May 24th, 2005 by Andrew
Before seeing Episode III last week, I had watched Episodes IV and V on the newly released DVD set. I watched Episode VI last night, and everything seemed very different while watching the movie. The entire story feels more complete, and seems to have more meaning. Especially enhanced, is the feeling of being liberated from an Emperor, and becoming a Republic once again. Episode III really portrayed the transformation of the political aspect of the Star Wars galaxy very nicely. At the end of Episode VI, the celebrations seem much more genuine than they did before.
A couple of things I noticed while watching Episode VI… At the end during the celebration when they picture what I believe is Naboo, you can subtly hear Jar Jar (or perhaps some other Gungan) exclaim “Wesa Free!”. Stupid Jar Jar. Can’t seem to get rid of him. A very nice touch which I really enjoyed was swapping the “version” of Anakin Skywalker seen at the end of the movie. When Luke looks over, and sees the ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, Anakin then fades in. In the original, I believe it was the fat old guy we see when Luke takes the mask off vader. Now in the enhanced version, we see the Anakin from Episodes II and III, played by Hayden Christensen. I think this adds something to the meaning, as Anakin wasn’t really Anakin anymore when he became Vader. Some might argue he redeemed himself when he saved Luke and killed the Emporer, and that he was once again part of the “light side”. I dunno, I think the Anakin before he turned to the dark side is a better fit for that scene.