Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Star Wars Discussion: Is the Empire really that bad?

I don't know if you guys have noticed but...I like Star Wars. A mean just a little bit, did you all notice?? 😂

So a recurring theme I have been finding in the new canon novels is the idea that maybe the empire isn't really all that bad? Like maybe, at it's core, it's just supposed to be a government that keeps the order in the galaxy? So yes on paper, that is what it's supposed to be, but when you factor in an evil dictator and his Sith pet, they are straight evil! But if we take the Jedi & Sith out of the equation, are the Imperials really that bad?

I think my first example of this idea comes from Ciena Ree from Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. Ciena really believes in the good of the Empire. She believes in law and order, and the Empire is there to provide it for everyone. It isn't until the Death Star blows up Alderaan that she starts to have some issues, but because she has been indoctrinated with Imperial propaganda she believes this was a preventative measure. Her belief in The Empire is shaken further when she sees what The Emperor really looks like, but for Ciena she has to believe in The Empire. For her, The Empire is good and is doing what they have to, to ensure peace. After having friends die because of the rebel alliance she just can't believe that what they are doing is anything good. 

I like this juxtaposition in this novel, because is really makes you realize that maybe the empire isn't all the bad, at least not everyone who joined it is evil. If you factor in that a lot of people probably fought in the Clone Wars and believed Palpatine about the Jedi Betrayal, it makes sense that they would want to also join the Empire, because it used to be the Republic and a lot of people might not really see the difference. There were a lot of good people like Ciena that joined the empire and then later realized that they were being lied to. I think a good example of this is Alexsandr Kallus from Star Wars Rebels cartoon. He was an imperial through and through for a long time, but later he started to question everything he believed and he defected. 

So, back to my original question: Is The Empire Really That Bad?

Yes, I think they still are. They do a lot of things to "control" people rather than bring peace to the galaxy. I think the major big thing they do is build the freaking Death Star and destroy a planet full of innocent people! Also dissolving the Galactic Senate, one of the only last forms of checks and balances was a major move to show that the Galaxy was in a police state. Also, there definitely seems to be a pro-human thing going on with them. If we ignore the Chiss Grand Admiral Thrawn, how many non-humans did we ever see in a position of power with The Empire? Not a lot.

Even though I think they are evil, I don't think everyone that joined The Empire was bad. I think there were a lot of good people that believed in the order The Empire was selling, but they just didn't really know what the cost of that order was going to be.

What do you think? Is the Empire really that bad? Do you also think a lot of people got duped into thinking they were serving for the good of the galaxy?

Happy Reads Everyone!