Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss AOTC chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next eight months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: Attack of the Clones and Chapter 50: End Credits. Each discussion will last 5 days. At the end of 5 days, the following chapter will be posted. Chapter 23: Forbidden Love DISCUSSION: December 7, 2004 - December 11, 2004 DVD TIME INDEX: 52:59 - 56:41 Synopsis: Around sunset, Anakin and Padme are enjoying a romantic meal. Anakin tells of a mission concerning aggressive negotiations, which is negotiations with a lightsaber. Padme laughs. Using the force, Anakin takes a piece of fruit from Padme's plate and places it on his own. He says if Obi-Wan caught him, he would be very grumpy. Anakin then cuts a piece off for Padme and sends it back to her. She stabs it in midair and eats it. They both smile. After dinner by a fireplace, Anakin begins to express his true feelings for Padme. He says ever since he's recently been around her it gets worse and worse. The fact that they're not together is unbreatheable. The stolen kiss earlier in the day is something that he hopes that will never turn into a scar. Padme becomes uncomfortable and backs away. Anakin moves closer to her. She tells him that they can't be together. They live in two different worlds. He's studying to become a Jedi while she's a senator. She says it is impossible regardless of how they feel for each other and does not want him giving up his future for her. Anakin becomes frustrated and speaks about wishing away feelings. He then says that they could keep it a secret. Padme says that they'd be living a lie and neither one could live with that. Despite his feelings for Padme, Anakin agrees to her wishes. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: This is one chapter that GL was not satisfied with; especially the beginning. The dinner scene is decent. The conversation and the flirtation does seem forced to a certain degree. I do like Grumpy Obi-Wan though, even though that just has me thinking of an older Obi-Wan. When I saw this a few years back, the fireplace scene bored me. I thought it had no place in the Star Wars universe. Even though fire is always around Anakin during pivotal moments in his life. I just didn't like the dialogue. What took me was the "I can't breathe" which of course refers to Vader. I also thought Anakin was forcing himself too much on Padme. The good thing about this is that this is one of the last times before Padme starts to slip away into temptation. Two different worlds seemed too cliche, like Romeo and Juliet. There's really not that much of a difference between the two organizations. They both fight for the Republic in their own ways. But what got me was the living a lie piece. I found that to be an incredible moment, echoing the rest of the film. The relationship has come a long way since the meeting on Padme's apartment. It's just perfect how everything works out. Obi-Wan's away, Anakin's at play with corset Padme and the entire galaxy has almost gone to hell as war is on the verge.