Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Question: Near the end, where you see the Jedi ignite their Lightsabres, Eeth Koth (the one with horns) is shown to have a green Lightsabre. So why in Star Wars: Clone Wars, does he have a red Lightsabre, is it because red = bad guy?

Answer: Without having seen Episode 3, no-one can probably answer this correctly. It can be assumed to be one of two things (1) He has indeed become a "bad guy" or (2) He takes a lightsaber from a "bad guy" and uses it to fight.

XIII

Question: Does anyone know what they made Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber out of? I've looked all over the internet and can't find plans anywhere.

Answer: The lightsabers for the Star Wars prequels are all made from machine aluminum. For Star Wars and the Empire Strikes back, they were the handles from old-style camera flashes, modified to look as they do in the films. By the time Return of the Jedi was made, the lightsabers were machined metal, allowing multiple props to be made. This was especially useful for the prequels, as the extensive lightsaber duels caused them to go through many of the prop sabers.

Question: Forgive me, but I was puzzled by Jango's jetting himself into the fray during the Battle of Geonosis and taking on Mace Windu. It seems inspired by (and/or justifying - depending on how you look at it) his son Boba's jetting onto the skiff during Return of the Jedi. However, in both cases, with all the laser fire, light sabers, and dangerous creatures involved, it seems like a really stupid idea and a bit out of character. Their nature doesn't seem to lean towards such an impulsive move. In Jango's case, Count Dooku didn't order Jango to attack (verbally or even in gesture). Previously he had served as guarding Dooku, which he abandons by going after Mace. While it could be argued that Jango marks Mace simply because he might resent having a sword against his throat, I don't see why he would launch himself so close to the battle. In his battle with Obi-wan, he didn't get really close until the saber was knocked out. It would've made more sense if he hung back and launched something from a distance. The only other reason for this sequence is to conveniently have Jango out of the picture when the clones arrive. (And to start off Boba)

Answer: Fetts tend to be unforvinging and often hold grudges especially towards Jedi. This is shown in the original trilogy with Bobba's grudge against Han and his impulsive attack on Luke on the sail barge. Jango Fett naturally has a hatred towards the Jedi because he is a Mandalorian and the Mandalorians were defeated by the Jedi during the Mandalorian Wars. Jango has a line with Obi-Wan saying "Always a pleasure to meet a Jedi". This alludes that Jango has met and killed Jedi before and really enjoys it. Add that to the fact that Mace pretty much humiliates Jango by holding him at bay with a lightsaber blade near his throat while Mace has dialogue with Dooku. At this point Jango would love nothing better than to kill a Jedi during the arena battle; especially Mace. He already shoots the Jedi Master Coleman Trebor and when he sees the chance to attack Mace he goes for it; throwing caution to the wind.

Question: I heard a rumour that in one scene on Naboo, (I think it was something with a balcony, but I haven't seen this movie in a while) someone accidentally left a Dr. Pepper in the shot. I'm pretty sure this has been disproved, but is it really there?

Answer: Put simply, no.

Question: Is there any reason why Samuel Jackson's character got a purple light saber? I know bad Jedi used to have red and good Jedi blue or green, but what about purple?

Answer: Sam L. Jackson asked Lucas if he could have a purple saber, and Lucas said yes (so the story goes at least). I suppose Jackson just wanted to be different. It could also possibly be explained in-universe that Mace Windu uses a fighting style that borders dangerously close to the dark side (it's in the starwars.com databank if you wish to look it up), so his saber is a mix of Blue (light side) and Red (dark side) to signify this.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: Anyone know why the clone army is so small? I think the Kamino-guy says there are 200,000 ready and a million more on the way. China's army is almost twice that size. For a galactic war, troop counts in the billions would be necessary. And just one of those droid factories could probably pump out hundreds of thousands in a week.

Answer: Generally speaking, as technology improves, the actual size of an army in terms of manpower goes down. The clone army has not been constructed to fight a war on the galactic scale - it's more intended to be an elite fighting force for putting down planetary scale insurrections. The droid armies would certainly have numerical superiority, but they would lack tactical flexibility, plus have at least one potential flaw (as exposed in the Phantom Menace) - the clones can take advantage of that and should be able to defeat considerably larger forces.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Does anyone know what exactly happens to Shmi (Anakin's mum) while enslaved by the Tusken Raiders or is this something that George Lucas leaves for us to ponder.

Answer: She's been very badly treated - quite possibly tortured, maybe to gain information about the farm in preparation for a possible Tusken raid. She's not a young woman, who's led a pretty rough life, and her body's simply given up on her - from what's said, it's remarkable that she held out as long as she did.

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Question: In Star Wars: A New Hope, Obi-Wan tells Luke that he and Anakin Skywalker were very good friends, as well as teacher and student. Now, lack of actor chemistry aside, in this movie, Obi-Wan and Anakin are still very firmly in the role of Master-Padawan, as it should be, and therefore rather formal with each other. My question is, are they speeding up the timeline of how things happen in this movie? It doesn't seem like they're allowing enough time for things to occur as we supposed they ought by the time the first movie begins. It's hard to believe this Obi Wan and Anakin became good friends- it seems they barely tolerate each other.

Answer: Quite often when you lose someone who you spent so much time with, you often remember the relationship as being better than it was. Having said that, we didn't see their relationship for the previous 10 years, and we don't know what will be happening in the next few.

David Mercier

Question: What was the purpose of C3PO going with Anakin, Padme and R2D2 to Geonosis? It just seemed to me like some small subtle scene Lucas threw in hoping no one would notice just to bring things together for Episodes 3 and 4.

Answer: Anakin created Threepio and left him with his mother when he left to train as a Jedi. Anakin has now returned and, with his mother dead, ownership of Threepio has passed to him, so, when they leave, they take the droid with them.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What role was N'Sync to have played in this film? (As I understand it, they were supposed to have made a "surprise" cameo, but their scenes were cut after the word got out.).

Answer: If the rumours are to be believed - and there's never been any official indication that there was the remotest grain of truth in this - they were to play Jedi in the arena battle.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I heard someone say that Jar Jar was going to be burned alive in this film, but he obviously wasn't. Will this happen in the 3rd film, or my my friend misinformed?

Answer: Unless your friend has a direct pipeline to Lucasfilm somehow, he's misinformed - Lucas rarely reveals information ahead of time. While there are obviously to be a number of deaths in Episode 3, due to the extermination of the Jedi, there's nothing to indicate that Jar Jar is to be one of them - it's more likely fanboy wishful thinking. There are distinct indications from the Episode 3 production that a character will fall into lava during the film, which might be what is being thought of. In the interest of not spoiling it, I won't tell you which character, but it's not Jar Jar.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Every time I see Dex's Diner, I'm reminded of "Mickey's Dining Car" in downtown Minneapolis (there's a brief shot of it in The Mighty Ducks). Is it just a coincidence that they look so similar, or is there more to it?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Dex's Diner was largely based on the diner seen in Lucas' 1973 film, American Graffiti. As that was a fairly typical diner, it's not surprising that other diners around the US bear a considerable resemblance to it as well.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I've seen the full-screen version of the film several times on television now, and I'm wondering why the very last shot before the closing credits shows the wide-screen shot compressed into the full-screen viewing area (making everyone look tall and skinny). Is it because all five characters wouldn't be able to fit, or is it because the closing credits are about to be shown?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: It's probably the former. Pan and scan isn't possible in a static scene like that one, of course. Just another reason why "fullscreen" is misleading.

Phil C.

Question: Is it possible for a 10-year-old kid with straight hair (Episode I) to develop a natural curl within the next 8-10 years (Episode II)? I can understand Anakin now having a darker hair color because he no longer lives on Tattoine (where the two suns were constantly lightening it), but where could the curl have come from?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Absolutely - my cousin as a child had straight blonde hair, but around puberty (also soon after the Chernobyl explosion - draw your own conclusions) his hair went dark and curly. I'm sure someone can expand on the specific reasons why it might happen, but it's certainly possible.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: Why doesn't Anakin wear the normal or really traditional Padawan outfit?

Answer: There is no Jedi 'uniform' as such - Jedis tend to wear variations on a given look rather than going for a regimented appearance. Anakin has presumably chosen his costume himself - it's quite an extreme variation, but could be seen as along the same lines.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Zam glances up at Anakin on top of her ship, why does her face go green and wrinkly like after she'd been poisoned?

Answer: Zam is a "changling." The human form she is assuming is actually a disguise, and the green ape-like form is her natural, "default" form, if you will. Since it takes a certain degree of concentration to maintain her disguised form of a humanoid, distractions like Anakin's cause parts of her body to revert briefly to its natural form.

Matty Blast

Question: Is there a reason why they are not (yet) called "Storm" troopers?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: The Empire renamed the soldiers when it started accepting cadets into the Imperial Navy. Since they were not all clones, the name had to be changed.

Timothy Cheseborough

Question: Right at the end of the movie just before the credits come up there is a song playing (when Anakin and Padme kiss), then the credits come up and as this happens, the theme song for Star Wars plays. Would someone please be able to tell me the name of the song before the credits come up?

Answer: It's called "Across the Stars" and is featured on the soundtrack of the film, by John Williams.

David Mercier

Question: Can anyone tell me what Obi-Wan Kenobi means when he asks R4 to transmit a message to Coruscant? It's the "Care of the old folks home" bit which confuses me.

Answer: It's a humorous reference to the Jedi Council.

J I Cohen

Question: When Obi-Wan is being given a tour of the cloning facility, the creature says to him, "They're completely obedient" (or something akin). Right when she says that, we see a closeup of one clone holding a knife and fork. This clone, instead of eating politely like all the others, looks left and right and has a mean look on his face. Is there any significance to this shot? Why would they show a closeup of one clone appearing to contradict what the female is saying about the clones?

Answer: Just because he had a mean look on his face, does not mean he was not obedient. The Kaminos would have genetically altered the clones so they would be obedient, but not lose their aggressiveness.

Bruce Minnick

Revealing mistake: [This appears to be fixed in rereleased versions] When Amidala and Anakin are eating and he cuts her a piece of the fruit and "floats" it back to her, the bite appears in the fruit a split second before she actually eats it. (00:53:40)

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Trivia: The first scene in which Obi-Wan and Anakin appear was filmed after principal photography had finished. Ewan McGregor had shaven off his beard, so he had to wear a fake one.

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