Archive for August, 2005

Count Dooku

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on August 2, 2005 by jedicouncil

Let’s start with a “house update”.  First off, it looks like the official closing date for my house now seems to be set in stone.  It appears that two weeks from tonight (August 15th) I will be signing my life away to and on my new house.  Our hope is to be completely moved in by late August, long before I have to go back to school and do my other move in.  Moving into my classroom.

Anyway, onward and upward.  As far as the Star Wars Podcast that I plan on opening, I plan to start doing tests tommorrow on “The Jedi Council Speaks” and if all goes well, I could potentially have the podcast done and ready to go by the time we move into the house.  In this case, I should not be late on the first podcast of “The Jedi Council Speaks”.  Fans:  If there are topics you would like for me to discuss when I do my first podcast, throw them out there now.  Plans in the future are to get people that are involved with Star Wars on phone calls and interview them for future podcasts.  Much has to do with the potential time I may have on hand.

Finally, tonight’s discussion.  I saved this one because I wanted to take some time on this character, because I have the most issues with this “bad guy” of all of the bad guys introduced to the Star Wars universe…..

Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus:  *** (3)

Okay, I want to begin by saying, who the hell is Count Dooku?  This guy, this ex-Jedi, and Sith Apprentice just seems to come out of nowhere!  There is never any mention of him before this point and there seems to be much disdain for a man that no one knows anything about.  Padme immediately blames the attempts on her life on Dooku almost immediately in the beginning of this movie.  How did this come to be and where did Dooku originate?  We find out from Mace Windu that Dooku is an ex-Jedi and there are references later on the movie to this.  If he is an ex-Jedi, why didn’t we hear about him before?  This is the one storyline that Lucas is completely screwed up on!  I just don’t think I understand the logic behind introducing a Sith Lord and having all of this said about his background and then never hearing one thing said of him before this point.

Later on in Attack of the Clones, Dooku makes all of these random accounts of the Jedi Council and how it is weak.  Then he makes references that I’m not even sure I understand.  Something about Dooku also being Qui-Gon’s apprentice I believe or some strange comment about Yoda’s apprentice.  After seeing this scene, the first thought in my mind was, “what the heck, do I need some sort of Jedi Council encyclopedia to keep this straight?”  I was completely confused by the conversation at this point in the movie and I was even more confused when they got done talking.

The one thing that did make sense was Dooku having formed the Separatist movement.  I thoroughly enjoyed finally getting a chance to see how Dooku got all of these factions together and how he put together the concept of the Separatist movement.  I did like the fact that the Seperatists were shown to be more than just the Trade Federation.  Then Dooku exposes himself to the Jedi.

Maybe this is where all of the Sith have gone wrong.  Maybe instead of exposing themselves to the Jedi to be “found”, maybe they are better off being in the background and trying to run the galaxy from within the governing bodies.  Anyway, Dooku seems to be a pretty powerful Jedi for never having been mentioned in the Star Wars universe before this point!  He is able to injure Obi-Wan Kenobi and decapitate Anakin’s hand.  Then, he is able to beat Yoda.  All in the same fight!  This is one powerful Jedi and Sith!  I just don’t buy this part of the movie.  Yeah, it created some great fight scenes, but is Dooku really that powerful?

Here’s my take on this character, and I think it all centers around the actor that played Dooku, Christopher Lee.  A year before the release of this movie, Lord of the Rings:  Fellowship of the Ring was released.  I believe that Lucas saw this movie in it’s pre-release stage, as many directors did, and said to himself, “wow, Saruman is a great villain.  I have to have this guy in my cast.”  So, instead of trying to find a character to fit Christopher Lee into, I think Lucas developed a character that Christopher Lee could play.  After he screwed up with this character, he kills him off fairly quick in The Revenge of the Sith.  I believe that Lucas saw the error of his ways and tried to resolve the matter quickly by developing a new villain in General Grievous.  Yes, I am making some pretty huge accusations here and I have no way to back them up.  But can anyone else explain this character?

My first challenge to you, the readers of this blog.  Come up with a better reason for the development of the character of Count Dooku, other than the one that I have explained in the previous paragraph.

Okay, so what do I think of Count Dooku?  I think he is the worst of all of the Sith!  He wasn’t even scary and really wasn’t as dominering as all of the other Sith were.  How can I even consider him a Sith?!  That’s why Dooku gets a measely:

Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus:  *** (3)


The Trade Federation

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on August 1, 2005 by jedicouncil

Well, as my best intentions led me to miss my blog last night as always.  I had a great time last night at a show called “Sounds on the Susquehanna”.  It was a drum corps. show and if you haven’t seen a Drum Corps show yet, and you’re able to, I highly suggest it.  Of course you’re talking to a four year marching band director and twelve year marching band and drum corps. geek, so I may be biased on the matter.  Anyway, I never got a chance to tell my best friend, Josh, what an awesome job he did, so I will do it publicly.  Josh, you did a great job marching with “The Empire Statesman” and you made me almost jealous to be able to still march after all of these years.  I’m real proud of you buddy!  I was also excited to see that you guys won the competition, and I hope you guys win at championships.  Okay, on to things Star Wars…..

When I got my tickets to see the midnight showing of Attack of the Clones, I remember discussing with my friends the potential of a new “enemy” for the Republic.  I was pretty much under the impression that the Trade Federation was destroyed at the end of The Phantom Menace.  At the end of that movie, Chancellor Palpatine is marching off the ship and the leaders of the Trade Federation are being led away.  I believed, as many of my friends did that the Viceroy for the Trade Federation would go on trial and would be disbanded.

When you start Attack of the Clones, there is no mention of the Trade Federation and their relation to the Separatists.  As a matter of fact, there is no mention of the Seperatists either.  We just know their is a commotion in the galaxy and we’re not sure who’s creating it.  Then, about three-quarters of the way through the movie, we find that Count Dooku is leading the Trade Federation and other groups (The Banking Clan, etc.) into a Seperatist movement.  We find out in the end, that the Emporer is actually leading the Seperatist movement and the evil that is fighting the Republic.  What shocks me the most is the fact that the Viceroy and the Trade Federation are still alive.  More shocking is the fact that there is no explanation of how they got here!  I’ve looked through the books and tried to find any information about what happened to the Trade Federation between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.  Hey, Del Rey, you want a book line?  Here’s one:  What happened to the Trade Federation and how did they survive between these two movies?

Even more annoying than this was the fact that the Viceroy was still an idiot!  All he wanted to see was the death of Amidala, and I’m sure that it was probably because they wanted revenge for what happened to them.  They were destroyed by Amidala, weren’t they?  In reality, not really.  They weren’t disbanded, they didn’t have their army taken away, and they did not loose their robots or money.  So what was their punishment?  And why did they hate Amidala?  It seems to me that Amidala actually helped them since they seem to have more money and robots now than they did before the invasion of Naboo.  Maybe one of you can explain all of this to me, cause I just don’t get it!