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SW observation - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
SW observation
I'm watching AotC to check two lines, which has necessitated re-watching the whole movie, of course, and it occurs to me...

Does anyone in this galaxy other than Palpatine and the Jedi Council ever think to pick up the communications equipment? I mean, when they're in hiding, it makes sense not to do trackable communications, but some wouldn't be remotely suspicious. So what if some old geezer in Mos Eisley dialed up a number on Alderaan to shoot the breeze? So what if a call went from Naboo to a junk shop on Tatooine?

I mean, I'm particularly interested at the moment in the Shmi issue. I can see the Jedi telling Anakin not to run off, leaving everything behind, to check on his dreams. But even if he wasn't allowed to do so himself, how much effort would it have been to put in a call and see if she was actually hurt or, say, dancing a jig at her wedding?

Granted, in the case of Shmi, by the time the dreams started, she was already in captivity, and news would have just sent Anakin off half-cocked anyway... but on the other hand, it might well have qualified as enough of an emergency for someone other than Anakin to go and do something, or to help him. Or even a quick call from Naboo, on Padmé's dime... it wouldn't have changed anything, but it would still have been a logical action. Or in RotS--Padmé knows where Anakin is, and doesn't try to signal him... instead, she rushes off pregnant to a planet whose atmosphere has to be nearly toxic. Girl, that's when you call down and say, "Sweetie, your kids don't breathe sulfur, can we talk in orbit?"

I mean, it's not at the level of being a plot hole--it's consistent enough to just be the way things are--but at the moment, I'm amused by it.
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wendynat From: wendynat Date: June 26th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it would be difficult - and unlikely - for a slave to have access to sophisticated communications equipment. Watto may not have had anything like that in the shop, so there would be no reason or way for Anakin to contact her. That's the impression that I got, at least - it's expensive and not something just anyone has access to.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: June 26th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to have a go at this?
http://www.starwars.com/hyperspace/about/news/news20050624.html

I totally thought of you as soon as I read it; you are the Queen of bringing lesser known characters to life! :~D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 26th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Rejoined Hyperspace just to do it. I made up a character for him this morning. ;)
sannalim From: sannalim Date: June 26th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Or in RotS--Padmé knows where Anakin is, and doesn't try to signal him... instead, she rushes off pregnant to a planet whose atmosphere has to be nearly toxic. Girl, that's when you call down and say, "Sweetie, your kids don't breathe sulfur, can we talk in orbit?"
Word. I was more worried about Padme lying there unconscious on the landing platform than I was about Obi-Wan and Anakin during the duel scene.
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: June 26th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Outside their networks? During peak hours? While roaming? Psha! It's before they had T-Mobile.
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: June 26th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Why call when you can just show up ;)?
rabidfangurl From: rabidfangurl Date: June 26th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Padmé knows where Anakin is, and doesn't try to signal him... instead, she rushes off pregnant to a planet whose atmosphere has to be nearly toxic. Girl, that's when you call down and say, "Sweetie, your kids don't breathe sulfur, can we talk in orbit?"

::looks at this from another angle:: If you just found out that your Jedi (read powerful and lightsabre wielding) husband was possibly Dark and child-killing, would you want to talk to him on a ship, where your means of escape were limited, or on a planet, where hopefully you could run for your ship in time to escape? I wouldn't pick the ship.

Of course, I could see her trying to talk to him over a comm, but I doubt that would have the personal touch required to really convince him to come back to the Light. This had to be a face to face conversation, and it had to be in a place where Padmé could at least theoretically get away before the worse happened. She didn't know about the Force-choking before hand, so actually, her plan wasn't half bad.
neotoma From: neotoma Date: June 26th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Does anyone in this galaxy other than Palpatine and the Jedi Council ever think to pick up the communications equipment?


I suppose it depends on how expensive that equipment is. Most of the characters we are very high status people who have access to the best and most extensive technology.

Shmi on Tatooine, though, probably doesn't have access to something like a real-time life-size holographic array. Even after she is freed I doubt she'd be able to afford anything more than recorded trasmissions; as moisture farmers, the Lars family probably have limited funds. Something as spiffy as the Jedi's array is probably ridiculously expensive, especially on a world outside the Republic.

Also, I doubt that the Jedi would have ever thought to check up on Shmi. Anyone Temple-raised would consider the Jedi their family, instead of their birth parents; they would just assume that Anakin thought the same, even though they *know* he was raised by his mother. It's just a culture blind-spot.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: June 26th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
As Watto's slave, I don't see Shmi getting access to something like that. I could see her trying to sneak around Watto's shop to see if he had something like that.

Speaking of Padme on Mustafar, just how quick does she get there? It seems like it take her literally five minutes. Now THAT is a plot hole. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 26th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
As Watto's slave, I don't see Shmi getting access to something like that. I could see her trying to sneak around Watto's shop to see if he had something like that.

Yeah, but if Anakin's really desperate, you'd think that at some point, he'd at least try to reach Watto, or check with Mos Espa security, or do something other than just run there!
scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: June 27th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorta wondering if it isn't so much that nobody uses interstellar communication as it might be some kind of security thing between planets. Tatooine was a Hutt world at the time, and not part of the Republic. You s'pose perhaps it'd be hard for a Republican citizen to get information from non-Republic worlds? Or that the Hutts might be controlling information/communication?

Just a thought.
amelia_eve From: amelia_eve Date: June 26th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not much on SW, but in general I think talking on the phone makes bad drama. This is why TV shows are filled with wacky neighbors. People who show up in person are a lot more interesting to watch. If I had half the number of drop-in guests you see on the average sit-com, I'd be murderous and knee-deep in coffee cups.
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