Prequel Trilogy,  Revenge of the Sith

The Mary Sue: “J.J. Abrams Is Right Because Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Rules”


From The Mary Sue:

“[…] With the new movie’s promotional tour, though, it seems as if Abrams wants to reignite the fire of the prequels once more. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams pointed out that his favorite scene—which has long since become a meme—from them is when Palpatine, essentially, convinces Anakin to use the Dark Side of the Force (in his own way).

Abrams went on to talk about the scene in question, because honestly, who doesn’t want to talk about the power of this scene for the series as a whole?

There’s just something about that scene. There’s just two people sitting there. It’s visually interesting. But I just think Ian’s performance in it is spectacular.

And here’s the thing: He’s f**king right. Revenge of the Sith is easily the best Star Wars prequel, and if I’m being honest with myself, it’s also one of my favorite Star Wars movies overall. Maybe it’s, in part, because I was thirteen-turning-fourteen and spent the entire summer in the movie theaters watching this on a loop (I’m pretty sure I saw this movie over 50 times that summer, and I’m okay with that) or maybe it’s because it just rules, but there’s something about Revenge of the Sith that brings the world of Star Wars to life in a new and exciting way.

The movie, while focused on Anakin’s flirtation with the Dark Side, also shows the delicate balance that the Force lives around. Palpatine, in Abrams’ words, seduces Anakin with a story of a Sith Lord, and from there, Anakin believes that the Dark Side is the only way to protect his wife and children.

Is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever? No, not by a long shot, but it did bring emotional stakes to this series that I don’t think were there before, even with Luke Skywalker knowing the truth about his father and Leia. Revenge of the Sith showed the lengths that people will go to in order to protect what they’re desperately afraid of losing, and for Anakin, that was Padme, and he let himself be swayed by a man who only had his own self-interest in mind.

Could I write a novel on the themes in Revenge of the Sith and its overarching placement in the Star Wars franchise? Yes because it’s maybe the most important movie therein, so J.J. Abrams talking about this scene and its significance? Not surprising in the slightest.”



    • Cryogenic

      @ maychild:

      If there was a comma after “Like Abrams”, the whole meaning of that sentence would change! Yes — he never said that, did he?

      He didn’t even say it about the opera scene, much less the film as a whole. Even the writer of the piece says at the bottom:

      “Is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever? No, not by a long shot”

      So they esteem it without esteeming it.

      In fairness, however, the author of the piece may not have chosen the title. The publishing/journalism industry is weird like that. Other people like to feel important.

      Mind you, you weren’t necessarily implying that they did. The title is simply there, falsely lending a certain impression, and that’s all that matters: the geek-media complex again trying to act like Abrams and other influential bashers admire the prequels, or at least the final entry, when they really, well… don’t.

      That said, I do think Abrams finds ROTS the more captivating of the prequels. There are some remarks kicking about elsewhere that suggest he has more time for ROTS than the others. TFA seems to contain more resonances with Episode III than its prequel forebears.

      I’ll do the writer of the piece credit for ending with a taut, no-nonsense epilogue:

      “Could I write a novel on the themes in Revenge of the Sith and its overarching placement in the Star Wars franchise? Yes because it’s maybe the most important movie therein, so J.J. Abrams talking about this scene and its significance? Not surprising in the slightest.”


      There is a novel on the themes of ROTS. It’s called “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith”, and it’s by Matthew Stover.

      But yes, it is hard to deny the importance of ROTS in the “canon” of Star Wars as a whole. It is where much of the “meat and potatoes” of the drama of the saga lies, it tends to rank high on fan polling, and it has left a huge impact on various forms of Star Wars media, continuing to be watched and thought highly of almost fifteen years after release. I don’t necessarily think it’s the best Star Wars movie in every respect, but without it, I doubt the series would have the clout it still does.

      • Cryogenic

        @ Arch Duke:

        Ha! Brilliant!

        But wait, why is it brilliant? I mean, it looks hilarious, and oddly beautiful…

        But I feel like I’m missing something. Any particular reason for that arrangement and that many ROTS-es?

        If there isn’t, and they’re just trying to say that ROTS is the best in the saga and worthy of being watched as the “true” rise of the Skywalkers (Luke, Leia), and the death of others (Amidala, Anakin), as a glorious capstone, many times over, then… okay, still neat!

      • Cryogenic

        @ Arnav:

        Thanks, Arnav. That makes sense.

        I do like ROTS — a lot. The start, the early middle, the main middle, the late middle, the climax, and the end are my favourite parts.

      • archdukeofnaboo


        The fans love the film for its quality, first and foremost. Many people of the 90s generation rank it numero uno. There’s also plenty of memes from AotC, but you’d never see it dominate on something like this, would you?

      • maychild

        UGH… DON’T use the “Legends” or whatever they call the former Exploited Universe now. That’s a bunch of garbage.

      • archdukeofnaboo


        Whether you like it or not, it’s still valid source material. Kennedy, as the boss of Lucasfilm, is badly overlooking this.

        The Darth Plagueis novel is officially “Legends” now, and it’s widely described as some of the best Star Wars writing ever, so don’t give me any of this “exploited universe” crap.

      • maychild

        @ Archduke

        If the Darth Plagueis novel is one of the “best” of the EU, that’s not saying much. And if it’s been de-canonized, how is it a valid source?

      • archdukeofnaboo


        What is with your hatred of the old cannon? Nobody is suggesting everything in it is good, but the Darth Plagueis book clearly is, as evidenced by many fan polls. Lucas borrowed from the EU for the prequels, and so should the sequels if they’re looking for inspiration.

        Kennedy is clearly looking like a fool here.

    • archdukeofnaboo


      I found myself a little sorry for the writer too. They clearly like Revenge of the Sith, but there seems to be some invisible hand working to prevent them from truly expressing themselves. I mean, other than a vague reference to the Opera scene, they fail to cite even one scene, let alone give their own analysis.

    • Cryogenic

      @ Prince, @ Arch Duke:

      (No fighting over your titles!)


      Not much of an analysis, is it?

      Still, there is a sense of real admiration, on the part of the writer, tingling under the surface — but they could certainly have explained themselves better.

      I do really appreciate the following sentence:

      “The movie, while focused on Anakin’s flirtation with the Dark Side, also shows the delicate balance that the Force lives around.”

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