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7) It’s fairly widespread knowledge that Darth Tyranus’ political namesake, “Dooku”, means “poison”, in Japanese; it’s certainly fitting given how much he lives up to such a reputation during the Clone Wars. As Sidious’ right-hand man, he’s basically in the same job position that will later be usurped (or more accurately fallen into) by Lord Vader himself. If the Sith power structure were sound, that’d make Dooku the second most powerful living being in the galaxy.
What’s amazing, and one of the only qualms I initially had with the Clone Wars feature-length test pilot, is that Anakin would not only encounter, but do battle with the Count a second time before what would then be his third and final time at the beginning of Revenge of the Sith. While we previously watched Epis. III, one was certainly given the impression that their encounter in that moment was the first rematch since the hangar bay clash at the end of Epis. II. The nature of the live-action films is that they were constructed in such a manner as to simply riff the highest points of conflict within the galaxy and within the life of Anakin Skywalker; of course his duel with Count Dooku in both those aforementioned films are vital to the overall story, but we didn’t need to know there had been other skirmishes between the Count and his eventual replacement. The animated film brought forth this new piece of the ongoing rivalry between Skywalker and Dooku, and from the looks of the season 4 trailer, the two will square off again (not to mention their forced-cooperation while escaping Weequay pirates in season 1!).
“This time we will do it together” -Obi Wan
“I was just about to say that” – Anakin
“You won’t get away this time, Dooku” – Obi Wan to Count Dooku
“My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count” – Anakin Skywalker
“Good; twice the pride, double the fall!” – Count Dooku to Anakin
These lines of dialogue during the Epis. III meeting of Obi Wan, Anakin, and Darth Tyranus seem to imply they hadn’t met at all between the start and the now-ending war, a three-year period of time. This is precisely the sort of logic many audience members assess on the surface, without breaking the details down further: While the first set of lines between Obi Wan and Anakin seem to imply that the last time they faced off against Dooku there was some sort of difficulty due to a lack of team-cooperation, as was indeed the case in Attack of the Clones, they could easily be referring to another time we hadn’t yet seen realised onscreen; without context, viewers filled in the gap on their own, but now after we’re seeing many more encounters between these three legends, that last encounter that helps lead-into Revenege of the Sith suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.
Such is the nature of The Clone Wars series, as I’ve pointed out several times before. What we thought we knew or understood about a relationship, character dynamic, event, or the specific meaning of a line of dialogue, is all becoming very much a point of relativism, forcing us to assess it all from “a certain point of view”, as Old Ben was fond of operating by. Like all revelations, Dooku’s feature-film battle with Anakin may’ve been a bit uncomfortable, but over time is proving to be rather intriguing. While I at first had big reservations about Tyranus and Anakin’s Tatooine Dune Sea battle (though it’s gorgeously shot, choreographed, and epically-scored musically), I now welcome it; the new dimensions we encounter within these characters, borne out of their regular meetings, has really begun to take us into our “first step into a larger world”, in an already vast and sprawling galaxy.
Within a few days I’ll take a look at the many smaller details we’ve picked up along the journey through this series, which speficially help inform and better flesh-out the live-action cornerstones. If you’ve noticed, everything I’ve covered so far, as well as the first minor note I’ll touch upon in the forthcoming entry, all hail from the feature film pilot. That’s because as an introduction to the way this series would begin to address many of the main story gaps (and as a feature film needing a variety of broader character-strokes), everything I’ve been discussing all had to come to the table collectively right off the bat. I knew there was a reason I keep wanting to revisit the feature over again, even over the individual episodes; while most of the one-off stories and story-arcs are often better-rendered and at times more immediately gratifying to experience than any given moment in the film, it’s these broader-established strokes that REALLY set the course for us in experiencing and changing, what we now know about the Star Wars saga.
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