Attack of the Clones:
- Anakin suddenly recalls that for the past ten to fifteen years, his mother has been a slave in the very asshole of the galaxy, and decides that he should probably maybe kind of do something about it. Even if Anakin (as per the Jedi teachings) was discouraged or forbidden from going to see his mother, there was nothing stopping him from sending someone (another Jedi, Padme, etc.) to check in on her from time to time. Or just, you know, buy her out, settle her on Naboo and let her live her life in safety.
- "I killed them all. And not just the men, but the women, and the children." How come slaughtering an entire Tusken Raider village in a blind rage doesn't grant Anakin a one-way ticket to the Dark Side on the spot?
- Because the Force, in the films, doesn't work on a Karma Meter. Also, plotplotplotplotplot.
- Maybe he got a little bit of leeway because of the Always Chaotic Evil nature of the Tuskens?
- It's strongly implied this is where he first stepped over the line.
- Could be because there's still at least two people he loves that he would never harm. Slaughtering the tribe that abducted your mother is pretty awful, but understandable- hard to call it out-and-out evil. It's just, you know, ordinary levels of Dark Side. Everybody has that.
- The above might be easier to swallow had he just said he slaughtered their whole tribe, but he specifically points out the women and children which all out says "I knew there were innocents in that tribe and I killed them anyway" which is pretty evil even if you call it a crime of passion. And saying there's at least two people he would never harm is meaningless (and untrue regardless).
- Padme had demonstrated, during Episode I, that she is skilled enough to use a blaster properly and hold her own on a shootout. Fine. Later in Episode II, she gets captured by Dooku alongside Obi-Wan and Anakin; all three of them are chained to stone columns and left to be mauled/eaten by some space critters. Fine. Then, out of nowhere, she is perfectly able to: release herself from her chains (something that our Jedi friends didn't, despite all the whole Force-thing). Climb on top of the column. Get her back slashed by a Nexu (imagine a tiger with More Teeth than the Osmond Family) with no significant results. Do a Tarzan-like swing and knock down said Nexu. Jump on the back of a Reek (think a dinosaur/rhino-like thing) from the top of said column with her legs spread. Survive the huge following battle with nothing more than a blaster and some cover from Anakin while trading idiotic quips with him. And, finally, survive a several-meters high fall from a moving ship, again with no visible effects. Basically, they turned a perfectly reasonable Action Girl into one of the most blatant and egregious cases of Plot Armor.
- This exchange between Anakin and Padme, said during a battle against an overwhelming enemy and with dozens of dead and dying Jedi around them:
"You call this a diplomatic solution?"
"No, I call it aggressive negotiations."
- As pointed out by Mr. Plinkett and Confused Matthew, Padme's rationale for marrying Anakin is wholly unsatisfactory and illogical, given his behavior throughout the film. Even if the audience is to accept that Padme is young and naive, she has witnessed Anakin (in order) making unnecessarily creepy comments towards her, giving her odd and disconcerting looks, rudely interrupting her during important diplomatic negotiations, begging for her to love him, and admitting to slaughtering an entire village of Sand People (including the women and children). Yet, despite all this, she shows no hesitation towards marrying him, even though the evidence against Anakin being a suitable husband is far more than the evidence supporting it.
- Hell, in the novel she turns off the surveillance system in her apartment, even though she knows she's marked for assassination, just so that this gallant knight doesn't peek in on her while she's asleep.
- Padmé's rationale for marrying Anakin makes more sense when you look at her character and her tendency to martyr herself to her causes. The Senate can't help her planet? Then she'll go there and fight the Trade Federation herself or die trying. The Queen asks her to serve as Senator but she doesn't really want to? She'll do it anyway because her people need her. Obi-Wan is in trouble in the middle of a hostile planet? Padmé will gladly go after him. The Trade Federation has tried to personally kill her in the past? She's all for re-opening diplomatic channels with them. She's a woman who has defined her life by duty and putting others before herself (at least until she meets Anakin). And Anakin's focus on her (while obsessive) is entirely refreshing for a young woman who has basically defined herself through her job. He cares about her, not her position as a Queen or Senator, but as Padmé-the kind girl who helped him and took care of him. Anakin's comments and looks unsettle her precisely because she's not used to having that type of attention directed at her (nor so intensely). I think the most important thing to remember, though, is that when she tells Anakin to stop (that they can't be together), he does. After the fireplace scene, when she tells him they can't be together (that she won't let him give up his future for her), he backs off and treats her with a professional distance. He calls her Senator and it is she that initiates every romantic action thereafter. The slaughter of the Tuskens, while terrible, is something she likely believes was due wholly to the horrific circumstances surrounding the death of Anakin's mother. Not to mention that Anakin has saved her people and her life; she wants to believe (and has seen evidence) that he is a good person, willing to sacrifice for others. What the Tusken slaughter does do, though, is demonstrate to her that Anakin needs her as a stabilizing influence in his life. He's lost his mother, gone through some trauma, committed crimes, but remains devoted to the Republic and is off to fight in the war. It's not at all inconceivable that she would justify being with him as being good both for him and the Republic. And she's already fallen in love with him by the time the slaughter happens, so it would give her an excuse to be with him, to finally have something for herself while not being "selfish" in doing so. Let's not forget, either, that both are young, with Padme apparently not having had any romantic relationships due to her political career, while Anakin was forbidden them-both are no doubt somewhat naive and likely impetuous. Hell, it's hard to see how much time they even get to spend together after this, given that the Clone Wars break out as well.
- Speaking of which, the whole "Padme assassination attempt" episode is one humongous Wall Banger from start to finish. The assassin's choice of weapon was a few slow moving insects instead of using the explosivesnote with a drone to make a quick moving bomb. Once the insects were released the droid simply hovered nearby instead of immediately leaving. When the droid did leave it went straight back to the person who sent it instead of heading off for some place to self destruct and destroy the evidence. Lastly, apparently all the security a political heavyweight who was marked for assassination (and had recently survived another attempt on her life) deserved was an easily cut window and a security camera.
- And, of course, when Padme is supposed to be in hiding in Naboo she frolics with Anakin in the wide open field where even an average sniper could easily take her out. And why in the world did the Jedi Council think that no one would look for Padme on her home world, let alone her old palace. Gah!
- Jango would've never thought she could be that stupid. And hey, it worked!
- They also did go in undercover as refugees.
- Senator Palpatine claims the Republic has stood for a thousand years. Obi-Wan claims it has stood for a thousand generations. Considering a generation is thirty years, either Palpatine or Obi Wan is twenty nine thousand years out.
- It's possible that Palpatine was referring to the current Republic (compare to how the French say "The Second Republic" or the "Third." They're on number 5 now), while Kenobi was referring to the Republic as an institution stretching back to the original that has existed in one form or another for those 30,000 years.
- I suggest you pick up some EU material. This is more or less canon.
- Google the Ruusan Reformation.