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  1. Thunderous Applause and Death of Democracy

    Posted 20 Jul 2005

    What kind of democracy is it that is dying here? Take Naboo for instance, when Anakin tells Padme about the dream he keeps having about her dying in childbirth, she says to him “Anakin, this baby will change our lives. I doubt the Queen will continue to allow me to serve in the Senate”. What? Excuse me? Exactly what kind of democratic system is it that is operating in Naboo? The people elect a queen, but allow said queen to choose who represents/serves them in the Galactic Senate!! Suddenly, Padme’s line in ATOC about how she should not have come back does not sound so stupid anymore. Padme can please herself if she represents her planet at the Senate (or not) because it is the Queen who will decide if this is acceptable and not the citizens of Naboo. Nepotism is a word that they do not appear to have heard of in this planet. This kind of ‘democracy’ sounds a bit like a one party state or one-person state if you will AND NOT, like the USA system of government.

    How many of the other planets in the galaxy far, far away, have a similar kind of ‘democratic’ government to that of Naboo? Perhaps Padme should consider herself lucky that she is hearing thunderous applause and not hails of rocket fire and bullets, when ‘liberty’ is dying.

    This film fails because the democratic systems that are being employed to make metaphorical attacks on the policies of George Bush, are themselves so utterly undemocratic, they render any kind of insight into the current USA political situation, superfluous.
  2. Why does Palpatine rescue Anakin from the lava pit

    Posted 13 Jul 2005

    It appears to be the Sith Order’s avowed duty, Master and Apprentice alike, to off each other at the most opportune moment as witnessed in ROTS by Palpatine inciting Anakin to kill Dooku and his heart warming re-telling of the ‘Tragedy’ of Darth Plagueius. Why then does Palps pull that Darth Vader is in trouble and I must go and rescue him routine when Anakin and Obi-Wan are locked in their duel over the lava pit?

    Palpatine’s rescue of Anakin was illogical. Anakin had served his purpose - the Jedi Order had been taken down. Why would Palpatine rescue Anakin’s ‘pathetic life form’ from the lava pit when he had already foreseen that Vader would one day be more powerful than both he and Yoda? Anakin was after all the Chosen One, the one who would one day bring a balance to the force by getting rid of the Sith. Why it's as if, Palpatine “The Smart One” WANTED to repeat Plagueius’ tragedy.
  3. Betrayal of Fantasy Boundaries

    Posted 8 Jul 2005

    I'm not sure if this topic has been covered before but these are the some of those that annoyed or distracted me in ATOC, much like that kid who wears braces in Phantom Menace:

    1) Lucas gives his characters very contemporary dialogue; Samuel Jackson seems to think that he’s still in Pulp fiction in the final battle scene.

    2) Why in this advanced (but ancient) universe of intelligent droids, clone armies and flying cars, did no one think of a better type of luggage than the humble suitcase?

    3) When Padme and Anakin are being tortured by their feelings for one another, Padme tells Anakin to come back to the real world. Which world would that be? Would that be the world of Planet Naboo, Planet Tatoinne, Plant Corscuant or Planet Earth?
  4. National Lottery Scratch Cards

    Posted 8 Jul 2005

    There has been some loose marketing tie ins regarding Lucas and his movies but using Yoda to sell National Lottery Scratch Cards in ROTS really gets to me.

    In the UK, the poor buy most of these cards and some therefore consider them a tax on the poor, because the taxes from these cards go to the Government. Only 16 year olds and over can buy these cards and I just cannot get this image out of my head of the serene and wise Yoda being used to get parents, hassled by their kids, to buy these things. It is not as if they can play with these cards and once they are scratched, the image of Yoda is obliterated. They have nothing that would appeal to a kid other than using Yoda to sell them.

    George Lucas has enough money not to screw a few more bucks out of those who can least afford it. The force is now just a money making machine and the next time I read or hear George Lucas give those pompous moral lectures about society today, I'm going to shove a light sabre up him where the sun don't shine.
  5. Luke and Leia's birth

    Posted 21 Jun 2005

    Like many of you, I hated seeing Luke and Leia's birth in ROTS because it totally destroyed the "Luke, I am your father" line in TESB. However, it also renders completely stupid Obi-Wan and Yoda's exchange re the Jedi having another hope. Yoda's mysterious "there is another" response to Obi-Wan's assertion that Luke is their only hope just makes the two of them seem like they had been smoking spice.

    What I do not understand is why when Bail Organa turns up with Leia back in Alderaan, Palpatine and/or his agents did not do a little more digging around to find out who the real parents of the baby were. I mean, didn't it strike anyone, least of all Palpatine, as just the tiniest bit coincidental that Organa adopted a baby at the exact same time that his close and very pregnant friend Padme copped it? Alongside this, so much effort has gone into making Padme resemble Leia so closely in looks, stature, careers, attitude, bad hairstyles etc., why would Palpatine who up until the OT takes over has been off the smarts scale suddenly overlook the obvious?

    Equally, why does a Sith Master who knows that the future is always in motion believe so readily that Padme lost her babies in childbirth? Why, when Palpatine who had put to death all of those with force potential in the former republic because of a future threat to him not extend this policy to places like Tatooine? I know that Tatoinne lies outside of Imperial Law, but if you were a Sith Master and your apprentice had been born in Tatoinne, wouldn't you expand the reaches of The Empire, take the place over and implement the killing of those with force potential? At the very least, with Tatoinne lying outside of Imperial Law, wouldn't you consider this the more likely place where rogue Jedi would go into hiding and so put spies on Tatoinne?

    Enough has been said already about how ridiculous it is that Obi-Wan took Luke to Tatoinne, gave him to the Lars for safekeeping but then allowed Luke to keep the Skywalker surname etc thereby making it look like Luke had a target on his back that I am not going to cover old ground. But, in the light of the above, and if Palpatine did or did not have spies on Tatoinne, doesn't it seem even ridiculous that Palpatine and Vader did not know of Luke's existence until at least 20 years after his birth?


    Equally, why does a Sith Master who knows that the future is always in motion believe so readily that Padme lost her babies in child birth? Why, when Palpatine who had put to death all of those with force potential in the former republic because of a future threat to him not extend this policy to places like Tatooine? I know that Tatoinne lies outside of Imperial Law, but if you were a Sith Master and your apprentice had been born in Tatoinne, wouldn't you expand the reaches of The Empire, take the place over and implement the killing of those with force potential? At the very least, with Tatoinne lying outside of Imperial Law, wouldn't you consider this the more likely place where rogue Jedi would go into hiding and so put spies on Tatoinne?

    Enough has been said already about how ridiculous it is that Obi-Wan took Luke to Tatoinne, gave him to the Lars for safe keeping but then allowed Luke to keep his surname etc thereby making it look like Luke had a target on his back that I am not going to cover old ground. But in the light of the above, doesn't it seem even more ridiculous that Palpatine and Vader did not know of Luke's existence until at least 20 years after his birth?

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