Star Wars: Dialogue and Dark Horse
The Mira-cle Origins of one of Padmé’s greatest lines
As Star Wars fans will appreciate, many of the finest moments in the Prequel Trilogy centre upon the Queen of, and later Senator for, Naboo, publicly known as Padmé Amidala. Like her daughter in years to come, Padmé represents a blend of both soldier and senator; her dialogue keeping pace with even that grand sass-master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
One of her best lines, certainly one of the most poignant, comes about forty minutes into Revenge of the Sith, during a period when Anakin’s allegiances are being tested:
“This war represents a failure to listen. Now you’re closer to the Chancellor than anyone — please, ask him to stop the fighting and let diplomacy resume!”
It’s a key political line, albeit not the most famous Amidala political line (that accolade must surely go to “so this is how democracy dies…”). It is key because it underscores her role as a politician, her distaste for open conflict and commitment to Republic values.
Dear reader, alas, it’s a line that is likely to have been recycled almost in its entirety.
Years prior, Dark Horse comics was hard at work pumping out a metric ton of comics detailing the events of The Clone Wars. Mace Windu: Jedi is a one-shot from that period following the eponymous Jedi as he journeys to the planet Ruul in hopes of bringing back several Jedi who have left the order in protest of the war.
There are some beautiful moments in this comic as Mace listens to the various reasons each Jedi turned away from the Jedi Order.
Fans will recognize K’kruhk, Jeisel and Sora Bulq as recurring characters in the Dark Horse universe. Couched among them however is the near-human healer, Mira (no, not the bounty hunter from KOTOR II). And when asked why she left the order, Mira says the following:
“I — and those for whom I represent — believe that this war represents a failure to listen. Among the Confederacy are those with just complaints. We need to stop fighting and let diplomacy resume.”
This comic was released in February 2003 — a two years years before Revenge of the Sith’s release on May 19th, 2005.
I’m not crying foul on George Lucas, whose appreciation for the Dark Horse comics is what gave us Aayla Secura in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
As fans know Star Wars media has a way of bleeding together, like old ships from West End Games appearing in Star Wars Rebels. Likewise there is likely to be a much closer proximity between the script writing process and the comic book’s publication.
I do, however, enjoy highlighting the likely origins of the line. Like most characters that appeared in Dark Horse and nowhere else, Mira is overlooked by most fans, which is a tragedy. As I’ve expressed elsewhere, Dark Horse brought some of the greatest Star Wars stories ever told (I am an upapologetic fanboy of Quinlan Vos).
Mira’s words live on for fans now via Padmé, even if Mira’s name doesn’t.
Her wisdom is all the more relevant nowadays. If we lose these older moving stories in the raft of new canon works we will all, as fans, be guilty of a failure to listen.
, even if her name doesn’t and its important to listen. Her wisdom is all the more relevant nowadays. If we lose these older moving stories in the raft of new canon works, we will all, as fans, be guilty of a failure to listen.