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10 Years Of ROTS: Theatrical Poster & 2nd Trailer Released

March 23, 2015

March 2005 gave the world two last things before ROTS’s release on May 19, 2005: the theatrical poster and the second, final trailer.

Drew Struzan’s poster was revealed on star wars.com March 8, 2005.

The trailer debuted on Fox’s “The O.C.” March 11, 2005 and was shown in theaters/posted online immediately thereafter.

My immediate reaction originally posted on my LiveJournal:

Best. Trailer. Ever!

Not only are the visuals amazing, this promises to be a very emotionally-charged film, something beyond the usual summer popcorn fare. Every time Palpatine spoke, I kept wincing, knowing that Anakin will fall for his crap hook, line, and sinker. I think one of my key theories, that Anakin won’t betray the Jedi unless he believes he has been betrayed, seems to have some traction. Anakin believes the Jedi no longer trust him and when Obi-Wan asks him to keep an eye on Palps, Anakin responds that it’s treason. The two most stunning scenes to me, out of series of stunning scenes, are Sidious’s fight in the Senate against Yoda (I just said, “Oh my God!”) and Anakin leading an army of clone troopers. Wow! Padmé is shown weeping and Obi-Wan cries in anguish, “You were the Chosen One!” Emotion like that is rarely shown in a SW movie. The duel looks spectacular. Vader and Palpidious are seen together at the of the trailer with an ominous heartbeat in the background. Great way to end it.

Some things flew by me quickly so I’ll pick up on them with mulitple viewings of the trailer. But this already makes TESB look like a comedy.

Here are some additional thoughts I posted the next day:

Having seen the trailer 6 times, which I’m sure is nothing compared to many of you, it continues to amaze. The more I watch it, the more impressed I am with the great but underrated Ian McDiarmid. This is his movie to cut loose and show the world once and for all just how awesome he is. I guess you could say the same about Hayden. That shot of him marching with the clonetroopers…damn, it still give me chills. He just fits the role so well. It’s Vader with a touch of youthful cockyness. Even the Vader shot at the end when he crosses his arms is so, um, pimp-ish. Like he knows he’s the second scariest mo-fo in the galaxy. Ewan will do a great job as always. Once again, I am impressed with the level of emotion shown. There’s a reason why Lucas has his actors hold back from chomping on scenery; when they do show a great deal of emotion, it means something. It makes you take notice. What’s so heartbreaking about seeing Padmé cry (listen carefully and you can hear her sobbing) is that we’ve NEVER seen her cry. She has always hidden her emotions or put on a brave face for the sake of someone else. And it’s not just a few trickles of tears here either. She is really letting the waterworks loose.

I’ve had some fun picking out scenes that remind me of scenes from other SW films. Like the pilot who’s blown up from behind a la ANH. Or Anakin complaining to Padmé about Obi-Wan and the Jedi not trusting him. It’s similar to Anakin kvetching about Obi-Wan in AOTC while Padmé is packing in her apartment. Or Mace Windu telling Anakin he won’t get the rank of Master; sorta like Macey telling lil’ Ani he’s not going to be trained in TPM. If Anakin forgot all about that incident, Mace just reminded him. Way to go, Jedi.

The action scenes look fantastic. How about Anakin and Obi-Wan swinging around on cables fighting each other? Wow! I still love Yoda vs. Sidious. That’ll be great!

Some people have observed the edits and angles look different here than in other SW films. One shot that looked different to me was the lightning shooting straight for Yoda. Never really saw anything like that before.

Reaction to the trailer seems to be very positive. Paranoid me hopes it doesn’t raise expectations to ridiculous heights as it did with TPM, but on the other hand, I think this film will be the one to meet most of those expectations simply because it has the elements the impatient masses wanted to see. I say that because some fanboys have been saying this one will “redeem” the PT. But ROTS won’t mean anything without TPM, AOTC, OR the OT for that matter. There have been some grumblings that “the trailers were always good but the movies always are bad” or “everyone is as stiff as always,” but I am more sure than ever that at the very least ROTS will change some minds about the PT. The most churlish of the bashers and critics who are determined to dislike ROTS will find reasons to hate it. I’m not expecting great reviews, but I think this one will turn on a lot of light bulbs. Fans like me can sit back and say, “Told ya so!”

E! Online had this article about spoilers:

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,16105,00.html?tnews

You’ll see why TFN has cut back significantly on spoiler and spy reports.

Then there’s this from Entertainment Weakly online:

http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1037361_1_0_,00.html

In typical EWwww fashion, the “good news” is that there was no Jar Jar in the trailer but it proclaims the “bad news” that the trailer gave away the plot. No, it didn’t. I’m not too spoiled but even I know there’s much more to what’s going on with Anakin than the trailer reveals. Of course, Anakin “whines” in their opinion and they wonder about there being no Dooku (he is there, just briefly), saying “Let’s hope he doesn’t get edited out the way Lee’s Saruman did from the final Lord of the Rings installment.” Yeah, like that’s going to happen. And was it a problem for EWwww when ROTK came out? I think not. At the end it talks about the rumored t.v. show and concludes with, “there’s no escaping the power of the Force.” Nyah, nyah!

In related news, starwars.com posted all of the goodies available at this year’s Disney SW Weekends. That Darth Mickey Mouse is awesome! That puppy will sell even faster than the Jedi Mickey from last year. It mentioned that some of the items will be sold at Disneyland as well; guess it’ll be worth a trip to Anaheim to see!

PT Sculpts From Madame Tussaud’s

March 16, 2015

In case you didn’t see the pix on SWPAS Facebook, check out these wax sculpts from Madame Tussaud’s as part of its upcoming Star Wars exhibit.

ThinkGeek Up To No Good Again

March 2, 2015

A few years ago I started boycotting Think Geek because of the retailer’s jabs against the prequels. And it hardly ever carried anything that in any remote way refers to those movies anyway.

Last year I dropped my boycott when the jabs seemingly went away and actually bought a couple of things. But like the dog returning to its vomit, TG is back up to its prequel-hating tricks. The site still doesn’t carry very much that references the prequels but it was running a 20% off one day promo and I thought I’d check it out to see if by some miracle its overpriced $35 scarf from Her Universe was on sale. I spotted a ladies tee with the periodic table but it featured Star Wars characters, from all of the movies. I was shocked! You know how rare it is to find anything that includes the whole saga. It was only 20 bucks and 20% off.

But then I made the error of reading the description: “Some things can be classified; others can’t. Actually, those things normally can, too, you just have to make more categories. Like Star Wars characters. Some are for freedom and some are for oppression. While others, are just for themselves. And then there are characters like Jar Jar. In order to classify him, we have to create a new category: mistakes.” It might be a slight but I’m sick of slights. There are no slights like that with any of the other Star Wars products, not even with the women’s Ewok hoodie. TG doesn’t treat the prequels or its fans with respect, so it doesn’t deserve my business and it doesn’t deserve yours either.

The crappy thing is the t-shirt is an exclusive, so I can’t buy it from another site unless it turns up on Zulily.

Star Wars Movies Get The LEGO Treatment

February 28, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter says Disney X D will air a new 5-part animated series that retells the saga LEGO style.

No word on when this will air.

Everybody Buy Star Wars Insider #156!

February 27, 2015

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(Image ripped off of Dustin Roberts’s FB page because I don’t have the issue yet or a scanner)

Star Wars Insider #156 is just appearing now in subscribers’ mailboxes and should be on the stands soon if not already. I’ll have to go out and buy one because my subscription lapsed.

Why should I or any of you buy it? Because there’s an article in it about the prequels and fandom, and it includes some of your favorite SWPAS regulars and yours truly (though I don’t reveal my real name). That’s why I had everyone send me e-mails a couple of months ago…to help field people to the person writing the story. So thanks to everyone who participated!

Some Interesting Stuff To Read

February 27, 2015

In case you missed it, there’s a piece on starwars.com about the role of mentors in the saga; I thought it was interesting and refreshing that he mentions Padmé’s role as a mentor to Anakin.

Also on starwars.com is a neat post about the shadow figure in mythology and how it figures in Star Wars.

Dubstep Act Droideka

February 27, 2015

While looking up “droideka” for something else, I came upon a dubstep act named Droideka. I don’t know much about them (him, her if it’s just one person) but it’s got a good beat, you can dance to it, and I love that it references the prequels’ awesome rolling droids of doom.

Here are a couple more tracks:

So Why Did I Do This Site Anyway?

February 18, 2015

Seven years plus ago, SWPAS was born of frustration, like that early ’90s song. As I noted in my first post, I felt like somebody had to do something about the way the prequels were being perceived and treated. There were no sites quite like this one (though there have been PT-related fan sites for years) and very few fans who were outspoken about the PT.

The good news is that SWPAS is not the only game in town anymore and there are more people now who aren’t as shy about their support for the films. But has it gotten easier for any of us? Yes and no. People on various geek/nerd/comics/whatever sites who try to write anything even remotely positive about the films can still expect a gaggle of trolls and haters to fill up the comments with their bile. I’ve long said the obsessiveness of the haters outweighs the passion with which fans like us will defend the movies. A few people have commented negatively on that obsession but the internet, geek culture, and the media have fed off of it for too long. It’s everywhere.

I will admit that there have been many times when I’ve thought of quitting. Is SWPAS really making much of a difference or is it just flatulence in the wind? Taking on the hate machine can seem insurmountable and impossible. Fans can be very difficult to deal with sometimes and I don’t think very many people really understand where I am coming from. This is not a full-time job, it’s just something I do when I have the inspiration and the time. Even if this site was all about puppies, cupcakes, butterflies, and sunshine, there’s always the concern about keeping it fresh and not just phoning it in.

I want everyone to recognize that I don’t post inflammatory stuff just to stir the pot or as clickbait. I could sling red meat on here every day to keep up the numbers because controversy draws eyeballs. But I don’t do that, mostly because the focus here shouldn’t be on the latest jackhole to talk smack about the films, Lucas, or whatever. Now if that jackhole manages to get hired to write a Star Wars screenplay, that’s a different story. There’s a responsibility official fandom has to these films and to fans like us and when I don’t think they are living up to that responsibility, I’m going to say so.

It sounds like a cheesy cliché to say my readers drive me on, but there is truth to it. There’s a need for saga fans to feel accepted and validated and this is one of the few places where that can happen. The other thing is these movies and those who supported them were done a raw deal and that drives me crazy. Whether my Star Wars fandom fades over time or not, there’s a part of me that will never rest until that’s rectified. It sounds nuts but I’m being honest. Why else would anyone spend time on a site that doesn’t generate money or fame? I ain’t the Man Repeller or the Blonde Salad with magazine covers, big book deals, merchandising tie-ins, and freebies. I’m not even a big name fan.

It may be a quixotic quest but that’s my purpose in doing this site. Maybe one day I’ll walk from it for good. Maybe one day, I’ll realize my work here is done. But not today.

Upcoming Battlefront Game Has Prequel/CW Stuff

February 12, 2015

Making Star Wars.net has some rumors about the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. It is mostly OT stuff (of course) but the much-anticipated game will supposedly have some stuff from TPM and ROTS as well as Clone Wars and naturally, TFA. The game drops shortly before EpVII comes out.

Best Space Program Promo Ever

February 12, 2015

Eat your heart out, “Big Bang Theory”:

These guys are all going off to the International Space Station. Have a safe trip and MTFBWY!


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