The Attack of the Clones conspiracy

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In a way, AOTC is possibly the most interesting Star Wars movie in its implications. To assume control of the Republic and destroy the Jedi, Palpatine engineers the Clone Wars. But for the Clone Wars to happen, two things have to happen: (1) the Jedi have to become aware of the clone army that Palpatine had created for them (through Dooku/Tyrannus), and (2) they have to be given a reason to use it. The way that happens in the movie is via Obi-Wan – Jango kills Zam Wesell with a Kamino dart, planting the clue that will lead Obi-Wan to Kamino to discover the clones. Then Jango (for no other obvious reason) travels to Geonosis, luring Obi-Wan and many other Jedi (and incidentally Anakin and Padme) into a trap that will give the Jedi a reason to employ the clone army. So although Jango appears to be doing his best to kill Obi-Wan for half of the movie, if he had actually succeeded, Palpatine’s plot would have ground to a halt. In fact, if Jango had simply killed Zam Wesell with a blaster bolt, the movie would have been over in the first 20 minutes. Palpatine would have to have found some other way to make the Jedi learn about and employ the clone army.

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There are only a few possibilities to explain this:

  1. Jango was deliberately holding back in his fights with Obi-Wan, despite all appearances to the contrary, and was basically putting on a show for Boba and any other observers.
  2. Jango was trying his hardest to kill Obi-Wan, but Palpatine knew that Obi-Wan would be clever enough to survive.
  3. Jango was trying his hardest, and Palpatine just got lucky.

Anyway, the outcome of a fight between a Jedi and a Mandalorian bounty hunter is a pretty fragile thread on which to hang a multi-decade plot to take over the galaxy and wipe out the Jedi.

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Also, there are something like a hundred Jedi in the Geonosian arena to rescue Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme. What were they doing during the initial monster attacks, just hoping that the three in the arena would somehow survive? Or had they just barely arrived in time to ignite their lightsabers at the same time that Mace walks up to Dooku in the skybox? They’re either callous or suuuuuper lucky.

Anyone else bothered by these things?

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One Response to The Attack of the Clones conspiracy

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Well, Matt, I like your theory — not because it’s strong (it isn’t) but because it’s the only proposed explanation I’ve ever heard for why Jango Fett goes to Geonosis. I’ve wasted countless hours trying to think of any rational reason why he would do that, and come up empty.

    Your explanation is reeeaaallly reaching. But it is, at least, an explanation.

    The worst thing about the Anakin/Padme dialogue is that no-one involved in the film held up a red flag and said “this is atrocious. We need a complete rewrite of this stuff, or our film will become a byword for Bad Romance.”

    And if you want to feel even worse about the Haydn Christiansen-infested second and third films, consider this: Jason “Logan Echolls” Dohring was the right age (20) to play Anakin when AtoC was made. How different would that have been?

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