Saga Favorite "Act" in the individual movies of the saga.

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  1. Porkins4Ever Force Ghost

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    I believe that the individual movies of the saga can be broken down into acts, just like a play.

    For example, I would say ANH has 3 distinct acts:

    Act 1: The opening crawl up to the falcon's hyperspace jump
    Act 2: From the hyperspace jump to the falcon's escape from the Death Star
    Act 3: The battle of Yavin.

    I was just wondering what is your favorite "Act" in the saga.

    I am going to say Act 3 of ROTS is my favorite, which for me starts with Anakin's turn, and ends with Beru and Owen looking at the Binary Suns. I have a few more that are battling with this act for supremacy, I just want to see what other opinions people have with regards to this topic

    If you want to discuss what constitutes the "acts" of each movie, feel free. I am struggling to define how many acts are in both ROTS and TPM and where they begin/end.
  2. oierem Jedi Grand Master

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    I've thought a lot about breaking the movies into acts, and I'm not sure if I agree with the three-act breakdown. Lucas likes to begin his movies in the middle of the action/story, with a sort of prologue, before the actual story begins, and you can see that more or less in every SW movie.

    I'd break each movie into four parts:
    -"Prologue": action/mystery, we don't get to know the characters, we just follow them.
    -First act: the quiet act, where the characters are properly developed and the main plot is properly introduced.
    -Second act
    -Third act.

    ANH
    -Prologue: the Imperial attack on Leia's ship.
    -Act 1: Tatooine
    -Act 2: Death Star recue.
    -Act 3: The final assault.

    TESB (not sure about this)
    -Prologue: Luke's rescue and the Hoth battle?
    -Act 1: asteroid field chase, arrival to Dagobah, until the cave scene?
    -Act 2: arrival to Bespin, Luke leaves. ("there is another")
    -Act 3: the confrontation at Bespin.

    ROTJ
    -Prologue: the whole Jabba the Hutt sequence (not connected to the rest of the story).
    -Act 1: the Emperor arrives, Yoda dies, the Rebels explain their plan, ends with the arrival on Endor (luke-Vader connection).
    -Act 2: Adventures on Endor (clearly lighter than the first act, which is pretty serious), ending with the Vader-Luke scene.
    -Act 3: The final battle.

    TPM
    -Prologue: everything until they leave Naboo.
    -Act 1: Tatooine (this is the quiet act where the characters are properly developed)
    -Act 2: Coruscant
    -Act 3: Battle of Naboo

    AOTS
    -Prologue: Coruscant section, until the end of the chase
    -Act 1: Anakin and Obi-Wan get their missions, Kamino and Naboo.
    -Act 2: Anakin on Tatooine, Obi-Wan on Geonosis, ends with the senate scene.
    -Act 3: Battle of Geonosis.

    ROTS
    -Prologue: Palpatine's rescue.
    -Act 1: ends with the Padme's ruminations scene (anakin's decission).
    -Act 2: Anakin's choice, ends with "Anakin is the father"/Anakin on Mustafar.
    -Act 3: the final duel.
  3. CaptainHamYoyo Jedi Grand Master

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    I'd define the acts as these for each movie(feel free to disagree):

    Episode 4- I'll agree with you

    Episode 5-
    Act 1- Hoth
    Act 2- Asteroid chase to before arriving at Bespin(including Luke's training on Dagobah)
    Act 3- Bespin

    Episode 6-
    Act 1- Tatooine/Jabba's Palace
    Act 2- from the Emperor arriving at the Death Star to the Luke surrendering to Vader on Endor
    Act 3- The Battle of Endor

    Episode 1
    Act 1- Naboo
    Act 2- Tatooine & Coruscant
    Act 3- the Battle of Naboo

    Episode 2-
    Act 1- Coruscant
    Act 2- Naboo, Kamino, and Tatooine
    Act 3- Gionosis

    Episode 3
    Act 1- Battle of Coruscant
    Act 2- from the balcony scene in Padme's apartment, to Kashyyk, to Utapau, to Anakin telling Mace that Palpatine is a Sith Lord
    Act 3- from Mace and Jedi facing Palpatine onwards

    for me I'd choose Act 3 for almost every episode except Episode 4(I'd choose Act 2)
  4. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    The final acts of ESB and ROTS will always be my favorites.
  5. Minez01 Force Ghost

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    My personal favourites:

    - TPM Act 1&2
    - ROTS Act 3
    - ESB Act 1&2
  6. Porkins4Ever Force Ghost

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    Thanks for the thoughts!! I kinda like the idea of Prologue's for TPM, AOTC and ROTS. I still feel like it's more difficult to break these down into distinct acts.....

    Well, to keep this going, one of my honorable mentions would be the first Act in ROTJ.....since I was a wee lad I always loved the Jabba's palace sequence...
  7. Samnz Force Ghost

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    I would say this with my favourites bold.

    TPM
    1. Act: untill the Queen and the Jedi leave Naboo
    2. Act: until the Queen and the Jedi leave Coruscant
    3. Act: until End Credits

    AOTC
    1. Act: until Anakin/Padmé leave Coruscant
    2. Act: until Padmé/Anakin are arrested on Geonosis
    3. Act: until End Credits

    ROTS
    1. Act: until Anakin's first "vision" is shown
    2. Act: until Padmé reaches Mustafar
    3. Act: until End Credits

    ANH
    1. Act: until Luke, Han and Ben leave Tatooine
    2. Act: until they leave the Death Star
    3. Act: until End Credits

    TESB
    1. Act: until they leave Hoth
    2. Act: until Luke heads towards Bespin
    3. Act: until End Credits

    ROTJ
    1. Act: until they leave Tatooine
    2. Act: not sure, probably until Luke joins the Emperor
    3. Act: until End Credtis
    Last edited by Samnz, May 9, 2013
  8. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    ESB-Carbon Freezing Chamber Scene to end. Best Act ever.
    ROTS-Battle of Coruscant, Palpatine revealed and Order 66 and then the Duels
    ANH-Death Star and Final Battle (though Mos Eisley and the beginning fight are fun.
    ROTJ-Battle of Endor
    Not sure about TPM or AOTC.
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