Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Question: When Obi-Wan is on Kamino, he reports to Yoda and Mace-Windu that Sifo-Dyas ordered the clones ten years ago. When he says he thought Sifo-Dyas died before that, Yoda and Mace-Windu give each other a puzzling look. Why does Obi-Wan think he died before this?

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: Either because Sifo-Dyas DID die before this, and another party was simply using him as a cover in order to create the clone army, or else because he turned to the dark side (which the older masters know), but most Jedis were just told he died.

Question: What is the weakness of the Jedi that Mace and Yoda talk about? I'm thinking that it has something to do with the fact that they cannot sense Palpatine as the Sith Lord, despite him being in the same room as them, and in episode III when Palpatine tells Yoda, "Your arrogance has blinded you."

Answer: They make frequent references to the dark side clouding their vision - without knowing any specifics, it seems that there may be a general buildup of dark-side energy throughout the galaxy, which is hampering their abilities, and is almost certainly why they can't detect a Sith Lord standing right in front of them. Palpatine's statement seems to refer more to the fact that they didn't pick up on him than any specific weakness of the Jedi. Presumably the Jedi had a certain faith that their abilities would detect a Sith Lord in the vicinity - they were obviously wrong on that one, and Palpatine chooses to refer to their faith in their abilities as arrogance.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: We learn that the Clone army was secretly being created, raised and trained on Kamino, without the Jedi's knowledge. What about all the Republican starships, cruisers and walkers we see at the end of the movie? Where were they built, and how did Sidious and Dooku manage to keep that a secret as well?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: The assault ship, gunships, walkers and tanks were built by Rothana Heavy Engineering (a subsidiary of Kuat Drive Yards) who were contracted to the Kamino cloners to secretly develop and build the war machines for the clone army. RHE had hidden shipyards over the planet Rothana, which is why the Republic was unaware of the project.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Why is it that the clone troopers are good by working for the Jedi, yet there original host, Jengo Fett, is purely evil, working for Dooku?

Answer: Jango isn't inherently evil - he's simply a bounty hunter, doing the jobs that he's hired to do. Dooku recruited him to act as the clone template by paying him lots of money to do so (in addition to the creation of Boba). Neither are the clone troopers inherently good - they follow orders, as soldiers tend to. The Jedi are assigned as their leaders by the Republic, thus they follow them; when the leader of the Republic orders them to eliminate the Jedi, they do so; they're simply following orders, not shifting between good and evil.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Do we ever find out who deleted information from the archives? My theory is it was Sifo-Dyas, and that he is actually Darth Plagus.

Answer: Sifo-Dyas wasn't a Sith, he was a disaffected Jedi who was manipulated by Dooku prior to the latter leaving the Jedi Order. Dooku persuaded Sifo-Dyas to place the order for the clone army, then killed him to prevent anyone from finding out. Dooku also deleted the information on Kamino from the database for the same reason.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Who is the Jedi Syfrideous (sic) that is mentioned in conversation between Obi Wan and the prime minister of the cloning community?

Answer: Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas was a respected member of the Jedi Council. Secretly, he was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the Jedi policies, and foresaw a future where an army will be required. Encouraged by his Jedi comrade Count Dooku (who was, by this time, quietly learning the ways of the Sith), he asked the Kamino cloners to prepare the clone army, based on the template that Dooku (under the name Tyranus) recruited. He was then eliminated by Dooku to prevent the Jedi from finding out about the army before the time was right.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Could anyone tell me the species of the following Jedi: Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, Eeth Koth, Barris Offee, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon and Luminara?

Answer: Shaak Ti is a Togruta, Kit Fisto is a Nautolan, Eeth Koth is a Zabrak (the same as Darth Maul), Ki-Adi-Mundi is a Cerean, Plo Koon is a Kel Dor and Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee are both Mirialans.

Tailkinker Premium member

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

Tailkinker Premium member

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 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

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

Plot hole: When Amidala and some of the clone troopers get blown out of the ship chasing Dooku, later the trooper approaches Amidala and asks about making their way back to the front lines, but Amidala says they should go to the hangar to help Obi-Wan and Anakin. How did she know about the hangar, having left the ship quite some time before it arrived at the final destination? (02:05:50)

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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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