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If it's Broken, they will not Avenge it

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It’s that time again. Time for me to tear apart a movie that could have worked, but didn’t. And as you most certainly guessed by now, the movie I am today going to analyze and hopefully put back together is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Revenge of the Sith. Copyright © Lucasfilm

[I want to get this out of the way right now. I never did have a problem with the title of this movie the first time I watched it, and even when I saw that other people had a problem with it. I always kinda assumed that Sith was like the word “fish.” It can refer to one fish, or two fish. Those Sith over there are dancing, or that Sith right there changed the light bulb. So I always just kinda assumed that the title here was a reference to Anakin getting revenge on the Jedi order for failing to save Padme or some such crap like that. That doesn’t really work when Padme is in no danger in this movie until way after his transformation into Vader. But even more important…Darth Maul mentioned that the Sith would at last have revenge, way back in Phantom Menace. And there was never any explanation about what they wanted revenge for. So it can be assumed that I was wrong, and that the Sith in the title of this movie is in reference to all of the Sith, as a whole, wanting revenge, or some such. I can’t say this with certainty, but I know that George Lucas actually wanted Episode VI to be called Revenge of the Jedi, but changed it like a week before the poster came out or whatever, because revenge isn’t a Jedi concept…so he called Episode III Revenge because, heck, I guess it is a Sith concept. But we wouldn’t know, because the few things we are ever told about Sith seemingly contradict what we actually see…So in any case, it’s a terrible name for a film that doesn’t really deal with revenge at all. But for the purposes of clarity, throughout this article, we will call it “revenge.”]

I’ve heard many a person, fan and casual viewer alike, hold this movie higher than the other two prequels because, allegedly, it finally shows Anakin’s descent to the dark side. This, for some people, is what they wanted to see the entire time with the first two prequel movies, and finally having it conceptualized in this film made all the mistakes this movie makes just vanish, I guess. What mistakes? Well, before I can answer that question, I think we should refresh our memories on what exactly happened in this movie.

The Galactic Republic has been schooled several times by the Separatists in the Clone Wars, in the last 3 years. Two Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi go to rescue the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from the leader of the Separatists, Count Dooku. Anakin kills Dooku (shocking, considering how easily Dooku defeated Anakin the last time they met) at the behest of Palpatine. The two Jedi and the Supreme Chancellor return to Coruscant, where Anakin discovers that his secret wife, Padme, is pregnant.

Palpatine puts Anakin on the Jedi Council, much to the dismay of the rest of the Council. Anakin’s loyalties are tested as the Council doesn’t trust Palpatine, but Anakin likes Palpatine. Whatever shall he do? Palpatine tells Anakin about how cool it is to be evil, while Obi Wan kills General Grievous, a Separatist who kills Jedi for fun. Anakin’s conversation with Palpatine yields some very interesting information, and Anakin tells the Jedi council. The council goes to arrest the Supreme Chancellor, but he kills them, with the help of Anakin, who doesn’t want his wife to die, and thinks he can prevent this with the dark side of the Force. Anakin is christened Darth Vader by the now deformed Palpatine. Meanwhile, Palpatine has the Clone troopers kill all the Jedi (how does this work? The Jedi are supposed to be really quick and powerful, and not so easily killable, don’t you know) and he has Anakin go kill the little bitty kids in the training room on Coruscant, after he’s killed the Separatist leaders (loose ends, as far as Palpatine is concerned. He’s got the whole galaxy where he wants it, he doesn’t need that half of this war any more).

Obi Wan and Yoda find out about what’s been going on, and they go to do what must be done. Obi Wan against Anakin and Yoda against the Emperor. (It seems weird that Yoda wasn’t with the Jedi who attempted to arrest Palpatine. I know he was out in war, but then, what were those other Jedi doing just sitting around waiting for Anakin to bring back news?) Anakin gets all pissy with Padme and thinks she’s cheating on him with Obi Wan or something. Obi Wan and Anakin get in a fight that ends with Anakin limbless and crawling around in the burning sand that scalds his skin off. Elsewhere, Yoda and the Emperor fight, but for some reason, Yoda leaves (remember in Attack of the Clones, where there was a stalemate between Dooku and Yoda, but it ended when Yoda chose to save his fallen comrades instead of chase after Dooku? Yeah, something like that could have been nice here).

Padme gives birth to the twins, who are then separated. Luke is taken to Anakin’s step brother on Tatooine, and Leia is taken in by Senator Organa of Alderan. Elsewhere, Anakin makes the final transformation into Darth Vader, after Palpatine tells him that Vader killed his own wife. They all decide to go into exile, but they will one day fight the empire again…when they’re ready (if this looks and sounds a lot like they’ve given up, it’s because they have).

With Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, there were things about the movies I hated when watching them for the first time (yes, even as a 10 and 13 year old, I noticed many flaws in these movies, that’s how bad they were), but I did not fully comprehend just how mind-numbingly awful those films were until watching them years later. But Revenge of the Sith didn’t make sense to me from the first viewing. Was it because I was older, and I was slowly beginning to hone the force and learn what was good and what was bad with the stories I immersed myself in? Could be. But also, I think it was just a bad movie. But then again, it shares that with the previous two films.

Specifically, a problem I always had with this movie was the lack of motivation that Anakin had for turning to the dark side. There’s a scene evoking a Catholic confessional where Anakin seeks advice from Yoda, and Yoda says that once you’ve taken one step on the dark side, you can never remove yourself from that path (much like what he told Luke in Empire). So Anakin hears this and decides that Yoda is right, and that it is too late for him? That can’t be right, because he seems to genuinely want to do the right thing. Scenes where Anakin screams in anguish when he hears that he killed his wife, or where he falls to the ground in numbness after helping Palpatine kill Mace Windu, these are entirely irreconcilable with a sense of hopelessness that we get when Yoda tells him that he can never return to the path of the light side. We can’t have it both ways, ladies and gentlemen.

So what do I do to fix this? Simply put, I actually give Anakin some kind of reason for turning to the dark side. There’s a line late in the movie where Anakin tells Obi Wan “From my point of view the Jedi are evil.” I always cringe every time I hear this line. At what point does Anakin ever come to the realization that the Jedi are evil? At best, the Jedi are neutral, in that they choose not to go liberate slaves on Tatooine, or how they have the power of the universe at their hands, and they’ve let the Galaxy limp on for over half of Anakin’s life, without putting a stop to it one way or another. I always used to think that the Jedi needed to be shown actually doing some morally reprehensible actions to spur Anakin into his embrace with evil. But I don’t think that’s what needs to be done at all. Anakin is at a vulnerable place, emotionally, in this movie. And that is something that would remain in my modified version of the movie, I think. I think one of the very few things that works about Attack and Revenge is that Palpatine is slowly worming his way into Anakin’s trust, and then twisting him. Telling him all the right things, giving half truths, etc. Palpatine needs to point Anakin toward the neutral actions of the Jedi and paint them in such a way that they really are evil. When Anakin says that the Jedi are evil, from his point of view, we need to find it very difficult to disagree with him, while also seeing things from Obi Wan’s point of view as well. The best kind of conflict is the kind that is not clear cut. See Magneto and Professor X, for a good example.

And since we are modifying the third film in a trilogy, we are going to have to work it so that it is a sequel to our modified movies that so far exist in our minds. That means that there is no slave ring on Tatooine, as there was in Phantom Menace. There is no mother-rescue sequence like there was in Attack of the Clones. But Anakin slaying a room full of radical separatists in order to ensure Padme’s protection, that is where we’re working from. Anakin did something bad for a good reason. And that was…what? Three years ago? Much like the time skip between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, I find this amount of time hard to swallow. In this case, the Jedi have proven very adept at reading minds. Granted, we’re told that this really only works on weak minds, but are we to believe that Anakin was able to carry on a covert affair with Padme for three years and nobody even caught a glimpse of this in his mind? Especially Obi Wan? That’s problematic. Heck, it’s problematic no matter how much time has passed since the Clone Wars began. Even if we reduced it to a one year gap, it’d still be fishy that nobody knew that Anakin was married, or that nobody caught on to Anakin acting all dark and tormented. “Hey, have you noticed that Anakin has been acting really odd ever since that large group of Separatists from Naboo went missing a few years ago?” Maybe to ease us away from this oddity, we can say that Anakin has been volunteering for more and more reckless missions. Ever since the Separatist attack on the Senate from the previous (modified) film, the Jedi have not had the luxury of laying back and letting the muggles handle things for themselves. If the Jedi remove themselves from the affairs of the rest of the Galaxy, it could mean the death of millions more than if they were to interfere, even though it goes against their very nature to do so. So all this time, the Jedi have been pretty busy, and Anakin knows this. He’s good, the Council knows this, so if there’s a Nest of Gundarks that need to be taken care of on the other side of the galaxy, Anakin is our man to send. During this time skip, it’s highly likely, even probably, that Anakin has been slipping further and further into the side of the Dark. How many more people has he killed since Attack of the Clones? Were these situations avoidable? Was this the only solution to these problems, like he thought with the assassins in Attack of the Clones? Leaving these questions unanswered is probably the best way to go, as long as the possibility that things have gotten worse for Anakin is made clear.

And since we’re beating around the bush of Anakin’s turn to the dark side…let’s just get rid of his motivations of working with Palpatine to save Padme. It makes him something of a noble character, I guess, in that he is doing very bad things for a good reason (killing kids to save his pregnant wife), but when Padme inevitably dies at the end of the movie, what is Vader’s reason for continuing to work with Palpatine? We get the strong sense that Anakin was the kind of guy who would think that he cannot possibly go on living without his beloved. “You are in my very soul, tormenting me.” Would the guy who said that even bother working to cleanse the Galaxy of Jedi and rebels after hearing that he accidentally killed his wife? My number one complaint with Revenge of the Sith is “Why didn’t Vader just fall on his ligthsaber after hearing that she died?” The answer is “well, he was Darth Vader in the original trilogy. He has to be alive in those movies, so he can’t kill himself here, even if that’s exactly the kind of thing this character would do.” This question is put to rest if Anakin has multiple reasons for turning into Vader, and none of them are “my wife is sick, can you help me?”

And where has Obi Wan been all this time? Has he noticed that Anakin has slipped further and further away from the youthful exuberance that he once displayed? Well, he would’ve noticed if he hadn’t been so busy with the Clone Wars. Obi Wan is probably the Jedi who is the most involved in the wars, at least out in the public. It was his own former Jedi Master who started this whole fiasco (before Obi Wan killed him in the climax of the previous film), and maybe Obi Wan feels that he needs to prove to the Galaxy that the apple does indeed fall far from the tree. The good thing about this is that the Republic would likely be much closer to losing this war if not for General Kenobi’s efforts (as I pointed out the last time, it’s weird that a Jedi would be given a military rank, but these are dark times, and Obi Wan probably doesn’t care so much about the rank, but cares more about ending this mess that Dooku started.), but the bad thing is that Obi Wan has basically forsaken his duties as a Jedi Master. Obi Wan’s line “I have failed you, Anakin. I have failed you,” needs to have some weight. What if Obi Wan wasn’t blameless like it seems he is in the actual movie. In Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan seems to take the blame for Anakin’s fall to the dark side, and sure he insisted on training the little brat at the end of Phantom Menace, so it is pretty much his fault, but it doesn’t seem to me like Obi Wan really did have any part in Anakin’s fall. But what if he did? What if he was so busy trying to end this war that he more or less turned a blind eye to Anakin? Anakin is strong with the force, so Obi Wan trusts that he is in no danger when the Council becomes more ok with sending him out on missions alone, despite still being an apprentice. It hasn’t occurred to Obi Wan that the danger Anakin faces might not be entirely physical. And it’s one of those things where, when the big show down happens, Anakin might blame Obi Wan for not being there…we can certainly see that Obi Wan thought he was doing the right thing, but we know that Anakin’s not wrong in laying the blame at his feet.

Who is another character who needed a lot of tweaking? Padme Amidala, that’s who. She was already square in the middle of not having any personality or characterization at all in the first two movies (something I probably didn’t rectify enough in my two modified drafts, but that’s partly because that’s what the Broken Fix articles are…drafts). Revenge of the Sith, however, took her from not having a personality to just being really stupid (ok, she was being pretty dumb in Attack of the Clones. How the heck she fell in love with Anakin is beyond me, after everything he said and did in that film). She has seen the kind of man Anakin is when he talks to her about being all powerful, stopping people from dying, eradicating a way of life and talking about it like you ignored a hitch hiker in need of money. But Padme goes through this entire movie whining about the kind of person Anakin has seemingly become when she wasn’t looking. She seems genuinely shocked at the things that he’s done…I say no more!

In our modified film, Padme is wary of Anakin from the beginning of the film. One thing I wasn’t happy with in my revised Attack of the Clones was that Anakin tells Padme what he did, and she takes it in stride. I even debated in the actual revision having Anakin lie about it, and just say that he dispersed the Separatists and they would not be giving her any more trouble. Let’s assume that he did lie to her. She isn’t an idiot (because, in all of the Broken Fix articles, the actor playing the character isn’t taken into consideration, so Portman’s blandness isn’t going to seep into Padme Amidala). She knows that he’s not being entirely honest with her. And ever since then, he’s been growing more and more distant. Quite different from the romantic who upheld justice over rules and regulations. When she does see him (remember, he’s been volunteering for various dangerous missions across the galaxy), he’s moody, seems less concerned with doing right and more concerned with the anger he’s been feeling. And he’s not interested in putting away his anger. No, no. When he assassinated those radical Separatists at the end of our modified Attack of the Clones, he felt something that he secretly liked. And every time he’s killed people (we know the Jedi are not against killing if it’s during combat. In the actual Revenge of the Sith movie, Obi Wan kills Grievous and Yoda kills a couple of Clone Troopers), he has hoped to bring back the anger and raw emotion that he felt on Naboo. In Empire Strikes Back when Yoda keeps telling Luke that the emotions are the enemy, it needs to have its root here. This is why Yoda and the Jedi order itself is so against the passion and feelings. It can get out of control, and in the case of Anakin, he doesn’t really care if it’s getting out of his control. And Padme has picked up on that. They still have a relationship in this movie, but it’s not quite the star crossed forbidden love thing that it seemed to indicate in Revenge of the Sith. Padme knows that Anakin is going to a dark place, but she believes that she can draw out the man she fell in love with all those years ago, given the chance. If we say that she is staying with him out of genuine love and belief in the good, then it makes her seem not so much stupid, but naïve and hopeful. But even though she wants to believe that there is some good left in Anakin, she is growing less sure with each time she meets up with him.

And speaking of Padme…the pregnancy. I find this very hard to work with. How on earth does an important political figure disappear for 9 months? And in the film, she’s living on Coruscant…hiding from the Jedi on their homeworld? Logistically, this does not work. How do I fix it? Simply put, she’s not 9 months pregnant in this movie. She may be 4 or 5 months pregnant…but not full blown planetoid sized pregnant. For one thing, it seems to me that Darth Vader, in the original trilogy, would have been very surprised to find that he had surviving offspring. Especially when he was told that he killed his pregnant wife in anger before they would have been born. So Anakin? Not aware that his live in girlfriend is pregnant. This makes things much simpler with reconciling the original Trilogy and how Vader acts and the prequel trilogy and what Anakin knows. And if we are going to make her less pregnant here than she was in the actual film, that means she doesn’t die of grief or whatever the heck happened in the film. She lives, at least long enough to give birth. And if she does die giving birth, well, it can be just that. Complications of child birth. Saying that she died of a broken heart…that sort of thing is easier to buy if she finds out her husband is party to genocide and then she dies a year or so later, after losing the will to live. But like 4 minutes after seeing her husband go crazy? No, that wouldn’t happen. And while we’re on the topic of Padme dying in Revenge of the Sith, and everyone complaining about that…in Return of the Jedi, Leia told Luke that she had vague memories of her mother from when she was very young. She was kind, but sad. People are upset that Padme died when Leia was still covered in blood and baby-slime. Oh, no! The two cannot co-exist. But what if Leia didn’t know that Padme was her real mother? After all, she didn’t know that Vader was her father until Return of the Jedi, when Luke told her. Is there any reason that Senator Organa would have told her who her real mother is? As far as I’m concerned, Leia grew up believing that Organa and his wife were her biological parents. So when she tells Luke that she does remember her mother, it’s the woman who she believed was her mother. Does that make enough sense? If Padme lives, then we have to wonder why the twins were separated. Since Anakin doesn’t know that he has any children at all in this version of the story, there would be no reason at all to separate the kids if Padme survived. But if she died, then we could just basically go with the ending that we got, where Obi Wan, Senator Organa and Yoda all agree to separate the children, and therefore it’ll be easier to keep an eye on them. Throw in some BS line about how if Anakin somehow found out about one of the kids, then the other kid would still be safe.

What else needs to be addressed? You know what I never liked? General Grievous. A robot is somehow able to access the force and is good enough that he’s able to kill multiple Jedi? I don’t even understand how this is a thing. And unlike some of the things from this franchise that get plenty of movie-screen time, and just aren’t fleshed out, Grievous isn’t even given that much screen time at all. I guess if I watched the animated Clone Wars television series and the animated movie, maybe I would understand Grievous a little more…but all I see is a CGI mess that exists only to showcase special effects…no surprise there, really. So what do I do with him? Well, fortunately, Grievous really doesn’t have much to do with the movie. He’s in a couple of scenes, but he doesn’t do anything important, other than die at the hands of Obi Wan. In actuality, his presence in the movie confuses me, as I was always under the impression that the Sith only operated 2 at a time, as per Yoda’s closing words in Phantom Menace. “Always two there are…no more…no less. A master and an apprentice.” He says this…and yet, I am having trouble reconciling the Sith we see, just in the movies, with this idea. We had Palpatine and Maul in Phantom Menace. But then in Attack of the Clones, we are told that Dooku was working with Palpatine for at least 10 years (the length of time that has passed since Phantom Menace), and then Dooku is actually alive at the beginning of this movie, while Grievous has clearly been active for a little while. So it seems that Yoda was flat out wrong about the 2 at a time thing. So removing Grievous actually helps in removing one of the many plot holes. And in his place, we put OB1, the Separatists’ attempt to clone the abilities of a Jedi Knight. If you’ll recall from my modified version of Attack of the Clones, I removed Jango Fett from the plot and replaced him with OB1 as needed. And he conveniently escaped to fight another day. And this is where he comes in handy. The Jedi have been combating the evil clones controlled by the Separatists for 3 years or whatever. One of the leaders of the evil clones is OB1, just as Obi Wan is leading the clones controlled by the Republic. Instead of creating a brand new character just so that you can have an extra toy to sell to kids, why not just use a left over plot from our modified Attack of the Clones? OB1 might be a case of me inflating the Star Wars mythos, but I do feel like it’s an opportunity we shouldn’t pass up, what with Obi Wan’s name sounding like it would be spelled that way. And the appearance of this clone in both the modified versions of 2 and 3 allows us to remove dumb and extraneous characters (Jango and Grievous). Yay!

Do I have any other closing thoughts before we move on to the actual replotting of the movie? Let’s talk a little bit about Yoda and the Emperor and their fight in the Senate chamber. Those who read my modified version of Attack of the Clones will remember that I removed Yoda’s fight with Count Dooku, a scene that I at least enjoyed quite a bit when I was young, and still enjoy seeing whenever I find the movie on. But I removed that scene for what I felt was a good reason…Obi Wan is really more the focus of these films more so than Yoda. It didn’t make any sense to devote a 5 minute fight sequence to Yoda when he was barely in the movie before that. But do we remove Yoda’s fight with the Emperor in this movie? I say we keep the fight. Unlike the previous two films, this movie is very much about the fall of the Jedi order, and the rise of the Empire. Yoda represents the Jedi order, which reigns supreme, albeit in a very detached way, in the first two films. And The Emperor represents the corrupt freedom-crushing government we see in the original trilogy. And since we removed Yoda’s display of awesome in Attack of the Clones, this would give us a chance to show that in this fight. Granted, Yoda’s inexplicable flight into exile will need some reworking, since the only real reason he fled to Dagobah was because that’s where he was in the original trilogy. One thing that this franchise was hugely guilty of was putting things into place, without really giving any reason for it to happen. Yoda’s exile is one, and Vader’s turn to the dark side is another. Why did Yoda do this? Oh, because it’s how it was in Empire Strikes Back. But, Yoda doesn’t know he’s a character in a movie. Why did he do what he did? We need something more substantial than “it had to happen because that’s how it needed to happen.” With that being said, I think it’s about time to organize all of my criticisms on this film and turn it into a film that actually could have been good.

Instead of starting with that buddy cop opening that Revenge had, we will open with two separate openings, one with Obi Wan somewhere near or even on Tatooine, hot on the trail of an as yet unnamed Separatist bigwig, but ultimately failing to find him. His heart probably isn’t in it, because truthfully, he’d rather be doing what Anakin is doing (the Jedi Order feels that Obi Wan’s judgment might be clouded, so he’s on this mission hunting down suspected Separatist leaders). And what is it that Anakin is doing that the Jedi Council was afraid might get Obi Wan too emotionally involved? Why, hunting down OB1, of course, and a large group of clones controlled by the Separatists (because remember, in the modified prequel trilogy, the Clone Wars were not a series of battles between clones and robots, but were actually a series of battles between clones and more clones). Ultimately, Anakin’s mission culminates in him killing somebody who doesn’t have any information he wants. Maybe the guy goads Anakin and says something like “the separatists have the right idea. The Republic is crazy…sending maniacs like you to bully a nobody like me.” Or whatever…he raises a good point, but it’s just enough to make Anakin mad enough to slice him up or what have you. Contrast this scene with the slaughter of the Separatist assassins in our modified Attack of the Clones, where Anakin thought he was taking the only course of action available to him. Here, Anakin basically throws a tantrum in the most dangerous way possible. If you asked him, he’d probably say that the guy he killed was a Separatist sympathizer, and an enemy of the Republic. But he’s really come a long way since Attack of the Clones (more on that later). This is a changed man.

Both missions end with the Jedi returning to Coruscant at about the same time. They two old friends haven’t seen much of each other since the Clone Wars began, but Obi Wan hopes to change that. He has a gut feeling that the war is on the verge of coming to an end, and he hopes to make up for all the time he hasn’t spent training Anakin like he should have been. Though, in his defense, he has been very busy with Separatist threats, as has Anakin. The Jedi would be cutting their efficiency in half if they kept Obi Wan and Anakin together like what is ordinarily the protocol with a master and his apprentice. Obi Wan feels he and Anakin have been doing some good work by themselves, and he hopes that this time alone has been good for Anakin, and maybe it gave him a chance to sow his wild oats, so to speak, and perhaps he’ll end up a more mature man when all of this is said and done. Obi Wan thinks there is some validity to this theory, since he has noticed that his apprentice has been acting more dour every time he’s seen him, lately.

[Some of you may be asking “what does this mean for the Clone Wars animated series and the animated Clone Wars movie and even all the other Expanded Universe stories that are set during the Clone Wars? How can you say that they haven’t spent that much time together in this film if you have to worry about the Clone Wars stories?” Well, for one thing, I don’t have to worry about the Clone Wars stories. I have never seen anything that is set during the Clone Wars. Only these prequel movies bookending the Clone Wars. And even if I was worrying about how the films would affect the Expanded Universe…do Obi Wan and Anakin really have to be together in the animated series? What if the whole series alternated between the solo adventures of Obi Wan and Anakin? Sometimes the missions they are on take a backseat because they encounter some other problem that has little to do with the Clone Wars. Maybe for each season finale, Obi Wan and Anakin actually do team up (taking care of the “two old friends haven’t seen much of each other since the Clone Wars began” thing). This takes care of the premise of the show while still working for what is going on in this modified Prequel. And luckily for anyone who might be a fan of the Clone Wars series, it doesn’t even change that much of the series. Just separates the two main characters, thus making it two ongoing narratives instead of one about two people.]

And speaking of Coruscant, it’s quite a bit different than the last time we saw this place. The Senate chamber is still open, but there hasn’t been an official Senate meeting held here since the opening salvo of the Clone Wars at the end of Attack of the Clones. Any important decisions that have needed to be made have been done through secure radio channels. (The hologram communications that we saw in Attack and Revenge would be what we’re talking here) The Jedi still brazenly meet on Coruscant, because it’s unlikely that even a battalion of Separatists would be able to take on even one Jedi, let alone the entire council. The Jedi have also been more willing to take orders from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, as this is a time of war, and any time they waste telling the Chancellor that he has no authority over them could mean lives lost. Since our previous movie, the entire Galactic Republic has gone from a government that tediously hangs on the bureaucratic debates for hours to what might appear to more or less be a monarchy with advisors who do their work from Skype. You see, with the Galactic Senate scattered and having to call in for their meetings, there is no way in heck that the entire Senate could have a meeting at the same time. The largest meetings these days might consist of 5 or 6 senators all on Skype call or what have you with the Supreme Chancellor. Nobody’s complaining, mind you. The ones who think it’s a little unfair that Palpatine has more or less gotten a promotion through all of this cloak and dagger war stuff are not foolish enough to suggest that they all go back to meeting in the Senate chamber.

So anyway. Obi Wan and Anakin return to Coruscant after they each failed in their respective missions. Yoda tells them that they’ve received anonymous co-ordinates of the location of a large battalion of Separatist Clones, and that if they can eliminate this battalion, then the war will be as good as over, since the Separatists do not have access to the Cloning factories that gave them the Clones they have (the Republic took control of those factories shortly after Attack). Yoda sends them on their way, but Obi Wan gets a private call before he leaves. It’s from Padme and she tells him it’s urgent. She beams him her secret location (since she’s one of the Senators, she isn’t out in public like she would have been in the previous films) and he tells her it’s on his way to where he’s going, so he’ll stop by, but he has to make it quick. He goes to where she is, and she tells him that she’s afraid that Anakin is becoming more and more violent. We have to assume that Obi Wan has somehow known about this secret affair this whole time, but he’s kept quiet about it. Maybe it’s that he still has a little bit of the rule breaker in him after all, and he feels that if Anakin can keep his mind on the job when he needs to, it couldn’t hurt for him to have a romantic relationship, no matter what the Jedi code says. Obi Wan tries to dismiss her fears, and tells her that war will harden even the most exuberant of souls, but Obi Wan hopes to return to his duties as Anakin’s Jedi Master soon, and maybe he can see if there is any justification to her fears then. But there’s more…Obi Wan feels it. She’s pregnant. This isn’t great. Obi Wan feels that if there was any danger in Anakin being distracted from his Jedi duties, being a father will only make matters worse. Obi Wan leaves, but promises Padme he’ll be back to discuss this.

He makes it to the area that Yoda told him about to find Anakin is already there, but there are no Clone Troopers that they can see. They snoop around for a little bit, and just when they are ready to leave, they are almost blown up. It looks like they were set up. Someone wanted them out in the boonies to get killed…and if it’s penetrated deep enough into the Republic that the Jedi have fallen prey to it, who knows who else they can trust. Before they can do anything else, Anakin notices they are being watched from afar. Instead of the reckless Leroy Jenkins Anakin that we saw in Attack of the Clones, the movie, this will give us a chance to have Anakin actually work well with Obi Wan. Why? Part of it is that it occurs to me that the two of them never actually worked harmoniously in any of the movies. Every time they were thrust into a position where they could work together, Anakin would screw it up by jumping in without thinking, or yelling at Obi Wan or whatever. So they work together, and it looks like they were born for this kind of thing (this fighting as one mojo they got going on should be breaking our hearts, because we know that it all comes crashing down in less than an hour). They finally end up with one prisoner, after going through a hundred or so armed Separatist Clones. And it is only here that Anakin notices something (again, that he is clear headed and is actually helpful when they are out on the prowl should be making the audience weep that they won’t be working together more after this movie)…that whole swarm of Clones they cut through…some of them were Separatist Clones…with battle worn armor and markings that indicate they are from the Separatist…but some are most definitely from the Republic Clone army. These are supposed to be the guys that are helping the Jedi find and extinguish the Separatist threat. This is seemingly evidence that someone high in the Republic is controlling both the Separatist army as well as the Republic, or at least playing both sides for some hidden goal (they briefly toss around the idea of someone profiteering from a Galactic War). Despite the clear signs that they’ve been played, Anakin doesn’t want to believe that the Republic is this corrupt (he’s much darker than the hellraising idealist that he was in Attack, but that idealist is still buried deep within him, and it screams at the notion that the Republic is maybe just rotten all the way through). Nonetheless, Anakin can’t deny that the Republic Clones trying to kill them is very condemning. They use their Jedi persuasion powers to convince their prisoner to tell them where the order came from. Anakin is shocked to hear that it came from Palpatine. They are able to get the location of the Supreme Chancellor out of the Clone, and they split up. Obi Wan tells Anakin to go alert the Council, and they will send backup to assist in the arrest of Palpatine. Anakin tells Obi Wan that he has established a relationship with Palpatine, and they should switch tasks, since Palpatine will not suspect anything while Anakin stalls for time while Obi Wan goes for help. (Remember what I said about Palpatine building a relationship with Anakin, saying half-truths, pointing Anakin in the right direction? That is still part of our modified Prequel trilogy, because it’s one of the very few things from this trilogy that works.) Obi Wan knows that Anakin is right so he himself goes to tell the Jedi of what he has just discovered. (only that Palpatine is sending Jedi to their deaths through Clone troopers. They don’t yet know that he is a Sith Master).

So they split up. Anakin finds Palpatine and confronts him with what he’s found. Palpatine begins shooting straight with Anakin. He tells a tale of corruption in the Republic that has gone back centuries, and has wormed its way into the Jedi Order also. A lot of what he says is true, actually. He talks about how the Galactic Republic used to debate treaties and actions for months, making the actions and treaties useless by the time they ever decided on something. Palpatine tells Anakin that after he secured a high enough ranking position for himself, he was able to eliminate all traces of the ineffective Republic that existed some 10 years ago. He talks about the Jedi who sit idle letting all manner of travesties happen when they have the power to bring peace to the Universe. Palpatine says that his plans were set in motion even before Anakin was taken out of slavery. “Do you really want to see everything go back to the way it was? Gods sitting on their council while the rest of the Galaxy suffers?”

Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, OB1, the Clone leader of the Separatists, is preparing to eliminate the Jedi in the Council with a suicide mission. He is taking orders from Palpatine now (we only ever saw him affiliated with Dooku in our modified Attack, but Dooku was, himself, taking orders from Palpatine.) and Palpatine would feel no real loss if OB1 died killing off the Jedi on Coruscant. They may sense his presence, but Palpatine hopes that it will be too late by then, and he’ll be able to kill most of the Jedi. But Obi Wan arrives just minutes after OB1 enters the Council building. He gives chase, and a fight ensues in the halls, culminating with Obi Wan using the force to activate the timer on the bombs that OB1 is carrying, and knocking him out the window. OB1 is no more, but the one pulling the strings of the puppet is still at large, and Obi Wan fears that he is getting more and more dangerous, and this war may be less over than he thought at the beginning of the film. After all, whoever it is who set up him and Anakin was bold enough to send a kamikaze agent into the most secure building in all of Coruscant. Their enemy is either much more confident now, or is getting desperate, and might make a move that will result in more bloodshed. Obi Wan tells the Jedi Council, and they leave for whatever planet that Palpatine is supposed to be hiding out on. But he’s not there. Neither is Anakin. None of the Jedi are quite sure what is going on, but Obi Wan is sure that it isn’t good.

Anakin and Palpatine, meanwhile, are on one of the smaller Imperial Cruisers (it’s not called that yet, since the Empire isn’t a thing yet, but fans will recognize the design), making their getaway. Anakin tells Palpatine that he isn’t sure if he made the right choice. Palpatine tells Anakin that the Jedi were always too strict about what could be done and how it should be done, much like the old Republic. “With you by my side, we will be rid of both of those archaic orders, and we will finally have peace in the Galaxy.” Anakin hesitates, and responds by bowing. “Yes, my master.” Anakin has made his choice, and weirdly enough, it wasn’t by completely and totally succumbing to passion like Yoda seems to think it would have been. Anakin’s been more level headed now than he has throughout the entire prequel trilogy (even our modified trilogy has seen him act pretty regularly without thinking). The Dark side has poisoned him, as I’ve mentioned earlier. He is doing what he does for the greater good of the galaxy. By virtue of getting involved, he has divorced himself from the rest of the old Jedi Order, regardless of how far he delves into his emotions. But he isn’t entirely altruistic. He craves the feeling he gets when he is off killing somebody. And that is surely a major factor in his joining forces with Palpatine, as Palpatine would not frown on Anakin killing folks like the Jedi likely would. Anyhoo, Palpatine tells Anakin that he is walking away from his old life, and he will no longer need any part of it, including his name. Anakin thinks of Padme (no, I hadn’t forgotten), but he will work that out later. Palpatine dubs Anakin his new apprentice, Darth Vader. And what will Vader’s first mission be? Palpatine, by influencing the Jedi Council through the pretext of “times of war, desperate measures” has had various Jedi hunting down some of the most outspoken Separatists…in fact, Anakin’s friend Obi Wan was just hunting one down at the beginning of the movie. He’s a young Prince (and when we say Prince, we really mean it as more of an honorary title. Imagine the royal family of Great Britain, but even less important to the grand scheme of things) from Alderan named Bail Organa. Palpatine tells Vader that Organa is a figurehead for the Separatists. If they can eliminate him, the movement will essentially become a chicken with its head cut off (if chickens existed in this long ago universe). Vader will hunt down Organa, and when he finds him, the Separatists will be finished, and Palpatine will retain his position of high power in the Republic and be better equipped to bring peace and order to the galaxy.

Things seem grim with Obi Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu (and whoever else came with them to arrest Palpatine), when who else but Bail Organa of Alderan shows up on the very world they were supposed to find Palpatine. He tells them that he followed them from Coruscant, and that he has been the subject of one long chase after another almost since the Clone Wars began. He tells them that while he doesn’t agree with how brutal and heartless the Republic has become, he was never a full on supporter of Separation like many in the sectors near Alderan. He only went so far as to support any sector’s decision to want to break away from the Republic, which seemingly was equitable to talk of treason, to those who authorized his capture and possible execution. The assembled Jedi can tell he’s telling the truth, and they promise to protect him.

Elsewhere, Palpatine makes a galaxy wide announcement that sends chills down the spines of the audience and principle cast who is listening. He says that due to traitors who have infiltrated the Senate and are attempting to bring destruction down onto the Republic from within, he regrettably has to take on even more power to cut off the traitors at their source. He is now Emperor Palpatine. Even those who supported his rise to power because of how necessary it was are skeptical at this. Emperor? What next, they think. And on the subject of the Emperor overstepping his authority, he sends an order out to all the Clones that the Jedi are to be considered enemies of the State, and hostile. This is not to say that the Jedi all died in one fell swoop by the hands of mere clones with guns. Even in a surprise attack, that’s just a ridiculous notion, really. But what this does accomplish is that the Jedi are no longer the powerful peace keepers that they once were. Nobody would freely answer the questions that a Jedi Knight might ask them if they truly loved their Empire. In essence, Palpatine has neutered the Jedi as a religion. I always liked the idea of Vader hunting them all down one by one and killing them himself, in between Revenge and New Hope. And also, the idea that Yoda and Obi Wan were the only Jedi Knights remaining was also absurd. Maybe Vader hunted down the most powerful ones, but if Yoda and Obi Wan escaped to the worst planets ever, then surely some of the others did as well…we just never saw them in the Original Trilogy.

So if the Jedi aren’t killed in a 10 minute betrayal scene, then what does happen? Well, I always kinda liked the scene where Anakin killed the Jedi kids. Yes, it was disappointing that he kills defenseless kids instead of a big 20 saber-fight that I guess people were expecting. Yes, it was gratuitous and probably didn’t need to be shown in such an overt manner. But since the Emperor has cut off the Jedi from their position of power (they can no longer go and take toddler children who are strong in the force all in the name of law and order, because they are branded criminals), if he kills off the little kids who are all set to become grown up versions of the stagnant Jedi, then he really is cutting down the Jedi order all in just a couple of minutes. But I do not like the idea of Anakin killing them. At some point down the path of evil that he is now firmly planted on, sure (he did stand by and watch as Tarkin blew up an entire planet, which we have to assume had kids on it), but not at this point. At this point, Vader is willing to completely demolish the government that has been in place for a thousand years, but only, in his mind, to make way for something better. It’d be hard to explain how little tiny kids that Anakin probably knew by name were a threat to peace that Palpatine tells Vader that he has been working toward…so Palpatine probably sends in a couple of squadrons of Clone Troopers that he doesn’t mind losing to take care of the little kids (these kids probably haven’t even been trained with their sabers, despite the scenes in Attack where we saw them using sabers when training with Yoda). And to avoid being just plain crass, like showing the little kids and their scared faces, you wouldn’t even need to see the scene play out. Just mention that a battalion of Clones went and demolished the Jedi academy, and the only Jedi left are the adults spread out fighting in the war. It takes care of what could have been a dangling plot thread, while also establishing the depths that the villains are willing to go. But it doesn’t have to try to force a PG-13 rating for what should be a swashbuckling space story, even a dark fall of the hero story like this one was always painted up as being before the prequel trilogy began.

Back with Obi Wan and the Jedi who went to arrest Palpatine, they get a message from Padme (told you I didn’t forget her). They’ve not really been listening to the radio or whatever it was that Palpatine made his announcement on. In fact, Padme’s message is faint, but it’s coming through. Things are getting bad, quick, she tells them. The Jedi have all been branded traitors, and Palpatine has named himself Emperor in the interest of ‘saving’ the Republic. Padme tells them that she’s afraid the Republic is no longer safe for anyone who is even slightly in disagreement with the new regime. Obi Wan and pals come to pick her up, and Obi Wan confers with her in private. He fears that Anakin might be in league with Palpatine, somehow. He remembers what she told him, and he tells her that he thought Anakin would distract Palpatine while Obi Wan went for help. But they haven’t been able to raise Anakin on his private communicator and they could not find Palpatine where their lead said he was supposed to be. As if on cue, Anakin’s ship comes in from out of warp drive or what have you, but he didn’t seem to notice the other ship. Obi Wan immediately recognizes it, and they give chase. Anakin unknowingly leads them directly back to the Imperial Cruiser that Palpatine has been making his announcements from and doing all of his Emperoring from during this movie. This is where things go down more or less like they did in the film Revenge. Yoda and Windu go for Palpatine (who, with no words spoken, they just know that this is the Sith Lord who has been working behind the scenes since Phantom Menace) and Obi Wan and Padme are left facing Anakin. They are less eager to fight, as they both want to believe that there is still some good left in him. And maybe Anakin wants to believe it too…but he draws his saber when he sees Organa on the ship looking out at what it about to be an epic battle. Anakin tells his old friends that Organa is a threat to the Republic, just as the old Jedi order was a cancerous vestigial organism that had to be removed, in order for the Galaxy to become stronger. Obi Wan is shocked, and quite furious, that Anakin even would say any of this, but he can sense that his old pupil truly does believe what he is saying. Obi Wan draws his saber, and tells Anakin that it doesn’t have to be this way, but he will not let Anakin seek out peace for the Galaxy through the murder of an innocent man. The fights begin. Yoda and Mace Windu are getting absolutely schooled by Palpatine, while Anakin and Obi Wan are a little more evenly matched. Things go on for a little while, until Windu is injured, and Anakin leaps across the floor to deal the finishing stroke, ignoring Padme and Obi Wan’s screams. (Poetic irony, but Vader and the Emperor are working as well together here as Obi Wan and Anakin did earlier in the film.) Anakin Skywalker is truly gone, now. Padme knows that the man she fell in love with in between Phantom and Attack would never have killed anyone, let alone for such an evil cause. Obi Wan is in a fit of rage, and he goes after his old pupil with renewed vigor. Organa takes Padme aboard the ship and tells her that the Jedi cannot protect them, as they cannot even save themselves. The fights go on until they stop. The Emperor attempted to use some force lighting, but Yoda reflected it back on the Emperor (maybe a tiny bit got on Yoda himself, and so he’s much weaker whenever we next see him in Empire). The Emperor is physically weakened now, but he knows he’s won, because the Jedi have been permanently defeated, even with all of them still alive and scattered throughout the galaxies. Vader and Obi Wan end their fight to each tend to their respective masters. Anakin takes the Emperor in his arms and carries him further into the Imperial Cruiser they were on, while Obi Wan takes Yoda and they get on board the ship with Padme and Organa. Vader doesn’t bother stopping them, because his master is not well, at the moment. But he and Obi Wan exchange looks before they part ways for 20 years. Obi Wan is saddened that he cannot see any trace of his old friend any more.

The movie ends a few months later. Padme has given birth to twins, but she is extremely ill (remember, she does not die of grief. She does die of complications of Childbirth. Maybe if they had had some of the awesome technology available to the Empire, something coulda been done…but alas, no). In her last moments, she names the kids, but she begs Organa, Obi Wan and Yoda to not raise them together. She knows the kids are special (Obi Wan and Yoda can also feel it), and she does not want the Empire to find them. If the kids are separated, there’s less of a chance that they will both be found by their enemies. Padme dies, Obi Wan says she had a good point. From here, we basically proceed like the actual film did. Organa takes Leia and mentions that his wife and he have been trying to have kids but to no avail (and remember, when Leia is remembering her mom, she is not really remembering her biological mom). Organa has made arrangements for all of Alderan to be fully assimilated into the new-Galactic Order in exchange for the fighting to stop. Shockingly, this works. (The Emperor has no reason to say no to this deal. It puts more planet into the Imperial Body, and he’s always been telling Vader that he wants peace…so here’s an alleged separatist who wants peace in exchange for the planet. Score, as far as they are concerned.) Yoda and Obi Wan agree to take the other kid, and Obi Wan says that when he was searching for Organa at the beginning of the movie, he encountered some very nice moisture farmers out on Tatooine that he thinks would be a great place for the kid to grow up. With the Jedi order essentially finished, this would be where Obi Wan would remain as well, keeping an eye on the boy, making sure that the Emperor never finds out about him, as they both can feel the Force is strong with the child, even though he is just a baby. Yoda also plans to go into exile. He still feels weak from his fight with Palpatine, and he doesn’t want to risk any confrontations with Imperial forces, so he will go far out of the Empire’s reach as well.  If he stayed out in the open, he doubts that he would be much good anyway, against two Sith lords. They all part ways, knowing that they will likely never see each other again, and that it is likely better this way, with the way the Galaxy has changed.

One thing that you may be wondering about is how and where Anakin went evil. I should first reiterate that these articles, though long, for a fan effort, are just drafts. More like very detailed outlines, really. I have never meant for the Broken/Fix series to be a complete cure for bad movies. I am only human, just as the people who make these awful movies are…it’s just that, when applying thoughts to these stories, I am usually able to (he said, arrogantly) realize what doesn’t work, and that’s where these little pieces come from. So having said that, I am not entirely convinced myself that Anakin was portrayed as a convincing extremist with noble intentions in my article for Attack of the Clones. I tried to paint him as a very passionate person (something he has in common with the Sith, and something he does not have in common with Hayden Christensen) who sees a violent solution as the correct solution, especially when it’s a snap judgment. And something you might have noticed (hated) when you read this piece was how the progression into Vader isn’t shown at all in my modified version of Revenge of the Sith. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that I wanted Yoda’s speech from Empire Strikes Back to have some validity. When Yoda tells Luke that once you set your foot on the path of darkness, there’s no turning back, that all comes back to here, as I said. If Anakin first set foot on the dark path in Attack when he killed the room full of separatists, then it wouldn’t make much sense for him to then go 3 years before making the transformation into the evil Darth Vader. If the only reason you watched the prequel trilogy was to see Anakin’s turn to the dark side, well, let me submit that there is a sort of progression shown in my modified treatments for the prequel trilogy. Anakin started off as a somewhat reckless almost Han Solo-esque rogue (Phantom Menace) and then has cooled quite a bit but doesn’t at all mind breaking the rules of tradition especially when he can see that it will be better for those he is trying to help (Attack of the Clones), then what if we said that he set foot on the path of the dark side and he could not turn back? Just like Yoda said. And since there is some time in between Attack and Revenge (again, I don’t know how long, and I am not really sure if the time jumps necessarily work in the actual movies), it wouldn’t quite work if Anakin was basically the same guy in Revenge that he is in Attack. It makes more sense, logistically, if Anakin has already more or less made his journey to the dark side, and nobody has noticed because of the political turmoil.

And speaking of Anakin’s transformation into Vader…the film ends with Obi Wan leaving Anakin for dead, burning up in a lava pit with all of his limbs cut off. And then the next time Obi Wan sees Vader, Vader is not the least bit angry about that…or at least, we cannot see that he is…and let’s be honest, for 20 years, Palpatine is cultivating Vader’s emotions, turning him into the ultimate Sith weapon to be used against Palpatine’s enemies…I think it’s safe to say that Vader might be pissed at having to live inside the claustrophobic looking suit for the rest of his life. So instead of having yet another odd discrepancy between the two films, what if we didn’t actually show Anakin put on the helmet and the weird circuit board on his chest. We know that he will eventually have to wear the helmet, since we’ve seen the original trilogy…but do we have to be told how it happens? It goes back to not including Bobba Fett and the plans for the Death Star. We don’t need to be told how and why these things happened, as they are fairly easy to understand when we see them for the first time. Likewise, since it only feels weird when watching Vader and Obi Wan’s fight in New Hope, do we really need to be spoon fed the explanation for why Vader wears the helmet? All we need to be told is that “He's more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil.” Does it matter how he got that way? If he did indeed hunt down all the Jedi Knights, then maybe he lost an arm here, got slashed pretty deep in the side over there, eventually his lung collapsed, and then he needed assistance breathing through the helmet…the point is that it’s not really needed in this movie…though I suppose you could argue that we don’t need to see Luke and Leia born, or Obi Wan and Yoda leave to go to their planets, but I would argue that it does end the film in a good place, especially when you are trying to take the trilogy and end it in a way that Episode 4 can then begin.

One thing that I didn't really address, I feel, is that Obi Wan and Yoda basically give up, in my draft, as well as they did in the actual movie. I complained about their readiness to abandon the galaxy and go hide, but in truth, as I wrote this all out, I think I like that. In keeping with the Jedi Order as being stagnant, as Palpatine would call it, it almost makes sense that, when thrust into danger and change, that the last two (yes, the others are still alive, scattered across the galaxies, now alone and facing people who see them as criminals thanks to the announcement of Palpatine) that we know of don't try to fight til the bitter end, but go and lick their wounds instead. It gives the movie a certain sense of bleakness. The kids being born is a semblance of hope for those of us who know what they will do, but the Jedi only know that the Force is strong in these kids. They don't know the kids will grow up to take down the Empire. If they did, they would probably have trained the kids and made a move when the kids were old enough, instead of hiding, and essentially acknolwedging defeat.

Before I conclude, I want to say that I am not quite sure when the next Broken/Fix article will be. Right now, I'm working on another piece that is in the same ball park as what I'm doing here, but I don't quite know when I'll put up another one of these. Hopefully it won't be another 6 months of nothing, but I certainly can't guarantee that another piece in this series will be back in 2 weeks.

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The Flea Issue 15: Five Questions About “Mind Games”

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Read the full issue here: The Flea Issue 15 The answer and reasoning behind the plot is answered as several more open up, with the mind games just hitting their peak and the monster on it’s way, there’s no doubt we have five questions for The Flea’s fifteenth issue.

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Interview with Antony Esmond and Paul Rose, creators of "Alagg the Barbarian"

Interview with Antony Esmond and Paul Rose, creators of

Writer Antony Esmond and artist Paul Rose have been consistently putting out web-strip adventures of Alagg the Barbarian since April, and have been featured here on the Essential Webcomics Showcase for about a month. Now you can read an in depth interview covering the off-beat sense of humor of both...

RJD Comments(3) 10 Jun 2011 Hits:5304 Webcomics

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Up and Coming Artist - Ed Traquino

Up and Coming Artist - Ed Traquino

This article is reproduced from NIA, with permission from Antony Ez Esmond, writer of Alagg the Barbarian. This is the first of another semi regular strand here on NIA, this one looks at an up and coming artist and attempts to examine his influences and style. Today I am focusing on an...

Antony Ez Esmond Comments(2) 02 Jun 2011 Hits:10882 Writers and Artists Showcase

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The Flea Issue 14: Five Questions About “Settling in”

The Flea Issue 14: Five Questions About “Settling in”

Read the full issue here: The Flea Issue 14 With The Flea now investigating this new life, surroundings and people around him, we get a deeper look into the people of The Pantheon and also follow the mystery around the hero Shadow’s death. With Issue 14 (Settling In) setting a tone...

Chris Heath Comments(0) 07 Jun 2011 Hits:1057 Webcomics

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Showcase: Interview with Artist, Angy W (Lady Sif)

Showcase: Interview with Artist, Angy W (Lady Sif)

Every now and again, you come across someone with such obvious and raw talent, impeccable technique and versatility that you know she (opportunity permitting) is going to become something special, and you want to look out for her work in future. Angy W is...

RJD Comments(7) 06 Apr 2011 Hits:3879 Writers and Artists Showcase

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Interview with the Creators of "Moon and Sun"

Interview with the Creators of

Comixkid2099 (RJD) interviews Derrick (Crazy Kaze) and Hana, the co-creators of the 5-page webcomics "Moon and Sun" which is available here at the Essential Webcomics Showcase. Moon and Sun The tale of Moon and Sun is told in an almost old ancient chinese legend-esque way, telling the story of how the moon,...

RJD Comments(0) 16 Apr 2011 Hits:17525 Webcomics

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Interview with the Creator of The Flea

Interview with the Creator of The Flea

Chris Heath is a prolific webcomic writer and artist. Todate, he has worked on several webcomics, notably the Talon and the Immortal. He has collaborated on Heroes United, The Last Cowboy with Kyle Anthony, and at the moment he's drawing Cape Fall (written by Adam Chrimes, Bloodworks) and writing The...

RJD Comments(0) 13 Apr 2011 Hits:2703 Webcomics

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Interview with the Creators of HAGD

Interview with the Creators of HAGD

Interview with the writer and artist of Have a Gothy Day, Ricky Gibson & Jimmy Marquez, hosted by RJD (Comixkid2099). HAGD! Graphic Novel Vol 1 The New Have A Gothy Day Graphic Novel Will Be Coming Out In The Next Few Months Through Lulu, And It Will Be The Complete First Volume With...

RJD Comments(3) 08 May 2008 Hits:4852 Webcomics

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Interview with the Creators of Bloodworks

Interview with the Creators of Bloodworks

Interview with the writer and artist of Bloodworks, Adam Chrimes & Francisco Hnilo, hosted by RJD (comixkid2099). Bloodworks: The Rhesus Generation Sixty years after the genesis of Project Chrysalis, thousands of Meta-human combatants are leaving their deadly footprints across the Globe. Enter; Ares and Ultra, super powered agents in the employ of her...

RJD Comments(3) 09 Feb 2011 Hits:1642 Webcomics

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Interview with the Creators of the Talon

Interview with the Creators of the Talon

Interview with the writer and artist of the Talon, Chris Heath and Sean M Bybee. Interview conducted by RJD (Comixkid2099). The Talon A new story from writer Chris Heath and artist Sean Bybee ... here comes TALON! A new man in a new life. But, how does he live with what he...

RJD Comments(1) 12 Jan 2011 Hits:2265 Webcomics

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The Making of Bloodworks

The Making of Bloodworks

Behind each and every page of a comic book, there is a whole artistic process which requires the cooperation of the writer, the penciler and the colourist. Bloodworks is no exception, and here you’ll see what it takes to bring it to life. Click here for sample pages from the Bloodworks...

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Words and Sequential

Adam Chrimes is the writer of The Apathetic Dead and co-creator of Bloodworks. His other webcomics include Woodwose and the upcoming Capefall.

Thoughts From a Yodeling Goat Herder

Vicky Locey is the writer of Kricket & Kat and co-creator of Criss/Cross and Zita. Vicki also writes the Original Fiction: Sons of War.

Pop Culture This!

Pop Culture This! Author of Hollyweird Living and DCnU Reviews. Joshua McConnaughey also contributes analytical articles in regards the comic industry here.

Master's Degree Crap

Master's Degree Crap Blog run by OTM Kingpins, MasterFlossin and Ross Rivers. Ross is co-founder of 2Truecomics and he also contributes articles on EWC.