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10 Years of Attack of the Clones: The Travesties of Love and Sand

And so the ATOC retrospective series continues. Here’s Part 4!

This is a 7 part series focussing on the 10th anniversary of AOTC. This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!

My cousin said it very well.

“So the Jedi counsel sends a young, angst ridden, emotional teenager to go alone with the beautiful young senator, to the most beautiful and romantic of all the planets in the galaxy, and they expect him not to fall head over heals in love?”

He said that a number of years ago when I was just watching it for the 2nd or 3rd time. While he meant to be humorous, he had a good point. Contrary to what many people say, the romance in AOTC was not “unrealistic” it was quite the opposite. Think about it. When young people of that age spend tons of time together they generall get together.

Trust me. I’m the youngest of 6 kids, 4 of whom are married. I’ve seen it happen many times.

I’m not the biggest fan of the movie portrayal of the Anakin/Padme romance, not so much because of the characters, but really because of 2 things:

  1. The dialogue. Anakin: “”I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.” Sometimes something is so bad that it’s good.
  2. The Oath. I don’t hear many people talk about this, but the Jedi do swear an oath to the order and nothing else. It still bothers me how easily Anakin brushes that oath off and quickly comes to the conclusion that the Jedi are “encouraged to love”.

Ladies, are you interested in a guy who says you should date because he’s been “encouraged to love”?

Didn’t think so.

Riley

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Future of the SWEU – SWR #46

Hey there, welcome back to another episode of the Star Wars Report podcast.

 

It’s just me (Riley) and Mark this time! We’ve been very busy painting the house this week but not too busy to sit down for an hour and talk some Star Wars!

We talked about next week’s LIVE AOTC commentary, Chris Smith’s really cool Kickstarter project, and much more!

I’m considering running a marathon this fall and we brainstormed how to StarWarsify it up just little.

And lastly, we talked about the Fate of the Jedi wrapping up, how Del Rey might move forward, and the future of the SWEU!

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Thanks for tuning in!

Riley

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10 Years of Attack of the Clones: Freedom and Tyranny (The best dialogue scene)

Here is part 3 of my ATOC retrospective series!

This is a 7 part series focussing on the 10th anniversary of AOTC. This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!

As much as people like to complain about poor acting and poor dialogue in the AOTC, I think they’ve forgotten one Person.

Ian Mcdiarmid.

What a phenomenal actor. He is really the glue that holds the plot of the prequels together. His portrayal of Palpatine was what made the fall of an entire republic believable. When I think of Palpatine, I think of Pure Evil. And so it’s no coincidence that my favorite dialogue scene is one of the most significant Palpatine scenes in the saga.

““It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy, I love the Republic. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated.”


That’s it. That’s the scene.

He spoke with such astounding shakespearean cadence. When you see that scene you almost believe him yourself. He promises protection, shielding from harm and discomfort in exchange for one small, little, thing… Your freedom.

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.  -Plato

 

Clone Wars Viewer’s Guide: The Bounty Hunters

Welcome to the first installment in a series of character centered viewing guides for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series! Maybe you are a big fan of the Droids episodes, maybe you are a fan of the Jedi, or of the Clones, the Villains or the Bounty Hunters, well, you are in the right place!

In each one of these posts we will take a subset of characters and point you in the direction of the episodes you should watch to focus on those characters. Today we begin with the scum of the galaxy, just don’t tell them I said that!

Clone Wars Episodes Featuring Bounty Hunters:

Season 1: Episode 22: Hostage Criss (Production order 2.04)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane. Aurra Sing, HELIOS-3D, Shahan Alama, and Robonino.

Season 2: Episode 1: Holocron Heist (Production order 1.23)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Cato Parasitti

Season 2: Episode 2: Cargo of Doom (Production order 1.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.

Season 2: Episode 3: Children of the Force (Production order 2.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.

Season 2: Episode 17: Bounty Hunters (Production order 2.19)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Embo, Seripas, Rumi Paramita.

Season 2: Episode 20: Death Trap (Production order 2.15)
Bounty Hunter Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing.

Season 2: Episode 21: R2 Come Home (Production order 2.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.

Season 2: Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown (Production order 2.20)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.

Season 3: Episode 1: Clone Cadets (Production order 3.01)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Bric and El-Les

Season 3: Episode 4: Sphere of Influence (Production order 2.25)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Greedo, Brainee, unidentified Gotal and unidentified Weequay.

Season 3: Episode 7: Assassin (Production order 2.21)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Aurra Sing.

Season 3: Episode 8: Evil Plans (Production order 3.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, HELIOS-3E

Season 3: Episode 9: Hunt for Ziro (Production order 3.05)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Sy Snootles.

Season 3: Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt (Production order 3.18)

Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Seripas.

Season 4: Episode 15: Deception (Production order 4.07)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Rako Hardeen, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett.

Season 4: Episode 16: Friends and Enemies: (Production order 4.08)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen*, Sy Snootles.

Season 4: Episode 17: The Box (Production order 4.09)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Onca, Embo, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Derrown, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Twazzi, Rako Hardeen*, Kiera Swan, Sinrich, Sixtat.

Season 4: Episode 18: Crisis on Naboo (Production order 4.10)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Twazzi, Embo, Derrown, Rako Hardeen*

Season 4: Episode 20: Bounty (Production order 4.12)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Oked, Embo, Bossk, Latts Razzi, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress.

Season 4: Episode 21: Brothers (Production order 4.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Latts Razzi, Asajj Ventress.

Season 4: Episode 22: Asajj Ventress, unidentified Balnab, Human and Weequay Bounty Hunters.

Hunter by Hunter: Bounty Hunter Breakdown

Good Guys: Sugi’s Crew and the Cuy’val Dar

Season Two of The Clone Wars brought us a new perspective on the bounty hunter profession, we got bounty hunters wearing the white hats and protecting (or at least trying to protect) a village of Felucian farmers in the episode “Bounty Hunters.”  The female Zabrak bounty hunter Sugi’s crew consisted of the Frenk bounty hunter Rumi Paramita, the diminuitive Seripas who wore a large metal suit, and the oh so cool Kyozo bounty hunter Embo.  Sugi and Seripas also returned in Episode 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt” as the shuttle pilots that helped rescue Chewie and Ahsoka.  Sugi also had cameos in episodes 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” and 4.22 “Revenge.”  While fan favorite, Embo returned and re-appeared in the Obi-Wan undercover story arc, episodes 4.17 “The Box” and 4.18 “Crisis on Naboo.”

The Expanded Universe gave us the concept of the Cuy’val Dar.  Literaly translated into basic from Mando’a this phrase means “those who no longer exist.” These Cuy’val Dar served as training sergeants on Kamino to train the Clone Troopers for the GAR.  Among the Cuy’val Dar you had Mandalorians as well as non-Mandalorian bounty hunters.  In the Season Three premier episode, “Clone Cadets” we meet two of these training seargents  Bric (Siniteen male) and El-Les (Arcona male).

One-and-doners:

There are a number bounty hunters that have appeared in just one episode so far, some are memorable and some are forgetable.

The IG-86 droids HELIOS-3D (1.22 Hostage Crisis) and HELIOS-3E (3.8 Evil Plans) worked with Cad Bane, but the most interesting droid bounty hunter in TCW has to be C-21 Highsinger who was party of Boba Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty”

Shahan Alama and Robonino, appeared in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis” when Cad Bane’s crew took Republic Senators hostage inside the Senate building.

Cato Parasitti, the clawdite bounty hunter assumed the identities of Jedi Ord Enisence as well as Jocasta Nu before being captured in episode 2.1 “Holocron Heist.”

Brainee, the same species as Bric, showed up in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” working with Greedo in the plan to capture Baron Papanoida and his son who where investigating the kidnapping of Papanoida’s daughters.

Onca, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Kiera Swan, Sinrich and Sixtat, all appeared in episode  4.17 “The Box,” unfortunately for them the Box exacted a fatal toll on those who failed to master it’s many challenges.

Oked, a Beldnab bounty hunter made the mistake at hitting on Asajj Ventress in episode 4.20 “Bounty.”  A lesson to everyone to be careful who you try to pick up in a cantina.

Original Trilogy Guest Stars:

This is where things get really interesting.  Sy Snootles, Greedo, Bossk and Dengar.  Sy Snootles may not neatly fit the definition of a bounty hunter but this scorned lover certainly collected a bounty by killing Ziro the Hutt in episode 3.9 “Hunt for Ziro.”  Snootles not only killed the fugitive Hutt but recovered damaging information on the Hutt Ruling Council for her employer Jabba.  Snootles returned to the series in a less then glamorous drunken cameo in episode 4.16 “Friends and Enemies.”

Greedo may have opened up a continuity can of worms, but I enjoy this rather ineffective bounty hunter, even if he is a little slow on the draw. Greedo appeared in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence.”

Bossk has gotten a lot of screen time and frankly, if this dinosaur in a flight suit was chasing me I would probably either faint or surrender.  First appearing in the two-part Season Two finale, Bossk returned as an inmate and jail break partner to Boba Fett in episode 4.15 “Deception.”  Bossk stayed associated with Fett as he was part of Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty.”  It will be interesting to see if we get more Bossk-Fett relationship development through the course of the series.

Dengar also appeared as part of Boba Fett’s crew in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and proves that some of us just don’t age very gracefully.

Bad Guys who keep showing up:

Castas appeared as part of the crew of Aurra Sing along with Boba Fett and Bossk in episodes 2.21 and 2.22, and proves that getting cold feet on a high stakes bounty can be dangerous.

Latts Razzi is a very interesting looking female bounty hunter that debuted in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and returned looking like Asajj Ventress’ BFF in episode 4.21 “Brothers.”

Rako Hardeen himself appeared in episode 4.15 “Deception,” but his fascimile made repeated appearances as Obi-Wan Kenobi practiced some identity theft in episodes 4.16-4.18.

Moralo Eval also appeared in episodes 4.15-4.18, and while he seemed to be the “big bad” soon found himself taking a back seat to Cad Bane.  Eval is one of the few new villians introduced into TCW that actually survived his debut story arc.

Aurra Sing is one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars.  A very unique looking background character in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sing was later included in comics, the novels and now TCW.  Sing has appeared in episodes 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” 2.20 “Death Trap,” 2.21 “R2 Come Home,” 2.22 “Lethal Trackdown,” and 3.7 “Assassin.”  Sing got her own staring episode in “Assassin” and that is one of the best episodes of the first half of Season Three.

Baddest Guys: Cade Bane and Boba Fett:

Boba Fett may be the baddest man in the Star Wars universe , a Clint Eastwood in space, but in TCW he is still just a wee tyke.

Fett appears in episodes 2.20-22, 4.15, and 4.20. While last we saw Fett he was getting stuffed in a trunk,  the good news is that there is a pretty good chance we will get to see more Boba Fett in TCW series going forward.  There are even hints based on what appears to be an early leaked TCW style animation of Boba Fett in his traditional armor to get us very excited about how his character will develop on the show.

Cad Bane is one of three characters created by TCW that is probably the best legacy so far of the series.  Along with Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, Bane has introduced an interesting new element into the Star Wars galaxy and is a very interesting bad guy who’s fate is open.  Bane has a very cool character design, a suitably dark voice and a willingness to take just about any job for the right price.  In many ways Bane is to TCW as Boba Fett is to the Original Trilogy era.

Bane is all over TCW, introduced in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” and also appeared in episodes 2.1-2.3, 3.8-3.9, and 4.15-4.18.

One thing is for sure with Bane, you may be able to capture him but he is a particularly tough Duros to kill.  No doubt Bane will show up many times before the end of TCW.

Stay tuned as we continue this series of Clone Wars Viewer’s Guides during The Clone Wars between seasons break.

~ Peter

10 Years of Attack of the Clones: 5 Reasons Why Jango Fett ROCKS

So begins part 2!

This is a 7 part series focussing on the 10th anniversary of AOTC. This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!

I saw Attack of the Clones before the Empire Strikes Back.

There. I said it.

As a result I have always thought that Jango Fett was more cool than Boba. In AOTC, right from the start, you get the idea that he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. Like his Successor Boba, he was cold and calculated. Unlike his successor, he knew how to play with others. So withour further ado… I give you 5 Reasons Why Jango Fett rocks!

1. Jetpacks. I want one. Gimme one. Maybe if I ask very, very, very nicely he’ll give me one… (probably not)

2. One liners. They kina remind me of the Clint Eastwood style. “I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.” ―Jango Fett

3. Family bond It might be a little egotistical to want your son to be an exact genetic replica of you but hey, who am I to judge. At least he gave him free will.

4. Slave 1. If I could have either Slave 1 or the Millennium Falcon, I’d really have a hard time choosing. And I REALLY like the Millennium Falcon.

5. He took on Obi Wan!!! And unlike Grievous, he live to tell the tale… until well. This guy

In a world of good vs evil, black and white, it’s interesting to see a character who will just go for the highest bidder. It’s what made Han Solo such an interesting character in ANH. You can connect with these characters because they are like you. Our world has very little black and white in it and characters like Jango that serve as a connecting point back to our world.

Thus concludes the post #2. Be sure to swing by tomorrow for part three!

Thanks for stopping by,

Riley

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