Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Asteroid Chase

Obi-Wan pursues Jango and Boba Fett into an asteroid field, a scene that is both recalls and inverts the asteroid field pursuit in TESB. In TESB, it was the good guys being chased by the bad guys. In AOTC, it’s a good guy chasing bad guys, at least until the hunter becomes the hunted after a while.

The scene is a fun action scene, but what makes it work brilliantly is that all of the elements come together: the interaction between Jango and Boba (bonus points for his evil laugh), Obi-Wan’s musings (“blast, this is why I hate flying” always comes to mind at the airport or on a bumpy flight), the visual effects, and the sound effects. Most especially the sound effects. The seismic charges are just plain cool. It’s maybe the single coolest sound effect in the entire saga thus far. Supposedly Ben Burtt had that one on file since the first set of Star Wars films and finally got to use it on AOTC.

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4 Responses to “Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Asteroid Chase”

  1. peacetrainjedi Says:

    An extremely giddy Boba Fett watching his dad supposedly take down a Jedi was just awesome. And Obi-Wan was incredibly resourceful in this scene, a true credit to the Order.

    I totally agree with you on the seismic charges sound effect. One of my top 6 favorite Star Wars saga sound effects, and definitely the “stand-out sound” of Attack of the Clones. My other favorites would be:

    Episode I: Maul’s lightsaber (more menacing than the standard saber).
    Episode II: The seismic charges. The way the sound cuts out completely at the moment of the blast is perfect. An honorable mention goes to the Acklay. What a nasty sounding thing.
    Episode III: The buzz droids. Hilarious, sinister, and unexpected.
    Episode IV: The TIE fighter engine whine. I honestly can’t get enough of it.
    Episode V: The carbon-freezing sounds as Vader tries to ensnare Luke.
    Episode VI: The Emperor’s Force Lightning, especially when it’s intensified at the end. Vader’s wheezy breathing also adds to the intensity. Honorable mentions go to Jabba’s laugh and the laugh of Salacious Crumb.

    Jeez, my all-time favorite sound effects are all associated with the evil characters. Hmmm, well I like Boga’s yelp from Episode III quite a bit and I’m quite fond of Chewie’s roars and R2’s beeps, so I guess not all of my favorites stem from evil. Oh, and those strange noises Harrison Ford makes as he’s running through the Death Star hallway and encounters a room full of stormtroopers.

  2. buick runner Says:

    The podracer engines had neat sound effects.

  3. M. Marshall Says:

    What I love about the asteroid chase scene from AOTC is that it briefly acknowledges the scientific fact that you can’t hear sound in space when Jango throws the “flamethrowers”, there is silence before emitting a razor-sharp sound.

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