I disagree on one hand Threepio being built by Anakin stretches canon to its breaking point. On the other its funny that Anakin become Vader more machine than man and Threepio is very human like, a robot he built. Just like even though it breaks canon Vader being born at the same time Padme dies is a very powerful visual. Its like Lucas was being too clever.
That’s fair, I will say even that I am one of those people that normally won’t care if something breaks canon a little if I like the storytelling and themes at play though with Anakin and Threepio, I feel like even with that comparison it’s mostly bandages at best for what is pretty decently big wound. There are bigger issues though that I’m willing to concede to.
But i don’t by the poetry it rhymes stuff. Or whatever some fan created online to describe the movies. There is visual symmetry and continuity, almost accidentally at times due to Lucas recycling ideas. But the most interesting aspect to me would have been Luke and Anakin having similar journey’s that ended up in a different place. Lucas failed in executing that. Anakin’s turn and his friendship with Obi-Wan are completely bungled, rushed or skipped over. The Opera scene was interesting, that is a seduction to power and evil. But the whole join the dark side to save Padme doesn’t work. Not sure what other answer to Anakin’s turn Lucas could have done. But it should have been like what was described in the OT, and the return of the jedi novelization.
I definitely would agree with that. Like I said, the prequels are in desperate need of simplification. The focal point of this story feels like it should be Anakin and how he’s a good honest person that gets manipulated by the Dark Side but the movies focus so much on setting up other elements, at times pointless side-quests and overdoes it on Anakin being such a good person before he turns that it means his evil switch has to be flipped to 100 real quick to where it’s almost unnatural.
I always thought it was weird that Anakin required no proof from Palpatine for him just to jump to Sith and start killing everyone in the name of saving one person in his life. Selfishness isn’t really being “manipulated”. If only George had written in a moment where Palps showed some sort of healing effect from his power it would have been more believable to “click” something in Anakins brain. He just drops to his knees in weak desperation based on a claim from someone who turned into Freddy Krueger.
And even though he had conflict with Mace there was no reason why he would hate EVERY SINGLE Jedi monk and the innocent padawans. When he says “From my point of view the Jedi are evil” it has no base to it. There’s plenty of reasons why I consider ROTS just as convoluted as TROS, but it would have been saved if there was a compelling, relatable dilemma for Anakins turn. Oh well.