In honor of it being #RogueOneWeek, I'm exercising the full breadth of my #StarWars knowledge and general geekiness. For Day 3's prompt, I dove deep into the Star Wars archives for a character that has alway held a dear spot in my heart, despite his lack of any notable screen time. In fact, he dies exactly 83 seconds after being introduced, but he will never be forgotten, so long as I'm around to champion him. Who is this mysterious legend, you may ask? Why it's none other than:
Sha'a Gi, The Forgotten Padawan
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You may have several questions at this point:
- Who the hell is Sha'a Gi?
- Why does he bear a strong resemblance to Shaggy from Scooby Doo?
- Why is he suddenly my new favorite character?
All great questions. If you were a young Star Wars fan circa 2003, it's likely that you absorbed the splendor that was Genndy Tartakovsky's oft-forgotten Star Wars: Clone Wars miniseries (not to be confused with recently concluded and similarly named 2008 series Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Tartakovsky told a series of vignettes, set during the Clone Wars, that quickly became some of my favorite pieces of Star Wars lore but it wasn't until Chapter 20 of the series that he introduced perhaps the most memorable character of his tenure (to me at least) in the form of Sha'a Gi. The speed at which the young Padawan rose through my personal rankings of Star Wars characters is matched only by the swiftness of his death at the hands of General Grievous, but his flame will burn on in the heart of Star Wars fans (fan?) the world over.
Fun fact: according to the audio commentary on the DVD, the character's appearance was inspired by Shaggy from Scooby Doo and he was eventually given an official name on StarWars.com's databank.
Enjoy Sha'a Gi in his 83 seconds of glory below:
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