With the return of The Clone Wars, Star Wars is once again thrust into the thick of the conflict. It should be a lot of fun and will hopefully answer some questions about our favorite characters and give us a sense of closure.
For me as a fan, one of the most interesting anomalies in the show were the episodes that took place in the Mortis world. It introduces us to an “ancient legend” of sorts, an explanation of the Ashla and the Bogan. It is set apart, a story within a story, and feels like a device to allow us to understand a deeper meaning. Later it is used in the Rebels series to introduce us to the world between worlds.
I enjoy this story as a reincarnation of the eternal and very human struggle between the light and the dark. At the same, there are a few things in it that loop around in endless circles in my brain.
There is the Father and his two children, the Daughter and the Son. In the end, the Son kills the Sister, who is the only thing he truly loves, and she dies in place of the Father. Nothing solved, no forward movement, but that’s the story, nonetheless.
I suppose you are thinking that it is the Goddess who dies, and yes, that is true, but…
Have you ever noticed that most Disney princesses never have their mother? Well, Merida does, but her whole story revolves around almost losing her. Even Bambi’s momma has to die. In all fairness, it’s not a Disney story. It’s the beginning of one of the oldest legends in human history and it is repeated over and over in thousands of years of mythology.
The missing mother. Where is the mother in the Mortis Arc?
At this point, there is no answer to that question, but the reason she is missing is much simpler and more understandable. I think the answer lies in the fact that throughout our history millions of women have died giving life. Even in this day of medical triumphs and miracles, 810 mothers still die every day giving birth. It is a trauma that we as a species have internalized and is expressed as an archetypical reality. From Pagan to Greek gods and demi-gods, to Romulus and Remus, the real mom is missing and is substituted with swans and deer, and even a nursing wolf.
Every person ever born is brought into the world by a female escort. For most children, life begins in a family with a mother and a father and to lose either one makes childhood hard. It happens every day for many different reasons, and we humans recover and go on, but the regret and the sadness are still there. My daughter Caitlin and I were almost part of those statistics 30 years ago, and at the end of the month she will give life to my grandson.
So, what does that have to do with Star Wars?
Lucasfilm is committed to creating and inhabiting the Galaxy, Far Far Away with new and different stories. As a fan, I am greedy for more. In that mission I hope there is room for new legends especially when we consider the deep past of the place.
In the first Jedi Temple on Achto on the floor is a representation of the Prime Jedi. It might be wishful thinking on my part but there seems to be a Yen/Yang look to it: a masculine and a feminine half. It would be amazing if that kind of story could be told. One of my favorite parts of the Rebels series was that Hera and Canaan were the mom and dad. They said it over and over.
For the story to remain vibrant and meaningful, it will always be about the choice between good and evil. There must be conflict, but could we balance the Force with a mother and a father together, and then let the legend begin?
Life in any galaxy is complicated and messy. Believe it or not, that is not a complaint! I love Star Wars, forever. I’ll take it any way I can get it.