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Sunday, May 22, 2005

"I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi!" No shit, Sherlock!

Those Sith Lords are pretty damn good at what they do, aren't they? Misdirection, plotting revenge and savouring it as the plans move into action, they're at the top of their form. So, plus 10 points for killing 3 Jedi in a blink of an eye, minus 10 thousand for cackling during battle.

What can one say about the Jedi, however? “I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi!” No shit, Sherlock! It took you 3 episodes to figure that out? You've got a wolf in the midst of all your sheep, and you sleep right through it. One of your own begins to turn to the Dark Side, and you don't even notice. In fact, you do everything possible to accelerate the transformation. From what this episode says, it's the Jedi's fault Anakin turned in the first place. It's one thing for normal people to not notice they've got a traitor(and an evil traitor, to boot) amongst them, but normal people don't claim the ability to sense othere people's thoughts, nor do they claim all that training and supposed Master-level experience.

The movie looked great, though. It's a wonder of modern technology. Of course, no F/X-laden movie would be complete without a few computer graphic errors, but I'll leave those for you to find. The light-saber fight sequences were more modern, too, more John Woo style, with much flying about. Of course, these people have the Force, so I guess it's understandable they'd use ever advantage. There were, thankfully, no Matrix-style fights.

There was one moment, at the end of the movie, with Darth Vader, that almost made the whole thing jump the shark for me. It was, in the words of a friend of mine, a Frankenstein moment. He just had the Vader suit put on him and activated, and as his Master approaches and asks if he can hear him, the first thing Vader asks is how Padme is and whether she's alright. Palpatine tells him she's dead, that in his rage he killed her. Vader can't believe it, the last he saw her she was still alive, despite having just been Force Choked(tm) by him. A touching moment, to be sure; even in his new persona as Darth Vader, Anakin is still worried about the woman he loves. And then comes the almost-jump-the-shark part. He rips his metal restraints right off the metal table and walks off it, then arches his back and raises his arms in the air and yells, “Nooooooooooo........” They could've avoided this part and done it some other way, but I guess they needed some comic relief.

All in all, an A+ for effort, a B- for the final result.


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