Padmé Amidala and C-3PO make a memorable entrance in their Star Wars: The Clone Wars
series debuts in “Destroy Malevolence,” an all-new animated episode premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Oct. 17, on Cartoon Network
In the episode - the final act of a three-episode arc - Padmé and C-3PO are taken hostage by General Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the Senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence.
However, Catherine Taber (American Werewolf in Paris, “Crank Yankers”) feels that Padmé is anything but a conventional damsel in distress.
“I don’t see her that way,” Taber says. “She’s a damsel, certainly, but she’s rarely in distress. She sometimes ends up in sticky situations, but always for the right reasons, because she’s out on her own doing what she believes in. She doesn’t really require rescuing; she’s quite capable of rescuing herself. She can be kind of girly, and yet at the same time she’s completely willing to get her hands dirty if she needs to. Playing her is a lot of fun, because it’s very close to playing myself - although she’s been a queen and she’s a senator, so she may be a bit more refined.”
In addition to offering a glimpse at some unexplored sides of Padmé’s character, the episode is a milestone that was significant to Taber, and well as to one of the key relationships in the Star Wars universe.
“What was fun about this episode was that it was the first time in The Clone Wars that Padmé and Anakin are physically together,” Taber says. “In the movie, they only interacted via hologram, so this is a chance to see us together, fighting side by side. It’s sort of the Star Wars version of a date, and it’s always really fun to see these characters interact. Their secret relationship is so central to the larger Star Wars story, and every time they’re together it gives us a glimpse into what’s to come and why.”