Star Wars III Explained

Lets finish the first chapter in the star wars series by picking up where we left off. Dooku is revealed to be Darth Tyranus and escapes, the Jedi now have a clone army and Anakin is married to Padme which is against the rules. The story picks up three years later with Jedi now leading troops against the separatists, the plot between II and III is best explored in the animated series titled “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. We might take a short dive into the series later on but right now we’ll talk about the events in Star Wars III: The revenge of the Sith.

The movie begins with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker boarding a flagship commanded by cyborg separatist commander general Griveous. They are sent on a mission to free the captured chancellor Palpatine by infiltrating Griveous’s ship. They come face to face with an old adversary, Count Dooku who is former Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord. In their last battle Dooku was victorious where he injured Obi-Wan and cut Anakin’s hand off, this time Anakin disarms Dooku and has him at his mercy. The chancellor persuades Anakin to behead Dooku which is against the Jedi code but Anakin kills Dooku anyway.

On returning to Coruscant Anakin meets with his secret wife, senator Padme Amidala who reveals to be pregnant with Anakin’s child. Although excited at first Anakin experiences visions of Padme dying in child birth. Palpatine appoints Anakin to the Jedi Council as his personal representative, the Council suspicious of the Jedi council approves Anakin’s appointment but denies him the rank of a Jedi Master. Anakin is instead asked to keep an eye on the chancellor which diminishes Anakin’s faith on the order. Palpatine reveals his knowledge about the dark side of the force and tries to tempt Anakin to the dark side. Anakin reports this to Jedi Master Mace Windu who confronts and subdues the chancellor, Anakin wishing to save Padme kill Windu and joins the Dark Side. Anakin is knighted by Darth Sidious as his apprentice Darth Vader.

General Griveous relocates the separatist leaders to Mustafar a volcanic planet and Obi-Wan is dispatched to deal with him. Unbeknownst to the Jedi order, the clone troopers had a chip that was programmed to accept a specialise order known as order 66. The chancellor heavily disfigured after his fight against Master Windu declares the Jedi as traitors to the galactic council and declares himself as the emperor. He enacts order 66 which turns the clones against the Jedi, heavily outnumbering the Jedi the clones succeed in decimating most of the order. Grand Master Yoda and Obi-Wan survive the onslaught and reach Coruscant where they discover Anakin’s turn to the dark side.

Obi-Wan forced to take action against his former apprentice who he once considered to be a brother seeks out Padme to learn about Anakin’s whereabouts. A distraught Padme travels to Mustafar to convice Anakin to come back to the light, Obi-Wan who snuck his way onto Padme’s ship comes face to face with Anakin trying to reason with him. Anakin blinded with rage accuses Padme and Obi-Wan of conspiring to kill him and proceeds to use the Force to choke Padme. Obi-Wan intercepts and duels his former apprentice to a stalemate having worked together for so long. Obi-Wan however gains the edge while fighting in a river of magma over makeshift platforms, Anakin still on a floating platform attacks Obi-Wan who stands on higher ground. Obi-Wan reluctantly severs Anakin’s limbs and leaves him to die.

After a duel between the chancellor and Yoda comes to a stalemate Yoda flees with senator Bail organa and regroups with Obi-Wan and a barely alive Padme on the planetoid Polis Massa. Padme gives birth to twins Luke and Leia before passing away, Yoda and Obi-Wan decide to separate the twins who have a string connection to the force. Leia is adopted by senator Bail to Alderran and Luke is adopted by his step uncle and aunt Owen and Beru Lars on Tatooine. The surving Jedi are sent into exile biding their time until it is right, Yoda exiles himself to Dagobah and Obi-Wan stays on Tatooine to protect Luke.

Palpatine however finds an almost dying Anakin and resurrects him with technology that places him in a menacing black suit. Palpatine lies to Anakin by telling him that he killed Padme in his anger hence cementing Anakin’s turn to the dark side. The tyrannical rule of the emperor and his apprentice Darth Vader begins. The interim period is somewhat seen in an animated series called Star Wars: Rebels and a couple of games.

We shall take up the next part soon so stay tuned. Until then may the Force be with you.

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