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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Thoughts From The Phantom Menace...


I've started The Great Star Wars Challenge and having watched Episode I I had some notes:

PODRACING: Where's the podracing boardgame we all want? Surely the Formula De system would be a perfect starting point, with a map of the Boonta's Eve race course and/or the Malastare course mentioned by Qui-Gon Jinn, possibly mixed in with some 'fate cards' (sabotage, malfunction, Tusken Raiders taking potshots etc).

KITSTER: I know the old Expanded Universe had a history worked out for every single character who ever appeared for even a single frame in the Saga, but now that's been swept aside, what's Kitster's story these days? A fellow slave, he was the best friend of young Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine - surely there's a gallon of dramatic irony to be milked there should an adult Kitster somehow cross paths with Darth Vader!

DO THE PEOPLE OF NABOO AGE DIFFERENTLY? When Anakin and Padmé meet, he's nine and she's 14, but by the time the next two films come around, Anakin is all grown up while Padmé doesn't appear to have aged at all. Now I know in reality it's because Jake Lloyd was replaced by Hayden Christensen to play the more adult Anakin, but in the Star Wars Universe I can't help but wonder if there's a plot hook there. Perhaps it means Palpatine (another resident of Naboo) is actually a lot older than he appears in The Phantom Menace?

MIDI-CHLORIANS vs JAR JAR BINKS: You know I can forgive George for Jar Jar. I don't like the character and the poo and fart gags don't do the Saga any favours, but then there are people in everyday that we don't get on with but have to put up with and that's how I see Jar Jar. However, the introduction of midi-chlorians I cannot forgive. It totally demystifies The Force and The Jedi - the single greatest element of the Star Wars Universe. So, in my head, I believe the Jedi were simply wrong about the midi-chlorians. Contemporary scientists are re-evaluating theories all the time in our world and I believe the midi-chlorians are just one such theory that people believed until it was disproved.

A TROPE THAT MUST DIE:  The invincible army of robots (or cyborgs) who have victory in their grasp until a plucky hero knocks out their mothership and they all collapse. What sort of moronic world-conqueror designs an android army that can be taken out with the flick of a single switch? It was groan-worthy when it happened in The Phantom Menace and double so when it happened in  Avengers Assemble. Never let it happen again!

4 comments:

  1. 'What sort of moronic world-conqueror designs an android army that can be taken out with the flick of a single switch? '

    A paranoid, moronic world-conquering android army designer.

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    1. Hmmmm! Isn't it easier just to ensure that your robots are programmed not to rebel if that's your fear? ;-)

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  2. I have seen some pretty good free Print-n-Play Pod-Racing games. I look for them and send you links.

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