Celebrating 15 years of Revenge of the Sith, Interview #11 – Rhianna from Sistas with Sabers

Welcome, to week 11 of our celebration of Revenge of the Sith’s 15th anniversary.
15 different guests, 15 Interviews, 15 weeks in a row
“It’s very dangerous putting them together. I don’t think the boy can handle it.”

Welcome, Rhianna to our Revenge of the Sith 15th Anniversary Celebration Series. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to answer our questions.

It’s no worries. I’m sorry took so long for me to get back to you about this interview. I’m really glad you guys invited me to share my Star Wars story.

Before we get started, could you please share with our readers a little bit about yourself, your content and how you got into Star Wars?
So my name is Rhianna but most people know me as being a Ray on Twitter and TickTock. Basically I am a Star Wars content creator and cosplayer. I just rant about Star Wars, dungeons & dragons, books, video games, and anything nerdy really.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Let’s start at the beginning, when and where did you first see Revenge of the Sith?
Well I can’t really remember the first time I watched Revenge of the Sith or really any of the Star Wars movies prior to the sequel trilogy. I forget how old I was when Revenge of the Sith came out but I know I was very young-ish. Star Wars would’ve entered my brain like those things that you just sort of know and don’t remember learning like the alphabet.

2. What was your experience like?
Yeah, back to the first answer, I don’t really remember when I first experience watching movie was like. But I do remember the first time I watched it where it became one of my favorite Star Wars movies. A lot of the people in generations before me really hated the Prequels. That hatred sort of came reflexive and I kind of joined in on it even though I had no real basis for it. So before The Force Awakens came out, I did a full rewatch of the whole saga, and I cried like a baby. It’s not a perfect movie by any means. But it’s so tragic but so hopeful at the same time. 

3. What was your reaction after you saw it your first time?
Like I said I cried, and I immediately became like the biggest Prequel Stan. Revenge of the Sith is peak peak Star Wars.

4. What is your favorite scene in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Oh wow. My favorite scene from Revenge of the Sith? Let me think… Man all of these answers that are coming to my head are really sad.

5. What is your favorite character in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Obi-Wan hands down. He is my favorite character in all of the Prequels. I often like to think of the Prequels sort of like a Hamilton situation. Where though Hamilton/Anakin are the main characters, the story is told through the lens of their best friend who ultimately kill them. For me Obi-Wan is the best Jaheim. He embodied what the Jedi should’ve always been and throughout the whole series he was fighting against internally what the Jedi were becoming but he was so torn up by what he felt was his duty that he allowed the voices of everyone around him, the Jedi Council, to cloud what he knew was instinctively right. He is such a tragic character, but he’s so resilient and amazing. I’m blown away.

6. What is your favorite tie-in material (from ether Legends or canon) and why?
I mean I like Legends. But I hate sort of the diehard Legends fans who can’t let it go in regards to Canon. But that’s besides the point. I would say my favorite tie in material has to be the Rebels animated show. We get cameos from other characters and it’s a show that is honestly it’s own thing. It’s so unique and different from the rest of Star Wars, that it feels more like Star Wars at points then other pieces in the actual saga. You can tell that team was on afraid of experimenting with what the galaxy looks like and how the force works and it just cracked the whole universe wide open especially with how the show ended there’s so many questions so many questions that have yet to be answered and it’s the thing I’m most excited about for the future of Star Wars. When the questions that Rebels posed will be answered in Canon 

7. What is your favorite piece of merchandise/collectible from this film and why?
Oh man I am that’s hard. I’m not really a collectible kind of gal. I mean I do buy clothes and such but I can’t think of any collectibles that I had bought from Revenge of the Sith specifically.

8. When you think of Revenge of the Sith, what do you think about and why?
I think about the tragedy of emotional repression. The whole prequel trilogy tragedy is predicated on the fact that our three main characters are not permitted from expressing how they feel openly. Padme and Anakin aren’t allowed to be in love openly and the anxiety around this causes fear to grow in Anakin. I have always said that if Obi-Wan at any moment had been able to tell, prior to the tragedy on Mustafar, I believe the fall of Anakin Skywalker could have been prevented 100%. I think it is a reflection of our society today that asked us especially our young man to suppress how they feel because emotions is seen as a weakness and not a strength.

9. 15 years later, has your opinion changed at all on the film? If so how?
Like I said earlier, I used to be on the Prequel hate train. But now the Prequels are my favorite trilogy. I cry every time.

10. What does Revenge of the Sith mean to you currently?
Looking around at the world, thinking about the lines “This is how democracy dies”. It sort of follows that track on how fear causes people to look for supposed easy way out of tough situations or scary situations and the short and easy way is often manipulated by people who don’t have the best intentions for us. We have to look out for that in the world, or we can get into some scary scary situations.

11. What are somethings about the Revenge of the Sith that you love, respect or hold dear that others may overlook and why?
I honestly love Padme’s character. Some people view her as sort of weak for still loving Anakin, even after all he does. Padme knew exactly the sort of man Anakin was, she also knew who he had been and who he could be. She never ever ever gave up on him, even on her deathbed. It is one thing to love it is another thing to love a tiger for its teeth. She’s a bad ass motherfucker.

12. Where does Revenge of the Sith sit for you in your personal ranking of the 12 theatrical releases and why?
If I’m well, it’s up there pretty high. Of course The Last Jedi is numero uno, but I would have to say probably number three after rogue one. I rank movies on there rewatchability. If I could rewatch a movie from start to finish, over and over again, never tiring of it, always finding something new to enjoy, then I love it. Which is why Revenge of the Sith is so high. Because after I had my Prequels renaissance, I honestly rewatch that movie so much prior to The Last Jedi‘s release.

13. What would you like to see in the future around Revenge of the Sith, ether stories, merchandise, features, interviews, etc?
Honestly, I don’t need to see anything new from Revenge of the Sith. I think Star Wars needs to tread new ground. I mean if they want to release a line of like Padme inspired dresses, I would be all for it, like give me Padme’s closet now. That’s about the only thing I could ever want from ROTS at this point. 

14. In your opinion, what is the legacy of Revenge of the Sith?
Well, one scene I think about is, Padme funeral where she is ethereal. She has the necklace Anakin made her and she’s surrounded by flowers in the blue dress. It is a very powerful scene. This is the woman who was the mother of two of the most powerful people in the galaxy. She helped form the Rebellion, her legacy helped form the rebellion. Even if she is not mentioned in other parts of Canon, her mirror absence echoes, and it’s felt. You can feel her legacy and everything, even when her name was never mentioned.

15. What are your last words on Revenge of the Sith and/ or things you would like readers to know about this film?
My last words would be that it is OK to unapologetically love some thing ,even when no one else loves it. I know now there are more people who are openly Prequel stands, but there are still people hate on them. Revenge of the Sith is a work of art. It is an amazing movie and it is beautifully made. Don’t be afraid to announce that to the world.

Thanks again Rhianna for joining us in this 15th anniversary celebration of Revenge of the Sith.

Thank you so much for having me. I am glad for all of your patience with my rambling answers. I love this movie a lot and I want to put the right amount of thought into it. It was fun to think about some questions I didn’t think about before, so I’m glad I can answer them now.

If people would like to find you or your content, where can they find it?
@binarey_ on Twitter, @bina.babble on Instagram and @bina_rey on Tiktok

Thank you readers for joining us in the celebration of Revenge of the Sith and stay tuned for our next entry into this series, coming next Monday. Till then, we wish you nothing but the best, stay safe out there and May the Force be with you.

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