Galactic Disagreement Over "Star Wars" Review
I just want to clarify some points missed in the article concerning the latest and last "Star Wars" movie ("Crouching Yoda, Hidden Sith Lord," Arts & Culture, May 18).
First, it's definitely your opinion on whether you like the movie or not. But when you write the review you should at least have the facts straight.
First point: Queen Padmé Amidala. Yes in Episodes 1 and 2 she was queen. But at the end of Episode 2 she was no longer queen, so she and Anakin could run off and secretly get married. She was not in hiding because if you watch Episode 3 you would have noticed that she was on the council and at one point told Anakin that after the babies were born, her queen would no longer allow her to remain in council.
Second point (this is pretty big): You stated that they did not refer to the Clone Wars in this latest episode and that it must have gotten cleaned up in between episodes. Not sure I understand. Did you not notice that when all the troopers took off their helmets they all looked alike? If you remember Episode 2, Lord Dooku was trying to create an army. He used Jango Fett's (that guy in the metal suit that can fly around) DNA to make his clones, then at the end of Episode 2 Jango Fett was killed at the stadium. And, thanks to Anakin and Obi Wan, they were able to find this out and have the army to use for the republic. There was a war still going on (they referred to it several times).
I only remember all these details because I had to watch all the other episodes in order to catch my 4-year-old son up. Interesting, as you would find that a theater would be full of 30-year-olds, it would have been nice if you would have added that the original "Star Wars" came out in 1977. So for this 32-year-old, I was 4 when my dad took me to see "Star Wars," and how awesome it was for me to take my 4-year-old son to see the last one. (Agreed, it was a little darker than I expected for my son.) Why wouldn't the theater be full of 30-somethings?
Just thought that since you were given so much space for this article that it would have been a little better, regardless of whether you liked it or not. It really appears as though you did not watch the movie.
OK, I'm sure you'll get a million of these, but here goes:
"If we learn anything by the last of the 'Star Wars' prequels, it is that grown people should feel a little silly watching movies with words like 'Dooku' and 'Wookiee' in them."
"Wookiees feature prominently in this latest episode, 'Revenge of the Sith,' whose title is marginally meaningful at best."
Wookiees actually are in just a few small scenes.
"Remember in Episode 1, when Natalie Portman played a woman named Queen Padmé Amidala? Now she's just Padmé, secretly living in connubial bliss with Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) in some kind of swanky penthouse in the stratosphere. Wouldn't somebody miss her?"
She's a senator now. She took the job when her term as queen (not a lifetime gig) expired. This was explained.
"There's no point in going on like this about every curious plot development. But it's particularly egregious when things are forgotten, like the entire Clone Wars episode. In 'Revenge,' there are no clones, and the war must have been neatly cleaned up between movies."
No clones? Then who were those guys in the white suits that looked a lot like Jango Fett? And weren't they fighting the same droid army from Episode 2?
"But such a beloved franchise need not concern itself with something so piddling as continuity. On to the quick career move of Anakin, from spindly Jedi Chosen One to 7-foot-tall throat-crushing Darth Vader. He comes from a long line of Darths, including Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid), Darth Grievous and Darth Plagueus (I'm not making these up)."
Grievous was not a Sith. No "Darth," just "General."
Did you even see the movie? Or just the trailer?
On the Hunt for an Adventure
I just read the article pertaining to the scavenger hunt in Costa Rica ("Richmond's Road Rulers Target Costa Rica," Street Talk, May 18). I am a huge "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" fan, and I almost applied to "Amazing Race" had all of the forms filled out but then my partner backed out at the last minute!
I am still yearning for this type of experience, and this scavenger hunt is right up my alley! I hope that I can be a part of the next scavenger hunt. If you could please point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.
Editor's Note: CBR is under way in Costa Rica, and the next one has yet to be planned. But if you hang around Sticky Rice, you're bound to hear about it. In the meantime, check out Ravenchase Adventures' 1st Great Virginia Quest, scheduled for June 25-26. Find out more at www.ravenchase.com. For other adventures, visit www.vaadventureclub.com.
Correction and Clarification
We misspelled Madeleine Kirshner's name in our summer fashion quarterly, Cue ("Laces and Races," May 25). Her work is also featured in a story about runway shows ("Working It"). Kirshner's design won at the "Worn Again" show.
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