Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Question: How old is Anakin in this movie, at least when he and Padme get married at the end (depending on how much time passes throughout the movie)? I've read both eighteen and twenty.

Answer: Anakin was born in 42BBY and the events of the film take place in 22BBY, making Anakin nineteen or twenty when he marries, depending on precisely when it occurred in the year.

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Question: Did Dooku have any personal reason for wanting to kill Padme, or did he just send Jango after her as a favor to Nute Gunray?

Answer: Gunray demanded that Amidala be targeted as part of his price to bring the Trade Federation, with its substantial military force, into the Seperatist movement.

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Question: During Anakin's duel with Dooku, why did he cut that huge cable and why exactly did he open himself up by sticking his arm out, thus giving Dooku the opportunity to chop it off?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: He presumably cut it so he wouldn't trip over it. Dooku was a better fighter than him and Anakin was overconfident, but Dooku was one of the top duelists in the entire order. His style was meant for saber-to-saber combat, whereas Anakin's was meant to block blaster bolts. He lost his arm because he didn't think.

Question: Dooku mentions that his and Obi-wan's paths have never crossed before. Does he mean that they have never met at all, or just not since Dooku left the order? Obi-wan was 20-something years old in Episode I, when Dooku was still a Jedi, so could they really have never met each other in that many years (especially with the connection of Dooku being Obi-wan's master's master?)

Answer: It's certainly entirely plausible that their paths have not crossed previously. Jinn and Kenobi spent the vast majority of their time together away from the Jedi Temple on various missions for the Council. Dooku, for his part, had become withdrawn and dissatisfied with the Jedi Order after a couple of politically-motivated battles that he felt the Jedi should not have involved themselves with and spent much of his time meditating and discussing his concerns with other Jedi Masters. As such, the pair would only rarely have been in the same star system, making it not remotely impossible that they never met, even with their shared connection with Qui-Gon. With that in mind, it seems likely that Dooku is speaking literally and this is their first meeting.

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Question: Why exactly did Dooku join Sidious, when Sidious was actually involved in Qui-gon's death (since his last apprentice killed Qui-gon)? Does he not really care?

Answer: Allowing nebulous emotions like caring to influence their actions is not generally part of the Sith game plan. Dooku joined up with Sidious after becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the Jedi Order and their allegiance to a Senate that he saw as fatally corrupted. After a couple of disastrous battles, which Dooku learned the Jedi had been manipulated into fighting by unscrupulous politicians seeking to advance their personal agendas, he refused to accept any further missions from the Council, becoming increasingly withdrawn and concerned about the course the galaxy was following. It seems that Palpatine first met with him at around this time, some years prior to the battle of Naboo, using their meetings to determine Dooku's suitability for recruitment and gradually bringing the disaffected Jedi into his circle, much as he would do with Dooku's eventual replacement Anakin Skywalker years later. After Qui-Gon's death on Naboo in what seemed to be yet another politically motivated battle, Dooku spoke out, publically denouncing the Senate, then resigned from the Jedi Order, returning to his home planet of Serenno and reclaiming his family title of Count. Shortly after that, Palpatine approached him, revealing himself as a Sith Lord. In a long discussion, Dooku realised that Palpatine's goal of bringing the galaxy under the control of a single powerful individual, rather than the corrupt and inefficient Senate, was not far removed from his own thoughts on how things should be. Accepting Qui-Gon's death as a regrettable but necessary sacrifice to bring order to the galaxy, he agreed to join Palpatine and become his new apprentice.

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Chosen answer: They hate the moisture farmers, who they regard as having encroached on their territory. They kidnapped Shmi and tortured her to gather information for a future big raid on the local moisture farms.

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Question: This goes along with the question someone submitted about Jedi reproducing. Isn't it also very likely that in a whole galaxy, there would be at least a few people born every year who are Force-sensitive, but aren't ever discovered by the Jedi? Couldn't the trait sometimes be passed down for a couple of generations before someone in the family is discovered by the Jedi? For example, it seems unlikely that either of Dooku's parents or Palpatine's parents were Jedi, since they both came from wealthy backgrounds.

Answer: Yes, extremely likely, particularly out on the Rim. There will always be people who either escape notice completely or, while recognised as being Force-sensitive, do not have the power level required to become a Jedi and thus would not be brought into the Order. In such cases, the Jedi would likely keep an eye on them, in case the trait manifested more strongly in any children who could then become Jedi.

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Question: In the meeting at the beginning, after Padme is attacked, Mace says that their intelligence believes that angry spice-miners attacked her. Why do their intelligence people think that?

Answer: Presumably there's been some disquiet among the spice-miners for some reason - better working conditions, better pay, could be a lot of things. Apparently the intelligence services feel that things have got heated enough that the spice-miners might try open rebellion by attempting to assassinate their Senator.

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Question: When Dooku and Obi-wan are fighting, Dooku says that Yoda holds Obi-wan in such high esteem. But how would he know that if he left the Jedi Order years ago and probably hasn't been talking to Yoda for a while?

Answer: Though not stated in the films, Dooku had been a member of the Jedi Order until sometime after Qui-Gon Jin's death. But probably also after Obi-Wan was given the title of Jedi Knight and Anakin his Padawan by Yoda. So Dooku could very well have known Yoda's feelings of esteem, even if it was years ago.

JC Fernandez

That whole conversation between Obi-Wan and Dooku is also part of Dooku's fighting style. He was deliberately trying to get into Obi-Wan's head and get at his ego, so as to get him to loose his cool or try something brash in order to "show up" Dooku, etc. He didn't therefore need to actually know if Yoda held Obi-Wan in high esteem, he was just saying it in order to try and goad Obi-Wan into living up that "praise" and thus make a mistake; whether he was telling the truth was irrelevant.

Question: Obi-Wan says that it's impossible for anyone to alter the information in the star system library. How, then, could it be possible that a Jedi erased this information, as Yoda says?

Answer: What Obi-wan says is "Who could empty information from the archives? That's impossible, isn't it?" It's a question, not a statement. He's heard that it's supposed to be impossible, but the fact of the missing information clearly contradicts that. Yoda puts him straight, telling him that only a Jedi (i.e. somebody on the inside) could have done it.

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Question: Do the Jedi know that Count Dooku is called Darth Tyranus? They continue calling him Dooku, but in the later movies, Obi-wan and Yoda considered Anakin to be "dead" and wouldn't think of Darth Vader as being the same person as Anakin.

Answer: No, they don't. At the beginning of this film they don't even realise that he's a Sith - they shoot down the idea of Dooku instigating the assassination attempt on Senator Amidala, describing him as a political idealist. While Obi-wan hears the name Tyranus from Jango Fett, he has no way to connect that name to Dooku. While they become aware of his connections to the Sith, there's no indication that they ever learn his Sith title, so they continue to use his normal name.

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Question: After Mace kills Jango, why does he stare at him for a moment? He is too far away to have seen the look on Dooku's face.

Answer: In the novelization for Episode III it explains that mace Windu created a fighting style known a Vaapad. It also explains that this form of fighting is very dangerous because the user's mind becomes passive. It is possible that Mace Windu was only then realizing that he had killed Jango.

Question: After Jar-Jar talks about giving emergency powers to Palpatine, who is the bald-headed person that is standing with Palpatine and Mas Amedda?

Answer: That would be Sly Moore, an Umbaran who serves as Palpatine's senior administrator. According to Expanded Universe materials, she was one of very few who knew that Palpatine was a Sith Lord and received some Dark Side training to enhance her species' natural ability to influence the wills of other sentients.

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Question: This might just be me, but I've carefully watched the scene where Anakin talks to Padme outside the Lars house (before going to look for Shmi), and I can't see how his shadow looks like Darth Vader (which is mentioned on the Trivia page here). What part of the scene is it in?

Answer: Right when Anakin and Padme kiss, the camera pans off of them and you see their shadow on the wall of the house. As Anakin's shadow bends forward, this makes the shadow resemble Darth Vader's helmet.

Guy

Question: What precisely was Jango Fett's role in the attempts on Padmé's life? It's established later that Viceroy Gunray ordered the assassination, but just before Zam Wessell was killed she said she was taking orders from a bounty hunter, presumably Jango Fett (which also explains why Zam was killed with a Kaminoan weapon). How could Jango and the Viceroy BOTH have been behind the assassination attempts? I wasn't aware that they were connected in any way (besides the fact that they were both loyal to the Separatist cause). For that matter, what does the Viceroy have to gain from Padmé's death anyway? This has never made sense to me

Answer: The Viceroy contracted Fett to assassinate Padme. Fett worked with Wessell to do the job. Wessell never knew who had ordered the assassination; she only knew that the job had come from Fett. As for what Gunray himself gains, it's largely revenge; he's never exactly forgiven her for foiling the plot to take over Naboo. You do have to bear in mind, however, that much of the impetus for the hit may well have come from Dooku as part of the plan to set off the war. Amidala's potentially a major opponent in the Sith plans; eliminating her could be useful. Even if the assassinations don't succeed, they're still useful in raising the tensions between the Republic and the Seperatists, so it's largely a win-win situation from Dooku's point of view, so he may well have influenced Gunray towards ordering the hit.

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Question: Is is true that Mace Windu's lightsaber has the letters BMF on it somewhere?

Answer: Reportedly so, yes; the prop department replaced the activation plate stud with a small plate with these letters on it, in reference to Jackson's Pulp Fiction character. Sadly, the authorised replicas available do not include that particular feature.

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Question: In the trivia, it's said that the animals that were in Naboo, where Anakin falls off of, were in the asteroid battle with Jango and Obi Wan and in the arena battle running and on fire. I'm just wondering where and when do both of these things are seen.

Answer: I've never seen one in the asteroid field but the second can be seen after the clones arrive at around 1:56:29 - look to the bottom-right of the screen.

Question: Since all the Clone Troopers are cloned from Jango, does that mean in the old trilogy all the Stormtroopers look like him under there helmets?

Answer: No they are not clones. Stormtroopers are like any military where anyone can join. A great example is in the movie Solo, Han Solo joins the Empire as a stormtrooper in order to escape the people coming after him.

Shawn M. Milburn

Answer: No. By the time of the original trilogy, most of the clones are dead, mostly through warfare, but possibly due to their accelerated aging process (it's not clear whether they were simply brought to adulthood swiftly and then age normally, or whether the accelerated aging progresses throughout their lives). The stormtroopers of the original trilogy are conventionally recruited troops rather than clones.

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Question: The round conference table on Geonosis (where Dooku is updating the other separatists) looks an awful lot like the symbol of the Empire, especially when viewed from above. Is this intentional?

Matty Blast

Question: During the battle of Geonosis, how come the droidekas don't activate their shield generators, like they did in TPM and ROTS? Wouldn't it be better since they are noted to be feared by the Jedi?

Answer: Some of the droidekas have sheild generators and some don't. Recall that when Obi-wan and Qui-gon first encountered them in Ep. 1, Obi-wan said "Master! Destroyers!" A few seconds later he pointed out that they had shield generators, to emphasize that that was the type of droidekas they were.

Matty Blast

Other mistake: How is it that one slash on Amidala's back ripped off the entire midriff of her shirt, and a sleeve? (01:47:00)

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Junkie: Do you wanna buy some death sticks?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You don't want to sell me death sticks.
Junkie: I don't want to sell you death sticks.
Obi-wan Kenobi: You want to go home and rethink your life.
Junkie: I want to go home and rethink my life.

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Trivia: When Anakin is walking around the bar in Coruscant looking for the changeling, he passes Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Binks, and we also see Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO. Katie Lucas (George Lucas' daughter) is also visible.

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