Becca’s Chava Chat

Becca’s Chava Chat

Becca's Chava Chat

A long time ago, in a blogging-sphere far, far away….a “Pitiful little Band” of Star Wars Fans came together and united a Galaxy!

Well, not exactly, but you get what I’m saying, right?
If not, no worries, I’ll touch on that a little later on…..

First, I’d like to give you, the reader a small snippet of how Star Wars locked on to me like a tractor beam.
It was 1977, or quite possibly the summer of 1978, seeing as Star Wars played in the theater for a year. My whole family (cousins, Aunts, and Uncles) came together to see the biggest film of our time, a space opera like no other; Star Wars.

This was my first Theater Experience and I was just a “Tot”, a mere 3 ½ years old. My memories of that momentous moment you ask? “Images really, feelings…”

In all seriousness, I mostly remember Darth Vader and his labored breathing. A bit scared? Yes, but more than anything, sad. In my ever processing and growing toddler mind, I kept thinking how alone he had to be. Yes, this is how a child’s mind interprets life and family. Luke had an Aunt and Uncle, Leia mentions her Dad, and Old Ben had a Best Friend. So what about Dark Vader? Yes, I said “Dark”, I was 3 remember. Anyways, by my 4th Birthday that sort of changed, at least for me. Vader was center stage on the middle of my Birthday cake, surrounded by pink frosting. Ok, how many 4 yr old girls have a Vader Cake? This one! And the rest is history….

Now flash forward about 25 some years and back to my question, how many girls (oh, ok and “boys” too.) have a Vader cake? Apparently a lot more than I thought, thank “The Maker” for making that possible. Through the ever expanding internet, Star zoomed to life and the Hyperspace Blogs were forged. Along with blogging about our “idealistic crusades”, friendships were born and that “Pitiful little Band” grew into something so much more; a family continuity.

And so, this is why I am here, blogging for Coffee with Kenobi. You see, I’m just a simple girl, trying to make my way in the Universe.

Join me on my new journey, writing and discussing everything Star Wars!

So without further ado, I give to you my topic for discussion; the meaning behind,

“The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.”

Yes, yes I know that “Old Ben” was lecturing or more so, tutoring our young, Luke Skywalker on the ways of the force. Still, if the sentence is examined more closely, or better still broken apart, you will find something far more powerful than a lesson. Looking at the invisible power of words, you’ll see the capability to manipulate thinking and the ability to control behavior.

Things that make you go, “Hmm?” Absolutely!

Which leads to my next question, mind you I’ve pondered it for quite awhile now, what exactly is meant by “weak-minded?” Does it necessarily mean someone more docile, or compliant? Or could it actually persuade the strongest mind if that mind were to be unlocked or unbalanced due to vulnerability, like say, someone under assassination attempts? Is it possible or even plausible that, Anakin may have indeed used the force to his advantage with, Padme in order to trick or alter her sensibilities? Let’s face it, she was under a lot of stress and completely isolated with a powerful Jedi. Not just any Jedi, but the “Chosen One.”

Oh, I know they had a brief discussion on the topic of, “Jedi Mind Tricks” while on Naboo in AOTC. As Padme asked, “Are you going to use one of your Jedi mind tricks on me?” Anakin appears to have a little twinkle in his electric blue eyes and a slight, Grinch like smirk that creeps across his lips as he responds with, “They only work on the weak-minded.” With that, she continues on with her conversation, but not without regarding him one more time with a sharp look of curiosity and wonderment.

Furthermore, Padme is anything, BUT weak-minded. Still, she was vulnerable and completely A LONE with a young man who she DID find to be eerily attractive. I use the word, EERILY because it is crucial to her new-found emotion, a bit unnerving too. She knows, like staring at the sun one could go blind; yet she can’t look/turn away from Anakin’s hypnotic aura. She is captivated, caught in his Tractor Beam.

So what do YOU think? Is it even feasible or just my own muddled mind having Delusions of Grandeur?

Share your thoughts, I encourage you! Leave them here or contact me directly at:

PS: Thanks to Dan & Cory for having me on their show, “Coffee with Kenobi” to discuss, Anakin. It was such an incredible honor to be a part of your podcast. You guys are Awesome!

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  1. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:20 Reply

    Absolutely wonderful first blog, Becca! 🙂 I can’t decide what I like best — there are quite a few subjects from which to choose. I think I’ll go with the tale of your introduction to Star Wars and that Lord Vader figurine — surrounded by pink frosting, no less! — standing atop your yummy birthday cake! 🙂 That is uniquely your story. 🙂

    1. Becca
      January 22, 2014 at 00:01 Reply

      Thanks so much, Melinda! 🙂 You’re too kind. I’m glad you enjoyed my childhood story. Just to clarify, it wasn’t a Vader figurine, it was Vader’s helmet and it was done in Frosting 😉

      1. Melinda
        January 22, 2014 at 01:27 Reply

        Oh My Gosh! Even better!!!!! 😀

  2. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:23 Reply

    I have to add that I found your musings about the Force and weak-minded individuals profoundly interesting. I never really considered whether a strong-minded person could be so swayed … but when you think about it, anyone can be swayed, convinced of anything — if one allows oneself to be. Those (of us 😉 ) who consider ourselves “open-minded” can come around to a new way of thinking when we are presented with new pieces of information or old specs with a new line of thinking. I will have to meditate on this. 🙂

    1. Becca Benjamin
      January 22, 2014 at 00:14 Reply

      Lol! Yay! I intrigued Melinda 😉 Now I feel accomplished 🙂 This something I’ve always felt was possible, especially where Anakin is concerned. He has a way of getting what he wants.

      1. Melinda
        January 22, 2014 at 01:37 Reply

        Okay, please don’t get mad at me … but when you put it like this — if Anakin had a habit of “making” things happen for himself — that really does make him selfish. Which is very Sith-like.
        Hmm … Obi-wan was able to rein Anakin in, I think, and even Ahsoka (when Anakin found himself in the role of teacher … just a side note here: Ahsoka called Anakin “Master”, but he never earned that title) had a positive influence on him.
        All in all (until the end of ROTS), while Anakin definitely had selfish tendencies, I think he really did try to be a good person. That doesn’t excuse the heinous acts he committed. He was a prime example of what can happen to someone who opts for the quick, easy way to reach one’s goals.
        (I know I’m going afield of the theme of your blog. All this just got me thinking. 😉 )

  3. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:28 Reply

    This sheds new light on the subject of how Padme managed to be swept away by Anakin. Quite frankly, I always thought she was too smart to be reeled in by his charms. And, yes, Anakin certainly had a lot of charms (that didn’t necessarily have anything to do with being a Jedi). ESPECIALLY after he comes back from his killing rampage on Tatooine. Could you look at someone in the same light after s/he had done something like that — slaughtering every single being in (in this case) a village? Padme had her eyes open in regard to everything else she did. Was she wearing rose-tinted glasses where Anakin was concerned?

    1. Becca Benjamin
      January 22, 2014 at 00:18 Reply

      Exactly! This is something that had always stumped me too. She forgave him once and yet, in ROTS he does it again and Now it is unacceptable? Doesn’t matter the species, the crime is still the same ( referring to the children).

  4. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:29 Reply

    Or did Anakin use his Jedi power to keep Padme tethered to him because he was so fixated on her?

    1. Becca Benjamin
      January 22, 2014 at 00:20 Reply

      I’ve discussed this with others before and I’d have to say, yes de did, to some extent.

      1. Melinda
        January 22, 2014 at 01:39 Reply

        Wow! This is deep! Kind of scary, too, to think a strong-minded and strong-willed individual could be led astray.
        (truthfully, it does happen in real life. Not only where love is concerned, either.)

  5. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:33 Reply

    Which begs the question: Don’t we all use some form of “Jedi mind trick” in our dealings with our children, our significant others, our friends — at least from time to time — because we want to direct them toward a certain path, way of thinking, behavior? It isn’t necessarily selfish, but (I believe) done out of love and the hope that we can help (especially our children) become strong, independent individuals when they reach adulthood. There has to be balance, of course, and NO malicious inclinations. If one isn’t careful, one can start that slide down that very slippery slope.

    1. Becca
      January 22, 2014 at 00:41 Reply

      Well said, I agree. The words we use can definitely have an influence on those they are spoken to. In any given situation: school, workplace, home, and social gatherings etc. As a Jedi, just think of the possibilities! Look at Obi-wan, the “Negotiator.”

      1. Melinda
        January 22, 2014 at 01:50 Reply

        If you will permit me a personal anecdote…
        My wonderful father always measured his words. I never heard him lash out in a fit of pique — let alone anger — throughout my youth nor once I reached adulthood. He always considered what he was going to say first before words ever passed his lips. I always respected that about my dad (he passed away a few years ago), and I have tried to emulate that in my own life (although I cannot say I always am as successful at that practice as he was).
        Words can rip a person apart. Words can inspire. “Choose wisely,” I like to say. (not from Star Wars, but at least a reference to another GL story. 😉 )
        I am so glad you have joined the forces here at CWK! 🙂

  6. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:35 Reply

    As always, you have shared your fascinating, intriguing insight that certainly gets my brain working. 🙂 Maybe that’s just you working your Jedi mind tricks. I’ll have to ponder that. 😉

    1. Becca
      January 22, 2014 at 00:44 Reply

      ☺️ *waves hand* lol! Just kidding

      1. Melinda
        January 22, 2014 at 01:51 Reply

        Truthfully, wouldn’t it be great to have that power? 😉

  7. Melinda
    January 21, 2014 at 18:36 Reply

    Welcome to the CWK blogging family!!!!! 😀

    1. Becca Benjamin
      January 22, 2014 at 00:49 Reply

      Thanks for bringing me on board!

  8. Aaron Harris
    January 22, 2014 at 03:51 Reply

    First off, great blog Becca! I did enjoy reading about your background growing up Star Wars. The visual of Darth Vader surrounded by pink icing makes me smile. With that said, the topic of the blog I found quite entertaining and engaging. . In Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy, the idea is presented that Palpatine was so strong in the Dark side of the Force, that he was able to manipulate the fleets under his command from Coruscant to the farthest reaches of the Empire, making them a more effective unit. Which is why Thrawn wanted the clone of Jedi Master Joruus C’baoth to perform the same task to retake the Empire. You also have the mind control exercised by Emperor Palpatine, manipulating the Senate and blinding the Jedi. With this type of control displayed, who says Anakin couldn’t manipulate his relationship with Padme. She didn’t need a big push, she was torn in her emotions between him and her duty. He could of easily given her a push in the direction he wanted her to go. And if that is the case, i propose Anakin’s fall to the dark side occurred a lot earlier than the Chancellor’s chamber in Episode 3. So much to think about…. and I love that your blog engaged me to consider something I had not thought much about before. I look forward to many many more to come!

    1. Melinda
      January 22, 2014 at 16:52 Reply

      Oh Aaron, I had forgotten about that situation from the Thrawn trilogy. It has been so long since I read the novels.
      That’s an interesting take, too, regarding the exchange between Zam, Anakin and Obi-Wan. Of course, it could be attributed solely to Anakin’s impatience (and Obi-wan’s look merely of controlled perturbation), but I can see it being a result of your suggestion.

  9. James Howell
    January 22, 2014 at 03:56 Reply

    I always knew little Ani was a creeper.

  10. Becca Benjamin
    January 22, 2014 at 15:36 Reply

    Referring to Anakin “always getting his way or what he wants”, for example: with Zam the bounty hunter from AOTC. When Obi-wan and Anakin pull her outside from the Cantina/Club, they begin to question her. She doesn’t respond “until” Anakin say, “Tell us now!” It always made me wonder about his capabilities with “words”/”mind tricks”, even Obi-wan had a look of shock during that moment.

    1. Melinda
      January 22, 2014 at 17:17 Reply

      That’s an interesting take regarding the exchange between Zam, Anakin and Obi-Wan. Of course, it could be attributed solely to Anakin’s impatience (and Obi-wan’s look merely of controlled perturbation), but I can see it being a result of your suggestion. (from my reply to Aaron’s comment) Intriguing.

  11. Becca Benjamin
    January 22, 2014 at 15:42 Reply

    Sorry about your Dad’s passing, Melinda 🙁 Though, from what you told us here about him, he sounds like he was a Wise and Great Man. Now I can see where you get your wisdom from 😉 and you definitely Inspire! 🙂

    1. Melinda
      January 22, 2014 at 17:21 Reply

      Thank you so much, Becca. My dad really was the most incredible person I’ve ever known in my life (and I’ve had the honor to know many special and wonderful individuals). He set the bar pretty high. 🙂
      You are too kind, but I definitely thank you for the comparison to my dad. That is a great honor. Underserving to be sure, but a great honor. 🙂

  12. Becca Benjamin
    January 22, 2014 at 15:47 Reply

    lol! Hi, James 🙂 You would say that 😉 I wouldn’t exactly say he was a “creeper”, but he did have some mystery to him. Which is why I think Padme was so drawn to him, he had a sort of “James Dean” thing going on lol! Not only was he good looking, he had a “Rebellious” edge to him and I think she gravitated to it…gave her sense of being FREED from her sterile lifestyle.

  13. Becca Benjamin
    January 22, 2014 at 15:58 Reply

    Wow, Aaron! Nicely put, very thought provoking indeed 🙂 I have yet to read “the Thrawn Trilogy” although, I have heard great things.

    As for Palpatine and the manipulation or control over the senate and the shroud of darkness over the Jedi, that is a lot of Power to behold. So yes, it is possible that Anakin, “the chosen one” could have had an even greater Mind Control capability than the Emperor.

    With that being said, I’m not exactly sure that would have implied a turn to the Dark Side for Anakin yet. Sure it would have been wrong on his part to dabble with Padme’s emotions through the force, but he wasn’t putting her in harms way. He was just swaying her in the direction that suited his needs. Ok, that doesn’t sound good either lol!

    Thanks again, Aaron. You’ve definitely given me a lot to think about as well. 🙂

    1. Aaron Harris
      January 23, 2014 at 03:15 Reply

      You have to read the Thrawn trilogy! I read it years ago when it came out and just reread them this past year. Zahn did an incredible job!

  14. Melinda
    January 22, 2014 at 16:41 Reply

    I love the dialog your blog has inspired, Becca! 🙂 (I know I have inundated your comment roll with my thoughts, but I just couldn’t help myself. Have I been giving in to the dark side … bending it to suit my own purposes? 😉 Hmm…) Truthfully, it never dawned on me that Anakin could have been using any of his Force powers to give Padme the nudges needed to drift in his direction, so the possibility that that happened sheds a new light on their relationship. I like what you said — that she was drawn to him … but given the fact that she was older, more mature, and even wiser (except for getting involved with Anakin), it seems a bit odd she would have allowed herself to be so drawn to Anakin under normal circumstances. And yet she is drawn to him, and gets deeply involved with him. This line of thinking even makes me reconsider the exchange between the two on Naboo, in front of the roaring fire (how’s that for an analogy? 😉 ). Great, great blog, Becca! 🙂

  15. Becca
    January 22, 2014 at 18:59 Reply

    Yes, Anakin DID try to be a good person. I don’t believe he ever intended to join the Sith, it was a cause due to circumstance(s).

    Even after all is said and done, I still don’t believe he “opted” for the quick and easy way to “save his wife from certain death.” Looking at what he hoped to achieve (saving Padme’s life), he initially wasn’t out for “more” power. Palpatine manipulated Anakin to think that He NEEDED to be more Powerful in order to as you say, “Reach his Goals.”

    As for Earning the title, “Master” he was a Jedi Knight and Jedi Master to Ahsoka. He was not a Jedi Master on the High Council like Obi-wan etc. Remember, Anakin didn’t ask to have a padawan, that was all Master Yoda’s doing 😉

  16. Dan Z & Cory Clubb
    January 22, 2014 at 19:07 Reply

    Ok, you have NEVER read the Thrawn trilogy?! Oh my goodness. We have to rectify that. Way better than Labyrinth of Evil. 😉

    I have a difficult time believing Anakin used the Force on Padme. In fact, I think the only time we actually saw that was at the end when he tried to harm her. He loved her in his own way, but did not try to manipulate her through the Force. I need more evidence. 🙂
    -Dan Z

  17. Becca Benjamin
    January 22, 2014 at 19:30 Reply

    LOL! Yes, Dan I’m guilty on that one 😉 When it comes to reading anything in the EU, I’m more of a Prequel/CW era reader. I’ve only read a select few that pertained to the Original characters. Even with the novel, “Plagueis ” I was stunted at times. I Would literally have to go my lap top and google the characters so I’d have a visual reference in my brain to go forward with the book.

    Come now, Dan…”you must sense what I have come to suspect…” 😉 lol!
    It’s just a thought I had, many times. Watching certain scenes over and over again, you tend to over analyze 🙂

  18. Jay
    January 28, 2014 at 17:08 Reply

    Great blog entry, Becca! Many excellent and thought-provoking points here.
    My initial thoughts after reading the post and everyone’s replies is that I just have an issue with the term “weak-minded.” What does that mean, exactly?

    Dumb? Naive? Unworthy?

    …or could it just be that the “weak-minded” are trusting, empathetic and caring…?

    Take Padme. As you pinted out, she was “eerily attracted” to Anakin. She was even forgiving and somewhat accepting of the nasty deeds Anakin performed. I do believe Anakin was mind-tricking Padme to some extent. I honestly don’t think he was aware that he was doing it, though. Is Padme weak-minded? Well, NO, if we use the first set of words I offered. YES, if you consider the latter three…

    Like Melinda pointed out, Anakin just sort of “made things happen.” I think in his early years – especially those on Tattooine and in his initial phases of Jedi training – he used the Force to infuence the thoughts and feelings of those around him…totally unconsciously. As a child, do you remember how badly you wanted things to be the way you wanted them to be? Didn’t you actually believe it would happen the way you wanted it to? I did (and still do to some realistic extent)! We wish and pray and want things to happen. Anakin just had an extra boost to make it happen – the Force.

    I also liked Melinda’s other comment about all of us being guilty of “mind-tricking” the ones we love, with the best of intentions at heart. We believe we are doing the right thing because we feel it’s “for their own good.” I do feel that Anakin did this as well, and to him, he had the best of intentions. It can be argued that he was right in feeling that way…at first…

    You definitely need to read the Thrawn Trilogy. I LOVE those books. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for that blue-skinned hunk. 😉 REALLY hoping they bring his character to life in the new movies. Benedict Cumberbatch, please and thank you.

    Once again, I LOVED this entry – great way to take your first steps into a larger world 🙂

    1. Becca Benjamin
      January 29, 2014 at 04:11 Reply

      Ok, so I guess I have to make it a point to read “The Thrawn Trilogy” lol!

      Thanks so much, Jay for your insightful comment. You’ve made some valid points, especially how Anakin had a tendency to give himself what he wanted. I believe Debbie Reynolds said, “All you have to do is picture what you want and then let yourself have it.”-> Halloween Town

      I agree, I don’t think he had ill intentions when doing this. As do any if us when we really wish things would just go our way for once 😉 it’s selfish, yes, but it’s a human emotion; natural.

      As for Padme, she was definitely “Pro Anakin.” Noted for her sensibility, she found loop holes where he was concerned. I often wondered if maybe being near Anakin was a sense of release for her? Like, being Freed from her sterile lifestyle. Anakin was rebellious and quite possibly she longed for the same. After all, she didn’t have much of a childhood either, an active member in the legislative youth program since 11.

      Wow! You’ve got me thinking tonight, Jay 🙂
      Again, thanks!
      Ps: remember to bring your tauntaun in from the cold 😉

  19. jaymo2yp
    January 29, 2014 at 21:36 Reply

    My tauntaun is absolutely loving this weather! LOL!

    I love the way you put that – “loopholes”…! Yes, indeed Padme found lots of loopholes where Anakin was concerned. I think we all do this to some extent – we want to believe the best of those we love. We want to be able to find reasons to explain their actions, even when those actions are negative or unhealthy. It’s a natural part of human relationships, and human attachment.
    ..hmmm….attachment…! There’s that pesky word again 😉

    Great point about Padme wanting to find “release” in Anakin. I could reference that to the “bad-boy phenomenon,” but I do think for her it goes much deeper than that. It’s very hard to have such a “sterile” persona, as you put it. I know what that is like. Being a teacher, I really have to be uber-careful of the way I portray myself in everything I do, from local public appearances to social networks. It can seriously be exhausting at times! Not that I’m some wild and crazy gal, but I am an adult. I am human. That being said, sometimes its nice to go out of town for a while…!

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