“Star Wars” fans didn’t like midi-chlorians — microscopic cells within one’s body that heighten Force sensitivity — when they were introduced in “The Phantom Menace.” But I’d argue that George Lucas was making a subtle commentary on religion, especially when I think about how prequel-era stories have portrayed the Jedi as a religious sect fallen on hard times.
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Jake Lloyd is now 10 years older than he was in “Star Wars: Episode I,” so he’s the same age Anakin Skywalker was in “Episode II,” when the role was taken over by the age-appropriate-at-the-time Hayden Christensen. We now see that Lloyd doesn’t look much like Christensen.
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“Fate of the Jedi” is the third multi-author “Star Wars” series from Del Rey, following the Yuuzhan Vong series and the Jacen-turns-evil series. The first two can be labeled interesting experiments, but the format is really clicking this time around.
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1. In “Return of the Jedi,” when the Ewok (I believe it’s Paploo, but I can’t check it because I don’t have my “Star Wars” library moved into my new place yet) jumps on the speeder bike, he immediately knows how to drive it. Specifically, he immediately knows where to find the override function that allows it to be driven by someone whose feet can’t reach the pedals. File this under the category of “things that happen in movies that you don’t think about on the first 146 viewings, but on the 147th viewing you realize it’s completely insane.”
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My friend Ally wondered the other day why filmmakers can’t just stay true to the book, especially if it’s a good book. I had mentioned that “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” was my favorite movie of 2008, and she said she hated it because the book was better.
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