Posts Tagged ‘TPM’

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:

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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.””

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.

Star Words: We Are Your Humble Servants

August 24, 2017

Matril’s Star Words series reaches Queen Amidala’s big diplomatic moment:

This is a big deal, to put it mildly. When Boss Nass criticized the Naboo previously, he was expressed contempt of their arrogance, of their presumption of superiority over the Gungans. For the queen to lower herself — to literally kneel before the bosses — is to offer a direct contradiction to that presumption. We are not better than you; perhaps we are not even equals. Without you, we are nothing.

And the specific wording is even more important. Remember when Qui-Gon first encounters Jar Jar and saves his life? Jar Jar immediately declares, “Meesa your humble servant.” The exact same phrase. For all we know, it might be the ritualistic words required of a Gungan entering into a life-debt.

Star Words: Midichlorians Explained

August 11, 2017

The Star Words series discusses the scene where Qui-Gon explains midichlorians to a young Anakin:

But now, with a simple question from Anakin, he explains their meaning. And I just love this scene, because it demonstrates Qui-Gon’s patience and teaching ability, his gentle smiles and clarifications as Anakin looks more and more bewildered and incredulous. (“They live inside me” has a great wait, is this guy completely nuts??? kind of delivery.) It shows us what might have been, if only Qui-Gon had survived to be Anakin’s master. Now there’s no more mystery, and we understand the Force like any other mundane scientific principle.

Or not.

More Star Words

August 3, 2017

The latest Star Words entry focuses on an important turning point in TPM:

If she stays on Coruscant, he’ll become Chancellor and put on a show of helping the poor beleaguered people of their home planet. If she goes and inevitably gets herself killed, her martyrdom will only increase the power of the sympathy vote (which he refers to with a rather smarmy complacency, followed up with a “I will be Chancellor” line that always makes my skin crawl). And if she somehow manages to pull off her one-in-a-million gambit, her victory will make it all the more natural for the Senate to give Palpatine a victory as well. At this point, he can’t lose.

This line is poignant as well in how it will be echoed throughout the trilogy. We see Amidala evoking a similar sentiment later on in Episode I when she reveals her true identity to Boss Nass, kneels before him and declares, “Our fate is in your hands,” which is enough to convince him that the Naboo might not be so unforgivably arrogant after all. The fate of Gungan and Naboo is entwined, and they have finally acknowledged it and can use to reclaim their planet.

A Couple of Interesting Reads

July 30, 2017

First this look at Anakin and Padmé’s relationship that asserts in many ways she serves as a substitute for Shmi.  I think this is true although I don’t concur with everything in this piece.  See what you think!

And while I was busy with SDCC and being out of town, Matril posted her piece on a rather famous line from TPM.

Star Words Part 19

July 21, 2017

The latest installment in Matril’s series brings us inside the Senate chamber in TPM:

We see now why someone as young and comparatively inexperienced as Padmé managed to get herself elected ruler of an entire planet. Her gifts are on full display here; her eloquence (clearly not planned beforehand, as she’s being compelled to speak extemporaneously), her passion, her ability to cut through all the political bickering straight to the heart of the problem. Her people are in peril of their lives and the Senate might be willing to form a committee to talk about it. Maybe. Well, she’s not having it. The momentum of her resolve will carry her all the way back to Naboo, where she will reclaim her planet without any help from an ineffectual government.