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The Opening Scroll revealed!
Several hundred solar systems join Dooku's Rebellion!

The opening scroll of Episode II
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[January 31, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

The Force.net has a big scoop today: the text of the Opening Scroll of Episode II ! The text is everything you'd expect from a Star Wars Opening scroll: short, to the point, setting up the general context of the movie as well as the immediate context of the first few scenes we'll see. Here are my thoughts:

There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several hundred solar systems, under the leadership of the Rebel Leader, Count Dooku, have declared their intentions to secede from the Republic.

The general background for Episode II. The internal coherence of the Old Republic has started to erode even more. We're introduced to the character of Count Dooku, but nothing indicates that he's a bad guy; he's presented here as a Rebel Leader of considerable importance.

This separatist movement has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy.

The first paragraph speaks of the political situation in the Old Republic, this second paragraph sketches the situation of the Jedi Order: they have difficulty maintaining peace and order in the galaxy, because there is so much internal division among the solar systems.

Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to Coruscant to vote on the critical issue of creating an army to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...

Because the Jedi are 'overwhelmed', the need grows for a military force to help maintain peace and order. Or perhaps we should say "the need is created", because we know that this 'Rebel Leader' Count Dooku is actually a puppet of Darth Sidious/Palpatine. His 'Rebellion' is directly orchestrated by Sidious himself to diminish the influence of the Jedi and to create an argument for building a strong military force that will one day exterminate the Jedi for good...

This third paragraph also tells us what happened to Amidala and Naboo during the period that separates Episode I from Episode II. There is another royal leader on Naboo, and Padme is now a senator, replacing Palpatine who has become the suppreme Chancellor. There's no need to tell anything about the other two main characters in this scroll, because basically, their situation hasn't changed much (Anakin is still Obi-Wan's padawan, like we saw at the end of Episode I).

Finally, this paragraph also leads us to the first scenes that follow the pan down to the planet of Coruscant, in which we'll see Senator Amidala arriving on the planet to vote in the Galactic Senate about the creation of the Republic army.

A great opening scroll for what is going to be a great movie!!

Check out the Definitive Episode II Plotline for the latest information about Episode II and share your thoughts in the discussion forum!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

Asteroids! (again?)
Jango, Boba and Obi-Wan in an exciting sequence!

Obi-Wan chases Jango and Boba Fett in the middle of an asteroid field
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[January 28, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

I've added more new details to the Definitive Episode II plotline and as you can see, I've made a new picture visualising Obi-Wan chasing the Slave 1 in the middle of an asteroid field. Click on the picture for a bigger version!

In this picture, Obi-Wan is blasting small asteroids that get in his way. He isn't firing at the Slave 1, because he wants to find out who Jango is -destroying Jango won't help :)

The chase through an asteroid field is one of these 'repeating themes' Lucas puts in the Star Wars movies. There was an asteroid field in ANH (the remains of Alderaan), there is of course the exciting chase between Vader's destroyers and the Millenium Falcon in the Empire Strikes Back's asteroid field, and in Episode II it appears we will again see a sequence that takes place in an asteroid field...

There must be a lot more to this chase thru the asteroid field (according to some sources, something happens to Obi-Wan), but unfortunately I haven't got any details...

Check out the Definitive Episode II Plotline for the latest information about Episode II and share your thoughts in the discussion forum!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

Yoda teaches kids in the Jedi Temple
Big update of the Definitive Episode II Plotline...

Yoda: "the lightsaber is a Jedi's most precious weapon"

[January 23, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

Aldera.net has posted a new updated version of their 'Spoiler Marathon' with a lot of new information and descriptions of some very cool scenes. Now there has been some debate recently about how reliable Aldera's information is, as it isn't always clear what is 'real' information, and what is speculation...

However, according to Aldera.net, the reworked information is now much more accurate and pretty close to the script. I have been able to confirm the existence of at least one of the new scenes mentioned by Aldera.net, and the other information makes a lot of sense and doesn't contradict what we already know, so I've decided to update the Definitive Episode II Plotline with the new information.

The scene I've been able to verify is the one I illustrated today:

In one scene we focus in on Yoda and a bunch of Jedi hopefuls (little kids) on a balcony. Yoda is teaching them about the lightsaber. He pulls his out and ignites it and says something like "The lightsaber is a Jedi's most precious weapon."

So now we finally know why all those kids were cast! Go to Aldera.net to read their Spoiler Marathon and click here to read the new updated plotline here on the Virtual Edition.

Share your thoughts in the discussion forum!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

Death Sticks for sale
New pictures and news about a military transport...

Anakin and Obi-Wan look for Zam Wessel in a Coruscant Night Club...

A young troublemaker, Elian Sleazebaggano, walks up to the Jedi: "You want some death sticks? You want some death sticks?"

As a good, law-abiding citizen, Obi-Wan takes it upon himself to use a Jedi mind trick on Sleazebaggano, advising him that he should really "re-think his life".

[January 22, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

I've made some new illustrations showing the scene in which Anakin and Obi-Wan have a short encounter with a young troublemaker called Elian Sleazebaggano (played by Matt Doran). Sleazebaggano is trying to sell them 'Death-Sticks'; a 'Death-Stick is probably some kind of drug or perhaps an illegal weapon of some sort...

On the Force.net there's an interesting quote from one of the model-makers interviewed on the Starwars.com website: it talks about a brand new military transport we'll see in Episode II.

"I'm really anxious to see that," says Goodson. "Part of the reason is because Doug did one really dramatic concept painting with them, and he's done a variety of sketches where he's got all these really great shots where you're behind it looking over the wings, and it's firing missiles down below. It's pretty cool."

The question is: when will we see these military transports firing missiles? Could this be something we'll see in the final battle of the movie? We know there's a fight going on between Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan, while at the same time Ki-Adi Mundi is trying to shut down the control vessel together with some other guys. Is there a massive ground battle going on as well? From which side are these military transports? Are they Geonosian, manned by droids? Or are they carrying clonetroopers sent by the Republic? Share your thoughts in the discussion forum!

Plot-wise there are some interesting developments. Aldera.net is reworking the synopsis, deleting some scenes and adding more details. I'm trying to get some confirmation of this new material before integrating it into the Definitive Episode II Plotline on this site... Stay tuned!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

A dream turns into a nightmare...
The definitive Episode II Plotline updated with new information!

Anakin pushes Watto to tell him where he can find his mother.

[January 12, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

Let's talk about the scenes on Tatooine. From what we've heard, Anakin first goes to Mos Espa, to visit the place where he worked as a slave when he was still a kid: Watto's Junkstore. However, Watto doesn't own the place anymore and he isn't there; Anakin and Padme apparently find him in a cantina. Watto is now old, unable to fly and broke because of all his gambling debts.

Watto tells Anakin where he can find his mother... but Anakin's dream about going back to Tatooine, freeing all the slaves and being reunited with his mother is about to turn into a tragic nightmare...

The new details about what happens on Tatooine are from Aldera.net's latest update. I've integrated the new information and a lot of other new material (among which a very detailed description of the Arena scenes on Geonosis) in the Definitive Episode II Plotline. Here's what's new:

Click here to read the latest version of the Episode II plotline!Jan 12: I added a very detailed description of the fight in the Arena on Geonosis (!)
Jan 12: I added more details to the scenes of Obi-Wan arriving on Geonosis
Jan 12: I added more information to the scenes on Tatooine
Jan 12: I added the description of Dexter Jettster

You can recognise new information by it's green color. Enjoy, and see you next update!

Let me know your thoughts in the Discussion Forums!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

Dramatic events in Episode II
Love and War... now THIS is storytelling!

After their spectacular fight, Obi-Wan watches how Jango and Boba get away in the Slave 1
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[January 11, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

I've made a new picture to illustrate the end of the spectacular fight between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett in the rain on Kamino. I'm really looking forward to these scenes on Kamino. A planet where it's constantly storming and raining... unlike anything we've seen in Star Wars before! And imagine the cool sound effects: pouring rain, the howling wind, waves crashing against the columns on which Water City is built, Jango's blaster shots and the sizzling, humming sound of Obi-Wan's lightsaber... and of course, John Williams' music!! Mind my words: this will be a fight long rembered :)

The Force.net posted a cool report about a conversation between Padme and Anakin in which Padme reminds Anakin that it's against the Jedi Code to marry... And apparently, Obi-Wan and the other Jedi don't even know they are getting married! Definitely a 'bitter-sweet' ending, like some rumors indicated a few months ago. Will Anakin be expelled from the Jedi Order when they discover he married Padme? It would give an incredible depth to Anakin's turn to the Dark Side: it's not his choice for evil that pushes him towards the Dark Side, but his love for a girl! So is Padme the 'good' character that causes Anakin's downfall, and in an indirect way, the downfall of the Jedi and the Old Republic? Love and war - now THIS is storytelling!! Awesome!

Let me know your thoughts in the Discussion Forums!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

More details and speculation added!
The Definitive Episode II plotline gets more and more detailed

On the lower deck of the Naboo Riverboat, Anakin talks with Padme. Artoo is fetching drinks.

[January 10, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

I've added lots of new information to the Definitive Episode II Plotline. I also modified the order of some scenes quite drastically and I added some speculation.

Here's a list of what changed today:

  1. Jan 10: I added some speculation about Palpatine setting up a trap for the Jedi on Geonosis.
  2. Jan 10: changed the Riverboat scenes and the Theed scenes.
  3. Jan 10: added new information about Obi-Wan's visit of the cloning facilities on Kamino and I changed the order of some scenes drastically.
  4. Jan 10: I corrected a Tatooine scene

!! New information in the Plotline is now printed in green !!; no need to read the Plotline over and over again :)

Let me know your thoughts in the Discussion Forums!

Roderick Vonhögen, the Netherlands.

Click here to read the latest version of the Episode II plotline!STAR WARS EPISODE II - THE DEFINITIVE PLOTLINE

Click on the button on the left to read the latest version of the Definitive Plotline.. Updated January 10!

The first scenes of Episode II illustrated!
New Virtual pictures of a dramatic event

At the start of the movie, Amidala's starship arrives on Coruscant, escorted by several N-1 Starfighters...

When the starship lands on one of the docking platforms, there's suddenly a huge explosion!

Corde, Amidala's decoy, dies in the explosion. Padme, who was flying one of the Starfighters rushes over to Corde. Corde dies in her arms. With tears in her eyes, Padme looks at the devastation and says: "I should not have come back".

[January 10, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

The pictures above illustrate the first dramatic scene of Episode II. Prequel-spoilers.com posted what seems to be a snippet of the Episode II script with the actual dialogue during that scene. Head over to prequel-spoilers.com to read their report.

I've integrated the new information in the constantly updated plotline in the discussion forum. I've added lots of other new information as well, including the new information about Padme and Anakin's wedding on Naboo that was posted on starwars-union.de

Let me know your thoughts in the forum!

Click here to read the latest version of the Episode II plotline!


The Naboo Riverboat... questions answered!
Ever wondered why a senator travels 'low budget'-style?

Anakin sleeping during the journey to Theed with the Naboo Riverboat.

[January 9, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

For a long time, we've been hearing rumors about Padme and Anakin travelling on a riverboat while they are on Naboo. But where does this fit into the storyline? The pictures we've seen of the interiors of this riverboat (french Insider pictures) show a filthy, crowded environment, that reminds a bit of Jabba's sail barge. Not exactly the kind of boat you'd expect a senator to take... So what are Anakin and Padme doing there? Why can't they use their spaceship to travel?

I think I've found the answers to these questions... the sequence of events must be like this:

  1. Anakin and Padme arrive on Naboo with the Republic Cruiser.
  2. They have a meeting with the new Queen
  3. They buy some gifts and presents for Padme's family (scenes filmed in Seville)
  4. They fly to the Lake Retreat and meet with Padme's family
  5. Anakin has his nightmare about his mother in trouble
  6. He contacts the Jedi Council to ask if he can go to Tatooine
  7. The Jedi Council refuses and orders him to stay on Naboo
  8. Anakin decides to go to Tatooine anyhow; Padme agrees to go with him (they're in love)
  9. Since he can't take the Republic Cruiser to fly to Tatooine (the Jedi Council would know immediately), they try to get back to Theed by sneaking into the 'low budget' quarters of a Naboo Riverboat.
  10. The journey to Theed takes several days, hence the picture of Anakin sleeping on the boat.
  11. When they arrive in Theed, they take/steal a Nubian ship and fly to Tatooine (that explains the pictures of Anakin and Padme in the cockpit of a Nubian ship even though we know that Amidala's original Nubian cruiser is destroyed in the first scenes of Episode II.

There you have it! Let me know your thoughts in the forum!

I've added some new information and scenes to the Definitive Plotline in the Discussion Forums; Check out the most recent version of the plotline by clicking here!!



Episode II: The definitive plotline!
A work in progress

"My esteemed colleagues, I have received some tragic and disturbing news"

[January 8, 2001 - posted by Roderick]

Those of you who visit the discussion forums know that during the last couple of days, I've been working on a new Episode II plotline. I took Nathaniel Reed's synopsis and modified it with all the new information that has appeared on the web recently in order to compose a highly detailed and accurate storyline from all the pieces of the puzzle that we already have (at least, that's what I'm trying).

It's basically a very elaborate copy-and-paste job: I'm relying on the information that other great websites have gathered. I'm trying to give proper credit to all these websites where it's due (if I made any mistakes, please let me know). Below, you can read the story as far as I've been able to update it yet; there is still quite some work to be done. I've tried to include the scene numbers as well (as far as they're known). Visit the discussion forums for the latest version of the plotline; I'll be updating there all the time. Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts in the forum!

Check out the most recent version of the plotline
in the Discussion Forums by clicking here!!


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