Celebrating 15 years of Revenge of the Sith, Interview #14 – Maria from Sistas with Sabers

Welcome, to week 14 of our celebration of Revenge of the Sith’s 15th anniversary.
15 different guests, 15 Interviews, 15 weeks in a row
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.”

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

Thank you for including me in this discussion. I appreciate your effort and what you are doing for the fandom on the whole.

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?
I was a Prequel generation baby, but I fell in love with Star Wars later in life via The Clone Wars. I fell in love with Ahsoka in a very personal way. I finally decided recently it was time to start a podcast for and by black women, where we could hear their own voices in fandom. Sistas with Sabers is a safe place for black women to express how they feel about the saga. Our show drops every Monday and we do not ask for any finances of any kind. Weekly we ask you to support a sista, that’s where we spotlight black owned businesses and BLM activists. 

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?
I was in high school and went with friends. We all loved Hayden. Little did I know I would meet him at Star Wars Celebration 

2. What was your experience like?
It was filled with girl power. I was excited to meet 2 other women that at least wanted to see it with me. 

3. What was your reaction after you saw it your first time?
I was immediately sad that there would be no more movies and the way we lost Padme. I figured it was over.

4. What is your favorite scene in Revenge of the Sith and why?
My favorite scene was actually cut, where Padme builds what would later be known as the Rebellion. It was nice to see Padme back in the leadership chair again. It was inspiring to see her even in the face of so much darkness to continue to push forward.

5. What is your favorite character in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Padme is bold and courageous to her last breath; she risks it all to try to break through to Anakin. She is loyal and brave; she has no force abilities, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing everything she can to do what’s right. 

6. What is your favorite tie-in material (from either Legends or canon) and why?
Clone Wars! I love that season 7 ties right in ROTS. It all goes together. I often say my favorite Star Wars movie is in the wipes of your favorite Star Wars movie. It’s so nice to see Ashoka included in some small way in the story.

7. What is your favorite piece of merchandise/collectible from this film and why?
I have an amazing Anakin V Obi Wan Hallmark ornament that I love. My tree is full of Star Wars ornaments, but I love the look of this one and it portrays the intensity of that scene. 

8. When you think of Revenge of the Sith, what do you think about and why?
I think about Anakin’s fall and how even the best person can be corrupted if we don’t keep our eyes open. 

9. 15 years later, has your opinion changed at all on the film? If so how?
I am happier with the addition of Ahsoka. I never had a negative view of the film, however, I do still wish Padme had more screen time.

10. What does Revenge of the Sith mean to you currently?
A cautionary tale to make sure my passions don’t turn me into someone I might not like. 

11. What are somethings about the Revenge of the Sith that you love, respect or hold dear that others may overlook and why?
The Nabarries. It was great to see Padme’s family and gives her character more depth.

12. Where does Revenge of the Sith sit for you in your personal ranking of the 12 theatrical releases and why?
It’s easily in the top 5. It’s complete with great pacing and great action. I don’t really rank the movies anymore, but I know it is high up there.

13. What would you like to see in the future around Revenge of the Sith, ether stories, merchandise, features, interviews, etc?
I think it’s time for more background characters as action figures. I love the Padme book series, and the comic that seems to pick up after it as a Prequel kid. I want to hear more of these stores. 

14. In your opinion, what is the legacy of Revenge of the Sith?
A positive one and a lesson to open up more room for women writers so we don’t end up having Padme’s role diminished.

15. What are your last words on Revenge of the Sith and/ or things you would like readers to know about this film?
I love that instead of this movie being the end as I thought it was when I first saw it, it’s now a symbol of a new chapter on the horizon.

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

I’m so happy to help you celebrate this amazing milestone. Thank you again for including me.

If people would like to find you or your content, where can they find it?
@saberswith Twitter, @sistaswithsabers on Instagram, @blerdgirljedi on Twitter

Thank you readers for joining us in the celebration of Revenge of the Sith and stay tuned for our FINAL 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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