One of the key moments in Attack of the Clones that shows where Anakin’s head was at before his marriage to Padme was on Geonosis, as their Republic gunship is hit and Padme tumbles out to the soft red sands below. She is unhurt, and soon mobilises the clones to continue the push against the Separatists and Anakin’s reaction and argument with Obi-Wan is the focus of the latest Teaching With Star Wars.

The two Jedi are in pursuit of Count Dooku on Geonosis and after a blast ricochets outside their Republic gunship, Padmé falls out of the craft and onto the surface of the planet. Anakin (who is secretly in love with Padmé — which is forbidden by the Jedi Order) is desperate to make sure the senator from Naboo is safe, whereas Obi-Wan believes stopping Dooku could end the war before it really begins.

Perhaps the main challenge is not the argument itself, but how it is enacted by the participants. Anakin is in real danger of being expelled by the Jedi Order if he persists in disobeying Obi-Wan’s mandate. He is passionate, heated, and perhaps a bit disrespectful to his master. Anakin is worried about Padmé’s well being, and while he is certainly letting his personal feelings get in the way, it is understandable that his attention is divided, because he loves the senator.

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
  • Hardcover Book
  • Anders, Lou (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 08/25/2020 (Publication Date) - Disney Lucasfilm Press (Publisher)