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The Phantom Menace review by: Lord August

 

Illustration depicting various characters of the film, surrounded by a frame which reads at the top "Every saga has a beginning". In the background there is a close-up of a face with yellow eyes and red and black tattoos. Below the eyes are a bearded man with long hair, a young woman with facepaint and an intricate hat, three spaceships, a short and cillindric robot besides a humanoid one, a boy wearing gray clothes, a young man wearing a brown robe holding a laser sword, and an alien creature with long ears. At the bottom of the image is the title "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and the credits.

 

 

 

Developed by: Lucas Films Ltd.

 

Directed by: George Lucas

 

Produced by: Rick McCallum

 

Written by: George Lucas

 

 

 

Rating: PG

 

STORY:

 

     A long time ago…in a galaxy, far, far away…..

 

     The Galactic Republic is in a period of decline. In response to a taxation on trade routes, the Trade Federation organizes a blockade of battleships around the planet of Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum dispatches two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, in hopes of resolving the issue. However, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious orders the army to kill the Jedi and invade Naboo with an army of battle droids. The two Jedi escape: by climbing aboard a ship and escaping to Naboo. There, Qui-Gon saves a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks from being crushed by a Federation tank. Indebted to the Jedi, Jar Jar leads them to the underwater Gungan city; there, the Jedi unsuccessfully attempt to persuade the Gungans to help the people of Naboo, though they are able to obtain a transport to reach the Capital city of Theed on the surface.

 

     Meanwhile, the Federation has invaded the capital city Theed, and nearly taken over the rest of the planet. Queen Amidala is captured by the Federation army, but is rescued by the Jedi. The Queen escapes Naboo with the Jedi on her starship, which is damaged on its way through the blockade surrounding the planet, forcing them to land onTatooine, a nearby desert planet, for repairs. Qui-Gon ventures into the settlement of Mos Eisley with Jar Jar and the droid R2D2 to a junk shop to purchase a new hyperdrive generator. The queen allows Padmé, supposedly a handmaid, to journey along with them. There, they meet a slave child named Anakin Skywalker, a pilot and engineer who has created his own protocol droid, C-3PO. After spending time with Anakin, Qui-Gon senses a strong presence of the Force within him, and suspects he may be the “Chosen One” of Jedi prophecy who will bring balance to the Force. Qui-Gon makes a bet with Anakin’s owner, Watto, to enter him in a podracing tournament; if Anakin wins, he will be freed. If Watto wins, Qui-Gon forfeits his ship. Anakin manages to win the race and beats the doug, Sabolba, and then joins the group to be trained as a Jedi. They are then attacked by Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Darth Maul, who was dispatched to find, and eliminate the jedi. Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn battle each other on the sands of Tatooine, Qui-Gon, meeting his match, retreats, to his ship and disembarks the desert planet.

 

Having escaped the attack, the Jedi escort the Queen to the Republic capital planet of Corusant so she can plead her people’s case to Chancellor Valorum. Qui-Gon asks the Jedi Councel to train Anakin as a Jedi, but is rejected. Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine of Naboo convinces the Queen to make a motion of no confidence in Valorum in attempt to vote for a stronger Chancellor who will help end the conflict. She pushes such a vote, but grows frustrated with the lack of action by the Galactic Senate, eventually deciding to return to Naboo with the Jedi.

 

Back on Naboo, Padmé reveals herself to be Queen Amidala, the other “Queen” having been a decoy. Padmé convinces the Gungans to form an alliance against the Trade Federation. While Jar Jar leads his people in a battle against the droid army and the Queen comes in to capture by Gunray in Theed, Anakin pilots a vacant starfighter and joins the fight against the Federation droid control ship in space, and—using the Force—destroys the ship, deactivating the droid army. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon encounter Darth Maul once more and engage him in a lightsaber fight. Maul mortally wounds Qui-Gon, but is defeated by Obi-Wan; who cleaves Maul in two. Qui-Gon’s dying request is for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. Palpatine is elected as the new Supreme Chancellor, the Federation Viceroy is sent to stand trial for his crimes, Obi-Wan is bestowed the rank of Jedi Knight, and the Jedi Council accepts Anakin to become Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

 

ACTORS:

 

Liam Neeson

 

Ewan McGregor

 

Natalie Portman

 

Jake Lloyd

 

Ian McDiarmid

 

Pernilla August

 

And others…

 

PRODUCTION:

 

          The movie itself was created over a decade after Return of the Jedi. Lucas realized during the making of A New Hope that the world he created was too vast in scope to cover in one stand-alone film. He began writing a basic draft for his prequel trilogy that he planned on creating after the first three films. After Return of the Jedi, certain events occurred and Lucas lost over half his fortune. This made him drop the entire idea of starting a prequel trilogy. However, in the 1990’s Star Wars was still popular. Dark Horse comics began creating Star Wars comic books with back stories for Lucas’s different characters. This inspired Lucas to finally take up the task of creating another three Star Wars movies.

 

     Within three to four months of Lucas beginning the writing process, Doug Chian and his design team started a two-year process of reviewing thousands of designs for the film. Stunt coordinator Nick Gillard was recruited to create a new Jedi fighting style for the prequel trilogy. Gillard likened the lightsaber battles to a chess game “with every move being a check.” Because of their short-range weapons, Gillard theorized that the Jedi would have had to develop a fighting style that merged every swordfighting style, such as kendo and other styles, with other swinging techniques. While training Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, Gillard would write a sequence to be an estimated 60 seconds long, meant to be among five to six sequences per fight. Lucas later referred to Jedi as being “negotiators”, rather than high-casualty soldiers. The preference of hand-to-hand combat was intended to give a more spiritual and intellectual role to the Jedi.

 

     When the movie premiered in 1999, the respond was outstanding! Thousands of companies had to shut down on the opening day, for thousands of employees reported they could not attend work for they were going to see Star Wars. The movie won back Lucas’s fortune and helped urge him to start on the other two.

 

     At the time, CGI was a big thing, but Lucas balanced the CGI enough with other camera tricks he used in the first three films that the movie still held the same charm as the others, EXCEPT for a few scenes. (i.e. Darth Mauls death)

 

OVERVIEW:

 

     When all is said and done, “The Phantom Menace” is still considered a great accomplishment in the modern day movie industry.

Star wars republic commandos review

RATING: TEEN.By Lord August

 

 

   Star Wars republic Commando was released on March 1 2005. The game was developed and published by Lucas Arts for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox platforms.

STORY LINE: You are in the boots of a Clone Commando thrown into the midst of the battle on Geonosis with your squad of Elite troops, your mission being to find, and assassinate, the Geonosian leader Sun Fac. Your code name is Delta 1136 and your commandos, Delta 1262, Delta 1140 and Delta 1207. (Scorch, Fixer and Sev respectively) Blasting your way through Geonosian underground tunnels you have to rely on your fellows along the way, as well as helping them yourself.

After Destroying Sun Fac you are sent off to garrison a republic assault cruiser. After more fighting you are sent to investigate an assault frigate that went missing several months earlier. You split up, trying to navigate your way through a ship drenched with the blood of thousands of republic soldiers. Eventually you lose contact with all your squad mates. You learn from the surviving soldiers aboard the ship that Trandoshan bounty Hunters plan to hand the ship over to the Separatists with all of the Republics precious data aboard. You must act quickly to stop them. It is up to you to save yourself and your squad.

 Throughout your service to the republic you travel to different planets, engage different intelligent species and even destroy a Separatist droid facility. The story takes place over 2 years of the Clone Wars, stopping on the final battle of Kashyyyk. 

The story does lack character and background development, but makes up for it with the intense story plot.

 Overall I believe the story deserves an 8/10.

GAME PLAY: Republic commandos has one of the most intelligent AI ever seen for its time. Your squad mates take cover when needed, switch to weaponry fit for taking out whatever your current foe is, and even revive you when you are shot down. Enemies as well will take cover to some extent and a few (such as trandoshans) switch between multiple weapons to take you out.

You see through your commando’s helmet, and a green bar represents your health on the side of your helmet. When your energy is gone, instead of dying, you are knocked out, your vision being obscured by a red hue. If one your squad members can make it to you in time before they too are shot down they can raise your energy bar back up to halfway; enabling you to be back in action!

You may command your men to mount turrets, focus fire on an individual foe, take defensive positions or bombard a pacific area with gunfire.

There are a number of different bombs and grenades you may pick up stashed away in ammunition dumps or abandoned vehicles. There are also 4 different republic weapons available to you after a certain period of time as well as a few enemy weapons you may use. The game lacks any bosses or puzzle solving but most levels end in some sort of major conflict. (I.e. at the end of the droid factory level you must detonate the entire structure while fending off numerous enemies in a limited amount of time.)

Game play: 9/10.

GRAPHICS: The graphics were not revolutionary for its time but still good quality. When killing enemies close up blood (or oil in case of droids) will splatter across your visor. Textures are smooth and detailed and the lighting in different areas is excellent. Guns and weaponry stretch all the way to your character leaving no gaps between the two. Backgrounds are also very detailed and smooth, not at all like your low quality 2d backgrounds. Reflection on windows and glass is decent, while the various shadows of characters, etc. are excellent. The game refrains from using 2d animations such as far off birds or tiny bushes as little as possible. Explosions as well are 3d. However, up close on your squad mates and certain enemies the texture quality is rather low, but this aspect can be easily overlooked.

I’d give graphics, an 9/10.

RECEPTION: Republic commandos was received very well. First person shooters were very popular at the time of its release (such as halo) so fans of that type of game genera were delighted to have another fps to play.

Altogether I’d give republic commandos a 9.0.

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