Attack Of The Clones: A Voice Of Reason In The Darkness

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I am not usually one to dwell on deleted scenes in films, for better or worse, if the director chose to leave specific things out to better convey the story that they’re trying to tell then it’s usually for a good reason. But every now and then deleted scenes will stick out in a way that even their absence changes the entire film. Star Wars is no exception. There are two deleted scenes that stand out this way to me, and funny enough, if they had never been included on the DVD we would have no knowledge of them, so it’s almost as if the director was like, look…this can’t be in the movie for whatever reason, but this scene or it’s removal is saying something

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One of those deleted scenes is from The Last Jedi and centers around Finn and Phasma, so I’ll save that one for later, but the second deleted scene that strikes me as incredibly important is from Attack of the Clones itself. And oddly enough, I’ve seen this movie countless times, but I only just recently (like earlier this week) stumbled across this scene, and it just really moved me and made me wonder…why was it removed from the film? What secrets did it give away or truths did it reinforce? This isn’t a ten second clip where someone walked right when they should have walked left, this is a scene of power.

We all saw the incredible lengths Padme Amidala went through to save her home-world in The Phantom Menace, we know she is no shirker of responsibility or the will to act. Padme saved Naboo, she saved her people, and she rearranged the entire Senate to do so. So, when we meet her again in AOTC and watch as she is nearly killed time and again for her voice in the Senate, we can safely assume that she is just as determined and unstoppable as a Senator as she was as a Queen. But oddly enough, we never really see Padme take the floor like she did in the previous film, we never see her exercise her influential range on the Senate for ourselves. We know she is a strong voice because we know her character, but we never see just how much she can truly impact the galaxy with just her presence and words on the senatorial floor. And after watching the scene in question I have to wonder why that is? Why take Padme out of the game before we see what she can do as a Senator?

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“Wake up Senators! You must wake up! If you offer the Separatist’s violence, they can only show violence in return. Many will lose their lives, all will lose their freedom. I pray you do not let fear push you into disaster. Vote down this security measure — which is nothing less than a declaration of war. Does anyone here want that? I cannot believe they do.”  — Senator Padme Amidala

And in this instance, I truly think it’s because it gave too much of the end-game away. Padme’s voiced boomed across the Senate, reaching her fellow senators with her clarity and wisdom until it was quickly sidelined by a very noticeably shaken Palpatine. The future Emperor of the galaxy saw firsthand that there was someone in the room who had the ability to derail his plans, because had they voted that day on the creation of the Grand army of the Republic with Padme’s cries of “Wake up!” ringing fresh in their ears the vote would have failed to yield the army – and the control – that Palpatine desired. Yes, Anakin Skywalker was the biggest threat to the Darth Sidious and the Jedi, but Padme Amidala just proved herself to be the biggest threat to Sheev Palpatine. He already had multiple ideas of how to handle Ani, with and without the help of the Jedi, but Padme could destroy everything on her own. Her voice reached across the stars, she could take the Senate from him just as easily as she took it from Valorum.

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Funny then, that she died so tragically – and let’s be honest – so oddly in the next film. It’s long been a popular theory that Palpatine used Padme’s life-force to keep Anakin alive after his devastating battle on Mustafar, thus draining and killing her in the process. A fellow SW fan and I have even been discussing it in the comments on some of my posts (hi Amy!). There’s a lot of evidence for this theory being correct and it does make a helluva lot of sense, but until Lucasfilm or Disney confirms or denies it one way or another, we’ll never know for sure. But with so many prequel books being released this year leading up to Episode IX and so many prequel characters rejoining the SW family this year at SW Celebration, I think it’s safe to say that in one form or another, the story is leading us back to the beginning, back to Padme and Anakin.

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And as it stands, the consensus is that Palpatine took Padme’s life to save Anakin, to save his apprentice, and to gain a firmer hold on him because with Padme alive, Sidious would always have come in second place in Anakin’s priorities. With her dead, Anakin is wholly Palpatine’s creature. And that’s all true. But I also think that if Palpatine did kill Padme Amidala, it was because she was capable of not only taking Anakin from him, but the entire Senate…and with that Senate, the galaxy itself. The Jedi and the Sith chose Anakin as their enemy, but Sheev Palpatine, ever the politician on the rise, chose a woman whose voice rang with truth that could be heard in every corner of the galaxy. He chose the woman whose cries of Wake up, would have stolen an army from him. He chose Padme Amidala, and this scene shows us exactly why.

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“My noble colleagues, less than an hour ago, an assassination attempt was made on my life. One of my bodyguards, and six others, were ruthlessly and senselessly murdered. I was the target. But more importantly, the security measure before you was the target. I have led the opposition to building this army, and someone will stop at nothing to assure its passage!” — Senator Padme Amidala

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5 thoughts on “Attack Of The Clones: A Voice Of Reason In The Darkness

  1. I have long thought that George Lucas loves secrecy perhaps a little too much. On the one hand that’s great of course because it keeps the suspense, on the other hand it leaves some things unexplained.
    Star Wars was always a very surprising, original, fresh tale which often took unexpected twists and turns, the most famous probably being the famous “I am your father” scene in TESB. There was the hint of the name of course, “Darth Vader” meaning the dark father; and the twin sunset already announced that this would be the story of the twins Luke and Leia.
    So it’s not surprising that Lucas would choose to leave some scenes off, and then let the bomb drop later. In the case of the prequels, I’m afraid that many viewers don’t like them or like them less than the classics precisely because they are less clear and many things remain unexplained. One can guess of course, there are always hints and connections, but it can get somewhat annoying that with “not wanting to give things away” you remain with loose ends; or you have to watch and rewatch the films several times before you realize what was meant.
    Perhaps in this particular case, the point was also that in the second chapter of the trilogy Padmé was meant to be more a love interest in AotC than a politician. – Thank you for the article 🙂

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    1. I’m all for the love plot drama but I would seriously hope that that wasn’t the only reason this scene was taken out 😄 Padme is more than capable of being a love interest *and* a badass politician, I mean we’ve already seen what her strength and resilience in TPM so it would he a waste to reduce her to just love interest status. My hope is that we’ll swing back to these characters in Episode IX and finally get some sort of closure for them somehow. There’s an awesome theory that’s been floating around about Rey and Kylo being Padme and Anakin reborn and that would just leave so much space open for explanations!!!

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  2. I also think they are Padmé and Anakin reborn, and that they are also “reboots” for Vader and Luke, finishing what the others didn’t manage to.
    Padmé lost much influence as the prequels went on, becoming from queen and politician first wife and then mother; but technically, that doesn’t surprise me much because the woman is always is the central figure in the first chapter of the trilogies. In the second the focus is on the Jedi master, in the third on the protagonist.
    Personally I would love to see Anakin again in Episode IX; after all, we have never heard the story of his downfall in his words. Obi-Wan told Luke the story from his point of view, Luke told Rey his own interpretation many years later; but what does the actually concerned person think, after all? Anakin / Vader was much judged and interpreted and also much maligned. His own point of view could throw a wholly new light on the events. Did he never realize that Palpatine was using him? And that he had manipulated him all the time?
    Besides, I can’t get rid of the impression that if Anakin and Ben had ever met, they would have got along very well… 🙂

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