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Why We Love The Prequels- TWL #62

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Attack of the Clones Audio Commentary- TWL #61

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Does The Clone Wars make Episode II obsolete?

Among the diverse feelings of Star Wars fans, I am someone who is a fan of the overall saga, including all 6 films. I like the Original Trilogy better than the prequels and recognize much that is wrong with the newer films, but overall I enjoy watching them and think they are a positive edition to the overall saga. The prequels deliver a great story that is integral to the Galaxy Far, Far Away and that really makes the Original Trilogy movies more enjoyable by filling in the back story leading up to the second half of the saga.

That being said, among all six movies, Episode II was my least favorite. I still watch it when I (often) decide to go back through and watch the movies… it’s not like I have written it off completely, but it IS my least favorite. I think that in the end, while Episode II has some GREAT moments, it also has just as many HORRIBLE moments. For every adrenaline-pumping second of Yoda fighting, there’s a cringe-inducing second of Anakin and Padme’s awkward courtship. I used to say that Episode II was worth it for the exciting parts and for the actual plot progression it had, but lately I am beginning to think that The Clone Wars might be even MORE important to the saga than Episode II.  Continue reading

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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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