The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see an incredibly choreographed lightsaber battle that unfolds during a Star Wars orchestra concert. Plus, watch a Silence of the Lambs video essay that dissects several scenes from the film to show the larger part they play in the narrative, and check out an interview with Goose the cat from Captain Marvel. Read More »
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’ll get a Han Solo origin story that mirrors the one that was first told in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. But did you know that we almost had a Han Solo Star Wars prequels cameo that would have changed that?
In a cut subplot from 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas had written a completely different backstory for Han Solo that would have nullified not only his EU origin, but the entire basis for Solo.
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When you think of Star Wars, you think of the movies first and foremost. Sure, Star Wars Rebels ranks among the Star Wars stories, and the Extended Universe books are beloved by all who suffered through the Dark Age in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, a time before we were blessed with new content every three minutes or so. But for the most part, Star Wars fandom begins and ends with the movies.
I’m a prequels kid (see also: Millennial), in that the prequel trilogy was the one that truly ensnared my imagination and drew me into the fandom. (Sorry not sorry, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.) And before The Force Awakens graced our screens, I used to consistently and emphatically rank Revenge of the Sith as my favorite Star Wars film (while editing out the mistreatment of Padmé Amidala in my head, of course). But I was always fudging my answer a little. Because it wasn’t the Revenge of the Sith movie I loved so deeply – it was the book.
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Even though Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a far cry from measuring up to the original trilogy. One of the biggest issues with the final chapter in the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became Darth Vader is how the former Jedi’s relationship with his secret lover Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) comes to an end.
On one hand, seeing Anakin’s judgment clouded by the dark side, so much that he nearly kills her, is a powerful tragedy. But the fact that Amidala ends up essentially dying because she “lost the will to live” is a bit silly. It doesn’t help that Padmé, who was once a strong, independent leader, never willing to walk away from a fight, just cries and whines when Anakin clearly isn’t himself anymore. But in the original ending, she didn’t take Anakin’s betrayal the same way. In fact, in the Revenge of the Sith original ending, Padmé made some bold moves to stop him. Find out more below. Read More »
Though there is a substantial amount of Star Wars fans who hate the prequel trilogy, there is still a sect of passionate individuals who will to defend all three movies until they’re red in the face. We’ll let you hash it out in the comments if you want to open that can of worms, but we’re here to talk about Eric Tan‘s gorgeous new trio of posters paying tribute to each of the movies.
Bottleneck Gallery has revealed the Eric Tan Star Wars prequel prints featuring the artist’s stunning take on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The prequels have never looked this good, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the prints this morning as long as you’re quick. Read More »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a longtime Star Wars fan who has a lot of nice things to say about the prequels that George Lucas returned to direct in the late 1990s and through the early 2000s. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were undoubtedly huge hits, but they haven’t received much praise from the Star Wars fanbase. But maybe that’s just the opinion of the most vocal fans. Is there a chance that the prequels aren’t as bad some fans think they are?
A new documentary called The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey finds filmmaker Bradley Weatherholt speaking to dozens of Star Wars fans, including the reliably talkative Kevin Smith, as to whether or not the prequels are the absolute disasters that many think they are. Watch The Prequels Strike Back trailer after the jump. Read More »
One of the better characters created in the Star Wars prequels was Mace Windu, the Jedi master played by Samuel L. Jackson. If you forgive him for that awful “This party’s over” line from Attack of the Clones, he’s actually a pretty bad ass Jedi. But unfortunately, Mace Windu died at the hands of the Dark Side.
In a battle with Darth Sidious after Anakin Skywalker had turned to the dark side, not only did Skywalker cut off Windu’s arm, but Sidious struck him with Force lightning and then Force pushed him out the window. So we all know that Mace Windu died in Revenge of the Sith. But what Samuel L. Jackson presupposes is, maybe he didn’t? And it sounds like George Lucas was just fine with that. However, at this point, it probably doesn’t matter. Get the details on the possibilities of Mace Windu alive after the jump. Read More »
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If you’ve been revisiting all the Star Wars movies this week in preparation for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you might have decided to sit through the prequels one more time. At the very least, watching Revenge of the Sith isn’t quite as trying as watching The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. But even the best film in the prequel trilogy isn’t anything to write home about as indicated in the Revenge of the Sith Honest Trailer that just arrived this week. Read More »
Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:
- A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
- How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
- Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
- Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
- Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
- Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
- Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
- Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
- Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
- See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
- The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
- How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
- Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
- Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.
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