Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Would Leia Marry for the Sake of the Rebellion?
We haven't had a good old fashioned discussion around here lately. The above photo is from an upcoming issue of Dark Horse's Star Wars comic book series. This series began production last year and focuses on the time period between ANH and ESB. I've flipped through a few issues without actually buying any, figuring I'll wait until they publish them all in a book. Sadly, it will come to an abrupt halt since Marvel will now take over once Dark Horse's contract runs out, since Disney now owns Mavel and Star Wars. The going trend seems to be Disney taking away cool things that were going to happen (Star Wars: Detours, anyone?) so I'm betting we'll get more stupid comics about Jedi 30,000 years ago or something and no more Han, Leia and Luke stuff.
But anyway, that's not what this post is about. This post is about the above issue, which may or may not include Leia marrying for the sake of the Rebellion. By my count, this is at least the fourth time this has come up in the Star Wars universe, although I might be forgetting something. First was the Star Wars Radio Drama, which if you haven't listened to it, includes a lot of back story with Luke and Leia before what we see in the movie. Part of this back story is an encounter with an Imperial officer Lord Tion, who seems to think a marriage would be mutually beneficial. Obviously, this doesn't happen.
Next was Prince Denid in the Marvel comics, which included a terrible fade to black scene where Leia seems to be enjoying kissing this guy way too much while Han is frozen in carbonite. Next would be in the Glove of Darth Vader series, when Leia is nearly forced to marry Trioculus. Granted, some of these were more forced situations rather than her making the decision. And lastly of course is Prince Isolder, in everyone's favorite book, the Courtship of Princess Leia. Please let me know if I left out any potentially forced or arranged marriages, because I very well might have.
My question here is: is this something we really believe Leia would do? I was wondering about this given the plot of the latest comic book. At the moment we actually don't know how it all turns out as the issue doesn't hit stands until March.
What do I think? Well, part of me thinks it depends on timing. Another part of me thinks the answer might be the same no matter what, but I think that's where the fun debate comes in. If we're talking COPL time frame, I don't see it for a second. She's in love. The Empire is defeated. She has hopes of a great future with a man she loves and I just don't see her compromising that for anyone.
But what about not long after ANH? I mean, her planet is gone. She has no family anymore. She's probably feeling pretty dejected and has no real hope for a personal future. Fighting for the "greater good" and all of that. At that point I bet she'd be willing to personally sacrifice a lot more than she would later. So, maybe it's not outside of the realm of possibility that she might accept a deal like that for the sake of the Rebellion. I can't really decide.
Of course, that said, the entire concept is really, really creepy to me. It's borderline prostitution, isn't it? I'm not sure I really even see the other officers at the Rebellion pushing her into something like that. But... I don't know, she could've been in a pretty dark place at the time. Although, again, I'm not sure I've ever seen a deal they set up that would be worth marrying off the last princess of Alderaan. For what, some supplies? Some ships? I don't know.
You will never convince me that she would've accepted the Isolder deal. They weren't even at war anymore. She was in love with someone else. It wouldn't just be insulting to her, but to Han. But at another time.... I think it could possibly be argued either way. What do you think?