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Old August 3 2014, 02:28 PM   #1681
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

I never much cared for the EU concept of a Clone Emperor just so the character of Palpatine could be resurrected in a new body. I don't mind the idea of Palpatine's evil, dark spirit and consciousness roaming the galaxy and stirring up chaos and trouble to undermine the victorious Rebel Alliance, but I'd prefer if they don't take the old EU idea of cloning the dead Emperor and try doing something with that.

I'd love to see Palpatine return in flashbacks or historical recordings and holograms, but let's leave the man himself in the dustbin of galactic history. Anakin destroyed him as part of the prophecy of the Chosen One and it would make Vader's final heroic sacrifice a lot less meaningful if his old Sith Master just reappeared a few years or decades later.
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Old August 3 2014, 02:34 PM   #1682
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I'm hoping the new Sith guys are using a Sidious Holocron for words of wisdom
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Old August 3 2014, 03:07 PM   #1683
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

Well, Qui-Gon was the first Jedi to figure out how to return as a Force Ghost, maybe Palpatine will be the first Sith to figure it out.
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Old August 3 2014, 03:15 PM   #1684
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

In the old EU continuity the Emperor frequently isolated himself within his palace on Coruscant studying Sith and Jedi theories about immortality and how a living being could theoretically achieve it given enough power and studying. Now that the old EU has been either jettisoned and or tossed up in the air for reevaluation who knows if that part of Palpatine's background outside the films and TV series will ever again be referred to.
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Old August 3 2014, 03:15 PM   #1685
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Well, Qui-Gon was the first Jedi to figure out how to return as a Force Ghost, maybe Palpatine will be the first Sith to figure it out.

Maybe I'm misremembering but is there anything on screen to support that? I vaguely remember a cut-scene?
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Old August 3 2014, 04:29 PM   #1686
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There's a deleted scene from SITH (With Yoda on the asteroid base at the end of the film) that would've had Qui-Gon sort of explained it. It's on the blu-ray set I think, except instead of Neeson, it's got what sounds like Ben Burtt explaining it. (Most of the blu-ray deleted scenes are incomplete scenes/animatics).
I think some of it was brought up in the last few Clone Wars episodes, which I haven't seen yet.

I remember the old EU also had pretty much every force-sensitive vanished at death and showed up as a ghost, before TPM sort of retconned that. Makes sense in a way, Obi-Wan and Yoda were only seen vanishing, and it was kind of vague with Vader and Palpatine.
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Old August 3 2014, 04:55 PM   #1687
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Wait, I'm gonna have to watch Return again. I don't remember Yoda vanishing. Just dying in bed.
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Old August 3 2014, 04:57 PM   #1688
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He does. Right after the moment of death his body disappears and the blanket covering him sinks down.
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Old August 3 2014, 05:10 PM   #1689
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And remember, even in the 1977 version of New Hope, Vader is shocked when Obi-Wan's body disappears and curiously toes the empty robes.
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Old August 3 2014, 06:21 PM   #1690
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And remember, even in the 1977 version of New Hope, Vader is shocked when Obi-Wan's body disappears and curiously toes the empty robes.
Yeah but in 1977, he was a henchman who's first name was "Darth".
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Old August 3 2014, 06:36 PM   #1691
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I disagree. Sebastian Shaw looked far, far too old to represent Anakin's Force Ghost after the prequels established that Anakin was actually quite a bit younger than people had originally believed. I do think they made a mistake in making Anakin look exactly like he did in ROTS (if I remember right, they just used stock footage of Christensen instead of filming him specifically for the Force Ghost scene). I think they should have aged Christensen up a bit, but I think replacing Shaw in that scene was the right move.
I can accept that. My problem was seeing a young Anakin and it rankled me so much that I never stopped to think that Vader was 45 when he died while Sebastian Shaw was 76. I'm guessing that Lucas thought the same thing you did, which is why he made the change. And all this time I figured he was just neurotic and couldn't stop tampering with his work, trying to get everyting just right the way a lot of artists do.
Yeah I suppose if you look at the literal ages of the actors it does seem a bit extreme, but in my mind the reason for Anakin appearing so old at the end of Jedi was simply because of the corrupting power of the Dark Side combined with the mechanical suit he had been stuck in for so long.

It made perfect sense to me that whatever power affected the Emperor and turned him into an old, horrible creature had probably done the same thing to Anakin over the years.

Not to mention that Shaw hardly looked 76. He looked more like someone in their early to mid 60s to me. And more important, he actually looked like the kindly father to Luke and Leia that you would have wanted him to become at the end (and oh yeah, also like someone you could imagine Guiness's Obi-Wan being friends with at one time).
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Old August 3 2014, 06:55 PM   #1692
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There's a deleted scene from SITH (With Yoda on the asteroid base at the end of the film) that would've had Qui-Gon sort of explained it. It's on the blu-ray set I think, except instead of Neeson, it's got what sounds like Ben Burtt explaining it. (Most of the blu-ray deleted scenes are incomplete scenes/animatics).
I think some of it was brought up in the last few Clone Wars episodes, which I haven't seen yet.

I'm really glad they took the time to cover that in TCW. When Yoda brought it up to Obi-Wan in ROTS it kind of came out of the blue. It's unfortunate that Neeson wasn't available to record that dialogue for the movie, or whatever happened, but the show really made up for it.
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Old August 3 2014, 07:14 PM   #1693
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I don't know, for me that whole "training to become a Force Ghost" thing just seemed so unnecessary (much like Midichlorians to explain the Force itself). It always seemed like something a Jedi Master would just naturally be able to do once he died.

The idea that you would instead somehow need to "train" to do it just seems so bizarre and ridiculous to me.
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Old August 3 2014, 07:18 PM   #1694
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Why?
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Old August 3 2014, 08:11 PM   #1695
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I agree with that sentiment. Obi-Wan died in ANH. Then appeared as a force ghost in ESB/ROTJ. Yoda died in ROTJ. Appeared as a force ghost at the end. Vader/Anakin died in ROTJ. Appeared as a force ghost at the end.

It just seemed like something Jedi could do, like lifting objects with the force. I really don't think it needed any kind of special "training" explanation.
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