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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Thoughts From Attack Of The Clones...


The Great Star Wars Challenge continues apace.

I think I've decided that I'll watch the live-action films through before turning to the animations - simply because I realised that, although I've seen all the movies separately multiple times, this is the first sequential trip through the saga since Rachel and I sat down to watch them back in 2007.

My thoughts from this viewing of Attack Of The Clones:

PLANETS: Although this movie is frequently cited as the worst of the saga, it does give us more views of Naboo, the gorgeously seedy neon and hologram-lit underbelly of Coruscant and the storm-lashed water planet Kamino. I could quite happily see any of these worlds revisted at some stage in a future live-action film.

ZAM WESELL: Much like Kitster from The Phantom Menace, Zam is a minor character that I'd like to know more about. The Clawdite shapeshifter is criminally underused (I mean, what purpose did her ability to change her facial appearance serve in the story?). Okay, so, she got killed off, but I'd like to know just how good a bounty hunter she was that Jango would be willing to work with her.

HOW MUCH DID JANGO KNOW? Talking of Jango, I've always assumed that he was in on Palpatine's "playing both sides off against each other" scheme - as it was his clones that formed the Republic's army but he died fighting alongside the Separatists. But then why would Palpatine trust a bounty hunter with knowledge of such a pivotal part of this master-plan, when he has apparently kept it secret from everyone else?

SPORTING LIFE: The Coruscant night club that Anakin and Obi-Wan chase Zam into has screens showing live sports feeds. One is podracing, but what are the others showing? Inquiring minds want to know. That's the sort of background minutiae (like what food stuffs they eat and what do they keep as pets) that helps round out the verisimilitude of the Star Wars Universe for me

JUST HOW MESSED UP IS NABOO POLITICS? It beggars belief that an advanced civilisation would nominate Jar Jar Binks as its deputy senator to the Galactic Senate! But then, again, I supposed someone had to vote Boris Johnson into power...

SEND IN THE CLONES: The prime minister of Kamino tells Obi-Wan that the clone army is one of the best they've ever created, strongly suggesting that prior to this ten-year program they've made other clone armies. Whatever happened to them?

PSYCHO-D2: When R2-D2 pushes C-3PO off the ledge into droid factory he doesn't have the benefit of The Force to guide his actions (like Anakin jumping out of the speeder and free-falling through the skyways of Coruscant earlier in the movie) so he is clearing trying to kill C-3PO!

DIMINISHING FORCE: Although it's never referenced again, what's that conversation between Mace and Yoda about the Jedi's diminishing abilities to use The Force all about? Are they suggesting that the rise of the dark side is tipping the balance of "power" away from the light side? Or do they simply mean that the Dark Lord's power is obfuscating the workings of the Sith and thus making them harder to detect?

GEORGE SHOULDN'T WRITE ROMANCE: I can't get over what a slimy, creepy, stalker Anakin is around Padmé. He's straight out of the Edward Cullen school of abusive-romance with his whole "let's keep this a secret" schtick. Obviously a large part of everyone's discomfort with this character is down to Hayden Christensen's wooden acting, but then again he could only deliver the lines that were written for him.

4 comments:

  1. Don't forget acrobatic Yoda! I can forgive all other sins in this movie because of the final battle scene.

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    1. Oh yes, definitely the highlight of the movie. Yoda's always been my favourite character in the entire saga, so imagine my geekgasm when I first saw this sequence ;-)

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  2. It's been a while (10 years) but wasn't the clone army commisioned by Dooku? And then hijacked by the Jedi?

    I always figured the Kaminos picked Fett and approached him about cloning.

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    1. The army was commissioned (in secret) by the jedi Sifo-Dyas who then disappeared/died.

      Either Sifo-Dyas was acting for Palpatine/Dooku, or he was killed and then one of them hijacked his name. Either way, the Kaminoans never met Sifo-Dyas (or any jedi until Obi-Wan showed up).

      Jango was recruited by Dooku, using his Tyranus alias (Jango tells Obi-Wan this when the jedi asks if he was recruited by Sifo-Dyas).

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