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Revenge of the Sith Easter Eggs 569

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Ant writes "Via TheForce.Net, a StarWars.com article with a great list of Easter Eggs from the third prequel movie, Revenge of the Sith. There were many cameos and hidden images." From the article: " It's tiny, but visible enough to send a warm fuzzy through the hearts of original trilogy fans. In the establishing shot of the expansive Senate docking bays, there's a tiny Millennium Falcon easing into frame. And it's not just a non-descript Corellian freighter; it's on good authority -- namely George Lucas -- that this is the infamous hunk-of-junk before it came into the ownership of either Lando Calrissian or Han Solo."
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Revenge of the Sith Easter Eggs

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  • huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by TheKidWho (705796) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:30PM (#12664942)
    Who you calling a hunk o junk, that baby can do the kessel run in 12 parsecs!
    • Re:huh? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by sveiki_neliels (870930) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:45PM (#12665388) Homepage
      You know, I've never really understood that line... I thought a parsec was a distance. ~3.26 l.y. specifically. Wouldn't you measure the speed of a ship by the time it takes to go a set distance?
      • Re:huh? (Score:5, Informative)

        by croddy (659025) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:52PM (#12665428)
        the kessel run, allegedly, was a test of maneuverability -- not of speed. a ship that could navigate a shorter route through a mess of spatial anomalies, asteroids, black holes, etc., was an admirable ship.
        • Re:huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by NanoGator (522640) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:45PM (#12665740) Homepage Journal
          "the kessel run, allegedly, was a test of maneuverability -- not of speed. a ship that could navigate a shorter route through a mess of spatial anomalies, asteroids, black holes, etc., was an admirable ship."

          The author who wrote that bit into his book was trying to cover for George's mistake.
        • Re:huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by nacturation (646836) <nacturation @ g m ail.com> on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:49PM (#12665767) Journal
          No doubt that was an after-the-fact explanation of why the script was wrong. In context, Kenobi asks if it's a fast ship, to which Han replies asking if he's never heard of the Millenium Falcon... and then gives the Kessel run quote followed by "She's fast enough for you, old man."

          So we have two scenarios... George Lucas, who isn't an astrophysicist, writes a script with what he thinks are correct terms but they turn out to be incorrect and everybody agrees that not all movies are perfect. Or, Star Wars is *never* wrong, man... must... find... alternate explanation! Han, uh... *knew* that the info was wrong and did it to test them or something. Or maybe when talking about fast ships, you give an example about maneuverability, something which a space barge going in a straight line and plowing the asteroids out of the way could have bested.

          Cognitive dissonance at its finest.
      • Re:huh? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by EvanED (569694) <evaned@ g m a i l.com> on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:29PM (#12665650)
        It is. There are sort of two schools of thought about Han meant.

        Croddy gives one explanation (the maneuverability test).

        The other is that Han was just boasting nonsense deliberately to try to impress Luke and Obi-Wan to see if they were suckers. Had they been impressed, had would have charged them more.
    • by reporter (666905) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:58PM (#12665482) Homepage
      I do not understand the fixation with the Millenium Falcon and other trivial "Easter Eggs" in the "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith".

      Other issues are more important. Although I generally consider the new movie to be excellent, I wish that Lucas would have un-did a major thematic flaw in the first 2 stories in this new trilogy. I am referring to the comment, in "Star Wars I", about the force being transferred from person to person via mitochondria (which is labeled "mito chlorians" by one of the characters.)

      Note that in the original trilogy, episodes IV-VI of "Star Wars" (SW), Lucas alludes that anyone can be part of the force. Your participation depends solely on your commitment to open-mindedness and the good side of the force. With this force, you can transcend the difficulties that you currently face. That message is a wonderfully uplifting message for kids of past and present generations.

      Then, in SW I, Lucas trashes that egalitarian view and says that Jedis are born, not created. Namely, you cannot be part of the good side of the force by your own choice. Jedis are some sort of elite, snobby group whose membership is determined by blood. Such a message, in my opinion, is atrocious and runs counter to the fundamental egalitarianism of Western society.

      Was anyone bothered by this fundamental change in one of the themes of SW?

      • by Jace of Fuse! (72042) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:57PM (#12665824) Homepage
        Was anyone bothered by this fundamental change in one of the themes of SW?

        What bothered me most about the whole thing wasn't that aspect of it. It was that they bothered to explain any aspect of the force at all.

        I really enjoyed the SW movies much more when the Force was some mysterious, unexplainable power that certain people learned to tap into. But the moment they start talking about blood tests and midichlorians then suddenly it becomes techno-bable BS.

        It's like any other force of nature or technology. The more unrealistic it is, the more I would prefer them not try to explain it with stupid crap to further drive it home to me that what I'm seeing isn't possible.

        I have many other serious gripes with Star Wars. RotJ, TPM, and AotC all did me in for even liking Star Wars at all.

        Even if III is really that good, I probably won't enjoy it because it's still built on those other piles of crap.
      • by sg3000 (87992) * <[moc.cam] [ta] [cilbup_gs]> on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:59PM (#12665838)
        > Note that in the original trilogy, episodes IV-VI of "Star
        > Wars" (SW), Lucas alludes that anyone can be part of the force.
        > Your participation depends solely on your commitment to
        > open- mindedness and the good side of the force. With this
        > force, you can transcend the difficulties that you currently
        > face. That message is a wonderfully uplifting message for kids
        > of past and present generations.

        I think this illustrates the problem with many fans of the original trilogy with regards the new movies. Lucas never said what you described above, and the concept that you describe is not one of his themes. You may have drawn this conclusion as a theme after watching Episodes IV-VI, and it may appeal to you, but it's not part of Lucas's story.

        You have to think of Episodes I - VI as as a single movie, and due to the way Lucas made the movies, you walked into the middle of "the film". You drew some conclusions based on incomplete information, and unfortunately your conclusion was wrong.

        It's kind of like if you walked into the last half of -- oh I don't know, let's say "Star Trek: First Contact" and you missed the whole part about Picard having been captured and made into a Borg in the first scene. Without this information, you had to create your own "beginning" to make sense of it. So maybe you drew a conclusion that Picard had initially created the Borg initially. Maybe you thought that the movie had a theme similar to Frankenstein, where it was about science dabbling into things that should be left alone. You're happy with the theme, but some years later, you get the opportunity to go back and see the first half of the movie. You see the events you missed, and that new information kills the theme you thought existed.

        Episodes IV-VI are like that. Lucas themes existed throughout the movies, but they may not match whatever back story that some fans have created in their own minds once they see all six films. The issue is probably compounded by the fact that Star Wars sprouted a host of ancillary novels and other paraphernalia, to which Lucas does not feel constrained to tie his story.

        The midichlorians are important for two reasons. First, they help with a theme of when the Republic degenerates into a dictatorship, science makes way for religion and superstition. In Episode I, it is clear that the Jedi understand the science behind The Force. For example, they actually could measure someone's potential related to the Force by their midichlorians count. By the time Episode IV came around, no one even knew the science behind the Force, and people dismissed it as a "hokey religion." Asimov did a similar theme with his Foundation series of stories.

        Second the midichlorians provide an important explanation of why Darth Vader had lost much of his power and why Darth Sideous wanted Luke to be his replacement. Anakin had the highest midichlorian count of any Jedi, including Yoda, and he was destined to be the most powerful Jedi of all. However, when he lost his arms and legs, he lost nearly half his body mass and thus his midichlorian count fell by half. Thus he went from being more powerful than Darth Sideous to being maybe 80% as powerful. Still strong, but not exactly as powerful as Sideous would like. Thus, Sideous sought a replacement in Luke.

        As for whether midichlorian counts are contrary to egalitarianism, I don't agree. If you want to be a fighter pilot, you have to have good eyesight. If you're born blind, you could learn to fly a plane (with the audio equivalent of instruments), but it would be surprisingly if that blind pilot flew anywhere nearly as well as the pilot with perfect vision. And perfect vision is often related to genetics. In Lucas's story, Force ability is related to genetics via midichlorians. This was foreshadowed in Episode VI, when Obi-Wan said that Luke and Leia had to be hidden because if the Emperor discovered Anakin had any offspring, they would be a threat to him. In other words, Anakin would pass his genetically high midichlorian count on to his children.

        • It is really sad when someone say "you are jumping into conclusions" and find explanations to the original complain jumping into conclusions...

          Nowhere is said that Darth Vader/Anakin gets weaker losing limbs. What is the midichlorian just jumped from the limbs to his head? He would be strong anyway. But I would be jumping into conclusions, don't I?
          • by Reverberant (303566) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @06:39PM (#12666413) Homepage
            Nowhere is said that Darth Vader/Anakin gets weaker losing limbs. What is the midichlorian just jumped from the limbs to his head? He would be strong anyway. But I would be jumping into conclusions, don't I?

            It's never stated in the movies, but the idea of Vader losing power because he loses his limbs comes straight from an interview with Lucas in the February issue of Vanity Fair (the one with the SW actors on the cover, p 167, 1st paragraph).

            The article isn't online, but you can find people who have quoted portions of the article [google.com]:

            "Anakin, as Skywalker, as a human being, was going to be extremely powerful. But he ended up losing his arms and a leg and became partly a robot. So a lot of his ability to use the Force, a lot of his powers, are curbed at this point, because, as a living form, there's not that much of him left. So his ability to be twice as good as the Emperor disappeared, and now he's maybe 20 percent less than the Emperor. So that isn't what the Emperor had in mind. He wanted this really super guy, but that got derailed by Obi-Wan. So he finds that, with Luke, he can get a more primo version if he can turn Luke to the Dark Side."
        • Second the midichlorians provide an important explanation of why Darth Vader had lost much of his power and why Darth Sideous wanted Luke to be his replacement. Anakin had the highest midichlorian count of any Jedi, including Yoda, and he was destined to be the most powerful Jedi of all.

          Now it sounds like you're drawing your own conclusions without any real store.

          In "real-life", my cholesterol count has nothing to do with the volume of blood in my body. If I have my legs cut off, I lose a lot of blood,
        • by Brandybuck (704397) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @07:33PM (#12666692) Homepage Journal
          You have to think of Episodes I - VI as as a single movie, and due to the way Lucas made the movies, you walked into the middle of "the film".

          Hate to burst your bubble, but that's utter crap. It's Lucas Revisionism at its worst. The original Star Wars was a stand alone movie. Period. It didn't even have the "Episode IV" subtitle in the original theatrical release. The plot wasn't one sixth of a story, but a near-direct reuse of the plot from "The Hidden Fortress".

          Lucas may have orginally envisioned a series of movies, but he most certainly did not have a complete plot in mind for all six episodes.
      • ...the force being transferred from person to person via mitochondria...

        Uh, midichlorians. Nothing to do with mitochondria.

        I saw it last night, in a mostly empty cinema. The main thing I had against the film was quite simply that it wasn't much good. Oh, it was pretty, but that's about all I can say for it --- the acting was awful (although Senator Palpatine was fun in a giggling, frothing-at-the-mouth kind of way and Obi-Wan was doing a workmanlike job); the pacing was rubbish (it kept jumping from scene to scene without actually letting anything resolve itself); the choreography was incoherent (the big space combat at the beginning of the film was practically unfollowable; the battle on Kashyyk was largely non-existant); and, most damning of all, it was clumsy.

        For example: on (mumble), the volcano planet at the end. Anakin flies in and we get a nice panoramic shot of the facility. Hey, cool, I think, noticing the blue glow around the base of all the structures. Force shields! Fifteen seconds later, during a long, lingering pan past some more of these force shields, I realise that the only reason that Lucas is putting so much emphasis on them is because at some point they're going to fail and the facility is going to fall into the lava. I was right.

        Another example: the whole business with Anakin and the Younglings (hey. Sounds like a 60s band name). Yeah, thinks Lucas. Lets show how eeeeevil Anakin has become by letting him slaughter a whole bunch of innocent children! Muhahaha! And just to ram it home, lets have some doe-eyed kid lisp an unconvincing line to tell us just how much they trust him! That's such blatant, clumsy emotional manipulation that it's almost worthy of Spielberg.

        Meh. I'm not even going to go into the Fall of Anakin Skywalker. ("Anakin! Be evil!" "No." "Sure?" "Well... all right, then.")

        Incidentally, I don't agree with you in what you're reading into Episodes 4-6. The main thing about these films is that they're not SF; they're epic fantasy wrapped up with science and spaceships. (Luke == the unknown prince who grew up on a farm; Leia == the feisty princess; Han == the rogue with a heart of gold; Darth Vader == the Black Knight; the Emperor (who is never referred to by name) == the evil sorceror...) The original Star Wars films have nothing to do with egalitarianism. They're set in a simpler world of fairy tales where kings and queens rule with absolute power, and where hard work means nothing and destiny means everything.

        The Force is magic, plain and simple. It's not something learnt, it's innate. Most of the Force-sensitive people in the Empire have been killed; apart from Obi-Wan, Yoda and the Emperor, the only Force-sensitive people we meet are the Skywalker family --- and the fact that they're family is crucial to the plot. Han does not have it, and never learns it. He simply doesn't have the ability.

        (Interestingly, it's canon that R2D2 has some Force sensitivity. Not a lot, but he's the only droid ever to feel the Force --- it's not supposed to be possible.)

  • More Money! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by carterhawk001 (681941)
    Phase1: Relase Movie
    Phase2: Profit
    Phase3: Release Easter Egg List
    Phase4: More Profit!!
  • Too late (Score:2, Insightful)

    by biryokumaru (822262) *
    I wish they'd told me that before I'd seen the movie three times...
    • Don't even try to pretend that after 3 times in a week or so, you're not going to be seeing it again a few times. :)
    • Re:Too late (Score:3, Funny)

      by NanoGator (522640)
      "I wish they'd told me that before I'd seen the movie three times..."

      It's not their fault you missed em all three times!
    • This just in! (Score:3, Insightful)

      by lullabud (679893)
      Lucasfilm has just released a statement informing us that it's not too late to see it a FOURTH or FIFTH time! Get your original Lucasfilm Starwars: Revenge of the Sith easter eggs while you still can, because they won't last long! A whole new round of easter eggs is lined up for each of the seven DVD installments that will be released over the next 20 years! That's right! These film-only easter eggs will not be sold in stores! Get yours TODAY!
  • by nurhussein (864532) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:34PM (#12664966) Homepage
    (Warning : spoilers)

    He went straight into "evil mode" right after Palpatine gives him the Darth Vader title. It's like there's a "good/evil" toggle switch he pushed (maybe that's what the buttons on Darth Vader's suit is) to turn him evil. No conflicted feelings. Nothing. He could have at least said "I'm sorry for what I'm about to do" to the younglings. Anakin wasn't evil enough yet to slaughter children. He should have been obeying his new master's orders but hating them, and hating himself too... it would have been much much more tragic that way.

    In the end, Obi-Wan should have tried to bring him back to the good side much the way Luke did ("Obi-Wan once thought as you do"). The fight would have been much more personal then. They should be not wanting to fight each other, but both are compelled to... that would have made awesome drama. But no....
    • Anakin wasn't evil enough yet to slaughter children.

      bzzt, yes he was... don't forget that in EPII he slaughtered an entire village to avenge his mother's death...

    • Oh God, it was awful wasn't it.

      The whole audience went "Huh?!"

      Part of the problem was how Sidious' face changed. The the audience knew what that meant but Anakin didn't. If Anakin had showed a strong sympathetic response, that would have helped. Instead just "What have I done?" and you're trying to figure out why Jedis with their discipline training are much easier to 'turn' than your average chimp.

      I remember having to obliterate my memory of what I just saw to prevent it spoiling the rest of the movi
    • by Paralizer (792155) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:27PM (#12665282) Homepage
      Remember "the force is a powerful influence on weak minds"? By that point in the movie, Anakin had already killed Jacksons character after being tricked by Palpatine. He was crying help, Anakin stepped in and Palpatine quickly got up and killed Jackson. Anakin was probably stunned, and with the combination of killing a Jedi and his previous admitted "being lost", Palpatine moved in and pretty much took him over. Anakin never really had a chance, he was weakened by his hate (as Yoda said in one of the eariler movies), and Palpatine just picked him up and put him in his pocket.
    • by ankhank (756164) * on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:35PM (#12665331) Journal
      You're seeing the problems with the Force 1.0 universe -- it's a binary, two-bit universe. Everything's black and white, morally speaking.

      Universe 2.0 is 8-bit and has grayscale morality.
  • heh (Score:2, Funny)

    I'm just glad they snuck in a Willhelm among all those screams.
    • Re:heh (Score:3, Informative)

      by Guano_Jim (157555)
      I'm just glad they snuck in a Willhelm among all those screams.

      Parent is referring to the Wilhelm [onthemedia.org], a sound effect that sound artists seem to stick into every film they can as a joke.

      From the above linked article:

      The Wilhelm has punctuated the death and dismemberment of dozens of characters in some 20 to 25 movies, particularly in those associated with George Lucas. With appearances in some of history's biggest hits, from Star Wars to Raiders of the Lost Ark to Toy Story, clearly this sound gets around.
  • hilarious (Score:4, Funny)

    by vitamine73 (818599) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:35PM (#12664974)
    Check out this remake of episode IV:


    Grocery Store Wars: The Organic Rebellion [storewars.org]

  • Ah hah! (Score:2, Funny)

    by EMIce (30092)
    I knew it was the millenium falcon! That was so worth the $10.
  • I haven't seen episode 3 yet. So tell me, has Lucas realized he can't write dialogue and gotten someone better to do it for him? Not surprising that the best line in episode 5 (second in the original), when Leia says "I love you" and Solo says "I know" was not actually in the script. Harrison made it up on the spot. (He seems to do a lot of that, no?)

    What really makes Star wars is the spin off industries.

    Forget Industrial light and Magic for a moment. Who wouldn't pay a fortune to have Lucas's PR agency h
    • by IANAAC (692242)

      Not surprising that the best line in episode 5 (second in the original), when Leia says "I love you" and Solo says "I know" was not actually in the script. Harrison made it up on the spot. (He seems to do a lot of that, no?)

      Certainly better than this outing's

      "It's because I love you so much"
      "No. I love you more... Pookie"

      Well, at least that's what I got out of it.

      I mean, has he not been in love since high school?

    • No, not really. It was better than the first two (in the last half, anyway), but I've seen better on much cheaper sci-fi movies. But at least during the last half of the movie, Lucas seems to take the hint and not have much in the way of dialogue at all.
  • Bush (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Servo (9177)
    You forgot about the references to Bush in the Darth Vader dialog.
    • Re:Bush (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Lord Pillage (815466)
      You forgot about the references to Bush in the Darth Vader dialog.

      You mean, "If you aren't with me, then you're my enemy!" of course. (right before he and Obi-Wan go at it/also a Bush quotation)

    • Where's the anti-bush part of: "Where's Padme, is she safe, is she alright?" and "She was alive! I felt it, I saw her. NNOOOOOOO!"

      hmm?
      • Re:Bush (Score:3, Interesting)

        by be-fan (61476)
        It's not those lines. It's the "you're either with my, or your my enemy" (from Anakin), and the "only the Sith see things in absolutes" (from Obi Wan).

        While I agree with him, I personally couldn't really care less what Lucas thinks, and his references to the situation are as simple and without subtlety as we accuse Bush of being.
        • Re:Bush (Score:4, Insightful)

          by BigGerman (541312) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:51PM (#12665420)
          so "do or do not.. there are no try" and now "only the Sith see things in absolutes".. Hmmm.
          • Re:Bush (Score:3, Interesting)

            by Scrameustache (459504)
            so "do or do not.. there are no try" and now "only the Sith see things in absolutes".. Hmmm.

            Remeber in ep1 when Yoda looks into Anakin's future, frowns, and declares it "fuzzy" and says he can't see?

            He lied.

            He saw the awnser to the riddle of the Balance of the Force: From an imbalance of thousands of light-side weilder and only two dark-siders, Anakin will bring balance: Two of each.

            Yoda keeps his mouth shut and makes sure he's one the two.
        • Re:Bush (Score:3, Interesting)

          by glyph42 (315631)
          That's the best line ever: "Only the Sith see things in absolutes." Hahaha! You should never generalize, Obi Wan. Everybody always generalizes.
    • Just a coincidence (Score:5, Insightful)

      by sg3000 (87992) * <[moc.cam] [ta] [cilbup_gs]> on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:23PM (#12665255)
      > You forgot about the references to Bush in the Darth Vader
      > dialog.

      The dialog is superficial. Calls for dramatic absolutes are common when dictators are trying to gain power, as well as anyone with extreme viewpoints. It helps them manage the cognitive dissonance [wikipedia.org].

      Actually all the Star Wars movies are describing, among other things, how Democracy can fall to fascism.

      In summary, Palpatine starts a fake war[1] (where he controlled both sides[2]) in order to get elected and stay in office[3] by appealing to people's fear and rallying nationalism [4]. He convinces the Senate to vote Emergency Powers to him [5] in order to consolidate more power under himself. He finally declares the end of the Republic [6] in order to bring "peace" to the galaxy.

      The movies are not intended to directly catalog Bush or his policies. The original plot was written in the 1970s, and it was inspired by a number of events in history, including Hitler's rise to power and the Vietnam War. The way we humans move from democracy to fascism happens in roughly the same way each time.

      It just so happens that it can be argued that Bush has been following the same pattern as any drive towards fascism. Thus, any parallels to the current state of the U.S. is purely coincidental.

      -----

      [1] Whoops! No weapons of mass destruction found [cnn.com]. Our bad.

      [2] Didn't we used to fund and support Saddam Hussein [whatreallyhappened.com]?

      [3] Tom Ridge finally admits that the Department of Homeland Security twice questionably raised the terror alert [usatoday.com] status in order to prop up Bush's poll ratings during the election.

      [4] Freedom fries [cnn.com], anyone?

      [5] Secret sneak and peek searches via the PATRIOT Act [aclu.org], anyone?

      [6] "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier," Bush said, pausing and then joking, "just so long as I'm the dictator [cjonline.com]."
  • by jounihat (884616) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:38PM (#12665004)
    There's also two Easter eggs not mentioned in the article, because they're very difficult to find. In the first you can see someone in the background mumbling something, which is clearly a decent part of a dialogue. In the second, for one frame, you can see Hayden Christensen actually acting (it's uncertain, however, is it the real Hayden Christensen or just a Hayden Christensen 3D-model).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:41PM (#12665020)
    Milk chocolate or darth chocolate?
  • Homage to ET? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bbzzdd (769894) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:48PM (#12665059)

    **Minor Spoiler**

    Did anyone else feel the scene where Yoda leaves Kashyyyk was entirely reminiscent of the last scene in ET? Even Yoda's little pod looked a lot like ET's ship to me. I could even swear I heard the ET theme playing in the background.

    • There were a bunch of references like that. Some of the targeting screens on -- I forget which ship; the one that Anakin crashed into Coruscant, maybe -- looked almost exactly like Klingon ones from Star Trek, for example.
    • by Scrameustache (459504) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @07:40PM (#12666744) Homepage Journal
      Did anyone else feel the scene where Yoda leaves Kashyyyk was entirely reminiscent of the last scene in ET? Even Yoda's little pod looked a lot like ET's ship to me. I could even swear I heard the ET theme playing in the background.

      You are not alone.

      Remember, in ET, it's halloween and ET sees a kid in a Yoda mask and gets all excited, saying "Home! Hoooome!"... and the reciprocal ETs in one of ep1's Galactic Senate scenes.
  • On the bright side (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jesus IS the Devil (317662) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:49PM (#12665066)
    Anything to take your mind off the awful acting can't be a bad thing...
    • by be-fan (61476) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:04PM (#12665146)
      So true! That was exactly my reaction to Episode III. Now, it's not like I expect great acting in a Sci-Fi movie, but I expect passable acting. I expect good enough acting that I'm not continuously drawn out of the action by bad it is (or how cringe-worthy the dialogue is).

      I watch Sci Fi channel, for god's sake, so I'm not a movie snob by any means. The acting in those movies is bad, but they are also filmed on $10. In a $200m major blockbuster with well-known actors, I expect the acting and dialog to at least keep up with something like Stargate, a series filmed for a fraction of a fraction of that cost.
  • by janestarz (822635) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @02:51PM (#12665073)
    As I was discussing with a friend on my regular D&D night, the difference between a YT-1300 Corellian freighter and the Millenium Falcon, is that the MF is slightly...modified, shall we say? It's a YT-1300++, so to speak
    I did not know for instance, that the original YT-1300s have seperate jets while the MF has a big semi-ring of motor power block jet thingies.
    (Girl going tech/mech here, beware.)

    Ah well, Lando did some last minute remodifications when visiting the Second Death Star and scraped the hull a bit, incidentally losing the communications array too.

    What do you mean, -3 off-topic? I'm a girl geek, what do I know of topics anyway!

    • Can someone PLEASE mod parent as funny!
    • by rokzy (687636) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:13PM (#12665567)
      you say "girl" twice for no reason. I don't buy it. either you're a guy with big tits, or a girl with small tits.
    • by eobanb (823187) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @05:00PM (#12665845) Homepage
      Will you marry me?
      • I'm a girl.
        I read /.
        I know and like Star Wars.
        I know and like and play D&D.
        And thanks to someone else's comments my boob size is now being discussed on the /. comment thread.

        Boy, you're easily swayed, aren't you?

        PS: Sorry, no, I'm with NoKey who teaches me linux (gotta love a man who teaches you linux!).

        PPS: sorry for off-topic.

    • by Scooter (8281) <owen.annicnova@force9@net> on Sunday May 29, 2005 @09:02PM (#12673174)
      Yeah - Solo claims that he "made a lot of special modifications myself"

      Liar - this is what really happened:-

      Xzbit "So this is your ride? What a piece of Junk!"

      Han "Yeah - she may not look like much.."

      Xzbit "Damm man, you got that right. So.. what IS it?"

      Han "It's a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter"

      Xzbit "You mean it USED to be! Look at this paint job - is that paint or dandruff ?"

      Off to 'Western Spiral Arm Customs!' ....Later, down at the dockyard..

      Xzbit "Well, Han Western Spiral have done an amazing job on your YT, and here's ma droid Q to take you round the outside"

      Q "When we first got your YT, Han it was so badly beat up, we didn't think it would fly at all.

      Now we know you do a bit of smuggling so first we hit you with these Quad turbo laser cannons..

      And that's not all: for a really powerful punch, we also added you very own Arakyd Concussion missile tubes!"

      Han "No waaay - get outa town - you gave me my own missile launcher?!"

      Q "We sure did, right there on your YT. Now, those weapons are great for when you're out on the
      sublight highway, but what if some low lifes try and steal your ride from the docking bay? Well check this out: Taim & Bak hooked you up with this neat ventral Auto Blaster. It drops down and
      takes out the bad guys."

      Han "That is sooo neat"

      Q "In fact, we couldn't let this one go without giving you the ultimate smuggler's package, so we
      hit you with the Seinar Fleet systems Active Sensor Pulse Generator, a Torplex Fore Deflector
      Shield generator, and Carbanti hooked you up with this 29L Electro-Magnetic Countermeasures
      package. Not only that but here you got your Nordoxicon Anti-concussion Field generator, a
      KaproCorp Acceleration compensator, for those tight turns, a Torplex Tandem Flight Computer with
      the Microaxial HyD Modular Navicomputer with optional crop duster program. And round the back we got you a Novaldex Stasis-type Shield generator on the port side, with a Kuat drive-yards shield generator on the starboard side, and an Ion Flux Stabilser with Alluvial damper, and chrome spinners. We also did some boring shit to the engines but we don't talk about that on the show.."

      Han "I can't believe what you guys did to my YT! It's the fastest hunk-a-junk in the galaxy
      now!"

      Xzbit "And that ain't all - check out your interior. Mike tell him what you did.."

      Mike "When we got your ship in to the shop Han, you didn't *even* have a stereo, so we hooked you
      up with the biggest satellite dish we could find, and a state of the art holographic display
      right here in your lounge. And if there's nothing on the TV, it even plays chess!"

      Xzbit "Now I know you're wondering where you actually store the stuff you're smuggling - Mike
      show Han our special modification"

      Mike (lifts floor panel) "Check out your very own smuggling copmpartments!"

      Han "Oh. My. God. That is soooo awesome!"

      Mike "And if you ever find that you need to smuggle yourself in these, we installed 10 inch
      monitors and Holo player right here in the compartment lids, so you can watch movies whilst
      hiding out!"

      Xzbit "and finally Han, what's a ship these days without strobe lights? Now we want you to stand
      out on the approach apron down at Mos Eisley so we hit you with the latest Gelieg 20m-cp
      Strobe/C-beams. These puppies will light up the inside of an asteroid!"

      Han "This is unbelievable - wait til Chewie sees this!"

      Xzbit "Han - you officially bin pimped!"
  • by Associate (317603)
    I tried it in FF and IE.
    I didn't like it that much anyway.
  • Wow, news about easter eggs in Star Wars? This really is news for nerds.

    /me wonders why he read the article anyways

    /me wonders why he is writing "/me"

    /me has to log off immedi

  • by Council (514577) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `eornumr'> on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:00PM (#12665125) Homepage
    If you hit up-down-up-left-A-B-B-A when you see the Lucasfilm logo, you see an extra splashscreen.

    And also it changes directors to Spielberg.
  • by rollerbob (739079) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:05PM (#12665152) Homepage
    ... in fact it's one of TPM's few redeeming features.

    A dusty EVA pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey can be seen in amongst the junk in Watto's junkyard. Must have been the one that cut Frank Poole's air supply, eventually ending up in a galaxy far, far away.
  • All these little in-jokes to the original trilogy really ruins the new trilogy for me. The relationships are incestous (not Luke/Leia tounge kiss incest): it seems like the same dozen or so people are doing everything in the galaxy: there is, for example, no reason for C3P0 to be in the new trilogy. Getting his memory erased at the end of Sith was a ridiculously contrived plot point. Ditto Jango/Boba Fett in the new trilogy.

    The Falcon cameo is far less jarring (indeed, barely noticeable), but it has the
  • by jdgeorge (18767) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:13PM (#12665201)
    If you look carfully during the "touching scene" between Anakin and Padme, you'll see the wet paper bag that Hayden Christensen was unable to act his way out of.
  • C3PO (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Umbral Blot (737704) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:27PM (#12665275) Homepage
    Does anyone know how C3P0 lost his right leg, which is silver in the original films instead of gold. I expected him to lose it in episode 3.
    • Re:C3PO (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Andrew-Unit (798862)
      Anthony Daniels discusses this question on his personal website [anthonydaniels.com]:

      Q Thank you for connecting to your fans. We really appreciate that one of our idols will actually listen to our opinion. Will we ever discover the backstory for the silver shin? LoserkidBXCR

      A As you may have gathered from all the fluff that is surrounding Episode III, Threepio is, for the first time, completely gold from knee to foot. I believe this is in honour of the expensive carpets in Miss Padme's bedroom and the rather elegant desig

  • Easter Eggs?? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fm6 (162816) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @03:46PM (#12665391) Homepage Journal
    Easter Eggs are, by definition, hidden. These are inside jokes, or references, or whatever, but they're certainly not Easter Eggs. Especially not the Wilhelm Scream [wikipedia.org], which has been an inside Hollywood joke for decades.
  • by Badmovies (182275) on Saturday May 28, 2005 @04:00PM (#12665502) Homepage
    Six degrees of separation my butt! From what Lucas has shown us, it is more like one or two in the "Star Wars" universe. Between the droids being around young Anakin and now the Millennium Falcon showing up, I have lost track of how many times things are tied in together. I am surprised that the Ewoks did not turn out to be Chewbacca's midget children that he never knew about.
    • The droids being around Anakin is natural, actually. Remeber, they are first Leia's droids in ANH. Now, why would Leia ever need a personal astromech droid with an attitude? Remember, in RotS (Star Wars:Rots, I like it :), C3PO's memory gets erased, but R2D2's does not.

      I would imagine that he was given to Leia not because she needed an astromech, but rather that Obi-Wan and Yoda wanted someone who knew exactly what her father was capable of watching her. C3PO was given to her because someone needed to
    • Pfft!

      I am surprised that the Ewoks did not turn out to be Chewbacca's midget children that he never knew about.

      Everyone knows the Ewoks are a race of midget wookies.

      Also, if you really pay attention, you learn the following things:

      Yoda is Chewbacca's father.

      While technically, yes, Anikin was "conceived" by the midicholorides or whatever the heck they're called, the real reason Anikin's mom was so vague about his conception was that she was having an affair with Watto at the time.

      The real reason why Jar Jar was kicked out of the secret underwater city is because he was gettin' it on with Padame, an act strictly prohibited by the Gungan. However since they're pretty much all stupid, the gungans only description for sexual miconduct is "being clumsy". Proof of this is found in Episode II's tortured romantic discussions between Skywalker and Padame when she talks about her first boyfriend, and finalized by a split second shot in Episode III when Padame shoots Jar Jar one of "those" knowing looks.

      If you pay close attention to the Millennium Falcon in Episode III, you notice that it is NOT the same ship they used in Episodes IV-VI. It's actually the original TOY they released to the general public back in the early 80s. This way, Lucas and his merchindising buddies can say that they toys everyone bought back in the 80s was actually a model of the ship in Episode III, and they should all go out and buy a new Millennium Falcon if they want the REAL Ep IV-VI toy.

      Episode III is also the first Star Wars where we discover that people a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away sometimes suffered from terrible gas pains. This was shown by the expressions on Palpatine's face many times in the film (at first I thought it was bad acting, but later learned it was just gas).

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