Saturday, November 05, 2011

A Fascinating Fact

There is only one wedding in the Star Wars saga, which takes place at the end of "Attack of the Clones". This is between Anakin Skywalker and Padme.

What is less obvious is the role of the other characters present. See, the marriage takes place in secret, so only five characters are present: Anakin and Amidala, C-3P0 and R2-D2, and an unnamed official. Obviously, the official conducts the wedding, so that makes sense, but the droids...

Well, it turns out that R2-D2 is the maid of honour, presumably in a Patrick Dempsey style (with all the horror that that entails). See, at that point of time he still belongs to the court of Naboo (canonically, Padme gives him to Anakin as a gift when he becomes a full Jedi Knight, in the Clone Wars cartoon). That clearly means that he's on the bride's side, and since he's clearly neither the mother nor father of the bride, the next most important role...

And C-3P0 must be the best man. Much the same logic applies - he belongs to Anakin, and that's the role that most needs filled.

I'll just repeat that for effect: C-3P0 is Darth Vader's best man.

Anyway, this explains why Darth Vader expresses no surprise at C-3P0's condition when they meet up in Cloud City (in "Empire Strikes Back"). Presumably, he's used to seeing him legless...

3 comments:

thechrlog said...

This is amazing.

I never really understood DV's bizarre non-recognition of Artoo and Threepio (as I'm sure I once, teeth-grindingly, saw them written at an official SW source) throughout the fourth, fifth and sixth (or first, second, third) films.

This comment highlights one of the problems with SW in that any discussion quickly degenerates into a complex explanation of exactly which film you are referring to when you choose to use a numbering system.

Kezzie said...

Oh dear all that for an alcohol joke! Interesting fact ya! I love the wedding sequence, Padme's lace veil is great! Do you think it's worth reading the Star wars novels including the sequels after all the films- I'm tempted!

Steph/ven said...

Almost all of them are utter dross, and should be avoided. The best ones are the "Thrawn" trilogy by Timothy Zahn - "Heir to the Empire", "Dark Force Rising" and "The Last Command". Those ones genuinely are worth tracking down and reading. The rest... nah, I wouldn't bother.

One thing to note: the Thrawn trilogy was written long before the prequel trilogy came out, so they don't always match up. Needless to say, the books are better!