February 7, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 3D

As the 3-D premiere of Episode 1 comes closer, here's a few things to watch for in the movie. Unless you haven't seen the movie before or just watching it again for nostalgic fun, there are some elements which deserve a second look.  No matter your feelings towards the Jar Jar Binks character, here's some movie aspects to key in:

Jedi Order: George Lucas showcases the Jedis whose glory were only hinted at, during the original trilogy. Before Order 66 and Emperor Palpatine branding them as traitors, Episode 1 features the Jedi Council and Jedi-Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Jedi Knight in training (Padawan) Obi-Wan Kenobi, striving to protect and maintain order within the Republic. There's no other time within the original trilogy that you'll see the Jedis in this stunning portrayal, before the dark times, before the Empire.

Galactic Senate: It's like art imitating life, as political quagmire unfolds and sets the stage for the rise of Senator Palpatine.  You'll witness, the early machinations of Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he uses a trade dispute with the Trade Federation, as an opportunity for the Sith to rule the Galaxy. Unfortunately, an emotional and maybe immature Queen Amidala falls for his plan.

Slavery: Despite democratic ideals within the Galactic Republic, slavery existed within the outer rim planets, notably Tatooine.  The Hutt clan had control of Tatooine.  Young Anakin Skywalker, a slave with a high midi-chloran count, was eventually discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn and Padme.

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