It’s been going around the pro-PT sites on Facebook, so I might as well highlight it here. WhatCulture.com has posted a piecehighlighting eight factoids about the prequels that Lucas had in his character notes all along. Some of it is stuff I remember from the “Making of Star Wars” book; and I know I’ve read someplace that Lucas had these mini-interviews with various characters that were part of his saga’s backstory. Interesting stuff.
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When Anakin and Obi-Wan reach the bridge where Palpatine is Dooku’s prisoner, the two Jedi are forced into a rematch with the Sith Lord who wiped the floor with them in AOTC.
It is an action scene, but as is often the case with lightsaber duels, there’s a lot more going on than a few guys trying to hack at each other with laser swords. At first there’s no music as the Jedi begin to engage Dooku. Obi-Wan is knocked out of commission and Anakin is left on his own. This is the point where the tone of the scene changes and the score cues up. Check out Anakin’s expression as Dooku throws Obi-Wan across the room and drops a piece of catwalk on him; he’s furious. He aggressively attacks Dooku and Dooku starts goading him. Unfortunately for Dooku, Anakin taps into that anger: he hacks off Dooku’s hands and Dooku finds himself at Anakin’s mercy.
This is essentially Anakin’s first big test before his fall to the Dark Side in the film…what Palpatine tests is whether Anakin is willing to kill on his orders. Even though Anakin hesitates at first, it doesn’t take much to convince him. Dooku in the meantime learns the hard way that he’d been betrayed; it’s amazing to me that Dooku didn’t see it coming. Palpatine then tests Anakin’s loyalty to Obi-Wan by suggesting they leave him behind. Anakin’s refusal reveals to Palpatine that in order to succeed in turning Anakin to the Dark Side, he has to destroy their friendship.
The scene is a great display of Nick Gillard’s work, as well as that of Christopher Lee’s double. Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine is his wonderfully-deceptive self, being the innocent and helpless supreme chancellor at first then the manipulative Sith Lord. This is the film where the mask comes off, and it slips in this scene as Palpatine becomes emboldened. Hayden Christensen not only pulls off the physical demands of the scene, he’s vulnerable and fearsome all at once. The space battle seen in the viewports while this all plays out reflects the drama and conflict happening on that bridge.
Star Wars Books posted another excerpt from “Darth Maul: Lockdown.” Just a few weeks to go before you can read the whole thing!
Star Wars Insider #147 will feature an article called “50 Greatest Reasons To Love The Prequels.” Look for this issue to arrive later this month, featuring two different covers!
According to this piece on BroBible.com, Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford revealed that legendary ’90s rapper Tupac Shakur was up for the role of Mace Windu.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but it’s not completely out there that Shakur would have been considered. He’d acted in a few films to critical acclaim. Actors were already throwing their hats in the ring in 1996 for parts in TPM. So it is plausible.
Whatever ambitions Shakur had though were ended with his murder in September 1996, a crime that remains unsolved. Samuel L. Jackson ends up with the role and the rest is history.
Today comes the news that after over 20 years, Dark Horse unsurprisngly lost the Star Wars comics license and it will revert to Marvel (also owned by Disney) in 2015. Discuss.
Okay, so that’s not the actual chapter name on the DVD but you get the idea. Yet again this is a scene that doesn’t depend on action or lots of visual effects, though of course effects are present in creating the cavernous Senate chamber filled with a dizzying number of representatives. It is a pivotal moment in the film because it is perhaps Palpatine’s biggest chess move on screen. Queen Amidala is subtly manipulated in a prior scene into believing (rightly or wrongly) that Valorum is a dud and corrupt. She gives an impassioned speech about the illegal occupation of Naboo by the Trade Federation and demands the Senate do something about it. Palpatine whispers in the young queen’s ear like the serpent whispering to Eve, continuing to manipulate her as Valorum confers with his staff. When Valorum decides to address this urgent situation with a committee, Amidala loses it. Padmé doesn’t show anger very often in this trilogy–she’s probably ranks just behind Aunt Beru as the least angry character in the saga–but she’s thinking, “Palpatine was right.” And then she kicks off a vote of no confidence against who had once been an ally, a vote that succeeds.
This was a nice piece of political drama, complete with emotional speeches and galactic-history-changing moments captured almost like a C-SPAN broadcast. Except C-SPAN wishes it was even that interesting. Ian McDiarmid kills it like he always does, coming across as a trustworthy mentor and insider. It’s not as though Palpatine wasn’t totally inaccurate about the state of the Senate and Valorum’s strength as a leader. Through the use of a fourteen-year-old girl, Palpatine gets to own ol’ General Zod! I also think this was one of Natalie’s best moments in the film, even as she had to act with a headpiece that weighed about as much as she did! Plus, the E.T.s in the audience!
Del Rey has posted yet another Lockdown excerpt, conveniently contained here.
January 28, folks!
As you and I know, it’s rough out there trying to find any Star Wars wearables that feature anything from the Eps I-III. But it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
T-Shirts, Sweaters, Sweatshirts
Her Universe has a brand new AOTC t-shirt for women. It still has Padmé tees and of course a couple of Clone Wars ones available. Hot Topic is also carrying the AOTC tee. (And guys, there will be stuff for men soonish!)
WeLoveFine has these tees still available:
Etsy has this cool sweatshirt I’m thinking of buying for myself. No word if you can send it back to get Episode VII’s title screen printed on it.
Hats and Shoes
Keep your head warm this winter with this Darth Maul knit beanie on Etsy.
Ladies, you can still custom order these custom sneakers inspired by Anakin’s pod racer.
I featured these earrings back in October, from Etsy.
Her Universe still carries these Naboo symbol earrings.
Tell your girl you want to bring her good fortune with this japor snippet.