February 21, 2024

The Star Wars it feels like a prequel trilogy, for lack of a better word, uneven, but if you watch the three films as a whole, the third part, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, redeems the trilogy. Trade Federation Clone Troopers. Order 66. And, most importantly, the Anakin Skywalker arc, easily the most divisive aspect of the trilogy. From the skies over Naboo to Padmé Amidala’s funeral procession (Natalie Portman), here’s how Revenge of the Sith it keeps everything small.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ joins

what Revenge of the Sith is, first of all, to tie up loose ends and make sense of the choices made in the first two films. It’s simply Palpatine’s long-term plan (Ian McDiarmid) carried out. A closer look shows how all the pieces fit together, and how Palpatine, playing the long game, did it without warning the Jedi. The conflict with the Trade Federation Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Palpatine set out to ignite a fire of mistrust among the Galactic Senate, sowing the seeds that would eventually lead to his elevation to Chancellor. Palpatine’s next step is to trigger a situation that requires permission to use the clone army under his command. He does so by encouraging a separatist movement led by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his droid army. What’s interesting here is that Dooku also tells Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) that Sidious controls much of the Galactic Senate. But taking his time, Palpatine has quietly snubbed the Jedi, counting on their arrogance that they would be the first to know if such a situation had occurred.

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With the droid army now a viable threat, Chancellor Palpatine grants him emergency powers to authorize his own clone army. All of them put the pieces in place for Palpatine to declare himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire. The Jedi are scattered across the galaxy, and the war continues to draw attention away from Palpatine’s machinations. So when he executes the evil Order 66, the Jedi are too far away to help or warn each other and die. The plan is brilliant: Palpatine can declare the Jedi traitors, and with the Jedi spread out as they are, the hordes of clones that accompanied them, already under his command, are firmly entrenched. Essentially, Palpatine used the Jedi to spread his forces across the universe, allowing them to be his enforcers throughout the Empire, helping with the ultimate irony of the Jedi.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ legitimizes Anakin’s arc

Anakin Skywalker is about to become Darth Vader in 'Star Wars: III.  episode - Revenge of the Sith' at the end of.
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Another divisive element of the prequel trilogy is how Anakin (Jake LloydHayden Christensen) is represented: wooden, childish and impulsive. Again, looking through Anakin’s visage Revenge of the Sith, every choice Anakin makes is justified. In The Phantom Menace, Anakin is a slave, so his choices in life are largely not his own. It is also the basis of the only love he received at that time, from his mother, Shmi (Pernilla August). When she goes with Obi-Wan, she leaves the only unconditional love she’s ever known and trades her life of slavery for an arguably slightly better life. Yes, she’s free, but the Jedi have a list of rules about what they can and can’t do, so again her choices aren’t hers to make. When he learns of Shmi’s death, the giver of the only love he knows is gone and with it that unconditional love.

It’s not like a Jedi can fill a void like that, so his budding romance with Amidala fills some of that void, and his time with her, out of sight of Obi-Wan and the other Jedi, allows him to be free for arguably the first time in his life. time. When we enter that Revenge of the Sith, his anger at not having the title of Jedi Master is justified: his life has never been his own, he’s lost his mother’s love and held himself to a higher standard, so to be denied the only thing that made his journey worthwhile, his purpose, becomes infuriating. Anakin’s turn to the dark side also makes sense given his history. Palpatine has become Anakin’s father figure – a twisted and dark father figure, but still. Thus, Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) threatens to kill Palpatine, Anakin sees it as an attack on a parental figure, one who has shown him mercy (albeit malicious), an opportunity to protect someone he cares about because he never had the opportunity to do so for his mother. At that point, Palpatine has bought what he’s selling.

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‘Revenge of the Sith’ Double Action

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan fight the Mustafar
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The other element of the film that the first two serve are the action sequences, specifically the lightsaber fights. Building with them has been carried throughout the trilogy, ie. The showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan. The backstory adds to the emotional investment in the lightsaber duels, which are undoubtedly the best in the entire Skywalker saga. Yoda’s (Frank Oz) The epic battle with Palpatine is Yoda’s retribution for acting foolishly by anyone who openly mocks Palpatine. Obi-Wan and Anakin’s duel is the final payoff of the entire trilogy, two “brothers” facing each other, one hurt by betrayal and the other angry by injustices, good or bad.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ brings the trilogy to a fitting end

After all is said and done, Revenge of the Sith it manages to end the trilogy with the only way to end it by seeing what was played out in all three films. The rise of Darth Vader. The birth of Lukas and Leia. Amidala’s death The Death Star is being built, with Palpatine and Vader watching. Exile of the Jedi to different corners of the galaxy. Revenge of the Sith it’s not perfect, but it’s the best of the precedents, it fills the precedent properly and sets the future, as it should.

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