« on: May 28, 2005, 04:11 AM »
I agree with Jason pretty much...
Palpatine, to me, wholely caught the quartet by surprise... That's how I'll forever justify the sequence in mymind. I'm disappointed slightly by the quick deaths of 3 of them, and felt it was the weakest fight sequence of the film, but I try to attribute the surprise factor (with perhaps a bit of handy work with the force to kind of "stun" them as well? It's a force ability that shows up in some EU and is quite effective) as the key to that...
The Jedi falling to the Clones though, that harkens back to Anakin's sorta naieve view of the Jedi (this isn't a slight on OUR views of the Jedi either, as being "super heroes", so don't take it that way) when he was a child.
Anakin felt they were indestructable... As a child, he saw them as even omnipotent really, and capable of anything. Qui-Gon explicitly said that he only wished that were so... Perhaps he was being a bit humble, but If Jedi were not able to fall easily like anyone else then their situations wouldn't be as scary either.
I think a Jedi's ability to sense that which is taking place around him varies... Some, like Yoda, are able to clearly sense their situation, while others aren't... The Jedi in battle were focused elsewhere... We don't see really how valiant an effort was made at the Temple... Factor in surprise (with the lack of focus) and all that, and I see the Jedi deaths as tragic betrayal. Betrayal that, to the Jedi, maybe was as hard to swallow as Anakin's betrayal is for Obi-Wan.
I was thinking the other night how bonds may grow witht he Clones... Some Jedi may see them as tools, others may see them as comrades though (Obi-Wan seemed to view them as a mix, but in the end they are there to "do their job"). Maybe other Jedi are so caught off guard by the betrayal of soldiers they've perhaps fought alongside for some years even, then they are really beyond surprise. Maybe again it's a sign of how attachment can be the undoing of a Jedi even?