Archive for September, 2017

More Star Words

September 8, 2017

This time it’s from the conclusion to TPM’s big action scene:

And what a great line; what a great delivery. Steady but carrying an edge of contempt. Taking all his threats and throwing them back in his face. I love, too, that Padmé is physically much smaller, yet somehow manages to stare down her foe. Just a fantastic moment all around. The other battles of Episode I’s finale are, arguably, more fun to watch, more eye-catching and intense. But this ending might be the most satisfying. After all the Viceroy’s confident taunts, he must admit defeat in the face of a fierce, tiny fourteen-year-old queen.


Video: What If Anakin Went To Utapau

September 8, 2017

I haven’t highlighted The Prequels Channel on YouTube (though I have it under the blogroll links) because it posts videos very frequently.  But I thought I’d highlight this “what if” video:

NASCAR Driver Talks TPM

September 3, 2017

NASCAR racer Ryan Blaney was quoted in an interview about how he became a Star Wars fan:

“I was probably six or seven when Phantom Menace came out,” Blaney said to FanSided via email. “That’s the age as a kid when you start figuring out what you like and don’t like. I enjoyed it right away and saw Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith right when they came out. I discovered the originals when I was a little bit older, and it’s always something I’ve been intrigued by. I did enjoy it right away, and it was pretty cool how it worked out because it was unique timing that I was able to get into it at an early age when your mind is developing.””

Anakin and Obi-Wan Reunited On Clone Wars Conversations

September 2, 2017

Check out part one of James Arnold Taylor’s chat with Matt Lanter on his Clone Wars Conversations web series.

TPM Still One Of The “Leggiest” Blockbusters

September 2, 2017

Believe me, it probably made Forbes’s Scott Mendelson cry to realize this:

As George Lucas said when promoting Attack of the Clones(paraphrasing): “I made More American Graffiti, I know what happens when people don’t like a sequel, no one goes.” But audiences did go and see The Phantom Menace in theaters that summer. More importantly, at least to the conventional wisdom that folks hated the movie as much as the hardcore fan base did, that movie didn’t just snag a huge total box office sum 18.5 years ago. It played all summer long, becoming one of the leggiest blockbusters of the modern era.

Just to add to this, TPM was playing somewhere in the Washington, D.C. metro area from May 1999 to January 2000. This includes its initial run, the discount theater/drafthouse run, and the charity run in December 1999 that in some places extended past the new year. I’m aware of contractual obligations some theaters had to run it so many weeks at a minimum but just because it was there didn’t mean people weren’t seeing it.

Star Words: Sidious Gives His Famous Order

September 2, 2017

Matril’s series on TPM focuses on a pretty famous line from the film:

The Viceroy assumes he’s talking about the Naboo and Gungans. And maybe he is, in this particular instance. But this could be considered the general mantra of Darth Sidious, and perhaps the Sith in general. Something in the way of your quest for power? Wipe it out. All of it. Show no mercy. Nothing must impede your rise to complete dominion. It doesn’t matter which side it’s on.

As Long As We’re Talking About Merchandise…

September 1, 2017

Sept. 1 is/was Force Friday II:  Electric Boogaloo with a new round of merchandise.  Most of it was to promote The Last Jedi but believe it or not there are prequel-related items out there:

Walgreens has its exclusive Commander Cody Funko Pop figure for $9.99.  Speaking of Funko, it revealed today one of the Pops due to come out in its upcoming Jedi Smuggler’s Bounty boxes (if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t click on the link but I’m really glad I ordered the darn thing).

Think Geek has an exclusive galactic necklace featuring planets from the saga, including Coruscant (of course they should’ve included Naboo as well but it’s a miracle Coruscant even got in).

Elhoffer Design is taking pre-orders for a new Ahsoka-inspired cardigan.

Zulily has long been the place to find Star Wars goodies on the cheap and I managed to score Jedi nail wraps and an ARC 170 t-shirt.  A smattering of other prequel goods are there too if you look around.