Archive for the ‘TPM’ Category

Ashley Eckstein Summarizes TPM

December 11, 2017

As part of the run-up to TLJ, Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein has been summarizing each SW film in 60 seconds. Here’s TPM:

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Nick Gillard Talks To Vulture About TPM’s Lightsaber Fight

December 11, 2017

Vulture is doing a prequels week and while I dread what else they’re going to post, this interview with Nick Gillard is fantastic. Gillard gives the inside skinny on TPM’s climactic lightsaber battle as well as other tidbits.

Three thoughts: one, it’s hard not to smile thinking of how this is easily one of the saga’s greatest moment, two, involving Ray Park and Gillard was genius, and Gillard captures the poignancy of not having Lucas around anymore.

What Happened To Captain Panaka After TPM?

December 8, 2017

By Liam Bailey

During the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we discovered Captain Panaka, the security captain Queen Amidala’s forces. After the events of the film, Panaka was never seen again in the following films which left fans wondering what actually happened to him. Well, I have found the answers.

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“Your Highness, this is a battle I do not think that we can win.”―Quarsh Panaka, to Queen Padmé Amidala during the Battle of Naboo.

Quarsh Panaka was a native of the planet Naboo. He was a security forces captain who served the Royal House of Naboo during the final years of the Galactic Republic. When the Trade Federation invaded Naboo during the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Panaka fled the planet, alongside Queen Padmé Amidala to Tatooine and then Coruscant before ultimately returning to Naboo in order to liberate their homeworld from under the siege of Nute Gunray and his separatist army.

Panaka remained in Amidala’s service. When her two terms were over, Amidala became senator of Naboo, and Panaka stepped down from his functions as her personal bodyguard, making way for his nephew Gregar Typho. He did, however, continue his services as head of Security under Queen Jamillia. During the Clone Wars, a three-year conflict that pitted the Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Panaka met Viceroy Bail Organa of Alderaan several times.

“Panaka’s loyalty to Palpatine was great. Still, he was as good a man as anyone in the Emperor’s inner circle could ever be, and much better than most. Panaka was… an option I wish had been left open to us.”―Breha Organa

Immediately after the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine abolished the Republic and replaced it with the Galactic Empire, a government solely controlled by himself. Panaka remained loyal to the newly anointed Emperor and was made the Moff, or governor, of his native Chommell sector.

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In 3 BBY, Panaka met with both Queen Dolne of Naboo and Princess Leia or Alderaan. As the meeting progressed, Panaka became to suspect that Leia was, in fact, the long-lost daughter of Padme Amidala who he formerly served. It was intended that he was going to inform the emperor of his findings, but a bomb exploded in his chalet, destroying the building and subsequently killing him in the process. It was discovered that the bomb was planted by the infamous Saw Gerrera and his Partisans.

Source:  Wookieepedia

Check out Liam Bailey’s blog here.

 

Podme’s Second Episode

November 28, 2017

Podme is back with a new episode, this time focusing on TPM.

A Philosopher Reviews TPM

November 2, 2017

Joel forwarded a link to this fascinating and unapologetically positive review of TPM posted back in February, which I guess was originally written at the time the film came out.  The author is a philosopher, which means he has many interesting takes on the film and why some critics reacted to it the way they did.

Buzzfeed’s “21 Photos That Prove 1999 Was The Greatest Year For Star Wars Fans”

October 17, 2017

Not that I think much of Buzzfeed or the dim bulbs who hang around there, but somebody posted a whole bunch of photos from the spring and summer of 1999 depicting the mania surrounding TPM’s release.  Of course the comments are full of bashers, so feel free to add balance to the Force.

By the way, I was acquainted with a number of people who were involved with the Uptown Theater line up.

Update:  Buzzfeed changed the title of the story a day later.  Losers.

 

TPM Star Words Wrap Up

September 22, 2017

The last part of Matril’s take on different lines from TPM has been posted:

There was a lot of foreshadowing about Anakin discussed in the last entry, but we also have a tremendous hint regarding the identity of Sidious, right before the film’s final scene. It casts an ominous shadow over all of the gleeful celebration that follows.

Yoda and Mace discuss the fallen Darth Maul (did they learn his name from the Viceroy or not? No one mentions him by name again, so who knows?) and acknowledge that the Sith truly have returned. And they know there’s another one out there, because “Always two there are. No more. No less. A master…and an apprentice.” This is a great line on its own. It explains the Sith rule of two succinctly and simply. We understand that the two must be constantly at odds, each secretly planning on replacing the other while knowing the other plans to replace them. Vader’s power play with the Emperor and Luke makes more sense than ever.

But Mace’s reply…this line gives me goosebumps.

Next up, AOTC.
 

Star Words & More TPM Love

September 14, 2017

Matril is getting close to the end of TPM with her series with Qui-Gon’s final words:

Does Obi-Wan believe at this point that he is the Chosen One? Maybe not. I think he wants to believe it, because otherwise Qui-Gon wasted his last words and last wishes. He’s certainly going to honor that dying wish with all his might.

And here we have the establishment of an awfully shaky apprenticeship for Anakin. Obi-Wan, barely done being a Padawan himself, driven not by any particular connection to Anakin but out of devotion to his lost master; charged with the training of possibly the most important potential Jedi who ever lived. No big deal. No major issue if he fails, except perhaps the Force falling permanently out of balance. But Qui-Gon begged for his promise — there’s that word again! — and Obi-Wan is determined to follow through.

Meanwhile, the Star Wars Show invited on NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney who says TPM is his favorite SW film:


 
Finally, the Ministry of Cinema updated with a short trailer billing a new episodic series based off its documentary “The Prequels Strike Back.” The first episode will be up on Oct. 6:

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.

 

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.””