Nine years after the Trade Federation revealed its droid army and attempted to force the planet of Naboo into submission, the crisis engulfing the galaxy reached a critical point. A tale of secret dealings, forbidden love, and violence at a scale the Galactic Republic had not seen for centuries. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones premiered in 2002 as the second installment in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, following Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
While the Trade Federation’s defeat in the Battle of Naboo had been decisive, the underlying issues that caused the confrontation continued to plague the galaxy.
Until the events that transpired, the Galactic Republic had enjoyed around a millennium of peace after the Sith’s defeat and exile. The government encompassed an overwhelming amount of star systems; its political system gave what most members felt was adequate representation. At the few times when crises crept up and threatened to upset the long-lasting peace, the Republic could call upon the Jedi Order for help. Jedi Knights act in the capacities of diplomats, peacekeepers, and enforcers whenever needed.
As the Republic moved away from its troubled past, institutional memory faded. War and large-scale dissent were seen as a bygone era, incapable of happening in the unshakable Galactic Republic that cared equally for all its members.
Career politicians, eyeing to prolong their stay in the Galactic Senate and other sectors of the government apparatus in Coruscant, carved deals with bureaucrats and business owners to aid them. An unintended consequence of the ‘eternal’ stability in the Republic was that trade opportunities boomed at a never-before-seen scale, unencumbered by conflicts and raids along galactic shipping lanes.
With time, businesses and conglomerates came to outgrow many star systems, with some planets falling under de facto ownership of these companies. Backroom dealings and lobbying began eroding the diplomatic process in the Republic, with the interests of business executives overruling several motions that could threaten margins. The corrupt nature of many delegates was transparent, and confidence in the Galactic Senate had reached a new low.
While trust had been scarce, the final blow to the delicate peace came with Chancellor Finis Vallorum’s taxation act and the Trade Federation’s military response. Despite the Naboo victory on the battlefield, taxation put several other major conglomerates and the systems reliant on them at odds with the Republic. Large swathes of the Galactic Senate became de facto controlled by corporations politically opposed to the government.
When Chancellor Palpatine took the helms, the Republic found itself short of power and trust while also lacking clear action paths to remedy the situation. Poorer outlying star systems were crumbling under the Republic’s taxation schemes, but the sheer number of treaties, laws, and judicial precedents involved led corrective action to premature death.
To make matters worse, the remoteness of these systems effectively meant they were footing the bill in their trade routes but saw very little in return. As many deals still honored by the Republic predated many systems’ admission, its poorest members found themselves without adequate protection. Coruscant refused to create a military to deal with problems arising there, leaving it to the critically stretched Jedi Order and Judicial Department. Trade routes in outlying systems were frequent targets of pirates, slavers, and hijackers, with the affected population having little to no recourse.
Concerned local delegates repeatedly pleaded for support at the Galactic Senate but found a stagnant congress more worried about alliances than providing security across the galaxy. As fruitless discussions continued in Coruscant, many locals assembled militias to mitigate the problem, to strong reprimands from the Republic. The apparent favoritism of the government towards the Core Worlds and the feeling of alienation pushed many systems away from the Republic, setting the stage for an organized separatist movement.
The spark that ignited the Separatist Crisis came from an unexpected source, Serenno nobleman Dooku. A frustrated political idealist, he was an apprentice of Grand Master Yoda and trained Qui-Gon Jinn. Dooku had left the Jedi Council to take up leadership as Count on his home planet, disillusioned with the corruption sweeping the Republic administration and the Jedi Order’s inaction over it. As the wealthy leader of an Outer Rim planet, Count Dooku saw first-hand the socioeconomic effects of the Senate’s weakness.
Count Dooku became the face of galactic separatism when he began the “Independent Movement for Self-Determination.” The former Jedi gave lectures at academies and universities in the galaxy to discuss the merits of pursuing a path away from the Republic. Charismatic and well-spoken, Dooku made a great impression with excitable youths looking for a cause, becoming the face of separatism across the galaxy.
Besides his public-speaking prowess, Count Dooku remained in touch with many of his former Jedi colleagues. One of his friends was rogue Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. They shared the disdain for the political situation in Coruscant and feared that tensions in the Republic would reach a boiling point outside what the Jedi Order could solve. The pair found a solution to this at the secluded extragalactic planet of Kamino, with an economy centered on security-related cloning projects.
Sifo-Dyas leveraged his political position as a Jedi allied with Dooku’s personal wealth to order the creation of an army of clones meant to act as a secret strategic reserve for the Republic should a large-scale civil breakout. Shortly after this, Sifo-Dyas died under the circumstances not fully understood at Coruscant.
As tensions in the galaxy reached a breaking point, Count Dooku officially established the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS), headquartered at Serenno and under his leadership. Thousands of neglected systems under Republic custody flocked to the newly established body, with their delegates tendering articles of secession.
The Confederacy gained momentum early on and secured several important star systems the Republic was reliant on for supplies. However, Dooku failed to convince his old acquaintance and Eriadu’s Governor Wilhuff Tarkin to join his cause. Without his system, the Republic still had control of major trade routes feeding the Core Worlds, allowing it to ignore the CIS demands instead of being forced into deals favorable to the Confederacy as Dooku had planned.
With increasingly fewer means of enforcing its power over planets outside the Core Worlds, the Galactic Senate proposed the Military Creation Act. This bill aimed to establish an army under the Republic to deter the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Padmé Amidala, now acting as Senator for Naboo and its system, headed to Coruscant to debate the act.
Key Characters (Roles and Motivations)
A battle-hardened Jedi Knight from Stewjon, Kenobi had prematurely assumed the role of mentor after the death of his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, at the hands of Sith Lord Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo. Kenobi’s dedication to the Jedi Code was often put at odds with his protectiveness of Padawan Anakin Skywalker.
Now a Padawan with considerable experience during deployments with his Master, Anakin Skywalker was originally a slave from Tatooine, discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn during his visit to the planet. Being very gifted in the ways of the Force, Skywalker began growing frustrated with his Master, whom he believed to be holding him back. The Padawan also held an infatuation for Padmé Amidala of Naboo.
After seeing out her term as Queen of Naboo, her system elected Padmé Amidala to represent it at the Galactic Senate. A staunch pacifist and political idealist, she was strongly against creating a Republic army, preferring instead to advocate for political and diplomatic solutions to the Separatist Crisis enveloping the galaxy. Amidala was also a member of the Loyalist Committee, appointed by Chancellor Palpatine.
A career politician and former Naboo delegate, Palpatine had ascended to the position of Chancellor after the motion of no confidence against Finis Vallorum during the Naboo crisis. Palpatine was the leader of the Loyalist faction in the Senate, a wide-ranging coalition positioned in staunch opposition to the separatist movement. An opportunist by nature, many felt the Chancellor exploited troubled times to reshape the Republic to his vision.
A smart and charismatic political idealist from Serenno, Count Dooku was once an esteemed Jedi Master and member of the High Council but famously left the Jedi Order after ideological fallouts with the Republic. He came into the spotlight years later as the leader of the Separatist movement, responsible for the exodus of thousands of star systems.
Trouble in Coruscant
As the Separatist Crisis threatened to collapse the thousand-year peace and democracy brought by the Galactic Republic, senators from across the galaxy arrived at Coruscant to discuss the proposed creation of a Republican army, as criminal activity and disputes overwhelmed the Jedi Order and existing security services.
Serving as Senator for the Commell sector, Padmé Amidala did not have an easy start to her career as a delegate. Because of bad blood with the Trade Federation, Amidala had found herself under continuous scrutiny by the partisan press and survived an assassination attempt during her first term in Coruscant. Despite this, she forged powerful alliances with other senators and eventually secured another term.
On the eve of the Military Creation Act vote in the Senate, Padmé and her security entourage arrived at Coruscant. Tensions over her opposition had led them to carry this mission with extra caution, including an escort of N-1 starfighters. When its passengers left the ship, expecting the worst to be behind them, a series of explosions ripped through the cruiser ostensibly carrying Amidala. The explosion killed most of its occupants, including the Senator’s assigned decoy Cordé. The mysterious assassin’s actual target survived uninjured, however, as she had flown in aboard a starfighter instead.
Fearing future assassination attempts, Chancellor Palpatine requested that the Senator be under constant protection by the Jedi Order until the crisis ended. The two Jedi chosen for the task were old acquaintances of Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. The three had a touching reunion and met their Gungan friend Jar Jar Binks, now serving as a Junior Representative in Coruscant.
When discussing the details of her assassination attempt, Padmé expressed a desire to find out who had been behind it. While Kenobi asserted their assignment was merely for protection with no investigative mandate, Skywalker eagerly promised to find the would-be killer, prompting a reprimand by his Master. Later that day, the Padawan and the Senator conspired to ambush the assassin by using her as bait, much to Kenobi’s dismay.
The two Jedi sat on watch while Amidala slept, and Anakin confessed his affection for the Senator and his troubling nightmares regarding his mother to Obi-Wan. As their frank conversation became a debate over the morals of politicians, including Amidala and Palpatine, Skywalker sensed danger and burst into the Senator’s room, cutting venomous kouhun worms that the assassin had inserted. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan spotted an ASN-121 droid spying on the situation out of the window and plunged through the glass to grab it.
After ensuring Amidala was well, Anakin rushed to a nearby garage, searching for a speeder to aid his Master. Upon spotting the Jedi hanging off the droid, the assassin destroyed it with a blaster. Obi-Wan plunged through the Coruscant skyscrapers and busy lanes but landed on the speeder piloted by Anakin. With the two Jedi safely aboard, they followed the assassin’s Koro-2 airspeeder through a fast chase. The mysterious foe tried to use the exhaust flames of the Kerdos Company recycling plant, destroyed an electrical coupling, and ducked into a tunnel to throw off the pursuers, but all attempts were without success.
Having positioned himself above his target, Anakin leaped off his speeder to intercept it, leaving Kenobi at the controls to tail the ship. Skywalker successfully latched onto the Koros-2 and identified the assassin as a female changeling. Despite her blaster fire, the Padawan used his lightsaber to make the ship uncontrollable, leading both to crash in an alleyway next to Outlander Club, a seedy nightclub characteristic of the Coruscant nightlife. As the assassin raced into the club, Obi-Wan landed and stopped Anakin from pursuing her, reprimanding him for dropping his lightsaber during the chase.
Properly armed now, the Jedi walked into the club and agreed to split–Obi-Wan would sit at the bar while Anakin scouted the club for the assassin. She waited for the knights to be separated before drawing her blaster and creeping towards Kenobi, who had his back turned to the crowd. Before the assassin could get a shot out, Kenobi drew his lightsaber and severed her arm, proceeding to carry her out on the street with Anakin. The assassin, Zam Wessell, initially refused to disclose who had hired her but insisted she was doing it for work and had no personal motivations. Under Skywalker’s pressure, she prepared to reveal more details, but a toxic dart fired at the neck and killed her.
After yet another assassination attempt, and with those who want Senator Amidala dead still at large, the Jedi Council and the Chancellor decide to escalate their response. Master and Padawan separated for the first time in years; Obi-Wan Kenobi’s orders were to track down the person responsible for hiring Zam Wessell and killing her. Meanwhile, Anakin Skywalker was to follow Padmé into hiding in her homeworld of Naboo, given the constant threats to her life at Coruscant. Despite not being confident in his Padawan’s readiness to carry out such an important mission alone, Kenobi abided by the Council’s ruling. Traveling in disguise, Anakin and Padmé boarded an AA-9 refugee ship at Port Quarter and left for Naboo.
Now acting alone at Coruscant, Kenobi visited a knowledgeable old friend in search of information about the suspected mastermind behind the killings. Dexter Jettster, the Besalisk owner of Dex’s Diner, inspected the toxic projectile used to kill assassin Zam Wessell and identified it as a Kamino saberdart. While the planet was unknown to Obi-Wan, and indeed to most of the galaxy, Dex was familiar with it because of his previous work experience as a prospector on the nearby planet of Subterrel, located outside the Outer Rim territories. He shared what he had gathered on the planet with his Jedi friend—its inhabitants were staunch isolationists, with their cloning business acting as the only link between Kamino and the Republic.
Having the approximate location of the planet as given by Dexter, Kenobi visited the Jedi Archives to learn more about it before setting off. To his surprise, there were no entries about Kamino in the database, and he found nothing on the galaxy map either. Jedi Master and longtime Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu assured Obi-Wan that if the planet was not in the archives, it likely did not exist.
Unconvinced, Kenobi enlisted the help of Grand Master Yoda. Based on Dex’s tips and the planet’s suspicious disappearance in the database, the two Jedi agreed that someone had erased the entry. With limited information to work with, Yoda recommended that Obi-Wan visit the estimated location of the Kamino, hoping to spot it visually. With the plan laid out, Kenobi took along an astromech droid and boarded his Jedi starfighter to find the missing planet.
The Kamino Investigation
The plan devised with Master Yoda paid off: Obi-Wan Kenobi found the ‘lost planet’ of Kamino, precisely where Dexter Jettster had described it. Despite the storm raging at the surface, Kenobi landed his starfighter and made his way to contact the locals. Much to his surprise, upon being greeted by Kaminoan administrative aide Taun We, Obi-Wan was told the planet’s Prime Minister was eager to meet him. Determined to find out more, the Jedi feigns knowledge and goes along.
At the meeting with Prime Minister Lama Su, Kenobi was made aware of a clone army built for the republic at the request of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas ten years before. Obi-Wan confessed he believed that Sifo-Dyas had died before that. The cloners gave Obi-Wan an extensive tour of the cloning facilities and displayed the troops’ skills ready to deploy, numbering almost 200 thousand. At last, they introduced the Jedi to the donor hand-picked for the project, an aggressive bounty hunter by the name of Jango Fett. Albeit their interaction was brief, it was enough to confirm Kenobi’s suspicions that he was the one behind the attempted killings of Senator Amidala back at Coruscant.
Feeling his identity had been discovered, Jango and his son, Boba, attempted to flee Kamino aboard their ship, but Kenobi attacked the bounty hunter at the landing pad. The two engaged in a fight to the death. Despite being one of the most skilled lightsaber yielders in the galaxy, Obi-Wan eventually found himself overwhelmed by Fett’s blasters and the assorted equipment fitted to his suit. Seeing his pursuer fall towards the cold, stormy waters of Kamino, the Mandalorian bounty hunter departs, but not before Kenobi could place a homing beacon on the ship.
Senator Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, accompanied by astromech droid R2-D2, successfully left Coruscant undetected. The two grew to enjoy each other’s company in the secluded area of Naboo and found themselves comfortable, speaking frankly about sensitive topics. Skywalker eventually confessed his love for Amidala, but the two agreed that pursuing it would be wrong—their commitments to the Jedi Code and the Galactic Senate meant such a relationship would be inappropriate. Despite his love for spending time with Padmé, the refuge in Naboo increasingly troubled Anakin. Dark dreams about his mother, Shmi Skywalker plagued the Padawan, making him restless about her fate. With Amidala’s blessing, the two left Naboo for Tatooine to rescue her.
Return to Tatooine
At Anakin’s home planet, they initially consulted with Watto, who had owned him as a slave during his childhood. His former master confessed he had not heard of Shmi ever since she had been freed by moisture farmer Cliegg Lars, who married her afterward. Upon finding Lars, however, Anakin learned the Tusken Raiders had attacked the farm and kidnapped Shmi in the process. His family attempted an ad hoc rescue but failed, costing Cliegg his right leg.
Odds to find his mother alive were next to none, given the aggressive nature of Tusken Raiders, but Anakin refused to give up. Using a borrowed swoop bike, he left Padmé at the moisture farm and rode into the night in search of the Raider camp they had taken his mother to. On arrival, Skywalker found his mother on her deathbed. Shmi recognized her son and said her last words, perishing in Anakin’s arms. Filled with rage, the Padawan ravaged the camp, killing off every one of its inhabitants before bringing his mother’s body back to give her a dignified burial next to her new family. Losing Shmi deeply traumatized Anakin, who swore to become so powerful in the ways of the Force that he could prevent his loved ones from dying.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s homing beacon was fully functional on the hull of Jango Fett’s ship, the Slave I. The Jedi trailed his target at a distance to track down his hideout but was discovered. The Mandalorian bounty hunter released a series of seismic charges to throw off his pursuer. The two ships underwent a dangerous chase through the asteroid field around the planet of Geonosis, culminating in Fett getting on Kenobi’s tail and launching a guided missile at the Jedi starfighter. Believing his enemy was finally dead, Jango proceeded towards the Geonosian surface. Unbeknownst to the bounty hunter, Obi-Wan had survived their encounter yet again and made his way into the planet to investigate.
After landing, the presence of Trade Federation ships alarmed Kenobi. Taking care to avoid detection, he followed the separatist leader and former Jedi, Count Dooku, into a cave. Obi-Wan stumbled upon a large droid manufacturing plant and a summit attended by leaders of the Trade Federation, the InterGalactic Banking Clan, the Techno Union, the Commerce Guild, and the Corporate Alliance. The participants signed a treaty pledging their alliance to the Confederacy of Independent Systems and creating the Executive Separatist Council.
Kenobi learned the CIS could count with Viceroy Nute Gunray’s droid army, and it was the Trade Federation’s leader who demanded the assassination of Senator Padmé Amidala as a condition to committing his forces. Overcome by the urgency of his discovery, Obi-Wan rushed back to his ship to relay it to the Jedi Order in Coruscant, but the signal was not strong enough to reach the planet. Instead, the Jedi knight contacted his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, who had been in Tatooine, instructing him to pass the information forward. However, before the message’s end, battle droids overwhelmed Kenobi and took him, prisoner.
The message caused alarm at both Tatooine and Coruscant. The Jedi Council mounted an intervention at Geonosis and ordered Skywalker to protect Senator Amidala in the meantime. Obi-Wan’s fate concerned Padmé and Anakin, with the Senator insisting the Jedi mission would take too long to arrive at the scene. Overruling Master Mace Windu’s orders, she mounted a rescue attempt herself—if Anakin were to protect her as instructed, he would just have to come along.
At the prison tower, his old acquaintance, Count Dooku visited Obi-Wan Kenobi. The separatist leader inquired about the Jedi’s presence in Geonosis while denying any involvement with the bounty hunter hired to assassinate Amidala. The Count suggested that his former Padawan and Obi-Wan’s master, Qui-Gon Jinn, would have joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems under the circumstances. Dooku confided to Kenobi that the Galactic Senate was being led by a Sith Lord by the name of Darth Sidius. When Obi-Wan rejected his offer of allegiance against the Republic, the separatist leader left the Jedi in his cell.
At Coruscant, the Chancellor’s entourage and the Loyalist Committee debated how to proceed. The Military Creation Act was brought up once more. The Separatist plan to use a droid army to strong-arm the Republic into a favorable deal was enough justification for approving the usage of the clone army discovered by Kenobi in Kamino. Still, Bail Organa reminded the room that the Senate’s inertia would likely not green light its use, particularly in such a time-sensitive window. At the Vice-Chancellor’s prompting, Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks, taking Senator Amidala’s place during her absence, agreed to propose a motion granting emergency power to Chancellor Palpatine. This would allow him to pass the Military Creation Act independent of a vote.
Accompanied by protocol droid C-3PO and astromech droid R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala fought their way into the Geonosis droid foundries in search of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two battled Geonosian soldiers while dealing with the hazardous factory equipment, which eventually overwhelmed the pair. Padmé found herself trapped in a melting pot before being rescued by R2-D2. Just as she found herself free, a swarm of Geonosian troopers surrounded her. A metal cast trapped Anakin’s arm until a cutter freed him, destroying his lightsaber. Now defenseless, a group of Droidekas led by bounty hunter Jango Fett ambushed him. The rescue attempt had failed, and the Republic now had three prisoners in Separatist custody.
The Petranaki Arena
In accordance with Geonosian law, Kenobi, Anakin, and Amidala were sentenced to execution at the Petranaki Arena. This large building had been used since Ancient Geonosian times, first so aspiring leaders could prove their mettle in combat before the people of Geonosis, and later to conduct public executions for entertainment. Geonosians gathered to watch the three prisoners be dispatched by monsters chosen for the event. Their leader, Archduke Poggle The Lesser, had assigned an acklay, a reek, and a nexu.
Under the watch of some members of the Executive Separatist Council, Jango, and Boba Fett, the inmates were chained to a pole, but thanks to Padmé’s intervention, they managed to put up a resistance for much longer than expected. Pressured by Viceroy Gunray, Dooku deployed newly built battle droids to put an end to the show. A Jedi intervention saved the seemingly hopeless trio. Led by Master Mace Windu, no less than 212 Jedi had landed on Geonosis and infiltrated the arena to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rejecting the Count’s ultimatum, they engaged the droids in combat against overwhelming odds. After engaging in melee combat with Windu, Jango Fett was caught off-guard by a malfunction in his jetpack, leading to his decapitation at the Jedi’s hands.
Despite fighting valiantly, Jedi losses began to mount, with their limited numbers unable to take care of the endless droid hordes. As the battle seemed over, with around 160 casualties on the Jedi side, the second wave of Republic reinforcements entered the fray. With a full decade of development and training, the Kamino clone army, now formally established as the Grand Army of the Republic, was deployed for the first time, led by Master Yoda. The Republic’s forces caught the Separatist army off-guard using heavy weaponry, including walkers, gunships, and artillery.
Seeing the odds suddenly against them, Separatist leaders dispersed. Trade Federation’s Viceroy Nute Gunrway and his right-hand man Rune Haako left the planet on their ship. Before making his escape, Count Dooku delivered plans for a new secret weapon – the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, later known as the Death Star – to Geonosian Archduke Poggle The Lesser.
Using a speeder to make his way to the hangar hosting his ship, Dooku found himself pursued by a Republican Gunship, which had airlifted Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala from the arena. The ship was hit by an anti-aircraft cannon during the chase, which knocked the Senator and a clone trooper out onto the Geonosian desert. Anakin attempted to convince the ship’s pilot to land and recover them, but his order was overridden by Obi-Wan, who reminded him their mission was to intercept the Count.
A Renegade Jedi’s Duel
The Master and Padawan catch up to the former Jedi at the secluded hangar. Much like the encounter with Darth Maul at Naboo, the two Jedi attempted to overwhelm him numerically, but this was no ordinary foe. Count Dooku revealed his mastery of the Dark Side of the Force, which he was now aligned with under the Sith name Darth Tyrannus.
Skywalker was quickly subdued with a burst of Force lightning, leaving Kenobi to fight alone. Dooku’s swordsmanship and style, learned directly from Master Yoda, quickly overpowered Obi-Wan, who was stunned and wounded on his arm and leg. Before the Sith Lord could kill him, however, Anakin jumped to defend his Master. The Padawan’s resistance was brave but brief, ending when Tyrannus severed his right forearm.
With the pair defeated, Yoda, Dooku’s old Master, entered the hangar to intervene. The Sith failed to overcome his first mentor in a Force battle, opting instead to challenge him to a traditional lightsaber duel. The two yielders fought furiously, with neither giving up ground. Seeing no alternative, Dooku cut the fighting short by sending a collapsed column towards the wounded Kenobi and Skywalker, forcing Yoda to disengage to save his allies as the Separatist leader boarded his solar sailor towards Coruscant.
At the end of the battle in Geonosis, the survivors took stock of the situation. Padmé Amidala and a team of clone troopers arrived to evacuate the wounded Jedi. Back at the arena, young Boba Fett mourned his father.
The Clone Wars Begin
At an abandoned industrial sector in Coruscant, Darth Tyrannus met with Darth Sidious to report the beginning of the war between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic. His new master congratulated him on his work, pleased that his plan was progressing well.
Back at the Jedi Temple, Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Yoda discussed Count Dooku’s warning about the senate being under Sith control. Yoda was reluctant to take the information at face value, citing the Dark Side’s prowess to create distrust, but the three agreed that the Senate must be closely monitored from now on. Master Windu remarked that, despite his doubts, the clone army was essential to their victory at Geonosis.
From a balcony in the Galactic Senate building, Chancellor Palpatine and members of the Loyalist Committee oversaw an assembly of the Grand Army of the Republic. Large formations of clone troopers prepared to board ships, ready to engage the Confederacy of Independent Systems across the galaxy. As put by Master Yoda, “begun, the clone wars have.”
At Naboo’s Lake Country, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala took part in a secret wedding ceremony. The near-death experiences in Geonosis had overturned their convictions about the wrong nature of their relationship. Anakin was wearing a mechanical forearm, and the only witnesses to the ceremony were their droids, who were exchanged as gifts between the new couple. C-3PO was given to Amidala due to his usefulness as a translator in the Senate, while R2-D2 was passed onto the Skywalker as an astromech unit compatible with Jedi starfighters.
The significance of the Battle of Geonosis was much bigger than the events on the planet. If the Battle of Naboo had sent the galaxy into a period of tension, the confrontation between the Separatist droid army and the Grand Army of the Republic was decidedly the end of the thousand-year peace enjoyed by the Galactic Republic.
The so-called Clone Wars tore through disputed systems, with diplomacy giving way to forceful military action from both sides. With no peace to keep and little need for ambassadors, the Jedi knights found their role deeply changed. Senior members of the Order were officially given the Jedi Generals’ title to lead the new Republican army.
After their secret marriage, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala were at odds with their commitments to the Republic and the Jedi Order. The trauma after losing his mother made Anakin extremely protective of those he loved, particularly Padmé and his master Obi-Wan, who he saw as a father feature. These feelings went heavily against the Jedi Code and set up Skywalker for a dangerous path that would have repercussions much beyond his relationships.
Question: How old was Natalie Portman in Episode 2?
Answer: At the time of the film’s release, Natalie Portman was 21 years old.
Question: Who is the bad guy in Star Wars Episode 2?
Answer: The true evils in the galaxy were Sith Lords. They used positions assumed during their exile to manipulate multiple organizations and people to realize their plan to destroy the Jedi Order.
Question: Which Star Wars movie has the clones?
Answer: The clones of the Grand Army of the Republic are present in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Question: How long is Star Wars Attack of the Clones?
Answer: The movie has a runtime of 142 minutes.
Question: Was Count Dooku a bad guy?
Answer: Count Dooku and his motives are disputed. Many believe that he remained true to his idealist manners and saw his ascension to the Sith as means of achieving independence or better political leverage against an increasingly powerless Galactic Republic. Others see him as a power-hungry politician whose fall to the Dark Side destroyed his desire to help less-favored systems.
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