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Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten things that you might have missed while watching Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones.
You’re excited, right? Well, me too! But before that, here are a few facts for introduction.
The Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones is the fifth movie production in the Star Wars series and the second instalment of the prequel trilogy.
The movie scored well after its release in 2002, but then it got overshadowed by the great success of its predecessor, The Phantom Menace (1999).
In its year of release, it was outshined by the likes of Spiderman, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. In North America, Attack of the Clones got the lowest ratings in the series of Star Wars film.
However, considering this failure, the movie managed to be in the top 100 highest-grossing movies of all time. As we dig a bit deeper, there are possibly things you missed in this movie.
So, what are we waiting for?
Here are ten of those Easter eggs:
10. Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship and adventures
The relationships in Attack of the Clones, directed by George Lucas, felt so real and genuine that it compelled us to look beyond the scenes. Even you felt the same feeling, right?
Anakin (portrayed by Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (portrayed by Ewan McGregor) had this unique relationship which teaches us multiple life lessons that are easy to miss. Say that again?
Well, they respected each other but also challenged one another in healthy debates, which often led to challenging circumstances and tricky situations. While secretly being in love with Padme (played by Natalie Portman who was 16 then), Anakin gets into a conflict with his Jedi master on whether he should save the life of his loved one or focus on stopping Count Dooku (portrayed by Christopher Lee). This fight had the potential to end the war. This conflict makes us speculate and keeps the audience yearning for more.
9. Reference to behind the scene folks
What was the coolest place the Jedis would visit? We think it was their library called the Jedi Archive, which contained the secrets and history of the Jedi. We saw this archive for the first time in this movie, which some say is a digital reconstruction of Trinity College’s Long Room in Dublin, Ireland.
The room also featured bronze head statues or bronzium busts of The Lost Twenty, who was a group of Jedi who has gone down in history. That list of busts also includes director George Lucas, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, along with animation director Rob Coleman (Oscar nominated for his work in this movie). Certainly, this was an excellent gesture to honor the people working tirelessly behind the scenes of this movie.
8. Nightlife of Coruscant
Don’t you also find Coruscant beautiful? This is the Imperial Center of the Galactic Empire and serves as the capital of the galaxy since the days of the Old Republic.
Director George Lucas’s ability to captivate the audience has always been unquestionable when it comes to using ebullient visuals.
Why? Just recall Anakin and Obi-Wan’s chase with Zam Wesell (played by Leeanna Walsman) through the skies of Coruscant at night. That is the epitome of visual storytelling. The finer details in the night life of a busy city are depicted elegantly by Lucas’s imagination, and enhanced by the special effects and animation team of the movie.
7. The Lucas Family
While George Lucas shows up in the form of a bust, his children get screen time in multiple movies, and Attack of the Clones is not an exception. Did you notice that? His son, Jett Lucas, born in 1993, got screen time as a cameo both in this movie and Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. As a Jedi Padawan in both of the movies, he had a relatively more important role in Episode III, but Attack of the Clones also deserves a special mention. In this movie, Jett was introduced as Zett Jukassa, who was standing passively in the sequence when Jocasta Nu (portrayed by Alethea Ada McGrath) walks towards him. Lucas’ adopted daughter (born in 1988) played a female Twi’lek named Lunae Mix in this movie. With purple skin, Lunae’s turned out to be the rarest colour variation in Twi’lek family.
6. Star Wars Veterans
Guess the name of the actor who has appeared in all Star Wars films and many of its spin-offs? There can be only one name, and that is Anthony Daniels, who played C-3P0. Along with Ahmed Best, who is well-known for being the voice of Jar Binks, we see these two Star Wars veterans in Attack of the Clones as well. Their characters are somewhat taken for granted and probably are easy to miss. Anthony also played Dannl Faytonni, a security guard with Ahmed Best in the Republic Security Force officers who used to scam Outlander Club patrons.
5. The Matrix connection
Remember the death sticks scene in Attack of the Clones and Mouse in The Matrix? Yes, Elan Sleazebaggano is played by Matt Doran, who is the Mouse in The Matrix, and the Woman in Red in the Matrix is played by Australian model Fiona Johnson, who is also briefly seen in the movie providing Anakin a seductive look seconds after the death sticks scene. Interestingly, the characters of Matt and Fiona turned out to be similar to theirs in the Matrix, Matt being a dirtbag and Fiona being seductive. This makes for an interesting choice of cast, right?
4. A New Hope Connection
There’s probably something with George Lucas and the number thirty. There is a scene that is very easy to miss which probably connects Attack of the Clones to the first movie of the Star War series, A New Hope. The scene is when Anakin Skywalker learns about his mother’s abduction by Tusken Raiders. Clegg Lars (played by Jack Thompson) mentions to Anakin their prior attempt of rescuing his mother when “thirty of us went out after her”. Now, if we recall Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, an imperial officer told Darth Vader that they counted “thirty Rebel ships.” This doesn’t seem to be a mere coincidence, right?
3. The Wilhelm Scream recording
This time, we refer to a Star Wars special sound effect. Remember which one? The Wilhelm scream was used by Lucas at the beginning of Attack of the Clones. This stock sound effect came into use in the movie Distant Drums in 1951, and since then, has been a much-used audio effect for directors in many iconic movies like Lord of the Rights, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. The Star Wars series is not an exception. It is not that easy to identify it straight away, but the scream is a familiar sound effect when someone is shot or falling from a great height.
2. Ships of the Future
The capital city of Coruscant features ships floating around and are visually so intriguing. However, in one shot of the Attack of the Clones, we see three TIE fighters chasing an X-Wing! This is confusing and does not make much sense because they do not belong to this period of time in the Star Wars universe. However, typical of Easter Eggs, these are not meant to be taken seriously and are included just for fun. Director Lucas and VFX supervisor John Knoll have referred to this as an “Easter Egg” in their audio commentary.
Now, before heading to number 1, here are a few honorary mentions.
- Katie Lucas had a longer screen time: George Lucas allowed his daughter Katie to get more screen time in all the three prequel films.
- Heartless opening credit: If you think about it, but the opening title of the Star Wars movie was cruel and heartless. It said, “Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the republic!” Really? Several thousand? We had the experience of only one. How heartless of them to feature just one solar system!
1. Video Game reference
Are you a video game fan? Then you have probably played the video game version of Episode I—The Phantom Menace. If you have, then you would have probably caught this one.
There is a dangerously fast game of pod racing featured in this movie. In one such sequence, we see the pod race as very similar to the game version of The Phantom Menace. Thus, this scene serves the two-fold purpose of advertising the game as well as saving money because new animation is no longer needed!
These are some of the facts which are easy to miss when you watch Star Wars Episode II—Attack of the Clones. If you watch the DVD version, the number of Easter eggs will probably be so much more! But be it on DVD or the big screen, the Star Wars’ charm never fails to amaze us.
On that note, we end here. Did you find this list insightful? Did you notice any more cameos which we missed? Or, do you have more to share?
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