After witnessing the second Death Stars destruction, and the redemption of Darth Vader, peace had been restored to the galaxy. Every Star Wars fan back in 1982 saw this to be the end to a magnificent story. But then in 1999 (16 years later), George Lucas did it again and released another trilogy to his masterpiece but this time we are shown the age of the Republic, the time of the Clone Wars and most importantly, the history behind Anakin Skywalker and how he fell to the Dark Side of the Force.
I have to admit that in my previous ITA, I kind of went overboard on the detail and length of that post. Regrettably, it has affected my health and sleep pattern as well as stir up my emotions. But not to worry, I am fine and I am still going through with this. Only I am going to TRY and pull back on the detail and skip ahead on everything. I might as well treat this like a Review (but still have a similar style to my previous work) since it'll cut the length and detail down. I am quite hesitant to change what I had originally planned but it will help speed things up before I go and see Episode VII on Monday with Dad.
So now I'm talking about the Prequels in Star Wars, many fans dislike or judge them negatively because it fails to deliver that same "zazz" as the Originals. But I stand on the tip of the iceberg with both praise and slight disappointment. So let's start off with The Phantom Menace.
When this news shocked the world again, Dad and I were never far from watching all three films in cinemas together during my childhood. I enjoyed every moment watching these three films on the big screen. It was like I was finally living the moment like all Star Wars fans back in the end of 70s to the mid 80s (only this was different in time and a different story and style).
Even if many people weren't "wow'd" or "blown away" compared to seeing the originals, can't we all agree that seeing Star Wars in cinemas's in our lifetime is an honour and nostalgic memory? I'm sure everyone can praise something good out of them like I can.
Anyway, let's begin.
A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away... A conflict has erupted in the Republic thanks to the greedy actions of the Trade Federation by holding a blockade of battleships to stop shipments to the planet below, Naboo. Whilst the congress debate effortlessly over this situation, the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic has dispatched two Jedi Knights to settle this conflict.
The beginning to Star Wars begins! 32 years ago...
This start to Star Wars is similar to A New Hope if I'm honest because it's like an altered copy but it's different and not a bad start. Did you guys feel it too?
After sneaking onboard the Landing Craft heading for the planet below, the battle droids move through the swamplands heading for the Naboo capital, Theed. But our heroes shortly find themselves soon stuck with a character that to this day has been considered a "mistake" and a "comic-relief character" in Star Wars, the silly Gungan called Jar Jar Binks.
Honestly, I have mixed views of this creature, he's a stupid, clumsy but sorta loveable character in Star Wars (to some people). He's a bit of a useless being with little intelligence, no skill in survival or combat but means well despite the way he is or ends up acting (bit like a Rank Amateur).
Never the less, this local ends up leading Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to his underwater city to help them on their journey.
This beautiful and mysterious underwater city Otoh Gunga was a creative location in Star Wars because it shows a advanced amphibious world plus it's different to the human or alien technology or worlds that we'd come to expect. The harmonious choir played when diving down to the city was a chilling moment and it's a shame our trio weren't welcomed nicely.
The head honcho Boss Nass was a strict frog like king with a funny tongue of language (especially when he shared his head whilst spitting when he gave into negotiations) who after some negotiation not only gave them a cool underwater speeder called the Gungan Bongo Submarine.
As the droids marched toward Theed, it wasn't long before Queen Amidala had been captured and the city was taken. The Jedi's and Jar Jar were narrowly driving through the plant core and met some freaky ginormous fish monster but soon they made their way to Theed (a little too late). No matter, they such their way through the streets and managed to save the queen and a handful of her most trusted subjects and soldiers.
Theed was a gorgeous city which looked old but new (if that makes sense). It was a nice touch to show a human world at last in Star Wars and how it's not all too modernised with technology.
Qui-Gon's efforts at convincing the droids to let them pass was short and funny (the Droids have robotic personalities but are funny in their own way) and before long, everyone headed out of Naboo to make their way for Coruscant, or so they thought.
The Trade Federation ships opened fired like mad on the small Starship as it ascended out of Naboo's atmosphere. Through this attack we are introduced to one of the oldest characters in Star Wars who features in every film, the loveable beep bop astro droid R2-D2 who ends up saving the ship during their escape. The Viceroy needed the Queen to sign a Treaty in order to make his invasion legal (he was ordered to by his superior, a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious).
One of my favourite tracks comes on called Escape From Naboo in ultimate edition soundtrack (it was also used in the Podracing). Sadly nowadays it's hard to locate it in the soundtrack. It's used in every film in the prequels and is a good rush music of fighting, speed and shows that John Williams can still deliver Star Wars music perfectly.
Her majesty's ship is hit bad and they can't make the jump to light-speed so they take a long pitstop at this bathwater sand land called Tatooine (sound familiar?)
Shmi says "There was no father. I carried him. I gave birth. I raised him. I can't explain what happened." This is a fascinating discovery to learn that Anakin's birth wasn't by accident and that he was made somehow for a purpose (I believe it's thanks to the Midi-chlorians).
In order for Qui-Gon to get the hyperdrive from Watto, he wagers his ship for the hyperdrive through the gambling efforts of Podracing. Anakin's speciality was this dangerous fast paced sport.
The boy was everyone salvation in my second highlight to the first film where we see a Formula 1 based take on a higher galactic scale. Anakin's rival, Sebulba had my favourite Podracer (second to Anakin's, of course). I wished I had unlocked it all that time ago playing Star Wars Racer on the PC and N64 haha (least I did in Star Wars Kinect and in Racer's Revenge).
Watto should have been more careful to gamble everything as he was left with nothing (he even ended up betting Anakin's contract with Qui-Gon), the boy was now free at last. Unfortunately, his mother was still under Watto's contract and after an emotional farewell, Anakin's leaves to join Qui-Gon and learn to become a Jedi (like he'd always wanted).
My heart was in my hand seeing him say goodbye forever to his mum, it was like seeing how someday we all have to say goodbye to our loved ones someday. Because I have a strong relationship with mine because she always listens to me and helps me learn about my condition and to get better every day. But someday when Mum and Dad are both gone, I'l have my own family and I'l still have my sister, so seeing someone else's farewell makes me think up this future moment, sadly).
At last we see the Republic home world which a planet which is one giant city/ metropolis (like Futurama only way way bigger) in it's glory and wonders. The Queen seeks to discuss with the Senate to ask for help in resolving this crisis on her planet.
Galactic Senate was where all senators of hundreds of star systems gathered with the Supreme Chancellor (Valorum at the time) to discuss diplomatic solutions in the Republic. The Queen pleaded her case to everyone and thanks to the advisory of Senator Palpatine she calls for a Vote of No Confidence which resolvedly removed the chancellor from office and opened up the opportunity for a new chancellor to come to power. I even heard rumours of E.T. appearing as a hidden character in the Senate haha.
I feel that this whole part in Star Wars sorta put the breaks on the action and excitement because it turned into an adult moment with politics and boring talking for ages. Some people criticise this greatly and I kinda agree but then again, this had to happen as it all shaped the path for everyone and continued to up until Episode III. We have to endure things in order for more action to commence, it seems.
Chancellor Palpatine is one of the candidates to be replacing Supremer Chancellor Valorum. But due to the frustration by the Senate's deliberation and lack of action, the Queen decided to head back to Naboo to take action herself. Everyone ventures back to Naboo but the Queen asks for Jar Jar's help after he had mentioned they had a grand army, this could be helpful in fighting against the Trade Federation.
Back on Naboo, Jar Jar informs everyone that the city is abandoned and believes he knows where everyone is. At the Gungan Sacred Place, the queen pleads with the prejudice Boss Nass to help form an alliance despite their differences. We also learning the truth that the Queen we all know is just a figurehead and decoy for one of her hand maidens who turns out to be the REAL Queen Amidala. And with a shake of his lips, Boss Nass agrees to be friends and forms the alliance with her majesty. Well, what do ya know, Anakin's trying to hit on the actual Queen of Naboo, what a Lad! Even I would!
The plan is for the Gungan Grand Army to fight the Trade Federation army outside of the city as a distraction whilst her majesty and the others sneak inside the capital to reach the Viceroy in the Throne Room. Maul is ordered by his master Darth Sidious to eliminate the Jedi and for Viceroy to eliminate all the Gungans and the Naboo.
But during all of the above, our two Jedi are greeted back in the hangar bay by Maul and whilst Padme and the others took the long way around, the Jedi and Sith clash once again after a millennia later. The trio take off their cloaks because sh*t's about to get real!
As the fight began, on comes the theme for the film as well as stand out as the Prequels theme if I might add called Duel Of The Fates (the most epic choir fight in history which rivals Battle Of The Heroes in my opinion). We had Red, Blue and Green (no orange, yellow or purple sadly) but the effects were much more modern with lots of added sound effects to the whizzing, whirling, clashing and banging which is it's up-to-date technology compared to 16 years ago, but we still honour and respect the effort from back then!
Obi-Wan got knocked back a little and Qui-Gon and Maul engaged silently in a straight line into a room with ray shield which put their fight on hold whilst the ongoing battles across Naboo took place.
My heart sank and my rage grew when the Jedi Master got stabbed by Maul and I felt the exact same feeling as Obi-Wan as he shouted in shock at his master's death to the Sith warrior.
The Queen and everyone watched with pleasure as the Viceroy had to go back to the Senate and explain their actions. The Jedi Council arrive with the new Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and all is a momentous occasion for everyone to continue working together to bring peace and prosperity to the republic.
Qui-Gon's Funeral" is actually one of my favourite sad songs because the choir is perfect and it's also played during the heartbreaking ending of Episode III as well.
Obi-Wan reassures Anakin that he has now been granted to train him and that "You will be a Jedi. I promise!" whilst Anakin watches with sorrow as his saviour and master burns on Naboo.
But the camera pins right to show Palpatine whom we all know is Darth Sidious and the mastermind behind all the tyranny in the saga *Dun Dun Duuun*
Not a bad start, I must say to the beginning to Star Wars (despite some people's serious criticism). We were rewarded pod racing, a three-way duel, space battle, ground assault, a woman having a huge wardrobe of fancy clothing, and a good start up to the history of Star Wars and Anakin's beginnings.
So anyway, my view is a solid 8/10 and I say that with pride.
PS1 game when I was about 6/7. I got to play as Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn and Padme as I practically played the story out (except for the Pod racing). It had a few good mechanics including music from the film and it had great gameplay. I still enjoy playing it here and there since.
I also enjoy watching the video of Duel Of The Fates which also shows dialogues from the film as well as showing how they made it including on-set footage (shame I can't seem to find it on YouTube).
I know people will forever rate this as "the worst Star Wars film in the saga" but I think it was alright. I even enjoyed re-watching it in Cinemas back in February 2012 when it was re-released in 3D, I didn't even know they were showing the Blu-Ray version which apparently had extra frames and sequences added in (I even googled the deleted scenes when I got home). I guess with every re-release of every Star Wars film there's bound to be extra stuff that I and everyone should look out for.
10 years since the battle of Naboo, Padme Amidala (the former queen of Naboo) is now being targeted for assassination by Count Dooku (a former Jedi Master of the Republic). Dooku is encouraging thousands of star systems to secede from the Republic. Now Jedi Padwan, Anakin Skywalker returns to protect the queen whilst his Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is sent to investigate who is really behind these attacks on the queen. War is coming between the Republic and Separatists that will change the Republic forever.
The beginning starts off with a jump start as the Queen is caught in an explosion after landing on Coruscant on a misty day. Just when we think "that was too quick", turns out it was a decoy and one of the Naboo Straighter escorts was the real Padme. She can't believe her bodyguard since Episode I is now gone.
Ah, two familiar faces (well they've both certainly grown up especially Anakin who has escalated in looks and height). Before meeting her, we are welcomed by *sigh* Jar Jar Binks... who was most pleased and ecstatic to see them both again after all this time. Anakin's opening chat with Padme was awkward and cheesy (ha, young love) but he knows it's against the code and I guess that's why it's awkward. The boy certainly shows great lack of faith in his master and the council's decisions due to questioning why things must be done this way. But it's nice to see three heroes together again (too bad Qui-Gon wasn't there too).
A female assassin hired by a bounty hunter confirms with him in an alley that her attempt on the queen as close but it was a decoy. This armoured bounty hunter gives her a tube of poisonous centipede's and warns Zam Wesell not to fail again.
Inside Padme's chambers asleep R2-D2 is monitoring the room whilst Anakin and Obi-Wan talk it out about both being more powerful to protect her.
There chase took them out of the city to the electrifying and burning industrial estate and we even see a glimpse of this lady who even alters her appearance into a gruesome face for a brief second (yikes). The chase leads them off on foot into a bar on Coruscant's ground level (nice change from the high skyscrapers for a change), I like it when Obi-Wan uses the Force to help alter some idiot's brain into not selling him some Death Sticks. Am almost had her point-blanc shot behind Obi-Wan but you should no better than to sneak up on a Jedi. Just as both of them were about to get an answer on who hired her, she is struck with a Toxic Dart by the jetpack bounty hunter and her face reveals it's true self before dying.
Obi-Wan tried to find answers as to who this Toxic Dart is manufactured by, soon he heads to a Cantina and meets up with the chef Dex (who is one of his oldest friends) aww. This greasy 4 armed old geezer was helpful in answering questions and pointing Obi-Wan in the right direction but seeing Obi-Wan with a friend was actually really nice to see. It's good that the Jedi can still have friends instead of being so strict and following rules, shame the chat as short but it's the little things that count, right?
Anakin was ordered to escort the Senator back to her home planet, Naboo to which he had great pleasure with as he got to spend time with her as her bodyguard. Once they returned, we see Theed again but also see newer building (good thing because it would be a bit lazy to see the same set from Episode I).
lake country of Naboo, a huge lake with gorgeous buildings and grasslands full of peace and elegance. They share a very admiring and passionate kiss (at last) but it's cut short as Padme apologises. Go on, Anakin!
Kamino Clone Facility
Obi-Wan journey soon takes him to the endless raining planet called Kamino where a cloning facility stands in the raging ocean. Obi-Wan is surprised to learn that his presence is "expected" by the Prime Minister Lama Su who is responsible for Master Sifo-Dyas's order of a Clone Army, 10 years ago. Obi-Wan explains that Sifo-Dyas was killed 10 years ago and doesn't understand why the ex-Jedi Master would have placed an order for a Grand Clone Army for the Republic?
Clone Troopers who are grown and manufactured here (so this is the origin of the Stormtroopers). He is also made aware of the original man who was used to help create the clones, a bounty hunter called Jango Fett (who happens to live here as well). Funny how apparently they all look the same but are somehow different in personality and they all have the same voice (that must be difficult on the set or editing of the film, let alone awkward in real life to see many copies of one person).
Obi-Wan's meeting with Jango was slightly like a investigation meeting with them both showing interest and resistance to answering questions. We even met the young Boba Fett (the infamous son of Jango who plays a vital role in Episode V and VI), this sly clone of Jango is his own son specifically made for him and is different from the others.
Jango's a tough-guy with a cool voice who explains he never met a Syfo-Dyas but was recruited by a man named Tyranus during the end of one of his missions (I know the truth since I played the video game and loved it!)
I think the fight was good, it was in the rain, Obi-Wan was at a disadvantage and it brought back the action to the film after all the romance and talking.
Jango manages to escape after having though Obi-Wan fell off the facility and into the ocean but good thing Obi-Wan places a tracker on Jango's ship.
Meanwhile back on Naboo, Anakin suffers a nightmare of his mother Shmi Skywalker in terrible pain. Anakin shortly finds himself and Padme heading back to Tatooine to see how she's doing. Anakin also encounters his former owner, Watto is now poor and learns that he sold Shmi years ago to a moisture farmer called Lars. His mother was in good hands as Lars had married her and Anakin wanted to know where they were.
Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru owned (they were much younger here and now Owen was Anakin's step-brother). Speaking of familiar faces, we see C-3PO again and now golden armoured up thanks to Owen (I admit it's quite weird that 3PO was belonged to Owen Lars and then he doesn't recognise him in Eps IV, guess they didn't think about this so well when linking it together).
To a displeasing discovery, Anakin's mother had been abducted by Tusken Raiders a month ago and Cliegg Lars and loads of men had been injured in the attempted rescue. Anakin couldn't believe his mother was dead so he set out to find her himself.
Anakin tracked the Sand people to a Tusken Camp at nightfall. He senses his mother is in one of the huts and cuts a hole in and finds her hung up on a crucifix. Mother and Son are reunited at last after a decade at the saddest of times, Anakin's happy reunion is cut short as his mother slowly fades away from her injuries and dies in his arms. The Tusken Camp/ The Homestead music is powerfully thrilling but soon escalates slowly changes into a startling atmosphere full of anger and sorrow.
Master Yoda sensing everything can hear Qui-Gon Jinn calling out to Anakin as Anakin yells out No! as he massacres these vile raiders (I think the deserved it).
Master Windu comes in to hear what's troubling Yoda, Yoda senses "Something terrible has happened. Young Skywalker is in pain. Terrible pain!"
The videos always get me and I can't help but think "I'd do the same!" I say that cold-heartedly because if people cross that line, there is no forgiveness and his sense of justice is how I would act but with the way I am, realistically this wouldn't happen and neither would my actions (I just think too much on different actions and outcome since my restrictions with laws and the way I am are annoying).
In a holding cell on Geonosis, Obi-Wan is greeted by Count Dooku who tries to convince Obi-Wan of this misunderstanding. His encouragement to join him is futile but one interesting thing I like learning is that Count Dooku was once Qui-Gon Jinn's master (who'd a thought?)
Dooku does spill the beans on one important character by explaining:
It's interesting how villains always explain in great detail of their plans normally before attempting to terminate the hero. right? But I still don't get why Dooku would snitch on his master without hesitation? Maybe it's part of Palpatine's plan or something to make the Jedi deny it but soon believe it and make the upcoming Jedi Rebellion more serious because they were given a hint? I dunno...Count Dooku: What if I told you that the Republic was now under the control of a Dark Lord of the Sith?
Obi-Wan: No, that's not possible. The Jedi would sense it.
Count Dooku: The dark side has clouded their vision. Hundreds of senators are now under the influence of a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious.
Obi-Wan: I don't believe you.
Count Dooku: You must join me, Obi-Wan, and together we will destroy the Sith!
Obi-Wan: I will never join you, Dooku.
After his mother's funeral, Anakin and Padme learn of Obi-Wan's capture and after a short argument does Anakin go through with Padme to rescue his master along with 3PO and R2. Everyone arrives on Geonosis and make their way through a tunnel which is swarming with sleeping Geonosians (mosquito like natives of the planet) and uncover the droid factory in current production of the Droid Army.
Everyone is caught in a head turning obstacle course which almost costs them their lives (Anakin's lightsaber gets destroyed again... "Not again! Obi'Wan's gonna kill me". Just as Jango and Droideka's capture Anakin and Padme.
Before entering the Arena, Anakin and Padme share another passionate kiss but also proclaim their deep love for each other (finally!) They see Obi-Wan is waiting for them chained up (like in John Carter) to a pillar as Dooku, Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, Jango, Bobba and Poggle the Lesser gather to watch the show.
Our heroes are pitted against three ferocious and terrifying monsters in a gladiator style fight, Anakin has a Reek (Rhino), Obi has a freaky and dangerous Acklay (Crustacean) and Padme has the terrifying and sharp Nexu (Feline). Soon the three broke out of their shackles and unarmed tried to stand against the monsters.
A figure slowly approaches the villains and we see a purple lightsaber ignite and it's revealed to be Master Windu who surprises us all as every Jedi appears out of the shadows with lightsabers activating everywhere as Mace says "This parties over!"
We are now introduced to the new battle droids B2 Super Battle Droids which are more powerful and slightly more intelligent to the B1s. The battle erupts in the arena as waves of droids enter the arena and circle around the Jedi in an epic fight which almost equals to Episode I.
Defeat looks imminent for the Jedi as the droids slowly moved forward circling the Jedi.
As everyone looks up, Gunships swarm down the arena with Master Yoda and now the Clone Troopers are in action, making this a fair fight! Blaster bolts shot everywhere and the Droids made a grand appearance locked and loaded and came to the Jedi's rescue just in time. Dooku had to escape along with secret plans for the Ultimate Weapon (looks like this was planned for a long long time, right?)
Gunships (they were powerful and awesome) and fled the Arena and took the fight across the desert plains of Geonosis. But we see a brief sad moment of Boba holding the helmet of his now dead father (we'll see him again in a couple years in The Clone Wars series and then in Episode V when he's all grown up).
Padme, Anakin and Obi-Wan give chase to the fleeing Count which midway ends up with Padme falling out of the ship and causes a heated argument between Anakin and Obi-Wan over following orders and nearly costing Anakin to be expelled from the Jedi Order. Woah!
As they reach the hangar bay, the Clone Gunship is annihilated by Dooku's escort ships (Great, no support against the Sith Lord, great...)
Why doesn't Anakin listen to his master when they are supposed to take on Dooku, together? Anakin got force lightening to the side whilst his Master and the Count drew savers and clashed out for a short while. I was most worried when Obi-Wan got struck on the side of his arm and leg (what am I saying? He'll be fine, he's in the story till Eps IV!)
The battle got cut short thanks to Dooku's treacherous distraction at crushing the Jedi whist he escaped in his Solar Sailer, leaving Yoda to stop the pillar from crushing his Jedi Knights. Padme turned up and was shocked to see Anakin's injury as everyone tried to get back on their feet whilst the Clones secured the room.
Industrial Sector where he met his master Darth Sidious and confirmed, the war has begun. Palpatine's only response which annoys us all is "Excellent. Everything is going as planned..."
With everyone back on Coruscant, Obi-Wan, Windu and Yoda confirm that Dooku has fallen to the Dark Side. Obi-Wan ponders if what Dooku said was true about the Sith controlling the Republic? Yoda is hesitant to believe this, stating that the dark side is capable of creating fear and mistrust. He and Windu agree that they should nevertheless closely monitor the Senate. But now the Clone Wars has begun!
That was alright for a Star Wars film, took forever for any serious action to come along and kick off. The romance was essential despite everyone hating it and saying it wasn't necessary. I like it because even I have a romantic side haha. The Tusken Raider moment certainly escalated Star Wars into a dark moment but it was like strike 1 for Anakin's journey to the Dark Side.
This series was massive and had 5 seasons but soon it was due to be cancelled thanks to a syndication. But a 6th season came out with "lost episodes" which also filled in blank points, hinted the future of Star Wars and the links to the films. I liked how we saw much much more of the Star Wars story and discover the famous Ahsoka Tano (Anakin's apprentice) compared to the limited films and it happens between Eps II and III (though it answers questions and fills in blank points, it also leads up to Eps III but also explains some untold answers in the Original Trilogy especially for Yoda). There are also some frustrating villains who always seem to get the upper hand including skilled bounty hunter Cad Bane, Dooku's apprentice Asajj Ventress, Grievous in constant action, but most shockingly, the return of Obi-Wan's Sith nemesis in Season 5... Maul! *Duh Duh Duuuuh*
I even played the 2002 video game on my Gamecube, that was excellent and made me feel like I was in the Clone Wars itself. We even learn some history on the Great Sith War, the current resurrection of the dangerous Sith weapon, The Force Harvester and also mentions the famous Jedi turned Sith Ulic Qel-Droma as he appears to Anakin as a ghost and mentions to not underestimate the Dark Side of the Force as he did.
Everyone meet with the Jedi and other Senators at the Galactic Senate (this is actually where one of my several favourite Star Wars meme's originally generated from). I can't find the original but here's 2 funny versions.
Anakin reports to the Chancellor of the current fight between Kenobi and Grievous. The long awaited moment had come where Palpatine spills the beans on who he really is. Palpatine states that only he can teach Anakin how to use the Force how to save his wife from dying, shocking Anakin at Palpatine's knowledge on both subjects. Anakin ignites his lightsaber as he discovers that Palpatine is the Sith Lord that everyone has been looking for. Whilst he certainly wants to kill Palpatine there but he instead reveals he will turn his identity over to the Council. Palpatine agree's he should but reminds him that only he can help Anakin save Padme!
True colours are never good especially when someone that's looked after you and believed in you for such a long time turns out to be your greatest enemy. I myself would have killed him there and then, but then I'd of fallen to the Dark Side too easily. Why does being the good guy make you have to take stupid measures to make sure you don't become corrupted and become just as evil as the same evil you despise?
Obi-Wan catches up the fleeing General and the two make their last stand near the General's Secret Platform. With no lightsaber, Obi-Wan tries to defeat the general in a brawl. He tries various attempts with Grievous's own Electrostaff and even attempts to kick the General's limb (which backfires and leaves him in agonising pain, much to the General's amusing giggle reaction as well as my own). Obi-Wan discovers and attempts to pull apart Previous's chest piece containing his living organs which enrages the General as he almost throws Obi-Wan off the platform. Whilst hanging on for dear life, and the General approaching with his staff, Kenobi uses the force to retrieve the General's blaster and skilfully and repeatedly shoots the General's heart causing flames to emit from inside the General.
It's ironic but also intriguing that Jackson and Christensen work together in the film Jumper where they are enemies. Guess Sam wants revenge on Hayden lol. I wonder what the behind the scenes must be like and if they mention this moment in the film and add some comedy or something, ya know?
Obi-Wan survived the fall and makes his way to where he fought Grievous and takes his starfighter and is made contact by Bail Organa to rendezvous with him.
Anakin reaches Padme who emits her distress from fearing the worse from seeing the smoke from the temple. Anakin explains the Jedi attempted to murder the Chancellor much to Padme's shock and asks about Obi-Wan. Anakin says they all must swear elegance to the Chancellor and he is now heading to where the Separatists have gathered, the Mustafar System to end the war.
Anakin reaches the lava planet of Mustafar, the cloaked Sith Lord reached Viceroy Nute Gunray and every other villain who has been responsible for the 3 year long Clone Wars. As he is welcomed, he uses the force to lock all the doors in the room.
Anakin's Dark Deeds quietly begins as Yoda and Obi-Wan reach the Temple and are heart-broken to see the countless bodies of Jedi and younglings, Yoda informs it wasn't clones that killed the younglings, it was by a padwan's lightsaber to which Obi-Wan asks who could of done this?
He secretly sneaks aboard her shuttle as she soon heads for Anakin herself to learn the truth.
Yoda surprises the new Emperor in his office (his appearance was funny as he knocks out the Emperor's Royal Guards very easily with he force, like it's a joke). The two shortly begin a duel with the force and soon a lightsaber fight begins.
Yoda soon rendezvous with Bail Organa who takes him off planet as Yoda admits he has failed and must go into exile.
It's sad that the little guy failed, he put up an inspiring fight in the name of his fallen Jedi comrades. But it wasn't enough to vanquish the powerful evil (least we know Anakin will fix is someday in the future)!
Palme soon reaches Anakin on Mustafa and questions the horrifying facts Obi-Wan told her. To Padme's shock, Anakin shows his new true colours on soon overthrowing the Chancellor so that him and Padme can rule the galaxy and make things the way they want instead of running away together to raise the baby. The now heartbroken Queen tearfully tells Anakin that he has changed and broken her heart because of what he's become and what he's done.
After Anakin's backflip, the duo engage in a long long fierce and emotional fight which takes them across the area (whist Yoda was fighting the Emperor).
Immolation Scene came:
*Vader's body combusts from the heat his whole body bursts into flames, fatally wounding him!*Obi-Wan picks up his fallen apprentice's lightsaber and remorsefully leaves his friend to die from his burns.
3PO carried Padme onboard the ship as they head for Yoda and Bail Organa's location to save Padme's life.
The Emperor arrives just in the nick of time to save his mortally burnt apprentice from death.
On a secret moon, Padme undergoes an operation by nurse droids because she's lost the will to live (reasons that they cannot explain). But they must operate quickly if they are to save the "babies" which surprises our heroes that it turns out she was carrying twins!
Meanwhile at the same time back on Coruscant, Anakin goes through a robotic transformation in order to save his life. The operation looks to be carried out without anaesthesia which is why he goes through it unanesthesized, leaving him moaning, screaming, and writhing in excruciating agony, proving that Vader's armour wasn't applied gently (both star crossed lovers are in agonising pain and are far apart from each other)...
And just like that, the Dark Lord Darth Vader is finally complete, Dad and I both remember that First Breath and how it shook us at the completion and how the dreaded moment had finally come!
I read up somewhere that originally Liam Neeson was supposed to appear in the film as an actual Spirit but in real life, something horrible came up and he couldn't be there which is a real shame and would have made the ending a bit more light-hearted. But at last we are made aware of this sweet information before everyone splits up forever!
A New Hope subtly shows us the importance of the boy).
And as the film closes with the Biary Sunset / Force Theme playing as Obi-Wan leaves whilst Owen and Beru hold the boy as they watch the Tatooine twin suns's set...
My God, that was so much to take in back in 2005! I still treat every view like it's my first because I don't want to ever lose the buzz of Star Wars (same goes for the other films and games) etc. Do you do the same?
Episode III showed the devestating outcome to The Prequel Trilogy and left me heart-broken at the chaos and crumbling end to the Jedi (but we all know it'll all work out by Episode VI) and we saw the epic fight between two brothers.
I was shown some very important Deleted Scenes from the Blu-Ray edition of Episode III round a mate's house a year ago. I saw more scenes added on some moments including Anakin and Obi-Wan searching for the Chancellor, Grievous executing Jedi Master Shaak Ti, the Jedi and later Senators thinking Palpatine is evil and also how Yoda arrived on Dagobah.
There's so much more for me and everyone to discover whether it's reading the novels, playing the video games, watching series or waiting in store for more secrets and stories to be shared with the world. I am curious to start watching Star Wars Rebels about the small team of Rebels defying and sabotaging the Empire's plans before Episode IV. We even meet an old friend, old soldiers and Vader appears too.
When me and my friends saw the Teaser Trailer, we were beyond excited. When that Star Destroyer crashes down by this cloaked figure who to make it more mysterious and intriguing, wield a Sith Lightsaber! Need I say more?
This concludes my god awful long post (I hope to never do this again as I feel this has been dragged out awfully)! haha. Episode III deserves 10/10 (some may disagree, but I don't care).
I hope you all enjoy my hard work and I pray it wasn't all for naught. I love talking about Star Wars, it's a subject so so big with a unique story, with beautiful worlds, amazing technology and unforgettable characters.
I will love Star Wars Forever and I will fanboy it and talk with my friends for many many years to come. I look forward to the day where I show my children this masterpiece... They will like it... They'd better haha.