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After a couple of Star Wars spam sprees, I’ve gotten a few messages asking me: Who is Mara Jade Skywalker? And why do I care if she’ll be in the upcoming movie or not?
So, for those of you who have no idea, here’s the gist:
Back in 1990, a now highly respected sci-fi author by the name of Timothy Zahn wrote a novel trilogy called the Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. These were the three books that would kick-start the Star Wars Extended Universe.
The trilogy took place about 5 years after Return of the Jedi. The New Republic had been established, Han and Leia were finally married and expecting twins, and Luke was planning to restart the Jedi Order soon. Out of nowhere comes along this remnant Imperial by the name of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is hell-bent on restoring the Empire and has quite a formidable force to do so. Also, there’s a bat-shit insane Dark Jedi named Joruus C’Baoth whose name I’ve never known how to pronounce, but a maniac intent on becoming Emperor of the known galaxy and having Luke, Leia, and Leia’s unborn twins as his minions. As well as Mara Jade.
Background story time. From a very young age, Mara Jade was discovered by Emperor Palpatine as a Force-sensitive child, and he took her on as a sort of unofficial apprentice. She was trained more in the art of espionage and assassination, and even became known as the Emperor’s Hand, Palpatine’s personal assassin. She wasn’t an official Sith Lady as her training in the Force was brief, but she was trained enough to be a lethal force to be reckoned with.
Cut to Return of the Jedi; Zahn actually worked her into it by having her on a mission to kill Luke when he arrives as Jabba’s palace. Of course, there isn’t any definite character there in the movie since Lucas didn’t create her, but she’s supposed to have disguised herself as one of Jabba’s harem girls and it’s still kinda fun to browse the crowd trying to see which one could be her. Anyway, Jabba forbids her from joining him on the cruise barge and is instead told to wait behind at the palace just in case. This of course leads to a failure in her mission, but ultimately saves her life.
It’s unclear exactly where she was during the Battle of Endor, but right before Palpatine dies, he sends her a very quick but powerful message to her through the Force: You will kill Luke Skywalker.
After the fall of the Empire, Mara is employed by a smuggler named Talon Karrde, work is good, but she literally cannot get the Emperor’s last command out of her head; it’s like a constant buzz that won’t be silenced until she fulfills it’s demand.
Now, during the Thrawn trilogy, Karrde’s ship captures Luke, and that’s when he and Mara meet for the first time. As it turns out through the course of the trilogy, she can’t find it in herself to kill him. Their friendship starts off rather resentfully, but it does evolve into just that: a friendship. But she still can’t get that last command out of her head, and it only gets louder whenever she’s near Luke.
Plot device convenience! C’Baoth is so desperate to get Luke to be his apprentice one way or another that he actually goes to Bespin, finds Luke’s lost hand, and uses it to clone him. In a final battle, Mara uses this to her advantage to finally carry out the Emperor’s last command without actually killing Luke. Lot of other shit happens, but in this case, that’s all you really need to know.
So, over the course of about 10 years after the Thrawn trilogy, Mara and Luke form a tight-knit bond. She continues to work for Karrde, but Luke does start to teach her how to better develop and use her Force potential. They date other people during that time, but almost always have this bizarre flirting ritual whenever they’re around the other. Kinda like Han and Leia, but unique in it’s own right.
Eventually, the two of them finally do realize that they’re head-over-heels in love. Mara quits Karrde’s business and agrees to become a full-fledged Jedi, even becoming a highly respected Jedi master. Luke and Mara get married and have son named Ben. She’s feisty, fiery, snarky as hell, as well-rounded a character as anyone could hope, and never treated as anything less than equal to her male peers, Mara Jade Skywalker is a badass.
For Christ’s sake, she went on missions while heavily pregnant and sick with an unknown virus and lived to tell the tale. This woman is a total badass! Not only that, but as a couple, she and Luke compliment each other perfectly. Probably even better than Han and Leia, and much better than Anakin and Padme.
So, if you’re still with me after all that, this is why I’m so anxious about Episode VII, particularly where Mara is concerned. Episode VII has the potential to change everything. The entire Extended Universe, which many fans have come to accept as canon, could be retconned. Which means that all the characters that many fans have come to love, such as Mara Jade Skywalker, could be made non-existent.
There are rumors that Mara Jade will be appearing on Disney’s new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which will be a sort of spin-off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
This particular piece is just fan-art, but if Mara does indeed become part of Star Wars: Rebels, this will not only cement her into Star Wars canon, but it could guarantee her a role in Episode VII
And indeed, it appears that that might happen. When Karen Gillian shaved off all her fiery locks for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, she said in an interview that her hair had been donated to the Star Wars crew to be made into a wig. And the most famous red-head in all of the Star Wars saga is Mara Jade. So this looks promising.
However, some rumors say otherwise. There are rumors going around that J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and George Lucas -who are all apparently trying to incorporated elements of the EU into the new movie- are writing a character who will indeed be Luke’s wife or love interest and will indeed be based off of Mara Jade, but will not actually be Mara herself. That concerns me and kinda pisses me off, because I don’t want a discount Mara Jade; I want Mara Jade.
All in all, I am getting excited for Episode VII. I’ve said it a couple times before that George Lucas is a better screen-writer than he is a director, and not only is he not directing this new movie, but J.J Abrams will be directing it, and he is working on the screenplay with both Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. This is highly promising, because Kasdan also wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Silverado. I just don’t want to see a Star Wars universe where Mara Jade Skywalker doesn’t exist.
How can you care so much about a character who is just a brat with no interesting development?
Alright, you rotten tater tot. You brought this upon yourself. You came into my askbox and left this message when I was posting a bunch of Damian Wayne. You opened this box of crap cookies. Now it’s time for you to eat them. (Although this whole thing is very belated. Because I needed some time to cool off after reading this when I first got it. But I’m ready now. And I came prepared, so I hope you are ready now.)
First of all, I have a serious bone to pick with people who think of Damian Wayne as being just a brat. Just a brat. He’s totally just a brat! He’s never shown any character traits beyond being bratty.
It’s not like he’s ever shown intense emotion over the brutal deaths of children before.
It’s not like he struggles to control himself and improve himself and live up to everyone’s expectations…
…or gets hurt when those attempts aren’t acknowledged and treated as accomplishments.
And he’s never had any meaningful friendships with anyone for a reason other than his own personal gain, right?
He doesn’t grapple with his own inner demons. He’s never had to figure out who he was, and it’s not like he’s ever shown an honest want to change or anything.
And obviously the only person he cares about is himself.
Yeah, he can be a badly behaved child sometimes. Damian is prickly, I’m not going to argue about that. He’s made some pretty piss-poor decisions, but he’s a little kidwho was raised in a seriously messed up way. Give him a little bit of understanding, if not slack. To diminish his character traits and boil all of his complexity down to “he’s just a brat” shows a gross misunderstanding of the character that I don’t even want to touch.
Now, as for your statement that he has “no interesting development”, I simply have no idea what you mean. Damian has one of the most interesting character arcs I have ever read, and he’s grown so much since his first appearance. Whether you like him or not, or whether you think Damian has grown in the right direction or not, you can’t tell me that Damian hasn’t grown as a person.
And all of that development was somehow… uninteresting to you? I’d really hate to know what counts as interesting character development for you. I mean… have you seen this kid? He used to be so jumpy/uptight that you couldn’t even touch him before he’d wake up:
And he turned into this snuggly little pile of adorable buttface who’ll let his guard down enough that he can actually rest:
If you don’t wanna like Damian, that’s on you. But at least dislike him for reasons that make sense, honey, and don’t bring your Damian hate to my doorstep unless you’re looking to be taught.
I will never stop loving that that’s your tag for Damian. :-P
let’s all take a minute to stop and think about how Hagrid gave Harry his homemade birthday cake, told him how much he looked like his parents, and fed him sausages before he even started to explain that he was a wizard
let’s stop to think about how his absolute first priority was to let harry know that he was loved and cared for
In the interests of honesty, it should be noted that the reason Hagrid didn’t get immediately to telling Harry that he was a wizard was because he assumed Harry already knew, and was shocked to learn otherwise.
(Which begs the question that if the Wizarding World had been monitoring Harry closely enough to know exactly where the Dursleys were making him sleep, etc., surely they could also see that he hadn’t been told about his heritage? And if so, why wasn’t Hagrid told about it before he was sent to go find Harry?)
But it’s still lovely.
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