I just saw the Clonetroopers commercial for the first time. I am amazed! The similarity between the Clonetroopers scenes in the commercial and Lucas's THX-1138 are quite apt. I saw THX last weekend. The Clonetroopers, like the soldiers in THX, seem to combine a banal, calm, emotionless demeanor with a menacing, threatening appeal. That's the great irony of the soldiers in THX: they hit the poor humans with these shock sticks while murmuring utterly banal, technical, and emotionally unmoving expressions, just the way the Stormtroopers in ANH were chatting about drills and model types as Obi Wan snuck past them to turn off the generator. In THX, as they electro-shock the humans, the soldiers are chattering in a calm, banal way about voltages as they coordinate their next attack. You might think that soldiers will be all emotional, worked up, and full of jeers, but not the THX soldiers. And I get the sense that that's what's happening with the Clonetroopers: I can see it in the slumbering way that they pick up their gear, juxtaposed with the deliberation they seem to be having in the cockpit in the shaky camera scene. These guys don't get worked up about ideology or emotion as they execute their task: rather, they are conditioned to follow orders in a methodical, consistent, rational way -- no questions asked. And these are the guys that are going to be the stormtroopers of the impersonal, tyrannical bureacracy known as the Empire. I'm looking forward to hearing some more of that monotonal, technical, banal chit-chat between Clonetroopers that we heard in ANH and THX.