New Power to the Prequels: Worlds of Star Wars

Retrozap has a new entry in the Power to the Prequels series, “The Prequel Trilogy Worlds of Star Wars”:

The most obvious example of planet-as-metaphor is probably Mustafar, a volcanic setting spewing fire and lava, volatile and unstable. It is an exact mirror of Anakin’s own emotions after he turns to the Dark Side. There is something removed and empty about Anakin as he murders the younglings and masters in the Jedi Temple, but by Mustafar the anguish and revulsion has caught up with him. Note his tears in the aftermath of murdering the Separatists leaders; as he looks out at the churning, heaving chaos of the planet before him, he is provoked to emotion. Wrapped tightly in his cloak, Anakin appears to shiver despite his fiery surroundings.

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5 Responses to “New Power to the Prequels: Worlds of Star Wars”

  1. Michael Says:

    As always, thanks for sharing this with the SWPAS crew. Eager to hear everyone’s thoughts about the piece. 🙂

  2. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    Shouldn’t Mustafar be a metaphor for both Anakin and Obi-Wan’s emotions?

    • Michael Says:

      Possibly. They are certainly both going through Hell. But I think the rage and fury conjured up by the volcanic planet is giving the audience an insight into Anakin’s emotions more so than Obi’s.

  3. lovelucas Says:

    Enjoyed this very much and the choice of chapter/paragraph titles especially Naboo: Paradise Lost. and this: I want to cover the prequel trilogy worlds, because those films were really the culmination of Lucas’ efforts to use environment to convey emotion and meaning.

  4. Nariel Says:

    Great article, all the different words seen in the PT are wonderfully imaginative. I must say I have always found Kamino beautiful in it’s own way, although I wouldn’t really like to live there, I guess 🙂

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