Caline Metara was the commander of the Alderaanian gunship Aegis during the Galactic Civil War. When Alderaan was destroyed in 0 BBY, the Aegis was far enough from the planet that it escaped the blast. Metara and her crew felt that Alderaan was only destroyed because of the royal family’s rebel activities and did not wish to align themselves with either side of the conflict and so tried to get in to piracy. They attempted to stick to Alderaanian morals but Metara quickly got in over her head in negotiations with the pirates who provided her ship with the repairs needed to get them started. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan got drawn into her dealings with the pirates, Metara clumsily tried to protect her princess as much as possible. Eventually Metara gave her life to protect Organa. The crew of the Aegis decided to join the Rebel Alliance because they realized how far they had strayed from the ideals they had been raised with on Alderaan.
I was going to make a point about the subtle symbolism of handing one’s lightsaber to another person, and how it could be a nod to romance between characters…but then I went to get the scene where Anakin hands the lightsaber over to Padme and found that the series hits that point over the head with a very big hammer.
To my memory, these are the only times that a character voluntarily hands their own lightsaber over to another person (Anakin and Obi-Wan store theirs in Artoo, but that’s different). And each scene has a subtle touch to it:
—Padme comments that Anakin’s “life” is heavier than she was expecting; I don’t think that one needs any explanation.
—Ahsoka gives Barriss her “life” as the two of them are about to die underground, and when they hold hands and wait for the end, Barriss leaves on the lightsaber she was given, and not her own: they’re both sharing one life then.
—Asajj gives her “life” to Obi-Wan: the life of pain and suffering and hatred and darkness, all symbolized by a red lightsaber. But she says “I want that back.” She’s not going to let Obi-Wan solve her problems for her, she’s going to take it back for herself, she’s still an independent woman, even if she’s sharing a piece of her soul with someone else (Obi-Wan cheerfully replies that red isn’t his color: he’s not going to stay with the Dark Side).
TLDR: There is a lot of good, subtle material in this show.
Bolded for emphasis. Also, FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Yo mama so Fett, a sarlacc would choke on her!
Let’s play the “What if?” game with Asajj Ventress, who is, in fact, a queen.
…so I’ve had a surprising number of requests for a sequel to my star wars meme