A Look Back ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones was released in May of 2002. The film was met with mixed reviews from critics. As a result some praised the character of Obi-Wan, while others harped on the stale dialogue.

Summary/Review

Assassination Attempt

The film opens up nine years after the blockade of Naboo, with a star ship landing on a platform on Coruscant. As the Queen of Naboo begins to walk out of the ship, the ship explodes. Two pilots of escort ships come over to see if anyone’s alive, only for one to be revealed as Padme. Under the threat of another assassination attempt. Padme is put under the watch of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. While in the elevator up to Padme’s room, Anakin begins to show his emotions towards Padme, stating that he’s nervous to see her again.

While Padme is sleeping she is almost bitten by two slug like beings. Obi-Wan jumps out of a window after seeing the droid that attempted the assassination. Anakin runs out of the building and finds a speeder as Obi-wan is dangling from the droid. Eventually the droid is shot by Zam Wesell, the bounty hunter. Therefore causing Obi-Wan to free fall before being caught by Anakin. Anakin and Obi-Wan chase Zam through the Coruscant underground before Zam wreaks by a bar. As the two go into the bar, Zam attempts to attack Obi-Wan from behind. Obi-Wan cuts its arm off and Zam is killed before it can reveal its identity.

Searching for the Unknown

The Jedi Council orders Obi-Wan to find the bounty hunter. As Obi-Wan is investigating, he goes to a local diner. He shows his friend Dex a saberdart he pulled from Zam after it was killed. Dex says that its Kaminoan, and Obi-Wan looks confused. He goes to the Jedi archives and can find nothing about Kamino. The librarian, after proposed that the archives are incomplete, insist that Kamino doesn’t exist. He then walks in as Yoda is teaching younglings, and Yoda insists that he should go where the planet should be.

Obi-Wan’s investigation leads him to the planet that was missing from the archives. Here he is greeted by Taun We, and informed that a clone army was ordered by Sifo-Dyas. Obi-Wan being confused, yet amazed looks out at the clones. Taun We overs Obi-Wan to meet the template, Jango Fett. As the two are talking Obi-Wan notices Jango’s armor. Jango suits up and boards the Slave I and tries to flee the planet with his son Boba. Jango Fett and Obi-wan engage in combat before Jango can escape. While the Slave I is flying away Obi-Wan tosses a beacon onto it.

Findings on Geonosis

Obi-Wan then tracks the Slave I to Geonosis. Jango realizes he’s being followed and begins to maneuver around asteroids and attacking Obi-Wan. Eventually he thinks that Obi-Wan is killed and lands on the planet. Obi-Wan quickly follows. He begins to traverse through a tower and listens in on a Separatists meeting. He discovers that Count Dooku is planing to use a droid army made by Nute Gunray. Obi-Wan manages to transmit the meeting to the Jedi Council, who allow Jar Jar (how he became a senator is mind-boggling) uses this to give Supreme Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers. which he uses to use the clone army. While sending the signal, Obi-Wan is captured by Count Dooku.

Fun Times on Naboo

While Obi-Wan is tracking the assassin, Anakin is tasked to protect Padmé and escort her back to Naboo. From there the two begin to express feelings for one another.

One night Anakin has a dream about his mother suffering. He forces Padme to go Tatooine with him to check on his mother. Watto reveals that he sold Shmi to moisture farmer Cliegg Lars, who then freed and married her. Cliegg tells Anakin that she was abducted by Tusken Raiders weeks earlier and is likely dead. Determined to find her, Anakin ventures out and finds Shmi at the Tusken campsite, where she dies in his arms. Enraged, Anakin massacres the Tusken tribe. Later Anakin declares to Padme that he will find a way to prevent the deaths of his loved ones.

The Failed Rescue

While on Tatooine, Anakin and Padme receive a message from Mace Windu stating to rescue Obi-Wan. Anakin and Padmé go to Geonosis and land right outside of a droid factory. The duo battle their way past geonosian guards. Along with the guards Anakin gets his arm trapped in a machine and Padme gets trapped in a giant bucket meant for lava. The two are eventually cornered by a squad of droids and Jango Fett.

Count Dooku orders the three of them to death. While chained to three poles in the middle of an arena. they are attacked by three different beasts; an Acklay, a Reek, and a Nexu. The three are able to fend them off until the are surrounded by droids…….

Begun the Clone Wars Has

Right before the droids open fire, 200 Jedi (yes I looked it up) would enter the battle. Therefore, the droids and Jedi clash before the Jedi begin to fall. The casualties were disastrous for the Jedi having 170 deaths. As the remaining Jedi are surrounded, and asked to surrender, Yoda and the 501st legion enter the arena and begin the clone wars. As platoons of clones clash against the droids, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme chase after Dooku.

Obi-Wan and Anakin intercept Dooku, and the three engage in a lightsaber battle. As they duel, Dooku injures Obi-Wan and severs Anakin’s right arm, but Yoda arrives and defends them. Dooku uses Force powers to distract Yoda and flees to Coruscant, where he delivers blueprints for a superweapon to his Sith master, Darth Sidious. As the Jedi acknowledge the beginning of the Clone Wars, Anakin is fitted with a robotic hand and secretly marries Padmé on Naboo with C-3PO and R2-D2 as witnesses.

Story Impact

This film shows Anakin growing as a Jedi and become unable to fully control his emotions. Along with Anakin growing, the Clone Wars begins.

Anakin Unable to Control his Feelings

We see Anakin fall in love with Padme in the film, along with marrying her, which is directly against Jedi Code. Anakin murders an entire clan of Tusken Raiders in cold blood for torturing his mother.

Anakin’s Relationship with Padme

We see Anakin fall in love with Padme in the film, along with marrying her, which is directly against Jedi Code.

Anakin and Obi-Wan’s Relationship

Throughout the film we Anakin and Obi-Wan grow as Master and Padawan. The two seem to have a big brother, little brother type of relationship.

The State of the Galaxy

The galaxy is almost completely turned upside down in this film. As political tensions rise and assassination attempts happen, a war breaks out.

Massive Jedi Death and Deception

It is around this time that Darth Sidious begins to cloud the Jedi with the dark side of the force. After suffering massive causalities during the Battle of Geonosis, the Jedi are forced to restructure and rebuild while fighting a war they didn’t want.

What it Meant to Me

Attack of the Clones was the first film I saw in theaters. The Clone Wars was also one of my go to games to plat on the Gamecube when it first came out. Along with the Clone Wars game, it was also about two years later when I re-watched the film after playing the original 2004 Star Wars Battlefront. I can accredit this film for making me actively looking into Star Wars and learning more about the galaxy far, far away.

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Author: Colton Payne

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