It's Mr. Galaxywide
June 27, 2017 8:31 AM   Subscribe

 
A surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:45 AM on June 27 [4 favorites]


kanjiklub? you know you can't trust those little freaks!
posted by entropicamericana at 8:46 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]


Is this an advertisement for a brand of cinnamon whiskey?
posted by Oyéah at 8:49 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]


That was hilarious!
posted by djeo at 8:52 AM on June 27


Wow. I thought I'd exaggerated in my mind how awful the prequels were. And I remembered that scene being one of the better parts of them.
posted by gurple at 8:54 AM on June 27 [5 favorites]


I'm going to take this opportunity to say that if you love blending silly dance music with Star Wars, and have some time to kill, you NEED to check out Auralnauts' brilliant Laser Moon Awakens retelling of the Star Wars saga RIGHT NOW!
posted by Greasy Eyed Gristle Man at 9:01 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]




I'm going to take this opportunity to say that if you love blending silly dance music with Star Wars, and have some time to kill, you NEED to check out Auralnauts' brilliant Laser Moon Awakens retelling of the Star Wars saga RIGHT NOW!

Seriously. I get Dance of the Fates stuck in my head once a month.

Make sure everybody has Zimas!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:23 AM on June 27 [6 favorites]


I misread this and thought there was going to be a ball pit not Pitbull (someone, please make this happen - I mean, keep Mr. Worldwide but add colorful plastic balls to this.)
posted by vespabelle at 9:28 AM on June 27


This is cool, but it's also a great reminder of how shitty the fight choreography was.
posted by kenko at 9:29 AM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Ahh, but from the fight choreographies point of view it is you that is shitty.
posted by Artw at 9:56 AM on June 27 [13 favorites]


In my opinion, the fight choreography's shittiness is directly tied to Lucas' shitty storytelling. This fight always looked to me like "two guys with sticks knock their sticks together in increasingly dangerous locations." That's not a story.

The story of this fight should be based on the characters - Obi Wan shunting his emotions aside because he's remained committed to the Jedi way, Anikan being increasingly unhinged as his emotions overcome him. The ideal ending of the fight for me would have been Obi Wan turning off his lightsaber in a moment that literally allowed Anakin to defeat himself (For example, he turns off his weapon so Anakin angrily cuts through enough of a bridge that they're standing on and plunges into the lava bellow). That has the added bonus of resonating with Episode 4 - Vader still hasn't learned he's defeating himself and making his enemies stronger. Furthermore, his surviving the lava (albeit disfigured) through malice and the force becomes a little more superhuman - show him dragging himself out of the lava with his one functioning arm (and watching Obi Wan fly off with Padme), his eyes seething with rage.

The ending of the actual fight has more in common with Monty Python's Black Knight scene than Star Wars.
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:56 AM on June 27 [14 favorites]


Monty Python's Black Knight scene with Fireball?

GUISE THIS SONG WORKS WITH ANY SWORDFIGHT!
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:05 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]




GUISE THIS SONG WORKS WITH ANY SWORDFIGHT!

Princess Bride: check
posted by Iridic at 10:16 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]


Now I want to see it with some Genndy Tartakovsky.
posted by Artw at 10:17 AM on June 27 [1 favorite]


The ideal ending of the fight for me would have been Obi Wan turning off his lightsaber in a moment that literally allowed Anakin to defeat himself (For example, he turns off his weapon so Anakin angrily cuts through enough of a bridge that they're standing on and plunges into the lava bellow)

A moment like that would also resonate strongly with the image of Luke at the end of ROTJ throwing his light saber aside and telling the Emperor that he has failed. That's the moment when Luke integrates the teachings of Obi-Wan and Yoda with his experience and truly becomes a Jedi and would make it a stronger moment for Anakin remembering who he was.
posted by nubs at 10:25 AM on June 27 [4 favorites]


Am I the only one who thought a pitbull was going to shoot a fireball from its mouth or something? Just me?

Friends, this is why we should capitalize proper nouns. Because I am super disappointed.
posted by cooker girl at 10:38 AM on June 27 [11 favorites]


Oh man, Fireball x CTHD Restaurant Fight is INCREDIBLE. My day has been made.
posted by sleeping bear at 10:38 AM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise? I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:27 AM on June 27 [4 favorites]


I think it's worth reflecting on the subtext of this scene, which is that Anakin's cock and balls get bbq'd for sure.

Maybe as a punishment for betraying his Jedi vows with Padme?
posted by biffa at 11:34 AM on June 27


I'm really expecting that in five years or so, after Episode IX and Young Han Solo and maybe a few other adventures, we'll be looking at a remake of Episodes I-III. There's just too much money to be made with a non-overwhelmingly-shitty version of the story for Disney to leave it on the table. Franchises have been rebooted for less.
posted by saturday_morning at 11:38 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]


I don't know why I missed it for years, but the ending of the fight is a callback to TPM. Obi-Wan knows what Anakin will attempt because Obi-Wan used the same trick on Darth Maul.

By the way, my hot take here is that ROTS is better than The Force Awakens, and the prequels are generally more visually interesting and ambitious. What I think is interesting now is that after hearing Xers shit on the Star Wars movies of their childhood, Millennials are coming of age and playing around with those movies with tons of irony but also a little love.
posted by mobunited at 11:47 AM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Bonus bonus: Party Rock Cantina
posted by Grandysaur at 11:55 AM on June 27 [4 favorites]


By the way, my hot take here is that ROTS is better than The Force Awakens, and the prequels are generally more visually interesting and ambitious.

What? They just stood still in corridors about 75% of the time!
posted by Sys Rq at 12:10 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Bonus bonus: Party Rock Cantina yt

BrillYUNT!
posted by Samizdata at 12:11 PM on June 27


Honest question: Is there anyone talking about remaking the prequels as part of the new Annual Star Wars Movie push after they finish Episode 9 and whatever flashbacks to young Han or Chewie or Jabba they have planned? I think they could be greatly improved upon without disrupting continuity too much.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on June 27


By the way, my hot take here is that ROTS is better than The Force Awakens, and the prequels are generally more visually interesting and ambitious. What I think is interesting now is that after hearing Xers shit on the Star Wars movies of their childhood, Millennials are coming of age and playing around with those movies with tons of irony but also a little love.

this x1000000

I haven't heard anyone say anything new on the subject of Why The Prequels Are Bad since the GWB administration. Consider, perhaps, that rushing in to tell everybody that The Prequels Are Bad Did You Know That every time there's a post about them is just garden-variety threadshitting.
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:51 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Honest question: Is there anyone talking about remaking the prequels as part of the new Annual Star Wars Movie push after they finish Episode 9 and whatever flashbacks to young Han or Chewie or Jabba they have planned?

Not to my knowledge, however there have been faint whisperings (very unofficial) of a possible Obi-Wan-in-exile movie with Ewan McGregor once again stepping into the role to play a middle-aged Ben Kenobi. And while I don't think it's a story that really needs to be told, it would be nice for McGregor to get an actual decent Star Wars movie to sink his teeth into for a change.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:03 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


My hot take: The bestest most Star Warsy bits of Star Wars are actually in the last few seasons of Clone Wars, and Anakin is a really interesting character in them.
posted by Artw at 1:06 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


What? They just stood still in corridors about 75% of the time!

that's not fair, they also sat still on couches and office chairs for a considerable amount of time too
posted by entropicamericana at 1:40 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Every generation gets the Dark Side of the Moon/Wizard of Oz they deserve.
posted by StopMakingSense at 1:49 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


"We've got Samuel L. Jackson!"
"What does he do?"
posted by Artw at 1:50 PM on June 27


Damn, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon holds up.
posted by gwint at 1:54 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Greasy Eyed Gristle Man - wow, the elektro haus music video version of the Phantom Menace lightsaber battle is brilliant!
posted by doop at 2:39 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Prequelmemes on metafilter?

It's treason, then.
posted by aerotive at 3:01 PM on June 27


This strongly reminds me of Get Yourself High, possibly my all-time favourite music video.
posted by doop at 3:04 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


I haven't heard anyone say anything new on the subject of Why The Prequels Are Bad since the GWB administration.

But … why would you have? Do new reasons have constantly to be discovered, or can't the case be considered closed at some point?
posted by kenko at 3:45 PM on June 27 [3 favorites]


"What does he do?"

NOTHING! That's the beauty of it!
posted by entropicamericana at 5:02 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Genius, George!
posted by Artw at 5:29 PM on June 27


Lukewarm takes:
+ kittensofthenight, that is the single best scene in entire prequel trilogy and the story that led me to a really satisfying deep dive into wookiepedia.
+ whatever about the fight choreography, The Revenge of the Sith gave me excellent glimpses of worlds I want to explore on sandbox games
+ Anakin successfully comes across as every dude I wanted to throw down with in high school but was afraid to. It's so maddening when assholes are also better than you at anything.
+ yes, CTHD holds up, which makes me sad because now I need to see the chill fight in the trees and that sublime scene where they talk outside at the tavern/teahouse but my ex has the dvd :(
+ pitbull is ridiculous
posted by Caxton1476 at 8:52 PM on June 27


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