Star Wars traditions

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by MatthewZ, May 24, 2004.

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  1. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    Have I missed any?? Thanks.

    - Openning crawl is three paragraphs concluding with "...."

    - Pan down to a vast sea of stars and a ship flies overhead (except in Ep. II where we pan up)

    - 1138 (unfound in Ep. VI)

    - Someone has, "A bad feeling about this."

    - Someone says, "May the force be with you."

    - A lightsaber fight

    - A chase scene

    - A scene where people eat

    - R2-D2 saves the day

    - C3-P0 sustains physical damage (except Ep. I where he isn't yet finished)

    - Someone in disguise or under a false identity

    - The "Wilhelm" scream
  2. Spike_Spiegel Former FF Administrator Former Saga Mod

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    If we can make this thread more of a discussion, as in discussing the traditions instead of just listing them, it would be a nice addition to Saga. But if you only want a list, this should be in the Community forum.
  3. fcz1 Jedi Youngling

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    How about loss of a limb (except TPM, although sliced in half is close enough).
  4. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    Spike,
    I thought items I missed or items I included which some felt shouldn't be included would spark a discussion. Then about 3 pages in it would become a OT vs. PT thread :)


    >>How about loss of a limb

    Yeah, thanks. Forgot that one. I think it belongs.
  5. MagicSpork Jedi Knight

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    A light saber fight in every Star Wars movie? You're kidding! How about:

    Laser blasts

    ships flying around

    A character with the last name "Skywalker"

    George Lucas's name in the closing credits

    :D
  6. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    ^^

    Well, almost all sci-fi movies have lasers and space ships. Lightsabers are specific to Star Wars. Also, you can use a lightsaber without having a duel against someone else.

    I'll leave it on my list.
  7. fosh-bantus88 Jedi Padawan

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    how about...

    a new and annoying race of creatures make a debut in each episode.
  8. MagicSpork Jedi Knight

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    ...and I suppose chase scenes are specific to Star Wars, also...

    I was thinking of some of the more obscure things traditional to Star Wars that you might not notice immediately. Like on the food thing, not only is there an eating scene in each movie, but a big decision or important plot development ususally happens during a meal:

    - ANH - Luke getting up the courage to tell Uncle Owen about his desire to leave Tatooine during dinner

    - ESB - Luke finding out that he's been talking to Yoda the whole time on Dagobah

    - ROTJ - Luke, Han, and Leia gaining the Ewoks as allies during their "dinner" (I think they eat in that scene)

    - TPM - Anakin deciding to leave home

    - AOTC - Anakin finally learning that he doesn't need to bother with eating utensils? (a little help on this one)
  9. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    >>a new and annoying race of creatures make a debut in each episode.

    How about introduction of a new villian every Episode?
  10. fcz1 Jedi Youngling

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    Who was the new ROTJ villian? If you recognize the special editions, Jabba was introduced in ANH. The emperor appears via hologram in ESB.


    When I think of meals in ESB, I immediatly think of the Vader dinner on Bespin.
  11. Emos-Edud Jedi Padawan

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    Each one being better than the last!
  12. JustinPeeler Jedi Padawan

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    Double identities:

    Darth Tyrannus=Count Dooku

    Darth Vader= Anakin Skywalker

    Padme Naberrie= Queen Amidalla

    Darth Sidious= Chancellor Palpatine
  13. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    >>Who was the new ROTJ villian? If you recognize the special editions, Jabba was introduced in ANH. The emperor appears via hologram in ESB.

    Good point. I'll call it a technicality :)


    ^^
    I already listed the false/double identity
  14. Plo_Koen Jedi Padawan

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    - Hazardous encounters with monsters of various size.

    - Imprisonment: in every episode one or more good guys are captured. (and rescued)
  15. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    ^^

    I knew about the new monster one, but forgot it when I made this up. Thanks.
  16. Darth_Weirdo Jedi Padawan

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    How do you think these traditions will affect in the big picture of Star Wars? Will there be a pattern in these traditions, so that a viewer can foresee what will happen next?

    In my point of view, I think that these traditions are a nice little trivia that keeps the fans hyperactive on Star Wars, while trying to find new traditions.
  17. Dark--Helmet Jedi Youngling

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    Dumb death scenes.(All the movies have one except Empire)
  18. fosh-bantus88 Jedi Padawan

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    in every episode someone gets worked up and is told to "relax".
  19. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    >>in every episode someone gets worked up and is told to "relax".


    Really? I've never noticed this. So the word "relax" is in every episode?


    Off topic, but the best "relax" ever is in T3....another Arnold classic quote.
  20. asajj_temptress Jedi Youngling

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    Off topic, but the best "relax" ever is in T3....another Arnold classic quote.

    I agree MatthewZ :D

    What's everyone's favorite SW tradition...Which film is it from? and why is it your fav?
  21. Momaw_Nadon Jedi Youngling

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    "- Pan down to a vast sea of stars and a ship flies overhead (except in Ep. II where we pan up)"

    To be pedantic, pans are right/left, tilts are up/down.
  22. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    STAR WARS : EPISODE 1 : THE PHANTOM MENACE

    "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."

    A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the MAIN TITLE, followed by a ROLL UP, which crawls up into infinity.

    "EPISODE 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE"

    "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlaying star systems is in dispute. Hopingto resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

    While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict....."

    PAN DOWN to reveal a small space cruiser heading TOWARD CAMERA at great speed. PAN with the cruiser as it heads toward the beautiful green planet of Naboo, which is surrounded by hundreds of Trade Federation battleships.



    Talk to Lucas about the PAN DOWN thing. I'm pretty sure they all read like that.
  23. Power-droid Jedi Youngling

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    I have one that hasn't been mentioned, yet. In all SW movies so far, someone either swings or dangles from a cable, vine or rope. I guess it's one of those stock adventure actions (like a car chase is to action movies).

    New poster, btw. Greetings.
  24. hansen Jedi Master

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    On the AOTC DVD, in the "Films are not released, they escape" documentary, George says that the line "what the..." is a traditional line and is in all the films.

    I haven't actually checked if it's correct or not, but I'm gonna take his word for it.
  25. Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master

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    GL's word is gold

    another one >>> all the movies end with a montage where no dialogue is spoken
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