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Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Anakin Reunites With Padmé

February 10, 2014

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This week’s Valentine’s Day, so of course I have to pick a scene with Anakin and Padmé. Here is where they reunite for the first time in ROTS. I’m an A/P shipper bar none, but even beyond that, the scene is executed flawlessly. There’s something poignant about Padmé practically hiding in the background, trying not to be noticed by the other politicians greeting Anakin, just as he notices her but can’t acknowledge her in front of anybody. (Though I have wondered if Bail Organa suspected anything, given he was right there as Anakin decided to abruptly excuse himself.)

When they are finally alone, they’re allowed to express their feelings, first with joy as Anakin lifts up Padmé and spins her around. Then with passion as they kiss and Anakin starts acting as though he’s not going to wait until they get home to do a little “catching up.” (It’s been a while, so I don’t really blame him.) Then with apprehension as Padmé has to tell Anakin that she is pregnant with his baby(ies). And then finally with happiness as Anakin realizes he’s pleased to be a father and Padmé is well, happy that he’s happy. All of that in just a couple of minutes. It’s sweet, sexy, and poignant because we all know it’s going downhill and whatever hopes they had will be dashed. The revelation of the pregnancy rings realistically: Natalie’s Padmé having to tell someone she’s unexpectedly pregnant and Hayden’s Anakin going through the gamut of emotions as he absorbs the implication of that bit of news. (I’ve seen some guys on a well-known Star Wars fan forum who have had this happen to them say Hayden’s reaction was very realistic.) The way the scene is shot is interesting too: the secretly married couple meets in shadow, hiding among columns (the walls closing in on them?). Williams’s “Across the Stars” is just icing on the cake. Beautiful scene.

SWPAS Reaches Over 1000 Likes

February 3, 2014

Without actively pimping it on other pages, the SWPAS Facebook page reached over 1000 likes today (and it looks like it’s getting close to 1100 likes).

If you are on Facebook and haven’t “liked” it yet, what are you waiting for? A lot of breaking news gets posted there, along with stuff like shares from other pages.

Brand New CCTV-6 Interview With Hayden Christensen & Anthony Daniels

February 1, 2014

Big fat hat tip to Barbara at haydenfannews for posting about this new video from China’s CCTV-6 that features a 30-minute interview with Hayden Christensen and Anthony Daniels. Actress Joan Chen conducts the interview in English, so don’t worry if your Mandarin is a little rusty (though Daniels shows some skills there at the end). I don’t know if this was taped in the U.S. or with some expats in China and apparently there are other interviews around with the likes of Matthew Wood and Kathleen Kennedy.

This is brand spankin’ new since the post date is today and there’s some reference to the Lunar New Year. It’s pretty awesome to see Hayden chat about Star Wars and mention a couple of things I’d never heard before, like Robert DeNiro visiting the set of ROTS while they were filming the end of the big lightsaber duel. Anthony Daniels is his usual animated self. There’s some Ep VII chatter at the very end as well. Go check it out!

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” Out Today

January 28, 2014

Joe Schreiber’s “Darth Maul: Lockdown” is out in bookstores and available for download today.

It’ll be a while before I get to it since I’m slogging through a 700-something page book (on iPad) and I’ve got 200 more to go. But as soon as I do, bet on a book report!

A Quick Comment About Comments

January 27, 2014

The way I have SWPAS set up, unless you comment frequently and you behave, comments are “held” until they can be moderated. That means it could take a while before your comment appears, since I don’t do it until after I get home from work (and I’m in the PST).

Your patience is appreciated.

Is There An Evil Plot To Undermine The Prequels?

January 26, 2014

I waited a few days to talk about this because I didn’t everyone to panic over a that probably isn’t true. In case you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, the rumor is the alleged Boba Fett spinoff movie features “a mysterious stranger” who kills the actual Boba Fett (Jango’s clone/son), steals his armor, and then goes on to a glorious career as a bounty hunter while pretending to be Boba Fett.

The reason why I don’t think this is true or accurate is that it’s so utterly hacky, I have a hard time believing Lawrence Kasdan tried to seriously pitch it. If he did, he’s on drugs. (Even if it was proposed by a hack on drugs, that lame plot twist is already out of the bag and therefore of no use.) Think about it. Why would you pretend to be a bounty hunter you defeated? You’d let everybody know you kicked his butt because it would add to your reputation. Twits saying this would make Fett mysterious again don’t realize there’s not going to be anything mysterious about a guy who’s the star of a two-hour movie. Besides, if it’s an imposter, he’s NOT Boba Fett anyway, he’s just some random a-hole! What would be the point of making the Fett of Eps IV-VI some poseur? Even if the filmmakers want to recast the role, they don’t have to change Fett’s backstory at all. Look at how many times they’ve recast Batman, Spider Man, Superman, James Bond, etc. without changing their origins or backstories. It just doesn’t make any sense and it’s dumb.

This could very well be a case of El Pendejo or whatever this dude’s name is feeding the mouth breathers what they want to hear and isn’t based on reality at all. The hate boys, who have always overplayed Fett’s alleged badassery in Eps IV-VI, simply want Lucas’s story invalidated because it wasn’t the backstory they’d imagined for Fett. Never mind that Lucas intended a connection between Boba Fett and the stormtroopers all along and AOTC established that connection very well. However, the big reason why the hate boys are having orgasms over this rumor–even if they don’t care all that much about Boba Fett–is it would sever a connection between the original set of Star Wars films and the prequels.

Which is I have to wonder if this rumor is possibly some kind of trial balloon to see how much leeway with fandom they’re going to have to go and upend George Lucas’s mythos.

If that’s the case, let this be a nuclear missile across the bow.

NO. DON’T YOU DARE.

It would be a huge f*** you to George Lucas and to saga fans like us. Prequel-hating writers and directors will pick other things they don’t like to retroactively invalidate, so that in the end the Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi we saw in Episodes I-III are not at all related to Darth Vader or the Obi-Wan Kenobi in ANH, Padmé wasn’t Luke and Leia’s mother or the twins she bore aren’t THAT Luke and Leia, and that the prequels were somebody’s acid trip and “never really happened.” That’s what the hate boys really want.

The end result is a myth that eats itself, with no internal consistency and whose direction is set by mob rule. You could never trust or rely on anything in a Star Wars film because if it turns out to be unpopular with the internet peanut gallery or with the Hollyweirdos, it gets changed. Worst of all, it shows no respect whatsoever for Lucas. Like I said, this Fett rumor is likely bogus but it is possible some marketing department decided to float it out there to see if they can get away with eradicating Lucas’s legacy.

They start doing that, and I am done with Star Wars. I’ll pack up my collection, ship it to Lucasfilm, and tell them where they can shove the money and time I wasted on a saga they destroyed to please some sloven idiots.

Last Mini Excerpt From “Lockdown”

January 24, 2014

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” comes out on Tuesday, so the Star Wars Books Facebook page posted its last mini excerpt today.

“Lockdown” Interview/Mini Review on Big Shiny Robot

January 22, 2014

Bryan at Big Shiny Robot has an interview and a short spoiler-free review of “Darth Maul: Lockdown,” due out on Tuesday. What an endorsement for the book! If he’s right, this should be pretty darn good.

8 PT Moments Lucas Had Planned In 1977

January 17, 2014

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.

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: “Obi-Wan & Anakin Vs. Dooku ROTS”

January 13, 2014

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.


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