"Anakin, You're father I am" - Yoda
"No. No. That's not true! That's impossible!" - Anakin
*touchy people disclaimer*
some or all of the above comments are partially exaggerated to convey a point, none of the comments are meant as personal attacks on anyone mentioned or reference in the above post
Originally posted by: greencapt
No- it must be genuine! Look! The cast has been chosen:
From left to right: Padme's mother (played by Amanda Bynes), Mace Windu's uncle (played by Ving Rhames), Qui-gon's great-grandfather (played by Wayne Knight), and two random Jedi padawans (played by Eric Chrisitan Olsen and Derek Richardson).
Ben Burtt would be Grand Moff Tarkin. I can picture George Lucas swinging across the Death Star chasm, in his flannel shirt.
Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition
Originally posted by: Seiji
Maybe it was a good thing the Jedi were wiped out.
Had Anakin NOT been converted to the Dark Side:
Anakin (now 45 years old, 280 lbs): "Hey Padme... git yer ass in here and bring me a beer! And a bag of Gungan Rinds while yer at it!"
Padme (over 50 and nursing their 27th child): "Git it yerself you lazy bastard! Can't you seen I'm busy?!?!?"
Anakin: "Busy my ass! Dammit woman it ain't like I don't work hard and deserve my time. Who do you think runs around killin' Battle Droids and using the Force every day???"
Padme: "There ain't been none of them pussy 'Battle Droids' around fer years- ever since 'Emperor' Palpyteen tried to take over the Senate with that worthless 'apprentice' of his, 'Dartha JarJars'... heh heh.
Anakin: "Har! Yup- I can't believe that worthless dork we brought along with us way back when would go over to the Dark Side... as well as kill Palpatine...har har!"
Padme: "Jus cuz he didn't know which end of the Lightsaber was the 'business' end... lit it up in front of the Senate and impaled Palps on the spot... *chortle*... but then again at least JarJar still COULD ignite his saber... if'n ya know what I mean..."
Anakin: "Piss off! I knows what the hell you mean! So bring me one of them 'little blus pills' when you BRING ME MY DAMN BEER!!!"
and so on and so on and so on....
...or Tales of the Mandalorians. That way, no Jedi, but still freaking cool.
"Stay back, or Mr...Fett gets it!"
Then again, I'm doing an Old Republic fanfilm with a friend of mine, about a bounty hunter.
When I first heard about the PT I was stoked over the idea that we would not only get to see a time when dozens of totally bad-ass Jedis kept the peace and order, but we would learn more about the origins of the Sith. Unfortunately Lucas dissed me on both counts. The PT never shows the Jedi kicking serious ass, although in most of TPM the Jedi get punked, and a young brat accidentally does what the Jedia couldn't do for the whole movie; AOTC is even worse, since it shows us that Obi-Wan's character from ANH is actually a bit dumb (needs the younglings to explain the obvious to him about a missing star system and cheerfully strolls into ambushes) and not much of a Jedi (gets his ass beat by non-jedi like Jango Fett, lets a non-jedi assassin give him the slip, and on and on). The worst of AOTC for me was that Yoda turned out to be weak in the force, when he couldn't apprehend a two-bit villan like Dooku. In fact Yoda never learns anything of substance from his meditations with the force until ROTS, and then we learn of his communion with Qui-Gon only in passing! The overall effect of the PT was to diminish the stature of the Jedia. We are told that the Jedia kept peace and order for over a thousand years in the old republic, but as it is with too many characters and plotlines in the PT, Lucas never shows us that the Jedia are bad motherfuckers; he simply makes them into the "good guys" having equal fights with the bad guys.
I'm not saying that the Jedia should have kicked ass through the entire PT, since that would obviously be inconsistent with what we know happened. But it would have helped build character, and created more audience sympathy for the Jedi, if in Episode I we were shown what the Jedi were like at the peak of their powers. If Lucas can do this with an Episode 0, he could immensely improve the entire Star Wars saga.