Ah yes, the Star Wars prequels. The Star Wars prequels consist of three movies; Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of The Clones & Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.
Now let me just state that I am a HUGE fan of Star Wars but a Blogger has to be honest…. perhaps fans are right to frown at the series in the aftermath of the prequels. So in this three-part Blog I am going to be looking back at all three episodes of the prequel series and weighing them up, for good and bad.
Previously I looked back at Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace. (Which you can read HERE….. it’s there so you might as well!)
Today I am looking at……. *Que Star Wars Theme*
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones
2002 brought us the 2nd installment in the Star Wars prequel series; Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones. This was the point in the prequel series where events were coming to fruition, thus fans were almost able to piece the puzzle together. It was also an indication as to where the series was heading and how the events that transpired came to be.
Personally I have watched Attack of The Clone more times than I’d like to admit but we all have guilty pleasures. While Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace planted the seeds for the story to unfold, Attack of The Clones was essentially an indicator to the rest of the saga forthcoming. However it is only fair to say that George Lucas may have disappointed fans….. again.
Now let’s look at some of the positive and negatives of Episode II and again, please don’t close the Blog, I am sorry if I enrage you.
First we look at the positives.
Beginning of The Clone Army
In contrast to how the prequels introduced to the Droid army, it was quite interesting to see the beginning of the Clone army.
Originally known as the serving army to the Empire the origins of the Clone Army was foretold in Episode II. In addition to this fans were also introduced to a new planet; Kamino which was the base and home for the soldiers.
Also it was pretty cool how the series explained their part in the Republic and how they shall come to influence the Clone Wars itself. Every story needs its roots and this was no different, as it came to fruition that the Clone army was in-fact complimented with a pretty unique and somewhat compelling backstory.
Battle of Geonosis
What’s cooler than one Jedi battling a few Droids? An entire army of Jedi’s battling an army of Droids, yeah! As the film closed in on its ending the Clone Wars began.
The first display of combat between the Republic and Trade Federation came on the planet Geonosis, where Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Padame Amidala were held hostage in the Geonosis arena. In what was perhaps the coolest scene in the prequel trilogy the Republic saved the trio, well I mean about a thousand-odd Jedi Knights did.
The Jedi council alongside an army of Clones raided the arena and a spectacle of a battle broke out; something that still has me on the edge of my seat.
Seriously if you live under a rock and have never seen this scene, go on Youtube and watch it! Now!
First Sight of Yoda’s Combat
What more can I say about Jedi Master Yoda? He is everything that epitomizes the Jedi and their ways. Everyone knows of Yoda and the role he played in the original trilogy series, then fans were treated to his presence again in Episode I.
However they still hadn’t seen the little green Jedi wield a saber, they were depriving fans! But Attack of The Clones provided fans with a treat and one of the best lightsaber duels in the series. After Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi failed to defeat Sith Count Dooku, master Yoda challenged him to a duel of his own.
Who knew the little green guy could move as such? As powerful and skillful with a saber as he is in the force. Finally fans witnessed the greatest Jedi in battle and it’s fair to say I did not disappoint.
Now let’s look at some of the negatives of Episode II.
*Now I am going to be looking at the acting more than anything else. Just to be clear I am not slandering anyone whatsoever, as I can’t act to save my life.*
Anakin’s Irritating Mannerisms
Episode II brought us an all grown-up Anakin Skywalker. Now 10 years older and training to become a Jedi, his story is slowly developing.
For the first time in a decade he meets Padame Amidala once again and she slowly become his intense love interest, ah isn’t that sweet, I mean it’s supposed to be…… right? It would have been only if the scenes between the two did not come off as creepy or near enough uncomfortable.
Poor Hayden Christensen he gets more stick than he warrants, but his performance in Attack of The Clones was poor. Lets not forget sand because Anakin doesn’t like sand! I won’t go into detail on that but while it made sense in what he was saying, it was stupid and has since turned into a running joke on the Internet between Star Wars fans.
Jar-jar Binks Was In Power!?!
Wonder how Emperor Palpatine managed to get into power? Blame Jar-jar Binks. During Episode II Padame and Anakin set off to her native home of Naboo.
So with this in mind she needed to leave her powers with someone, someone sensible, knowledgeable and important…… so she picked Jar-jar. And she wonders how things got so bad!?! The Gungan immediately handed emergency powers to Palpatine thus allowing him to sit in a promising position within the Senate, something he would have fully relished.
So whenever someone has annoyed you or angered you, think of Jar-jar Binks because he handed the Galaxy into turmoil. Thanks Jar-jar.
Hayden Christensen & Natalie Portman’s Chemistry
I must emphasize; I am not taking a smart dig at either actor. However I just believe that their chemistry in this installment wasn’t there.
Essentially when we think of Sci-FI couples you may think of Han Solo and Princess Leia and so they wanted to create another parallel between these two couples. But depite Lucas’ attempts to make this a heartfelt and warming love-story it came off as a forced and almost weird love chase which led to an eventual romance between the two.
Not to worry though, Revenge of The Sith served better for the two….. which is coming next!
Well that’s it for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones! Hopefully I didn’t anger any Star Wars fans. Once again I am a huge Star Wars fan but honesty is the best policy.
Up Next….. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith! Which by some accounts is better and a lot more positive. Keep an eye out for that Blog!
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