Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which came out May 16th, 2002, is the fifth Star Wars film released, and the second chronologically. It takes place 10 years after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and 22 years prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

[edit] Studios Reference

The references listed below are just the ones that pertain specifically to Attack of the Clones. For a full list of Star Wars references, see Star Wars.

Star Wars Weekends features several characters from this film including: Clonetroopers, Jango Fett, Shaak Ti, and Zam Wesell.

[edit] Film Synopsis

The film follows the now Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his Padawan 19 Year old Anakin Skywalker, who are once again sent to protect Padme Amidalla, who is now the Senator of Naboo, having served her time as the Queen. The Senator has been plagued with many near death experiences at the hands of Jango Fett, a notorious Bounty Hunter. When Obi-Wan finds a poison dart, of which he is able to track back to the water planet of Kamino, he is sent to investigate, while Anakin is sent with Padme to return to Naboo.

Upon arriving on Kamino, Master Kenobi is surprised when he discovers that the Kaminoians had developed a large army consisting solely of genetically altered clones of Jango Fett. Putting this on the back burner to concentrate on his mission, Obi-Wan finds and confronts Jango Fett, who flees to the planet Geonosis, a move of which Obi-Wan quickly follows.

Upon arriving there he discovers that an old enemy, the Trade Federation, has joined with several new planets to create a massive droid army, all of which are being conducted by the Dark Jedi, Count Dooku. After finding this out, Obi-Wan informs the Jedi Council of Jango Fett, the Clone Troopers, and the Droid Army, but is captured by the end of the transmission.

On Naboo, young Anakin and Padme had fallen in love with each other, much to Anakin's confusion, due to the fact that it is against the code of the Jedi to love. But when Anakin starts having dreams that his mother is dying, it is Padme's love for him that drives both of them to return to Anakin's home planet, Tatooine, to check on his mother. It turns out that his dreams were in fact visions through the Force, for Shmi Skywalker had been captured by the beastly Sand People. Anakin hunts them down, only to find his mother barley alive. With her dying in his arm, Anakin gives into his anger and kills the entire tribe of Sand People, including the women and children, starting him down a much darker path that he will be forced to follow for most of the rest of his life.

Returning from this confrontation, he learns of Obi-Wan being captured, prompting Anakin and Padme to go rescue him. However, shortly after arriving, they themselves are captured. The three are chained up in a gladiator type arena having to fight against three monstrous beasts. During this struggle, Mace Windu and a band of Jedi Knights appear to help Obi-Wan. The Jedi suddenly end up outnumbered by the droid army. When all seems lost, Yoda appears in the sky with several ships filled with the Clone Troopers.

Whenever Count Dooku tries to escape, he is hunted down by Anakin and Obi-Wan just before he is able to board his ship. After an epic battle that ends with Obi-Wan being knocked unconscious, Anakin loosing his arm, and Yoda coming in and showing them all a thing or two about dueling Dooku is able to escape, but at the expense of the destruction of the Geonosis facility. To many this was considered as winning the battle, but to the foresight of Yoda, it was the beginning of the Clone Wars.

Once things started cooling down, Anakin, with a new robotic arm, brings Padme back to Naboo, where they secretly marry each other.

[edit] Other Films

Both in release and chronologically, this film was preceded by Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and followed by Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, though the animated movie and TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars actually takes place in between those last two.

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