Friday, April 19, 2013

Queen Miraj Scintel

Queen Miraj Scintel was a villain in Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series' fourth season. She appears in episode twelve called "Slaves of the Republic."

The theme of slavery is nothing new to the Star Wars canon. Anakin was a slave at one time, and his mother remained a slave for the majority of her life. In "Slaves of the Republic" Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka go undercover to infiltrate the slavers on the planet Zygerria in order to find colonists (members of Ahsoka's people) who have been kidnapped from Kiros and forced into slavery. In the slave markets near the palace, Ahsoka draws unwelcome attention when she prevents a slaver from whipping one of his slaves. Anakin slyly gets them out of the mess and gets an invite to the palace by order of the queen herself.
Anakin force-choking the queen. I guess she was a villain, so this kind
of behavior is acceptable, right? Or is it foreshadowing to come?
Posing as a slaver, Anakin is quick to win the queen's favor. He claims he killed a guy named Bruno Denturri and seized Ahsoka from his abode. He also flirts with the Queen. While Anakin is conversing thus, one of the Queen's slaves attempts to stab her and Anakin intervenes. As a result, the slave throws herself to her death. The queen needing a replacement, takes Ahsoka as her new slave. Having won her heart, the queen invites Anakin to the slave auction that night (you get the impression that this is kind of a first date thing).
I love the ancient Egyptian feel of this episode. 
While Anakin is keeping the queen busy, Obi-Wan rescues the captured governor of Kiros from the slave pits. But the governor doesn't know where all of his people are. Helping the governor to escape, Obi-Wan is captured and of course, tortured. All slave masters torture you know? And Obi-Wan being a famous Jedi does not go unnoticed by the queen.

So you can see where this is going. At the auction that night, the Queen announces a special entertainment and invites Anakin to whip Obi-Wan. Anyway, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka are soon exposed for what they are (the queen is no fool!) and she forces Anakin to be her sex slave saying that she'll hurt his friends if he doesn't pleasure her.

And the same emotional blackmail is used against Obi-Wan and Ahsoka by holding hostage innocent people who will be tortured and killed if they rebel against her.

Anyway, this episode is a great example of where you start to see Anakin's moral compass fray around the edges. It's really quite terrible that Jedi who experience intense emotions and act upon them are basically embracing the dark side. It seems only human to want to protect your own from being hurt. Yet to do just that is oftentimes what separates the Sith from the Jedi.
Have a great Friday :)

34 comments:

mooderino said...

This was a kids' show, right?

mood
Moody Writing

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Queenie has moves. Slavery is a serious issue and it's great when kid shows let them know it's wrong in a non preachy way. Mooderino's comment makes me laugh.

Brinda said...

Wow. I like how this shows the subtle shift in a character's fiber.

Anstice Potts said...

I can't believe I've never actually seen The Clone Wars TV show. I like Star Wars, so I must get round to watching this, it looks really cool. The Queen seems like such a femme fatale! I love a good female villain.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sex slave? Little intense for a kid's show.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've never seen this show, but I do hear great things about it. Maybe I should give it a try sometime.

Lexa Cain said...

Queen Miraj is drawn so well. I love her expression and jewelry. She totally looks like Nefertiti or Nefertari, both great Queens of Egypt.
Fun post! :-)

Adam said...

I bet padme was pissed

Michael Ignacio said...

Hey! I always see your posts and I find them awsome. I love Star Wars, so I wanted to give props for this post. Can I please post an interview of you on my blog?

Elise Fallson said...

Triangle head = villain.

Munir said...

I don't like female villains
. Women are supposed to be good creatures.They are suppose to rescue young people from evil.
If this show is for young people I hope that it does not poison young minds against women.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

@Moody & @Alex: Yes the "Clone Wars" is a kid's show. And yes, you are correct. It treads the gray area of PG-13. But, there's a reason I liked the show. It has beheadings, violence, slavery,...some very adult themes. So now, maybe you're like "oh...I thought this was a kid's show." It's not my fault that it got branded as that. But the first red flag should have been "Mike really likes this show and maybe that means kiddos shouldn't be watching it." But it got canceled anyway, so I got to find me some new hard hitting cartoon.

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

Ha, yeah, anything you watch can't be listed as kid-friendly. Let's just make you the head of the MPAA. In fact just disband the MPAA and let you decide what movies are PG or R. Anything you like = R.

I wonder if those aliens had a Stargate to ancient Egypt on Earth?

Andrew Leon said...

Good episode.

DEZMOND said...

we gracefully bow to the queen, our milady has such a lovely name, doesn't she?

Mina Burrows said...

Yeah, he is becoming much darker in that clip.

Rusty Webb said...

The queen has a very cat-like look to her. Oh, and slavery is bad.

Julie Flanders said...

I love how dark this show is. Never would have guessed just from the little I heard about it in the past. I honestly thought it was just for kids.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm not knowledgeable about any of this but I do enjoy reading about it.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Just like in the last Star Wars movie, Anakin evolves into Darth Vader...

Helena said...

The storyline and character development sound pretty mature for me, so this is a cartoon for teenagers and adults? Anyway, I like the way you describe "Anakin's moral compass fray around the edges" and how intense emotions can rise out of protecting one's own, which might lead to the dark side. I like the moral complexity in this conundrum.

M Pax said...

I like her funky cat ear like hairdo.

Laura Eno said...

It makes for good moral dilemma.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That sounds really intense and not very PG.

Cindy said...

Sex Slave? This just got a lot more interesting. :D

(Apparently, I don't know as much about Star Wars as I thought.)

Liz said...

I don't get why Jedi must be so emotionally distant. I mean, I understand why Sith become Sith by embracing their anger, but aren't the other emotions okay? (Not asking for an answer. Just throwing out the thoughts this post brought up.)

Spacerguy said...

I love the points on her ears, she must have vulcan ancestry.

The Golden Eagle said...

That sounds like one convoluted episode.

Fairview said...

You had me at sex slave!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I like her funky look, but feel it was too much for a kids show.

Alyson Burdette said...

The Egyptian look is pretty cool. I've never seen this show, but it looks interesting.

Kristen Dyrr said...

Like the others, I'm surprised it's got those themes for a kid's show. I had never heard of this before though, so I find it interesting, and enjoy looking at the images and video.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Michael .. I love her look - but still can't get my head round the genre .. ne-er mind! Cheers Hilary

Melissa Bradley said...

I really wish I could find some enjoyment in these, but I have no desire to see them at all. I want more Luke Leia and Han. They are the heart and soul of Star Wars, not these people.