Archive for July, 2005

Kaminos/Taun We

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 30, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, this is the third time that I’m writing this particular Blog because of my stupid laptop.  Anyone have this problem:  My laptop mouse likes to “think” for me and it clicks things it’s not supposed to.   This makes me very frustrated.

So this week I spent some serious time this week at Princeton University.  Yeah, these people live in a different world.  The cost of one of those buildings is probably more money than I will ever see in my lifetime.  I went to an IB (International Baccaleaureate) conference with my friend Rob Johnson.  What Rob and I learned is that IB is code for “we are going to talk to you about education in a vague grey way, so that you don’t really know what we do”.  Basically, I think Rob and I are now more confused walking away from IB than when we walked into IB.

My house sale seems to be so much closer to reality than it was a week ago.  We are now to the “Title Search” stage.  My wife and I decided to put in our thirty-day notice today.  This has us really nervous, because if we don’t close this house by the end of the month, then we are out of a home which puts us in a serous bind.  Anyway, I trust in God that this wont’ happen.

Anyway, on to the real “meat” of this website, time to talk about Kaminoians and Taun We.


I think the Kaminoians are a very interesting race of beings.  Think about the concept that Lucas introduces here.  Basically, there is a race of beings in the universe that do nothing but clone human beings.  Evidently Lucas had been thinking about the implications of cloning all the way back to the 1970’s.  There are references in A New Hope to the Clone Wars, so we know that Lucas was not just coming up with this concept recently.  With this in mind, I think he was ahead of his time.  The idea of having the Kaminos doing nothing but cloning seems very progressive in his views of he universe.

I do like the circumstances under which Obi-Wan finds out about this cloning.  The fact that supposedly Master Cypher Dias requested these clones for a later date, really tells me that someone set up the Clone Wars to happen.  This makes me wonder how long the Emporer may have been setting up the Clone Wars and who he may have manipulated in order to make it happen.  Anyway, the Kaminoians decided to follow through with the order, even though they lost contact with the Jedi Council member that ordered the Clones.  Can you imagine if the Clone Wars didn’t happen?  Would they have just “killed” or “disposed of ” all of the Clones?

Anyway, I think that Taun We is very open with Obi-Wan and talks very openly with him about the expectations of the Clones and the Kaminoians.  I think she explains the process to Obi-Wan very well.  To the point that even we seem to understand how a clone is made and developed.  Then, she openly admits that they used a Bounty Hunter as their template.  A BOUNTY HUNTER!!!  Think about this logic for a minute.   That’s like saying, gee we need to clone someone, hey, Ted Kasinski is free.  Wait, we still have Hitler’s brains, lets try to clone him!  Okay, so maybe not quite the same, but definetly close.  It just bothers me that they try to use a bounty hunter to create an army.  I did like the explanation behind the existence of Bubba Fett and it really made me have a connection with him in the older movies as well.

I was more impressed with Lucas’ design of these characters more than anything else.  Ever notice that Taun We looks like the typical pictures we have of aliens that landed at Area 51?  Just something to think about.  I’m not going to give Taun We a rating, just felt compelled to talk about her and the role of the Kamonians in Attack of the Clones.

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Just a Quick Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2005 by jedicouncil

Hey all.  I just wanted to let you all know that I’m officially blogging from the campus of Princeton University.  It is really cool to be here at an IBMYP conference (I’ll address this at a later blog).  Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m alive and well.  Things seem to be progressing faster on my house now, and it looks like we’ve made it to the next step, which may bring us even closer yet to closing on this house by the end of August.  I’ll do so more Star Wars talk when I get back on Friday.  The topic for that blog will be Taun We and the Kaminoians.  Till then…..

Jango Fett

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 23, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, first off, I just want to say that I actually had to research the title of this piece.  Maybe I’m not geeky enough, but I’ve never been completely clear on how to spell Jango Fett.  I had seen it spelled both ways; “Jengo Fett” and “Jango Fett”.  However, according to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “Jango Fett” is correct.  I will be honest, when I saw that a Fett of any kind was going to be in Attack of the Clones, I almost felt like a giddy school boy again.  On to the true story…..

Jango Fett:  ********** (10)


Okay, first off, I just want to say that I actually had to research the title of this piece.  Maybe I’m not geeky enough, but I’ve never been completely clear on how to spell Jango Fett.  I had seen it spelled both ways; “Jengo Fett” and “Jango Fett”.  However, according to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “Jango Fett” is correct.  I will be honest, when I saw that a Fett of any kind was going to be in Attack of the Clones, I almost felt like a giddy school boy again.

The idea of this character being in a movie reminded me of the days that I first learned about Bounty Hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.  I must truly say, that this is what made me most interested in this movie.  I thought the Bubba Fett character was awesome and was even upset to see him die so early in Return of the Jedi.  So, to know that his father was going to be in this movie was completely envigorating.

So, we start Jango’s career by finding out that he has been hiring Zam Wessell to try to kill Senator Amidala.  When Zam fails, Jango doesn’t think twice about killing her to cover his tracks.  Then, we find out that he was the person that the Clone Troopers were cloned from.  Then we find out his son, Bubba, was a clone that was unaltered by the Kaminoians.  This explains why Bubba has some disdain for the stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back.  Anyway, when Obi-Wan tries to track down Jango, he tracks him to Kamino where they get into a fight (which is pretty awesome) and Obi-Wan manages to put a tracer on “Slave 1”.  Then Obi-Wan traces Jango to Geonosis where the “Clone Wars” begin.  Ironically, my favorite bad guy Jango, gets killed by my favorite good guy, Mace Windu.  Another great scene in this movie is when Bubba holds up his fathers helmet to his head, to signify the future of Bubba Fett.

I believe that Temuera Morrison did an absolutely incredible job with this character.  I have to say, of all the Star Wars cast members that I would want to meet, Temuera would be my first choice.  I love the way he played the scene in his quarters in Kamino.  Calm, cool, and collected and seemed to be ready to cover his tracks.  I realize the role was brief and really didn’t require a lot from him, but I believe that Temuera’s role can never be undone.  Let’s face it, Morrison played the perfect bad guy that everyone wanted to hate.

I loved Jango’s fight scenes in this movie!  How about the double blasters, the rocket pack, the line extensions from his forearms, and the spikes from his armor.  All of this from the same battle scene and the same suit of armor.  As Josh had once said to me, “man, Jango Fett is really a 21st Century Batman!”  The more I thought about it, he was right.  Like the Joker says in the original Batman movie, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”  I believe that you could say the same about Jango in this movie.  An how about Slave 1?  Was that not the best space battle between two starships you have ever seen?  I loved the Sonic Blasts!  It still makes my living room shake when they go off and I love the delay in the release of the Sonic Bomb and the sound that comes out of my speakers.

Really, Jango is just an awesome bad guy!  I defy anyone to find a better bad guy in all the history of Star Wars!  He got both new Star Wars fans and old Star Wars fans interested in this movie, which I believe is why this movie grossed as much money as it did.  So, to Jango Fett, the best bad guy of all time, I give:

Jango Fett:  ********** (10)

Zam Wessel

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 22, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, I haven’t had to use the “Z” key on my keyboard in a while.  I wasn’t even sure if it would work, lol!  Okay, today it’s time to focus a little on the bad guys and to back away from the good guys.  I’m going to start by talking about the lesser of the Bounty Hunters today, Zam Wessel…..

Zam Wessel:  ******* (7)


Okay, I haven’t had to use the “Z” key on my keyboard in a while.  I wasn’t even sure if it would work, lol!  Okay, today it’s time to focus a little on the bad guys and to back away from the good guys.  I’m going to start by talking about the lesser of the Bounty Hunters today, Zam Wessel.

Zam seems to be one of those mysterious-type Star Wars characters that appears out of nowhere.  That is, if you aren’t into PS2 games.  Zam appeared in the “Bounty Hunter” game for the PS2, and of course I had a chance to play it.  It was exciting and was even more interesting that Zam helped Jengo get “Slave 1” through a shady deal with a Sith Lord.  We find this out throughout the course of the game and are really introduced to Zam’s techniques when it comes to Bounty Hunting.

If you didn’t know this information when first watched Attack of the Clones, then….. well, you still could appreciate the character.  Zam is a changeling in the movie and we find out that she is the person responsible for all of the attempts on Padme’s life.  We also get a chance to find out that Zam was hired by none other than Jengo Fett (who I will cover in the next blog – tommorrow night).  Going on, Zam goes on a chase through Coruscant trying to avoid Anakin and Obi-Wan when she is finally caught.  She tries to make an attempt at Obi-Wan’s life, and of course fails.  Anakin tries to get out of Zam who was making the attempts on Padme’s life when out of nowhere, Jengo manages to kill her.  First rule of assassination attempts:  If they fail, kill the attacker immediately.  This seems to work for Jengo and delays his capture.

Although Zam only appears for a short while in the movie, her role I think is diminished by the average Star Wars fan.  I think the idea of a changeling as a Bounty Hunter was really cool and wished that Lucas was able to develop a Bounty Hunter like this into The Empire Strikes Back.  Even without this idea, I think that Lucas created one great chase and fight scene using Zam and I became more intrigued by her character because of this movie.  I even bought the “Bounty Hunter” PS2 game just to find out more about her.  Again, another character that a good author could expound upon if given the right time and information.  With all of this into account, I give Zam a:

Zam Wessel:  ******* (7)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (as the father)

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 21, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, now I feel like I’m introducing the cast for the “Leave it to Beaver” show.  First we have Anakin as the teenager.  Now, we have Obi-Wan as the father.  Ewan McGreggor was cast into this difficult role, again,  and I was concerned that he would have a hard time pulling it off.  However, like his fellow never changing character role Amidala, he makes a great transition into this movie role…..

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********** (10)


Okay, now I feel like I’m introducing the cast for the “Leave it to Beaver” show.  First we have Anakin as the teenager.  Now, we have Obi-Wan as the father.  Ewan McGreggor was cast into this difficult role, again,  and I was concerned that he would have a hard time pulling it off.  However, like his fellow never changing character role Amidala, he makes a great transition into this movie role.  I do believe that the addition of a beard to this character at this point in the story line made him seem so much older than he may have been by this point in the story.

At the end of The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi is just ready to become a Jedi Knight and just finnishes with his training to become a Jedi. He takes on Anakin as his Padawan at the behest of Yoda.  Yoda and Mace Windu are not sure this is a wise choice, but believe that Obi-Wan is up to the task.  There isn’t much backstory to this movie unfortunately.  There is only one book that covers the interaction between Obi-Wan and Anakin (which I will review later) between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.  However, when we begin this movie, we definetly see Obi-Wan acting as the father that we pictured he would be for Anakin.  He tries to keep his emotions under control and even tries to keep the teenager himself in check.  As any parent, he becomes frustrated and downright angry with Anakin.  I do believe there are some great quotes from this movie.  Even funny ones like, “there are times where I think you are going to be the death of me.”  A great quote as we know this will come true in future story lines already.

Obi-Wan is definetly a powerful Jedi by the time this movie hits the major timeline.  Obi-Wan is able to determine that the dart that kills Zam Wessel is from Jengo Fett (or is it Jango – I’ll get into this later).  Anyway, he tracks the dart to Kamino, where he finds the clone army that is being made for the Republic at the behest of another Jedi Council member that is already dead.  (I’ll cover that missing story line later)  He gets into two great fights with Jengo as well.  One on foot and one in a space ship.  Both fights are amazing as far as visuals and new fight concepts.  I personally feel that both these fights are some of the best fights that Lucas has ever directed and kept me on the edge of my seat each and every time I’ve seen the fighting.  Then Obi-Wan ends up at the arena with Anakin and Padme, and there are some more interesting fight scenes here, especially with the Acklay.  Then, he faces down the only known Sith Lord of the time, Count Dooku, where he is almost immediately injured (which I think seems unrealistic).

Some of the most powerful fight scenes in Attack of the Clones include Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I believe that Ewan McGreggor does a great job making this movie an even better movie than all the hype that was given to it.  I do believe that we have seen Ewan McGreggor grow as an actor through these movies, and I do believe that this particular movie is his best movie.  There is one more role he has to play, but I don’t believe his acting in Revenge of the Sith quite live up to the expectations he set forth with this role.  With that in mind, I’m giving Obi-Wan a: ………

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********** (10)

Anakin Skywalker (The Teenager) CONTINUED….

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 20, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, so I had to cut my blog short last night because I couldn’t keep my eyes open to continue.  Tonight I plan on finishing my blog.  For all of you fans out there, next week is up in the air.  I will be leaving on Sunday to go to an educational conference in New Jersey with Rob Johnson (a fellow teacher and friend of mine at my school district).  So, the laptop will come with me, but I can’t garauntee that I will find a wireless or even “wired” connection to blog from as I will be in the dorms.  I may try to come back and make up for lost time depending on where I am in house sales.  So, on with the show….

Anakin Skywalker (teenager):  ********* (9)


Anakin Skywalker plays the perfect role of the character in complete confusion.  I believe that this is what makes judging this role so hard in Attack of the Clones.  Anakin has to become a character that is in transition between being a good Jedi Knight and dealing with his emotions as his mother dies and he realizes he is in love.  It is obvious that he wants to listen to Obi-Wan but is confused about who to follow when it comes to advice about his life.  He is surrounded by people that love him, but sometimes that love ends up being too much.  Let’s face it, Anakin has an issue about following the expectations of Obi-Wan or the expectations of his true love, Padme.  This puts him a stressful and even precarious position when dealing with his emotions.  Then take into account that he watches his mother die, and I can understand why he turns to the darkside.  People can only be turned in so many different directions until they don’t know which way is up.

So, the next time you watch this movie, watch it with new eyes.  Anakin is not a man yet, and he is no longer an innocent boy racing pods on Tattoinne.  Instead, he is a teenager in transition who is rebelling against the only father he has ever known.  He is a teenager that is falling in love, and that is against the code of the Jedi order that he has not grown up knowing.  He is a teenager that watches his mother die in his arms, a situation that he feels he has no control over.  He is a teenager that is emotional and feels as though he has no one to turn to.  This is what leads him into the scenario for the beginning of the next movie.

I would like to say that Hayden Christensen was the PERFECT actor for this role!  He played this concept very well.  I believe that he got bashed for no reason at all and that fans just weren’t able to understand such a complex character.  Think about it Star Wars fans.  Who are some of the most popular characters?  The ones that aren’t too complex like Yoda and Bubba Fett.  Hayden was given a tough character to play and I believe that he played the part very well.  I believe that Lucas wrote a great script for a tough character.  Writing any script for a teenager in crisis is hard.  It’s especially hard for a character that will eventually become the Hitler of Science Fiction and will turn into one of the most feared icons in movie history (Darth Vader, if you weren’t aware!).  Lucas had a tough role to write for and I believe he did a great job writing this script.  I also believe that Christensen will have many more powerful movies to come because of his wonderful acting abilities.  So, looking past the intial view of Anakin Skywalker, I give him the following rating:

Anakin Skywalker (teenager):  ********* (9)

Anakin Skywalker (The Teenager)

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on July 19, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, Star Wars fans, welcome back to the analyzation of Attack of the Clones.  Today’s blog is going to be focused on Anakin Skywalker in this particular movie.  Anakin is basically a 17 or 18 year old teenager that is on the verge of rebelling from his father figure which happens to be Obi-Wan Kenobi.  When I first saw this movie, I thought the Anakin role in this movie sucked.  But as I watched this movie a few more times, my viewpoint changed.  Read on to learn more……


Okay, Star Wars fans, welcome back to the analyzation of Attack of the Clones.  Today’s blog is going to be focused on Anakin Skywalker in this particular movie.  Anakin is basically a 17 or 18 year old teenager that is on the verge of rebelling from his father figure which happens to be Obi-Wan Kenobi.  When I first saw this movie, I thought the Anakin role in this movie sucked.  But as I watched this movie a few more times, my viewpoint changed.  Read on to learn more……

The very first time I saw this movie (which was the midnight showing of course) I thought the role of Anakin was really cheesy.  I agreed with all my friends that Hayden Christensen seemed to be a horrible actor and seemed to be doing the role of Anakin a horrible disservice.  I thought he ruined the role and completely destroyed my vision of what Anakin was supposed to be.  Then I had a friend (thank you Josh) who suggested that I look at the Anakin role in a different light.  Josh suggested that Anakin was supposed to be a teen with a lot of powers in The Force.  I mean, if your average teens rebels as bad as they do, can you imagine how one so strong in The Force would rebel?  Can you imagine being Anakin’s son?  I would liken it to being Jesus’ brother.  There is no way you could live up to the expectations!  Anyway, when I looked at Anakin in this regard, I viewed him in a new light.

Anakin became that typical teenager in rebellion.  He does get assigned to the protection of Senator Amidala and they do fall in love.  Are the love scenes forced?  Yes, there is no doubt in my mind that Lucas just does not know how to direct a love scene.  George, you make enough money, hire someone like Danielle Steele (a synonymous female author) to help you write better love scenes!  Anyway, Anakin feels the need to find his mother and Senator Amidala agrees to help him.  He finds his mother and she dies immediately.  Anakin kills all the Sandpeople in a fit of rage (some great muscial scoring in these scenes by the way, with the addition of the “Darth Vader Theme”).  Then Anakin and the Senator go to Geonosis to help Obi-Wan.  They get caught and are put to death in a ring with creatures like the Nexu and Acklay.  Of course they escape and try to hunt down Count Dooku, the new Sith Lord.  They find Dooku and a lightsaber battle ensues where Anakin gets his arm cut off and shows some of his true power.  At the end of the movie, the Senator and Anakin get married starting the future that we know they are bound to continue.  Okay, I am running out of time for tonight, so I am going to continue this blog tommorrow, because I have a lot to say (even more) about this character.  So, stay tuned for Part 2…….