I'm asking may or may not have to do with an idea for a New Hope AU in which Vader figures out at the worst possible time that Leia is his daughter, i.e. either when he's interrogating her or when Alderaan gets destroyed. (Maybe either occasion inadvertendly makes Leia's Force potential break through a la Rey in TFA.) Which wouldn't immediately make him repent, of course, let alone go light side, but being Vader, he's bound to strongly react and do something, and then I think it would make a difference whether or not Tarkin is aware of the Vader = Anakin truth. (Not least because near the end of The Clone Wars, Tarkin did something spoilery in connection with Ahsoka ), which would invite possible parallels in Tarkin's mind.
selenak: (Ashoka and Anakin by Welshgater)
I just had to.

Teachers (4699 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Sheev Palpatine | Darth Sidious
Additional Tags: Teacher-Student Relationship, Friendship, Angst, Character Study
Summary:

"Remember, Anakin, the master learns as much from the padawan as the padawan learns from the master." Eight lessons Anakin Skywalker learns through Ahsoka Tano, and one Darth Vader does.

selenak: (Clone Wars by Jade Blue Eyes)
Politics is so depressing right now, crazy nationalists on the rise everywhere, and this morning I learned about Umberto Eco's death, which somehow hit me harder than Harper Lee's. Not just because her bad state of health had been widely commented on last year apropos Go Set A Watchman; The Name of the Rose back in the 80s had meaning for me, and only gained more as the years passed. (Teenage me recognized William of Baskerville as a Holmes avatar, but hadn't read Jorge Luis Borges yet.) Also: the essays! The not giving into the quagmire of Berlusconidom!

Anyway, I needed some comforting fiction, and thus can share a few links. These aren't new stories, so you might already know them, but if you don't:

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit:

Or would they go on aching still:

Tauriel comes to Gondor in the days of the king. Arwen wants to help her carry the grief she shoulders, but in the end, they help each other. Tauriel as Arwen's companion in the world where soon, all the other elves have gone is a lovely idea, and the meshing of book and movie canon works beautifully.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

Old Shadows: Ahsoka asks Anakin about his past after the events on Kadavo and Zygerria. The short Zygerria arc is the most overt way in which The Clone Wars adresses the long term impact Anakin's childhood as a slave had on him, and the story is also a great example of the Ahsoka-Anakin comraderie that makes the show.

Don't Unlace Your Madcap Abandon: in which Anakin takes Ahsoka and Rex to some illegal racing in the Coruscant underground (it's for a mission, honestly!); the story starts out deceptively light hearted but takes some inevitably darker, angsty corners, and again, is a great showcase for the Ahsoka and Anakin relationship (this time complete with both their friendship with Rex).
selenak: (Ashoka and Anakin by Welshgater)
Tonight, Better Call Saul comes back, which makes me realise all of the fictional relationships (both friendly or romantic) I'm currently most invested in are doooomed, and it's usually because they're in prequel canons. Jimmy/Kim, because Jimmy is on his way to Saul-dom, and that's inevitable because Breaking Bad. Norma Bates & everyone, because Norma is the most doooooomed mother ever. (Bates Motel is also soon coming back on my tv screen.) Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, because dammit, Anakin. John Silver & Captain James Flint because Treasure Island.

....and then I remember The Americans are soon returning, too, and this great promo for season 4 is mouthwatering. Philip! Elizabeth! Your incredibly messed up relationship is so my rescue here, because you're in an canon without a predetermined ending. I mean, sure, the Cold War will (temporarily) end in a few years and all you've done for Mother Russia will have been in vain, but at least I can root for you guys to remain messed up and together for more years to come!
selenak: (Flint by Violateraindrop)
So The Good Wife is finally coming to an end? Two seasons too late for me to care, but it was once an amazing show.

New Civil War trailer: so I was hoping that movie would resolve my Bucky problem, to whit, that I'm indifferent to the character beyond a mild "gosh, what an awful brainwashed life", and indeed I'm starting to have Bucky feelings, but unfortunately, they're all negative ones. I'm completely invested in the wrong sidekick in this movie, because when I watched the trailer and spoilers ensued )

(It helps that I do think superheroes should be accountable to someone who aren't other superheroes. Not insane military generals, obviously, but definitely some institution.)

Black Sails not having much of a fandom on lj or dw, I'm driven to check out the dark side tumblr now and then, and predictably, this irritates me into the need to vent:

which I shall do in a spoilery fashion )

Lastly, trying to find good Clone Wars inspired stories reminds me how many badly spelled and/or badly written fanfiction is out there. Good lord. Thankfully, there are a few bright lights.
selenak: (Ashoka Tano by Dasakuryo)
I finished marathoning Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix (five full seasons and an incomplete sixth one – because by the time of the sixth season, Disney was buying LucasFilm and promptly cancelled the show) and am consequently in a curious mood, somewhere between narratively satisfied (Ashoka’s arc!) and despondent - no more Clone Wars, and yes, I know Ashoka is also an occasional guest star on Rebels, but this is as good a place as any to explain why as opposed to Disney, Abrams and most of the fandom I’m not interested in more of the set up that makes the OT, and now the new movie, i.e. brave rebels versus evil Empire.

Because, you see: one of the things I dig about the Prequels is that they don’t do that and go for a far more interesting (to me) and difficult emotional scenario. The Evil Empire in the OT is, well, evil. Unrelentingly so. The rebels are good, fighting for freedom, their cause is completely right, no question about it, and everyone on their side is good. The Empire is also OTHER, consisting of faceless stormtroopers, some bureaucrafts played by British actors, a faceless cyborg in black whose human face (in both senses) we don’t see until the trilogy is nearly over, and an evil witch king who looks like a grotesque walking corpse. What the Empire, Vader/Anakin revelation notwithstanding, most definitely is not is something related to the audience, or what the audience reality could turn into.

Meanwhile, the Republic of the Prequel era? Is not conquered by the Empire, as fans pre- prequels probably assumed. Instead, it over the course of three movies becomes the Empire. And not just because Anakin Skywalker turns in the third movie. (If he had died instead, it still would have happened.) Because of inherent flaws of its leaders, skilled manipulation that ensures that because of an ongoing (self produced) war, more and more rights are abandoned and the militarized state becomes the status quo. I don’t know about you, but that sounds awfully familiar to me.

Ramblings about the Prequel premise, relevance and implications ensues )

After this lengthy preamble: of course, The Clone Wars provides its share of boo-hiss, uniformly bad Separatist villains which can easily compete in one dimensionality with the Imperials (or for that matter the First Order). It’s not until the third season that we meet well intentioned Separatist leaders (political, not military). However, Chancellor Palpatine is a regular and an ongoing reminder that the Republic is led by the most evil overlord of them all who keeps orchestrating a galactic wide war. And the question of how the Jedi can in any sense still claim to be Peacekeepers when they are part of one of the armies conducting said war is raised by more and more characters through the show.

Not to give you the wrong impression: this isn’t Battlestar Galactica. But for a show aimed at a younger/family audience, it tackles amazingly dark themes at times. And not just by the implication of the premise: since it’s set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, most of the cast is doomed by movie plot. Most, but not all.

While I appreciate the fleshing out /giving personality to the Jedi we see otherwise in mostly silent roles through the prequels (Luminara Unduli, Plo Koon, Adi Gallia, etc., almost all, as I mentioned in an earlier post, non-humans, which pleases the alien lover in me), the standout narrative arcs to me were those given to the Clones on the one hand and Ashoka Tano on the other.

Spoilers for the show beneath the cut )
In conclusion: this show, you must watch. There is no try.
selenak: (Clone Wars by Jade Blue Eyes)
Thanks to Netflix, I finally got around to watching The Eagle, aka the movie based on Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth. Which I didn't watch in the cinema because of the various alterations I'd heard about (including removing all the female characters of the novel; in fact, all the Romanized Britons of either gender, so in the movie world, Britons seemingly exist only either as slaves on the Roman side of the wall or as free tribes on the other). Verdict, now that I've watched it: the Scottish landscape is striking and atmospheric, I'm fine with the actors, the movie serves up a different slash trope than the novel does (novel: best friends, film: enemies forced to work together becoming allies), and does it well. But as it turns out, my biggest problem isn't the lack of Cottia (though I do miss her, and adopt the headcanon someone else told me about, i.e. that the red haired girl we see at the games visibly disliking the display is her), but the fact movie Marcus had to be dumbed down so considerably in order for the second part of the film to work the way its creators wanted it to. Spoilery explanation as to why. ) In concusion: disengage brain, enjoy the slash trope, then the movie works.

Also thanks to Netflix, I realised that I was thinking of the wrong Clone Wars all these years when people, even prequel haters, praised the tv show and I was slightly surprised, because I had bought a dvd featuring really badly drawn cartoons with non stop battle sequences and no character stuff, and had been disappointed, so had not looked further. Turns out the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series which got so much (deserved) praise was instead this really amazing computer animation thing which does unite character development with action. I'm one and a half season in (an episode takes less than half an hour) and definitely in love. In addition to fleshing out the characters established by the movies, the series adds more and sets me up for (welcome) heartbreak by individualizing the Clones (Rex!) and above all with Ashoka and the Anakin-Ashoka relationship. Which is and isn't like an older brother-younger sister one (though you can also occasionally catch a glimpse of what Anakin would have been like with Leia had he never fallen). The series has a good sense of humor, too; the episode in which Dooku, Obi-Wan and Anakin have managed to get themselves all captured by greedy pirates and are forced to work together in order to escape had me in stitches a lot. Another aspect: because make up for actors isn't an issue in this format, the show can use a lot non-human characters. In fact, most of the regular Jedi with lines and personalities other than Obi-Wan, Mace Windu and Anakin aren't human, and that pleases me. Forever an alien fan, that's yours truly.

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