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Thursday, January 27, 2005

"WAR!" Huh-yeah, What is it good for?

Something about seeing "WAR!" like that, sorta just tacked-on to the REAL crawl, makes me giggle inside. Like for all the horrific darkness that George Lucas has promised in this movie, the kind of stuff that will send the toughest geek fanboy running home crying for Momma, for all the GRUESOMENESS (and it'll be gruesome, believe you me... I've seen stuff the public ain't yet), Star Wars Episode 3 will be like the others and still not take itself seriously somehow!

So if you're curious as to what the text will be for the opening crawl on this, the final Star Wars movie of all time (unless The Plaid One chooses to make one about 80-year old Han Solo and drags Harrison Ford out in another twenty years... which should be before they finally get to work on that Indiana Jones 4 they keep promising) 'cuz this is what always sets the tone for the movie to follow, here ya go, courtesy of Paul and Pablo and Steve and Jim and Rick (and George 'course) and all the other good folks at StarWars.com:

Episode III

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.

In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.

As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor....

"Heroes on both sides"? "Evil is everywhere"? The first hints at nebulous morality, which is good for this series. Lot of fans - myself included - are of the belief that Dooku is NOT all that bad a guy: that the only reason he threw in with the Sith is because he saw how corrupt and decadent the Republic had become while the Jedi did nothing... so he said "to Hell with it, and screw you Yoda!" and went his own way to make things right. He's not in it for the power (which doesn't make him a real Sith at all anyway), he just wants enough power for the moment to effect some much-needed changes. He's got the right motive, it's just that his methods are lousy. That's just one example though, and it's good that Lucas is getting more bold as his series matures (hope it carries on into the TV show in 2006).

As for "evil is everywhere"...

Heh. Heh-heh. Heh-heh-heh. Heh-heh. Heh. Heh-heh.
Good crawl. Seems like Lucas is going to let his saga go out with a bang :-)