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Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Shmi’s Death

June 19, 2014

Last time I talked about one of the most pivotal scenes in the prequel trilogy, when Anakin leaves Shmi in TPM. Things come full circle and not in a good way in AOTC, when Anakin returns to Tatooine after he is plagued by nightmares of his mother in trouble. He and Padme ultimately discover that Shmi was taken captive by Sand People, and Anakin goes off alone to rescue her.

Anakin reunites with Shmi in a Tusken Raider camp, but he is horrified at what he sees. She has been brutalized, she is weak, and she is dying. Again, not a big splashy special effects scene or an action sequence, but one of the most emotional and intriguing scenes in the saga. (In fact, I thought the entire sequence beginning with Anakin’s departure from the Lars household to Shmi’s funeral was brilliant. But I’ll get to all of those another time.) The scene is staged like a reverse Pieta, with Anakin cradling his broken, dying mother rather than the other way around. The only light comes from a fire, casting light and shadows, as darkness is about to overtake Anakin (a fan once noted that whenever anything significant happens to Anakin, there’s fire present). The shot is perfectly framed too, but then Lucas excels at framing shots. As for the performances, I thought Hayden hit this out of the park. Even though he didn’t play Anakin in TPM, you can see all over his face and by the way he speaks, that Anakin is reverting to his nine-year-old self, begging Shmi to stay with him even though he knows she’s not going to make it. (Which is underscored by John Williams’s use of “Anakin’s Theme” from TPM.) Pernilla August does a great job here too; I think I’ve read somewhere that she improvised some of her dialogue. In spite of her horrible final days, Shmi takes joy in the fact that she got to see her son one more time (“now I am complete”), grown up and a Jedi. Again, it’s something Anakin completely ignores because of his sorrow, which quickly becomes his wrath. Williams’s score turns from being sorrowful to something reminiscent of Bernard Hermann’s “Psycho” score as a mourning Anakin looks up with pure rage in his eyes. And well, we know what happens next.

Insider #149 Prequel Pix

June 12, 2014

I know, I know, I’m very late to the game on this one. Insider #150 is now appearing in mailboxes and on the stands but if you can still find #149 (General Grievous on the cover), you might want to check it out for its collection of new-to-me prequel stills and behind the scenes shots. Like this glorious shot of Anakin and Padmé from AOTC:

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Visit titanmagazines.com to order #149 if you can’t snag a copy.

It’ll Be Slow The Next Few Days

June 5, 2014

I’m going to be offline until Sunday night, maybe not until Monday. I may Tweet a bit here and there but I probably won’t be posting here until next week.

Paper Comparing Anakin and Othello

May 30, 2014

While poking around, I came across this paper on the Lone Star College website, which compares Shakespearian tragic hero Othello with Anakin, particularly in ROTS. I don’t agree with all of his points, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Interesting Meta On Anakin/Padmé

May 25, 2014

The Mantilla & Converse Tumblr answered a reader’s question on what she thinks drew Padmé to Anakin. I believe she gave a very thoughtful answer:

But for all her responsibility, Padmé herself is still a child at this point, and her caring for Anakin is in some ways childish. She is responsive to Anakin’s immediate emotional needs, but she’s not really thinking of his future. The danger that the Council sees is real, as we know from what happens later, but at this point that’s not a factor for Padmé at all. Neither of them are wrong, exactly, but neither really sees the full picture – the Council only sees Anakin’s potential darkness, and Padmé only sees his need for love.

An Update On The Latest Controversy

May 23, 2014

In case you have no idea what’s going on, late last night it broke hours after Lucasfilm announced the first spinoff film that the screenwriter had posted on a forum from about 2008 onward several vulgar, disparaging posts about Clone Wars, the prequels, Hayden Christensen, the Special Editions, and George Lucas (the infamous “f*** Lucas” quote should’ve been alone a disqualified); he’d also trashed Disney’s Jedi Academy show at the parks on a podcast, mocking overweight kids in the process.

Most of my reaction has been on Twitter and on Facebook and I’ve been alternating between “mad as hell” and “extremely dispirited and broken-hearted” all day. I’m not particularly angry at this screenwriter, though I never want to be in the same room with the creep. However I’m beyond furious at Kathleen Kennedy and whoever else was responsible for vetting and hiring this jerk. What he did wasn’t criticism; it was out and out bashing and it was expressed in a way that doesn’t befit anyone carrying on Lucas’s legacy. That someone didn’t do due diligence or simply didn’t care is astonishing to me and very, very disappointing. Now, it’s too late and I don’t care what this spinoff’s about, I’m not going to see it. If it didn’t come from Lucas’s heart and mind or someone on the same wavelength, I am not interested. I’ve ranted about it on my LiveJournal if you care to read it. Other fan sites are way nicer about this than I am and I have to wonder why. We’ve been told over and over to be nice while we get sand kicked in our faces over and over. Let me ask them, when will they go too far for you? What will you do then?

We need to tell Lucasfilm that they owe us more creators who have an appreciation for the saga beyond Eps IV-V or VI. Why do the hate boys get their own in on projects but there’s nobody to speak for those kids whose first Star Wars film was TPM or those kids who became fans with Clone Wars? Or for us older fans who love all of the movies? Demand it now or it will never happen! I feel like writing Lucasfilm again.

Now, I felt this was confirmation that they absolutely intend to burrow tunnels beneath “the immovable objects” of canon by retconning Boba Fett’s back story. Who else would you hire other than a guy who hates the prequels with a passion to undermine them? Then Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo posted this on Paul Bateman’s Facebook page; I think you can access it if you have friended Bateman. Otherwise I had to read it/lift it from the Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page:

“Spoiler: Boba is a clone of Jango Fett. It turns up in one of the movies.”

“There was this whole thing where he was a legitimate character with a developed back story and complex motivation that showed up on this show called Clone Wars. It was pretty neat. The guy who invented the character came up with it, which was a nice touch. I think it’s on Netflix.”

“Also – get this – there’s a version of The Empire Strikes Back (“Episode V” some call it) where they went to the trouble to make Boba Fett’s voice the same voice as the character who played his father. That was one of several clues woven into the movies that strongly suggest the movies released from 1999-2005 take place in the same universe, and if you think about it, are sort of the same story as the ones that came out earlier. It’s pretty crazy. They’re connected. Anyway, this version of it can be found on DVD and Blu-ray where such things are sold.”

“Anyway, these sorts of clues are hidden all throughout the movies. The opening crawls are actually numbers if you look at it (I = 1, II= 2/… V = 5, VI = 6). if you look at it the right way, it hints that this whole thing is meant to tie together.”

“You know, there was a post not a month ago that said what were the immovable objects in the Star Wars canon. The internet records such things.”

“Obviously I got nothing against **** (cheers!) It’s just the rebooted Fett rumor is so transparently coming from someone (not ****, in case there’s any confusion) who still has an axe to grind against the prequels. That’s where all these retcon prequel rumors come from. Don’t give ‘em any weight.”

Though interestingly enough, even with this openly debunked, Latino Review is still insisting that it’s true. *Eyeroll.*

To be continued…

Thanks Everyone!

May 20, 2014

Thanks for another successful Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day. Just yesterday the Facebook page picked up hundreds of likes, bringing it now to over 2400. Not bad given I hardly pimped the page anywhere, heh heh. I do think though it is a sign that prequel fans on social media are finding each other.

Which gets to my next point. I believe this is the first time that I’ve seen many other fan sites, Twitter accounts, and pages celebrate Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day: Jedi News, Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Underworld, and Hayden Fan News for starters. Also it helped that it was the 15th anniversary of TPM’s release as well as ROTS’s 9th anniversary. Lots of nice things were posted, many of which I retweeted on @lazypadawan.

Next year marks ROTS’s 10th anniversary and there will be much rejoicing.

I was going to do a graphics contest but didn’t have time to set it up yet. So, I’ll have the contest sometime in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!

Happy Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day

May 18, 2014

SWPAS 2014

Movie Novelizations = Canon (Sorta)

April 30, 2014

Fans wondered where in the annals of canon do the various movie novelizations stand? Del Rey answered via Twitter that they are indeed canon too. When people started pointing out that there were things in the novelizations, especially the older ones, that currently don’t make sense with the saga, Del Rey helpfully posted this tweet in response:

Hannibal Showrunner Drops Reference To Rule of Two

April 30, 2014

Bob Clark passed along this interview with t.v.’s “Hannibal” show runner Bryan Fuller, where there was this interesting oblique reference to the rule of two:

Then there is a bit of a triangle there, between Hannibal and his two patients and there is a sense that they’re Sith Lords. There can only be the master and the learner, and only the two can exist.


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