This Date in Star Wars History
Do you know this man? He’s Anthony Forrest, one of the unsung faces of Star Wars. One of Luke’s friends from Tatooine, “Fixer” unfortunately had his scenes dropped from the final cut. However, there’s still good news! He’s in the movie after all, as the stormtrooper who got hypnotized by Obi-Wan. You don’t need to see his identification…
Life on “Tweet”-ooine
— Havet Storm (@TheFirstRebel) July 15, 2014
Star Wars Swag Bag
Yesterday’s answer: Jabba the Hutt’s
Today’s question: Where in Cloud City were the captured stormtroopers imprisoned?
Force Feature: Mistakes in Revenge of the Sith
We’re talking movie mistakes this week, and wrapping up with Revenge of the Sith. I’m gonna share 7 of my favorites from MovieMistakes.com, and if you have others that you love, please add them to the comments for the episode post!
#1: More undiscovered Sith powers. It seems that mastering the Dark Side of the Force also allows you to repair shattered windows! Need proof? The window in Chancellor Palpatine’s office gets blown out during his fight with Mace Windu, but after the fight’s over, Palpatine christens Darth Vader in a remarkably windless room. And, you can see reflections in a window that shouldn’t be there.
#2: Obi-Wan’s cloak has a mind of its own. One magically disappeared and reappeared in the original Star Wars. An Attack of the Clones gaffe we didn’t talk about last time suggested that his cloak jumped into his Jedi Starfighter all by itself. And now, the cloak dropped at the foot of the shuttle ramp on Mustafar manages to crawl to the side by itself. Seeking shelter, perhaps? It is a flammable garment on a fiery planet, after all.
#3: Lightsaber swap. Because there’s been enough about lightsabers on the Internet that you can identify which one belongs to whom, you can plainly see that Obi-Wan is holding Anakin’s lightsaber for a moment while Anakin’s choking him. A classic Anakin move, choking.
#4: Can’t trust those robot doctors. It’s bad enough they can’t give Anakin any anesthetic for his surgery, but when they make suit parts appear from out of nowhere like magicians, well, I’d levitate myself off the gurney and out the door if I were Anakin. And that was a 2-1B droid, they’re supposed to have their act together. Maybe health care under the Galactic Empire was bad enough to foment the Rebellion.
#5: Stay still, Padme, you’re supposed to be playing dead! Poor Padme, getting Force-choked by her husband and baby-daddy. Anakin knocks her out, and she falls square in the middle of a tile on the landing pad. But in a later shot, she’s laying at the junction of a few of the tiles. Did she try to get up and crawl away, only to collapse again? If so, it’s pretty amazing that she collapsed in the same body position.
#6: Another wardrobe, well, not a malfunction… When your outfit fixes itself, it’s not a malfunction, is it? Padme’s nightgown – which is of course the kind of nightgown that any woman would want to sleep in, because it’s clearly so comfortable – has multiple strands of pearl-like baubles that appear tangled on the right side one moment, and then untangle themselves seconds later.
#7: Self-righting chair. Speaking of things that fix themselves, check out the chair in Palpatine’s office. You’ll never get a “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” message from this clearly sentient chair. It’s knocked over in all the fuss during Yoda’s fight with Palpatine, and somehow manages to pop right back up. Or maybe it’s the elusive Weeble technology that makes this possible.
Again, these are just seven of my favorites, and if you want to go deeper, there are a few more photos, and dozens upon dozens more mistake notes, linked right here. Enjoy!