The Anakin/Padme romance was a Mind Trick by Palpatine.
Anakin and Padme, despite their meeting in Episode One, had not much in common. Anakin was a totalitarian, Padme believed in democracy, however inefficient. Anakin was from a culture (Tatooine) that emphasized practicality. Padme's culture loved beauty. So, with that in mind, there would be no reason for them to fall in love-unless they were tricked into it. Palpatine, seeing that Anakin needed more of a reason to join him than power, mind-tricked him into loving Padme, and Padme him. As it was, there were few connections between him and the material world.
Being Padme's bodyguard is a high-risk job.
Sabé, Padme's decoy in the first movie, is not around and hasbeen replaced. What could have happened to her? Maybe this wasn't the first assassination attempt on Padme.
- Happier alternative: the same as happened out of universe- her adult height was five inches taller than Padme, and she would no longer be a convincing double, so was pensioned off to a career elsewhere.
- Also possible: Queens are assigned decoys on Naboo (possibly either helped by the court makeup or perhaps the reason for it) while senators are not.
Deathsticks aren't thinly veiled cigarettes, but rather ancient talismans that, when burned, give the user various Shinigami powers
The Jedi tried to eradicate them along with the Sith because they wanted the monopoly on mystical abilities.
- The Italian localization of AOTC calls deathsticks "spaccacervelli", which translates back to English as "brain smashers". This, and the Wookieepedia article on deathsticks, makes this troper convinced that deathsticks aren't cigarettes, but hallucinogenic and/or deliriant drugs.
- Also, why would a random person, who appears to be a druggie or at least weak minded, be selling ancient talismans to a random person he saw in a bar?
- Wookiepedia says that Deathsticks do have hallucinogenic properties which are less effective the more you use it.
- Russian localization just calls them "dur'" (дурь, a slang word for narcotics) and rolls with it.
Clonetroopers are genetically engineered to be gay.
It worked for Sparta, how else are you going to deal with thousands of young male humans going through accelerated puberty with no females on the planet without riots starting? It also prevents Kaminoan biotech from being spread around and diluted, and explains among other things - the trooper discos and men-only bath-houses in LEGO Star Wars
found in trooper bases.
- Jossed many times over. Look at Darman and Jangotat.
- Whatever method the Kaminoans used to engineer that into the clones may be imperfectly reliable.
- Why not just make them asexual?
- Testoserone for aggression.
- Which they get enough of by being male. Asexuality is actually a plausible way to control the clones as their disinterest in sex allows them to channel that natural testosterone into combat. It also means they can be trusted to guard prisoners without taking advantage of them.
Jango Fett missed
He was trying to hit the Jedi, but hit his partner Zam Wessel by mistake, panicked, and flew off.
- Hey he is the base for Storm/Clone Trooper.
- ^ That is the most brilliant observation I've ever seen on a WMG page. Bravo sir.
- There were two Jedi, if that's the case, why didn't he shoot twice?
- Palpatine already had plans to use Anakin, so he was untouchable.
Palpatine arranged to have Anakin's mother killed
Not like it would have been hard for him or his minions to bribe/force suggest the Sand People into attacking a specific moisture farm.
Anakin originally went to Tatooine to free his mother and kill Watto, and did the latter right before or after killing the Sand People.
That's the reason he suggested hiding out on the planet. He was awfully forgiving of his former slave owner
when he met Watto before going to the moisture farm. He was going to do the deed right then and there, but locating his mother was priority number one.
- Wasn't it kind of explicit that Watto treated his slaves (relatively) well? He seemed more stern father figure than cruel slave driver.
His eyepatch looks suspiciously like one of the eye drives used to counteract the memory effects of contact with them.
Jango had good reason for hiring Zam and choosing bugs as the means of assassination.
He was attempting to cover his own ass by keeping as much distance from the job as possible, in case it caught up with him. He does have a kid to raise, after all.
Padme isn't a fool who believes Anakin is a good guy despite his fascist leanings and mass-murder. She just overlooks it because he's hot.
There are several times that Padme seems impatient with Anakin or acts as if she thinks he's an idiot (e.g.: her chilly reaction to being interrupted by him when she's speaking to the new queen, her constant emphasis on the fact Anakin is still a padawan). She also dresses quite provocatively and talks about sex a lot, despite telling Anakin they can't be together. If you ask me, she wanted to sleep with Anakin during her break and then never bring it up again, but it got out of hand (because she felt alternately sorry for him and indebted to him during the ensuing drama). It's one way to justify them getting together despite having no non-physical chemistry, and her actually responding to that terrible "sand" line.
- Well that would make sense of why she's pressing him on the subject of Jedi law on 'love' on the journey to Naboo: she confirms her suspicion that the Exact Words forbid long-term relationships, but technically there Ain't No Rule against casual sex.
- Hell, Padme could even have told Anakin that in the fireside scene- that she's decided to spend her unplanned vacation exploring a side of life that she's never found time for before- provided what goes on at the villa, stays at the villa... and when he protests that he's profoundly in love with her, she's stating that it's a long-term relationship that's impossible.
- Natalie Portman confirmed this via  in the DVD Featurette.
Think about it-everything we've seen of Sand People would suggest that at the very least they're a very aggressive and territorial primitive people. Add to the fact that Naboo is one of the regions where the alien prejudice of the Empire comes from and their torture of Anakin's innocent mother...it would be pretty hard for anyone, even a cultured senator like Padme to pity the Sand People in any way. Yes, Anakin killed Sand People children and women
, but a)I'd expect someone flying into a mindless rage(though maybe not as extreme as Anakin), b)since when are people supportive of Sand People and c)they're Sand People
- Well in regards to B) at least, there is the Jedi Sharad Hett and his son, A'Sharad'Hett
- But they're still not Sand People, just immigrants to Sand People.
- To Anakin, it didn't make much difference-to him, A'Sharad'Hett was just a Tusken he couldn't kill, at least initially.
George Lucas went through a nasty divorce, which is why Mola ripped out somebody's heart.
He hasn't been dating for years. The guy just isn't in the right mindset to write romantic stories, no matter how good a writer he is.
Padme never loved Anakin...
He subconsciously mind fucked her into loving him.
Darth Maul ordered the Clone Army to be created.
Think about it. Darth Maul was alive over ten years ago, when the army was stated to have been commissioned. He was working for Palpatine/Sidious. It would have made sense to him to have a plan like this prepared years in advance, and Maul was the perfect pawn to do this. In addition, the random name 'Siphodeus' (or however it's spelled) could have easily been Maul's Jedi name (ie before he turned evil), hence how Siphodeus could have died and ordered the clones in that order: Siphodeus was killed only as a Jedi, living on as a Sith, and to hide the Sith's influence, could have recycled his old name as a pseudonym.
Jedi!Anakin was written as a parody of Star Wars fandom.
Much like the Abzorbaloff for Doctor Who
, or Superboy Prime for DC Comics
, Anakin in II and III was written to make fun of some of George Lucas
' more passionate "fans". Just imagine Anakin saying "George Lucas raped my childhood!" and it makes perfect sense.
Clone Troopers aren't cloned from Force Sensitives for pragmatic reasons.
It has nothing to do with the possibility of going crazy from sharing the same Force powers. Palpatine could've easily had, say Sifo-Dyas be the template. But there were two good reasons why he just chose a Badass Normal
- When he goes "The Jedi are trying to take over", the Senate will ask him "then how come you had their DNA make our army." Awkward silence ensues
- If something goes wrong and some rebel, it's going to be a lot harder for Palpatine to take them down
Motive of Dooku's allies to join him
- Geonosis: They are in a losing battle with another species. The Republic supports the enemy, so they're with the Seperatists. The fact they are trying to develop the Death Star either shows how desperate they are to win the war, or hate them so much they want their planets blown up. They trust him enough to share the weapon
- Muun: They want to profit off this war. Also, they may have Trade Federation ties, and a Seperatist Galaxy would be more tolerant of their more dubious money-making
- Skakao: They get to prove their technological prowess with battle droids, and the crazier tech they're good at is limited by Republic rules
The Jedi's ultimate goal is the extinction of all Force-sensitive people.
The previous film shows that Force-sensitivity has a biological component while this film confirms that Jedi are not allowed to get married and have children. This means that the Jedi are selecting against
- That there are not enough Jedi to police and defend the entire Republic is a clear indicator that this is in fact a real problem. If the Jedi are seizing Force-sensitives as infants and then limiting procreation by their adult members, then over time they become increasingly reduced to random individuals with high Force-sensitivity as there would be no reliable lineages of such people to draw upon. Supplementary materials place the number of Jedi in the thousands, while the number of inhabited worlds in the galaxy is in the millions!
- Alternatively, it could be a religious thing. The Old Republic Jedi seemed rather staunchly dogmatic. It may be that they believe that the number of Jedi is properly decided by their Sentient Cosmic Force, and not by things such as natural selection or a Super Breeding Program. To this end, they prefer that Force-sensitives appear randomly, as they can read the will of the Force into this.
Kaminoans are not native to Kamino.
It's covered completely in an ocean, and isn't a planet where their race would naturally develop. Kaminoans come from another world in their solar system, which was rendered uninhabitable in a cataclysm. This happened before they possessed hyper-drive, so they could only colonize the water world of Kamino.
- Alternatively they are, however Kamino suffered a devastating flood in recent memory and they had to recolonize.
- That was the case in Legends.
The "thousand year" contradiction.
George Lucas figured that the Republic being around for a thousand generations was stretching the suspension of disbelief, and thought he could add more mystery by only making it a millennium-long organization.
Despite being Watto's ex-slave, Anakin never uses his opportunity as Jedi to bully him. Watto was the closest thing Anakin had to a father figure and compared to Jabba
he's a saint. As such, he can't bring himself to hate the swindling slaver and doesn't treat him as badly as most would.
It's such an obvious cipher name. Sifo-Dyas may have initially planned to be the Count Dooku equivalent, ending with The Reveal
that the Jedi had a traitor in their ranks. Of course, the fact it's such an obvious cipher name is probably why they didn't use it.
- Actually, that's almost right. The original plan was that the Jedi Master who ordered the clone army was going to be named "Sido-Dyas", and was, indeed, a thinly-veiled disguise of Darth Sidious. However, the typist misspelled it as "Sifo-Dyas" (on a standard QWERTY keyboard, "D" and "F" are right next to each other) and Lucas liked the new name better, and rewrote it to make Sifo-Dyas an entirely different character.
Dooku seduced Jocasta Nu to gain access to the Jedi archives.
In a deleted scene, Jocasta muses over Dooku with some fondness while telling Obi-Wan of "the lost twenty" Jedi. It's possible that she had a thing for Dooku, and he used it to trick her into granting him access ("Say, how does that work?") so he could delete the data about Kamino.
Count Dooku was genuine in his offer with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Sith have a tradition of giving propositions to potential apprentices to help them overthrow their master, in-universe and out. The most obvious being Vader wanting Luke to help him overthrow the Emperor, which Dooku tempting Obi-Wan was a parallel. Vader was being genuine with Luke, so what if Count Dooku was? While his ambitions may have been clouded by the Dark Side, Count Dooku was a Visionary Villain
who wanted to deal with the ineptitude in the government. He wasn't solely motivated by a desire to dominate
. Obi-Wan was Qui-Gon's apprentice, who was himself his own apprentice, so there may have been some genuine fondness. Not to the extent of Vader
, but it was there. His initial plan was have Kenobi become his prospective apprentice, who'd publicly remain a Jedi and privately expose Palpatine in a way that he could use for his own plans. However Kenobi knew that because The Dark Side Will Make You Forget
, he would be stuck in the Dark Side if he joined him. Kind of like what happened to Anakin the next movie. When it became clear Obi-Wan wouldn't join him, Dooku gave up on the idea and decided to find another Jedi in Ventress
. Which Palpatine caught on, and by Revenge of the Sith
Dooku didn't have a back-up and was forced into being more obedient. Which Palpatine used to get rid of him.
Cloning Force-sensitives is extremely difficult, if not impossible in the new canon.
Explaining why the Emperor never made an army of Darth Mauls or a clone Anakin when he could be as Obviously Evil
itself. The science of cloning by the Kaminoans is purely scientific, and as such their knowledge of the Force and cloning Force-sensitives would be limited. The Force wouldn't like it if its power was forcibly replicated, so it's impossible to do so without using the dark side and even then it's still really hard. If, say, Palpatine cloned himself
in the new canon it'd at best result in a clone without any connection to the Force. This is one of the reasons why he had to choose a Badass Normal
, the other being subtler about things. Also, Sifo-Dyas may have opposed the idea of cloning Force sensitives like himself.
There's a reason no one rescued Anakin's mother from slavery..
..Darth Sidious kept that from happening.
The newly elected Supreme Chancellor, upon discovering such a potentially powerful apprentice, decided to make sure Anakin would be as troubled and emotionally vulnerable as possible, so that Sidious could manipulate him all the more easily. Learning about his history and his mother's current status, Palpatine (Sidious) surreptitiously used his power and puppet bureaucrats in the Senate to make sure that neither Queen Amidala nor the Jedi Council could go free her, either by blocking or otherwise tying up cash flow (in the case of Amidala), filibustering or otherwise tying up all concerned parties in red tape, or preventing all involved from personally travelling to Tatooine. Barring all that, it would be well within Palpatine's power (and inclinations) to escalate matters in the Republic to such a heightened degree (hostilities with the Trade Federation and/or others) so that Padme Amidala and/or the Jedi would have no choice but to put Shmi on the back burner and concentrate on much more important and potentially catastrophic galactic matters. Sidious/Palpatine could very well have been doing this for years, all to ensure that his future young apprentice would be as conflicted and malleable as possible, and all the more susceptible for corruption.
Imperial March actually exists in-universe as "the martial theme of the Imperial Navy" and is a somewhat popular music (to the point it's used as an elevator music
, and it got hummed by Separatist battle droids) and, in Legends, was chronologically first heard over three thousand and half years before the movies
. Given it apparently started out as a Republic military march, an actual military parade would have been the perfect moment to play it.