Day 17: Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
I’m not on a mission to convince you that the prequels are worth watching. I think that argument is ridiculous. We all have our feelings and opinions on the matter.
I personally like them. They are deeply entrenched in nostalgia from my high school and early college years and yes…there are bad patches, but when I sat in that theater in 1999 watching The Phantom Menace and in 2002 watching Attack of the Clones and in 2005 watching Revenge of the Sith, the last thing on my mind was how well they held up as part of the beloved Star Wars Universe, much less whether they had merit as movies in general.
I love them. I still love them and no amount of vehement hatred or logical conclusions can convince me otherwise.
And likewise I’m sure my plucky optimism will do nothing to convince you they have worth and value and aren’t quite the evil incarnate that they have come to represent.
My beloved brothers and sisters in Star Wars fandom, let us cross party lines and hold hands together as we await The Force Awakens. Let’s band together, not bludgeon each other with the “I’m rights” and “you’re nots” that have become synonymous with loving Star Wars.
I am re-watching all of Star Wars in number order to prepare for the biggest of days. I prefer machete order, personally, but I think number order makes sense before watching Episode VII. Anyone who thinks otherwise is probably right as well (as it’s a choice not a commandment!)
Without further ado… here are 92 of my humble recollections, thoughts and feelings about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: (Best when read along with the movie.)
-Nute Gunray…no thank you!
-Anyone else shipping TC14 and C3PO… cause he needs a nice lady protocol droid.
-I remember hearing Obi-Wan say the classic line “I have a bad feeling about this” basically cemented it for me.
-I love Qui-Gonn so much.
-Battle droids have the funniest butts.
-That thing where Qui-Gonn puts his lightsaber through the door and makes a lava hole…so cool!
-Obi-Wan’s youthful exuberance is so infectious. He’s so eager to Jedi. And his smile reminds me of Anakin and Luke (in the happier time of course.)
-Queen Amidala’s wardrobe was my whole reason for life in high school. It’s why I chose to study fashion design in college.
-Oh, Captain Panaka. I always liked you! And definitely shipped him with Dorme in Attack of the Clones. Even supporting characters deserve a love story.
-Here comes Jar-Jar… you know what I thought was cool about Jar-Jar back in 1999 when I first saw TPM? I thought the behind the scene stuff with Ahmed Best was so cool. His screen capture work was so neat and really got overlooked in the aftermath of the Jar-Jar hatred.
-I really like saying “okie-day.” I’m gonna start saying it a lot more!
-Gungan City is beautiful and I’d like to book a night in a bubble room.
-Jar-Jar was clearly a fan of Full House’s Michelle Tanner…”How wude.”
-Jar-Jar involvement in the entire prequel trilogy is Qui-Gonn’s fault. Obi-Wan was all “leave him behind…we don’t have time.”
-The Bonga ship is cool.
-“There’s always a bigger fish!” I really love foreshadowing.
-Did we need two examples of “there’s always a bigger fish” though? Probably not.
-Obsessed with Amidala’s red dress with the glowing orb things.
-This movie began Kiera Knightley’s career. So we can thank it for that! You can never have enough women who vaguely resemble Natalie Portman.
-Oh, hey, little droid…we know you!
-“We’re losing droids, fast.” Not all droids, Obi-Wan. Not all droids!
-I guess I wonder why Sidious isn’t Force Choking people left and right, Vader style?
-Tatooine must have a lot of money in it’s tourism budget. There has to be billboards up in the galaxy “100 light years to Tatooine: Home of the bluest milk in the galaxy.” “30 light years from Tattoine: Home of the sexiest Twi’lek dancers.” Everyone goes to Tattoine!
-Awww little Jake Lloyd. It wasn’t your fault. Look how cute you were, you little mop head!
-“Oh yeah…totally not at all creepy that I’m gonna marry you in the next movie, Padme. Not one bit!” -Anakin
-Hey R2, come meet your new best friend for the rest of your life.
-Hahahaha! R2 is a bit of a prude. “What do you mean…naked?”
-Unrequited ship… Qui-Gonn and Shmi! Dreaming of the whatifs.
-Padme is a little idealistic to not know there’s slavery in the galaxy. Isn’t that something a politician should know about?
-More foreshadowing about Qui-Gonn’s death. I really do like foreshadowing!
-I think one of the biggest mistakes the prequels made was to kill off Qui-Gonn in the first movie. He and Obi-Wan are the best ones.
-I think Shmi’s accent is really sexy and can’t possibly come from Tatooine. Will go Google her entire history…
-“There was no father” That whole Midiclorian business is so unnecessary! Anakin could easily have been the chosen one with a father in the picture. It woulda worked. It’s sorta lazy to just nix the dad and call him chosen.
-Anakin had a whole bunch of Debbie Downer friends. Why does he hang out with them? Where’s his Biggs Darklighter?
-Qui-Gonn and Shmi could have been the forbidden Jedi romance we never had or rather the forbidden Jedi romance we deserved.
-In an alternate Star Wars timeline, Qui-Gonn defeats Darth Maul and goes back to marry Shmi and free her from slavery and becomes Anakin’s doting stepfather who loves him and helps Obi train him in the ways of the Force. And there is smiling and happiness!
-See, Qui-Gonn tried to save her! The feels!
-Jedi are cheaters! Misappropriation of Jedi powers. Not cool, Qui-Gonn. Not cool!
-“This is so wizard, Ani!” I’m definitely gonna start saying “wizard” and “okie-day”… get ready for it!
-Greg Proops! I love you from Whose Line…but Star Wars gives you street cred!
-Gardula the Hutt has breasts. Ewww. Put a gold bikini on those things.
-I LOVE pod racing.
-I was completely obsessed with that Aurra Sing sighting we get. I wanted to know everything about her!! It’s a travesty that they scraped her from the movies. A cool, lady bounty hunter? Sign me up! Thank goodness for The Clone Wars!
-Shout out to my Tusken Raiders!
-Poor Quadrinaro…he was just trying to support his family with a little pod racing.
-I wanted to be a pod racer so bad! And definitely had more than one Lego pod racing set! Pod racers make wicked cool Lego sets for sure.
-John Williams has a beautiful mind. And his music elevates this movie to places it couldn’t have gone without it. Duel of the Fates is still my jam to this day. And I really like Augie’s Municipal Band.
-This is the same as letting a 9 year old drag race. Very ill advised. What was everyone thinking?
-Poodu! (The sneakiest cursing in the galaxy.)
-Warrick Davis sighting!
-“You can’t stop the change, anymore than you can stop the sun from setting.” Dropping some serious wisdom, Shmi!
-“Thank the maker” takes on a whole new meaning after discovering who the maker is.
-No one writes musics like John Williams. NO ONE!
-I dig Darth Maul so much! Hes no Vader, of course. But he is a bad ass. When he flips off that speeder to fight Qui-Gonn…come on! Ray Park is a beast.
-Qui-Gonn trying to teach Anakin patience…the most useless lesson he ever taught. Anakin was not listening.
-Obi-Wan…meet Anakin Skywalker. You will train him and love him like a brother and then cut off his arm and legs and leave him for dead…it’s a whole thing.
-Japor snippets are the new class rings or like getting pinned I guess.
-I love those sunset handmaiden outfits. Definitely wanted one when I was a kid.
-Queen Amidala rarely uses contractions. Is it more regal to say do no and can not and I am??
-Unrequited ship #2: Yoda and Yaddle. Let’s get those crazy kids together. Wait…only 2 of their kind that we ever see? They could be related. Never mind, this isn’t Game of Thrones!
-What exactly is a vergence? And is it different that a convergence? Is it only a Jedi thing?
-No one wants to see politicians in the Star Wars Universe unless its an evil dictatorship and the rebellion that will overthrow it.
-Palpatine is one slippery snake and that is a strength of this movie.
-I loved this line when I watched back then and have had it memorized for years! “I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee.”
-Wookies in the Senate! ET’s in the Senate! George Lucas in the Senate!!!
-They sure have beautiful sunsets in Coruscant.
-“How feel you?” Another phrase I’m gonna start saying all the time.
-“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Sometimes I forget this line came from the prequels. It is so widely quoted and absolutely dripping of Star Wars! Forget not!
-What Amidala should have said: “Leave the Gungan. Take the cannoli”
-“From your point of view.” See! Obi-Wan listens to his Master. And Qui-Gonn’s idioms become his own.
-Obi-Wan is the very best.
-Anakin: “I gave Japor snippets to the Queen?” (sunglass smiley face!)
-I really like her battle hair. (Saving that for a 30 Days of Nerdy Hair to come.)
-Those yellow Naboo starfighters. So cool looking.
-Gungan vs Battle Droids is a fight I could care less about. But those Gungan shields!
-FAVORITE PART OF THE MOVIE!! DARTH MAUL appears! Duel of the Fates …2 bladed lightsaber…epic fight ensues!!
-Just a room with bridges and no hand rails and now red laser doors? Who built this death trap palace?
-I always thought Padme’s blaster was so sleek! I had the mini keychain version.
-NOOOOOOOOO, NOT QUI-GONN!! Oh, you’re gonna get it now, Maul!
-Seriously, Ray Park! BEAST.
-Lady Naboo pilot alert.
-Battle Droid 1138. (Easter Egg alert)
-Darth Maul, you shoulda had more time to be evil. But (spoiler alert)I’m glad you got resurrected in The Clone Wars.
-Palpatine foreshadowing. You know how I feel about the foreshadowing!
-Qui-Gonn wanted balance to the Force which my father pointed out mean 2 Jedi and 2 Sith. Which is what eventually comes about after Vader kills the Jedi. Dad wonders why Qui-Gonn wanted to bring this balance. When there were so many Jedi and 2 Sith. Did he know the cost of balance?
-Obi and Ani together at last.
-Always 2 there are. No more, no less.
-History Lesson: In 1999, my brother bought the soundtrack before seeing the movie. And one of the tracks was named Qui-Gonn’s funeral. So we knew he was gonna die and that’s why we don’t buy soundtracks before seeing the films. No spoilers please!
-I love the ending. Augie’s Municipal Band and the big blue ball of peace (which incidentally, looks a lot like their big blue ball of death.)
-I have always waited till the end of the credits and in TPM, we were rewarded with the sound of Vader breathing. We flipped our shit. It was so exciting and fueled the excitement for the next episode!
-(Side Note: I saw The Phantom Menace 11 times in the theaters.)
Favorite Fictional Fashion Sense
I’m sure most of you, gentle readers, already know about my love of fashion. I studied fashion design in college and moved to New York expressly to pursue a career in fashion. I did my internship here and had big dreams of creating my own fashion label. As we all know, dreams change!
Here are the characters who’s fashion I love the most. I think the photos speak for themselves!!
#1 – Carrie Bradshaw
#2 – Daenarys Targaryen
#3 – Padme Amidala
#4 – The Pink Ladies
#5 – The Doctor
Day 16: Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
I was going to save this one for Thursday, the 18th, which will mark that we only have 6 months till Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in theaters. But today I woke up with great Padme hair texture, so I had to bump it up a couple days. Padme Amidala starts off in Episode 1 as the queen of Naboo. Her hair is very strategic and massive. It’s part of her costume and her persona as queen. It’s meant to intimidate. By Episode III she has softened her hairstyles, rocking curls and waves. The hair becomes far less intimidating and much more feminine. Representing a change, not only in her political status (she is no longer queen of Naboo in Ep. III) but also in her personal life. She is married and pregnant, about to give birth to her and Anakin’s child. This is a much different Padme and her hair is a reflection of that. Hair can tell you a lot of things about a person!!
I used a clip in place of her headpiece and just let the curls cascade down. I also added a coral lip gloss like she’s wearing in the above picture. Now all I need is a flowy, Naboo nightgown and a very angry, confused Jedi husband and my journey to Padme cosplay will be complete.
Is anyone else so freaking ready for The Force Awakens??? Is it December yet???
May the hair be with you…always.
5 Star Wars items I’d wait in line for on Black Friday
Today the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released. Unleashing the power of the nerd and igniting the usual speculation and analyzation that comes with every ounce of Star Wars information.
In honor of this I have decided to do a list of the Star Wars items I’d wait in line for on Black Friday.
#1 – Mysterious new Swordsaber
I want it. I need it. I have to have it. And if it were available in stores today, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would be in line to get one!! Because haters gonna hate all they want… but that thing is cool. And bad ass. And nerdtastic!!!
#2 – That little rollie ball droid guy
I love that little guy. And I’d wait in a slightly shorter line than the lightsaber line to get him!!! I’d take him home and name him Sweepington von Dundersnap. And I’d love him forever!!
#3 – Wookie Crossbow
Yes, the truth is that you can get a crossbow these days. But Chewie’s is better than anything you can get on our world. And I want one!!
#4 – Dejarik game set
You know that Star Wars chess game they are playing in A New Hope? It’s not chess… it’s Dejarik. And once Hasbro gets that going, complete with working holographic pieces then I will need it. Cold weather be damned. That Black Friday line will be mine!!!
#5 – Blue Globe of Peace
It may be a weird choice, but I always liked that big blue ball at the end of The Phantom Menace. The peace ball that Boss Nass raises in triumph. It’d make a killer lamp or maybe a nightlight. And I really want one.
There are a million other things in the Star Wars universe that I want. A Millennium Falcon. Padme’s entire wardrobe. But I’m thinking mainly of things that would fit in my shopping cart.
What would you wait in line for on Black Friday? Star Wars items or normal ones.
Photos taken from Star Wars teaser trailer
As previously mentioned, in my family, we celebrate with a bit more pizazz than your average Joe. We vote the previous year on what our theme will be. This year was Star Wars. The ultimate theme. All of us have a pretty even love of it. (Except my Grandma, but even she got in the spirit) Then throughout the year we all individually research who we want to be and start claiming characters. This process can be viewed at www.sterlinghutchinson.com/christmas
When it comes to the day itself we all show up to my Granny’s house in full costume and resume Christmas as usual. Including breakfast, stockings, presents, pictures and videos in front of the green screen and a new tradition… the singing of the themed carols. Yours truly penned a few Star Wars Christmas Carols. ie: “Leia, It’s Cold Outside” “God Rest Ye Merry Stormtroopers” “O Jedi Knight” and countless others.
This year we had some extra joiners. Non family members who were just interested in the phenomenon and wanted to be apart of it. So take a look at the photos here and if you’d like to join next year just remember two things: 1. The theme is going to be Lord of the Rings and 2. Costumes are not a suggestion… they are mandatory!
Christmas is swiftly approaching. For many this means decking the halls, trimming the tree, shopping for gifts, planning the holiday meals, booking travel, etc. This is all true for my family as well. But most importantly for us is preparing our Christmas costumes.
Past family Christmas themes have included Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. But this year is the piece de resistance. STAR WARS!! Which means lightsabers, Star Wars Christmas Carols, green screen photos, and so much more!!
Long has our family had a deep and abiding love for the Star Wars universe and last year’s voting reflected that love. It’s my favorite series of movies and it binds our family together!!
So as I rush to finish in time for the big family Christmas celebration taking place on December 23rd, make sure to check back and see my progress.
Also check out our website for a more comprehensive accounting of the Twachtman Family Christmas shennanigans!!! http://www.sterlinghutchinson.com/Christmas.html