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What Does “Choice” Have to Do With Star Wars? Part 2 – Attack of The Clones

Attack of the Clones is probably the oddball of the Star Wars saga.  It varies noticeably from other movies in that there are no main villains for most of the movie and that a large portion of the narrative is based on dialogue, but this does allow for another contemplative meditation on “choice”.
We start off where we ended last: Anakin Skywalker.  After ten years of living romantically and partially paternally barren, Anakin is rather confused.  It’s obvious from the first moment he’s on screen: he can’t believe he’s going to see Padme again and is visibly shaken.  After ten years of having a romance-sized hole in his heart Anakin finally feels that Padme will fill it.  As soon as he begins to get close to her his emotions are shown to be very turbulent.  He says rather strange things at inappropriate times to Padme and begins to rant in casual conversation.  Ever so slightly, he begins to forfeit his ability to choose, by becoming more and more controlled by his emotions as the movie continues.

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This slowly builds throughout the movie and finally comes to a head on Tatooine when Anakin kills all the Tusken raiders to get revenge on the ones that killed his mother.  When he does this he completely relinquishes his ability to make the right decision for that moment and is totally ruled by unbridled malice (a.k.a. the dark side).  He allows his anger to get the best of him and allows his malicious emotions to dominate his mind for a time.  Afterwards he shows some form of regret, but with the help of Padme (talk about bad decisions) he simply replaces his anger with his love and infatuation (at that point it’s still infatuation in my opinion) for Padme.

tumblr_inline_nofsvaEeZy1sjf2gc_1280 This instance presents us with the idea that we can begin to weaken our resolve to make moral decisions and drives us deeper into impulsiveness, a vicious cycle.
Next, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi in his political escapade which by it’s nature involves an ability to curb or harness one’s emotions.  As Obi-Wan begins to track the mysterious assassin to the ends of well-known space.  He must gather all his wits and play his cards right to discover all the mystery surrounding Jango Fett.  He must make sure he does not show his emotion to Jango or any of the Kaminoans so as not to blow his cover.  This is expertly showcased in what some fans have come to refer to it as a verbal duel with Jango.  Obi-Wan sees Jango’s incriminating armor and it’s very likely that somebody like Anakin would immediately draw his saber and make his move.

Jangos_ApartmentObi-Wan, on the other hand, bides his time and waits until he can get Jango alone, and while he still fails to capture Jango he is mostly cut short by fate (or the force), and his failure was ultimately saved by the happenings on Geonosis.  One can’t help but notice the almost sharp contrast between Anakin and Obi-Wan.  Obi-Wan is very collected and makes decisions based on facts and evidence while Anakin is very impulsive and can base his decisions solely on emotion.  We even have this showcased during the scene in which Obi-Wan tells Anakin not to rescue him from his captors on Geonosis, only to alert the council so they can deal with it.  In response Anakin makes the impulsive (but still altruistic) decision to rush to his friend’s aid, only to be captured himself; such is the fate of those who don’t think things through.
In conclusion Attack of The Clones is a solemn warning to where allowing blatant impulsiveness and lack of forethought can lead.  It shows us that life can be better when we’re in control of our emotions, and make choices deliberately and not impulsively.

What Does “Choice” Have to Do with Star Wars? – The Phantom Menace

As we all know Star Wars is a franchise that can explore deep themes related to characters and classic mythology.  Through the years we’ve seen the theme of loss and redemption, family ties and the like.  One theme that has come to the forefront of my mind recently is the intriguing commentary that Star Wars has on “choice”.
We start off where the (in-universe) story begins, The Phantom  Menace.  One of the most memorable instances of choice is Queen Amidala’s willful decision to resist signing the Trade Federation treaty.  Amidala undergoes many hardships and trials to protect Naboo, all if which were willful, and made with full understanding of the consequences.  She even rode into the proverbial “valley of death” (with probably more than 600 :) ) to free her planet.

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What can we draw from this?  It appears that even while Amidala could have gone with her gut  and simply signed the treaty which would make Naboo a puppet state and end all hostilities (and risk), she made the conscious decision (the filmmakers were probably somewhat influenced by the modern interpretation of American ideals) that it is better to do die standing than to live on one’s knees.  We can also extrapolate that exercising our free will and choosing to go above impulses for the good of others is harder and more rewarding than the former.
Another one of the big moments of choice in the saga is when Anakin leaves Shmi, his mother, behind to join the Jedi Order.  This may appear to be nothing more than a regular development of the plot, but when it is examined closely it’s actually very interesting.  Anakin is a nine-year-old boy who has probably never been more than 10 miles from his home for the majority of his life.

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He is extremely close with his mother and when the time comes for him to make the decision to stay at home Shmi and be a slave or go with Qui-Gon and be a Jedi he chooses to leave everything and everyone he’s ever known, including his only family for what he considers to be the betterment of himself.  All that in a nine-year-old boy, most of us probably had trouble deciding what color clothes we would wear when we were nine, let alone deciding on the fate of our lives!  Also, it’s not like he made the decision without thought.  While he didn’t take a long time I think it’s quite evident in the film that he is seriously considering the consequences of his actions and the effect that it will have on his life, and he ultimately the right decision, this is possibly part of the reason that Qui-Gon has so much faith in Anakin.  What can we glean from this instance?  That when we make a choice using all of faculties and seriously consider it and the consequences it we will have more success both for us and for others.  I would even venture that this instance is the height -or at least the beginning of it- of Anakin’s decision making process as by the end of episode two he begins to slip into the void of brashness and impulsiveness when he starts to crash and burn emotionally, but that will be covered in the next installment.

“The Wrong Jedi” Review

The season 5 Clone Wars finale was really a successful culmination of the five-year tension that Star Wars fans have felt knowing the Ahsoka had to somehow disappear by the time Episode III came around in continuity. While there is (hopefully) still more of her tale to tell, we now can FINALLY watch Revenge of the Sith and not have to deal with someone smugly asking where Anakin’s padawan is. For me, this episode had one really awful component, but the rest of it was strong enough to make this a “top five” Clone Wars episode for me.

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Riley’s Top 7 Moments of The Phantom Menace in 3D

This past Thursday I attended my first midnight screening of any movie. I saw Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. It was awesome!

I was actually surprised by the number of people who were there at this small, suburban theater. There were a good 30 to 40 of them.  This was a good sign. Even though TPM came in 4th this weekend at the box office, it still made a cool 40 plus million dollars world wide so far. (Hopefully enough to continue this yearly tradition.)

We walked up to the concession stand to buy our popcorn and tickets. A very nice lady produced our yummy snack and began handing us our standard black-ish 3D glasses. This was, of course, completely unacceptable. I wanted my special, limited edition black and red Darth Maul 3D glasses and I wanted them NOW. The lady kindly informed me that the theater manager had (I dare say rather cruelly) instructed the employees not to give out any of the coveted eyewear until the following day… the following day.

But with a look that was a combination of both sympathy and good will to all Star Wars fans, this kind hearted lady stepped into the back room and then came out from around the concession stand. She was cautiously concealing beneath her vest, the “one and only-limited edition-get them while they last” Darth Maul Real-D 3D glasses. My evening was made.

 

 

 

 

So without further ado… My 7 best Episode I 3D moments.

1. The escape from Naboo. It’s the first 3D space battle in Star Wars. It showed me the potential for immersive 3D space combat in Star Wars. Oh, and by the way… WE’RE SITTING DUCKS!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Darth Maul’s Spy Probes. The only time in the movie when the 3D was “in your face”. I loved it when those things flew out of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pod-race. While the 3D was cool in this scene, it’s really the AMAZING sound mix that makes this scene stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

Entry into Coruscant. All of the wide shots of planets were incredible but this sequence really made me feel like I was in the royal starship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The battle of Theed. The firefight in the Theed hanger was incredible. You really got a sense of the size and scale of the hanger.

 

Dual of Fates. This one had to make the cut. It’s definitely the most thrilling and exciting lightsaber dual in Star Wars.

 

And finally, the celebratory parade. Anakin got a haircut, Padme wore her most beautiful dress yet, and Boss Nass gets to hold the sparkly ball of happiness and yell at the top of his lungs…

PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEACE!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed seeing this film in 3D with a bunch of Star Wars fans at midnight, and I hope you enjoy watching it too!

MTFBWY!

Riley

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 16 Review

Hello and welcome back to another The Clone Wars review here on the Star Wars Report! This week Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, and Rako Hardeen (aka Obi-Wan Kenobi) desperately evade authorities after escaping a Republic prison, encountering hutt thugs, Jedi, and double crossings in Friends and Enemies!

Immediately in this episode we notice tension. As Obi-Wan tries harder to gain the trust of the two galactic terrorists by helping cover their tracks on Nal Hutta, Cad Bane either is becoming more suspicious, or more worried that he might not get his cut of the bounty as promised. A lot of this episode is centered around the rivalry they have developed from the first episode. It leads the group to not only have to avoid the Republic and the Hutt’s they’ve upset, but also avoid upsetting each other a bit too. I loved seeing Obi-Wan using the tactics of his fellow bounty hunters to make sure they didn’t get away without him, and by the end of the episode, Bane doesn’t have much choice but to bring him along. Although he may not like his fellow bounty hunter, I think Bane’s suspicion that there’s more to Rako Hardeen than meets the eye has substantially decreased from when they first met. That’s what this episode for me was about, allowing Obi-Wan and Cad Bane to let go of their problems and suspicions with one another so they can move on to the real task at hand, kidnapping the Chancellor. I think it was done marvelously too that in an arc about the low life of the galaxy, backstabbing and bribery are the best way to solve problems.

Another pivotal part of this episode was the role of the Chancellor himself. I think we can say with surety now that he’s behind this plot, it could be another attempt by the Chancellor to get rid of Obi-Wan as an influence on Anakin. Now, I’m not too sure that the Chancellor knew the specifics of the Jedi’s plan, so that confused me a little, and how he could know to set up a plot just so Obi-Wan would go undercover is an unknown. But I thought it was good all the same to have another factor working into this plot, it really shows how complex these episodes can get where there’s so much going on behind the scenes rather than just showing a simple “Lets-save-the-chancellor!” type mission.

While the rivalry between Obi-Wan and Bane was well done, and the Chancellor’s plot to deceive Anakin was intriguing, what made this episode was the climax! The Jedi have caught up to the bounty hunters and the two forces clash in a duel with cruisers, lightsabers, blasters, and rocket boots. The fight was choreographed wonderfully and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This is the Cad Bane we saw in season 2, but a thousand times better! Also, I’m curious as to how much Anakin knows now about Obi-Wan, other than that he’s alive, and what he’ll do now that he knows Rako Hardeen didn’t kill his former Master.

And that wraps up my review this week! All in all, Friends and Enemies was a vast improvement from last episode, the characters have all been set up, and now we’re developing them for what’s to come. I can’t wait to see the next episode, The Box, it already looks great! Now what did you think of this episode? Love it? Hate it? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you… always!

-Ryan