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Star Wars Prequels for Ijits

Updated 5/1/02
All right. After an unfortunate accident involving this page and the "save" button, Star Wars Prequels for Ijits is back and better than ever with new entries on several AOTC elements. The purpose of this page? It's the research I, Cleolinda, had to do to know what in the hell these movies were talking about ("Geo-who-sis?") This page is basically a crash course for people who want to see Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but need a refresher (or, like me, a first-time introduction; I only just saw the Phantom Menace in April).

Rules of the game:
The following entries are things I felt were helpful to know going into Episode II. They detail prequel characters' relationships to original trilogy characters, recap some elements of Phantom Menace and how they factor into AOTC, and make note of anything else I found interesting. This is not comprehensive. (For that, we direct you to the Completely Unauthorized Star Wars Encyclopedia, cited below as CUSWE.) Hyperlinks, unless otherwise noted, indicate pictures we've found on other sites for you. Warning!: There are Episode II spoilers! (Also spoilers for the original movies, but deal.) I know a few major spoilers and didn't post them--but don't read this page if you're going spoiler-free! Anything I included that was still spoiler material is blacked out (swipe to reveal), but I didn't realize how many little spoilers I had taken for granted until correspondent Vladimir proofed the page and pointed them out. So be careful. If you don't care (or come back to this page after you see the film), a spoilerrific version you don't have to swipe is here for your convenience.

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Key: AOTC = Attack of the Clones, ESB = The Empire Strikes Back, PM = The Phantom Menace, ROTJ = Return of the Jedi, SW = Star Wars (aka A New Hope)

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Alderaan: Planet on which Bail Organa and adopted daughter Leia Organa live; unfortunate target of Grand Moff Tarkin’s firepower. Sadly, while Leia is not on Alderaan at the time, Bail Organa is.

Amidala (Natalie Portman): Elected Queen of Naboo as a preteen, real name Padme Naberrie; after her term was up, became a Senator. See, this whole name thing confused the hell out of me—where’d the “Queen Amidala” part come in? Well, it took correspondent Vladimir three tries to make me understand, but it’s finally entered my thick skull that it’s an adopted royal name (“You know, like kings or popes have”). Reason? So her handmaiden Sabé can play “Amidala” while she’s out kicking ass as handmaiden Padme in PM.

Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen): Future Darth Vader, son of Shmi, padawan of Obi-Wan, husband of Padme, father of twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. Will eventually kill Obi-Wan, enabling his old mentor “to come back more powerful than ever,” as well as the Emperor Palpatine, thereby saving his son (ESB, ROTJ). See also, an AOTC promotional site.

Attack of the Clones: Title of Episode II, universally mocked when first announced. George Lucas said he wanted it to harken back to the serials of the ‘40s (which, notably, also inspired the Indiana Jones series). Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) said, when caught off guard by a American reporter who asked him what he thought of “Attack of the Clones,” “I haven’t seen it.” When told it was the title of his own movie, McGregor cried, “That’s a terrible, terrible title!”

Aurra Sing: Briefly glimpsed, powder-skinned bounty hunter at the PM podrace, said to return in Episode II and possibly III. She will probably (be involved with Boba Fett in his quest for vengeance. Can't say more.)

Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits): Viceroy and First Chairman of Alderaan; future adoptive father of Leia. To be seen in AOTC with more time in Episode III. Currently the focus of rumors that “reaction shots” of Smits to various catastrophes will be added to yet another version of SW.

Balance of the Force: “You refer to the prophecy of The One, who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this boy?” says Mace Windu in PM. Since it’s Anakin/Vader who kills the Emperor, there’s your balance. I guess.

Battle Droids: Automated soldiers that are very prone to centralized mechanical failure. These and the clones that come after presage the iconic white-armored stormtroopers.

Beru Whitesun: Will marry Owen Lars, Anakin’s stepbrother. Will become Luke’s Aunt Beru in SW. See Lars.

Boba Fett
(Daniel Logan, AOTC): Beloved by millions of fans, this bucket-helmeted bounty hunter has scant screen time and finds an undignified death in the jaws of a sand monster in ROTJ. Turns out to be (the “son” of Jango Fett.) Will return in Episode III. (Mr Typo would like to add that Boba does not die in the SW novels, instead going on to headline his own.)

Booty: Lucas really let us down in The Phantom Menace, but word has it that we're nearing ROTJ-levels of skin in AOTC. First off, there's several Natalie Portman outfits for the gentlemen, not to mention the whole romance aspect. For the Estrogen Brigade there's excellent trifecta of Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, and Christopher Lee. Oh, and that blond kid ain't too shabby when he's not whining.

C3-PO: Anakin builds him to help his mother Shmi, and leaves him behind with her when Qui-Gon takes him to become a Jedi. He still lacks most of his coverings, however, and is far from the shiny gold worrywart we know and love from the original trilogy.

Cantina: Beloved scene in first film featuring a motley crew of extraterrestrial customers and an instantly recognizable background tune. Set to have a reincarnation in AOTC, where Obi-Wan and Anakin will chase bounty hunter Zam Wesell…and run into “deathstick” pusher Elian Sleazebaggano (not making this up, kids). Moby was rumored at one point to be doing a remix of the original cantina theme. (See also Outlander Club.)

Clone Wars: Obi-Wan mentions this in the original Star Wars as “a war he and Anakin fought in together.” And apparently you’ll see this begin at the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Cordé (Veronica Segura): Handmaiden of Senator Padme Amidala, switches places with her much like Sabé, (only with less fortunate results.)

Coruscant: Capital of the Republic, and planet on which the galactic senate is located. The second “c” is silent—Corusant, not Coruskant, as I found out the hard way.

Count Dooku (Christopher Lee): Jeez, Lucas, why don’t you just call him “Count Dookula” and get it out of your system? Character descriptions inevitably mention that he is a “charismatic separatist.” Also, can kick your ass six ways from Sunday with a lightsaber. One of the “Lost Twenty” that left the Jedi order to pursue their own aims, or something like that. Also known as Darth Tyrannus.

Critters: Various new beasties will be seen in AOTC, including Acklays, Aiwhas, Banthas, Dewbacks, Eopie, Kouhouns, Massifs, Nexus, Nunas, Reeks, Scurriers, Shaaks, …and, yes, a duck. Rather than steal their entries entirely, we would direct you to’s Creatures page, since that’s all we know about them. Except for Kouhouns; we do have an entry on them.

Dark Side, The:Luke, don't give into hate. That leads to the dark side,” pleads Obi-Wan in ESB. Perhaps an exchange between Luke and Yoda is more instructive:

Yoda: Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression;   the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice!
Luke Skywalker: Vader. ...Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke Skywalker: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.

Darth Darth: A character made up by the Daily Show, said to be so evil that they couldn’t even show his face. Hee.

Darth Lucas: Digest nickname for the filmmaker who seems intent on tweaking, rereleasing, and merchandising his movies into oblivion.

Darth Maul (Ray Park): Sith lord, apprentice of Darth Sidious; killed Qui-Gon and was in turn sliced in half by a vengeful Obi-Wan. Famous for his double lightsaber. (PM).

Darth Sidious: See Palpatine. He is given no actor credit in PM, but it is assumed that he is also played by the Senator/Emperor Palpatine actor, Ian McDiarmid.

Darth Tyrannus: See Count Dooku.

Darth Vader (James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Sebastian Shaw): “A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father,” Obi-Wan tells Luke. Of course, he is referring to the way Anakin’s “Vader” personality took over Anakin—he was not physically “murdered.” For those of you keeping score, all three actors listed above played Vader (voice, body, and face, respectively) in ROTJ. See also Anakin Skywalker.

Dexter Jettster: Owner of Dex’s Diner; old friend of Obi-Wan’s who advises him on origin of a (Kamino Kyberdart.)

Dormé (Rose Byrne): Bodyguard of Padme (AOTC).

Droids: Ever-present robots that serve innumerable functions, including spaceship repair, battlefield duty, and murder for hire. See also R2-D2, Battle Droids, C3-PO; mentioned under Kouhouns.

Emperor, The: See Palpatine.

Empire, The: Palpatine's rule, which begins sometime between Episode III and the original SW.

Father: 1. Anakin has none. None that we know of, anyway, although Qui-Gon seems to suggest somehow that the Midichlorians “produced” him spontaneously, as it were. “There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth to him, I raised him. I can't explain what happened,” Shmi Skywalker explains hesitantly. So you’re saying Anakin’s an immaculate conception? Jeez. 2. The most famous line in the films, outside variations on “May the Force be with you” and/or “Use the Force,” has got to be, “No…I am your father!” (not “Luke, I am your father,” as it is usually quoted).

Fear: “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you,” says Yoda to Anakin. (PM)

Force, The: “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together,” says Obi-Wan in the original SW film. “Feel, don't think. Trust your instincts,” adds Qui-Gon in PM. Or, as Roger Ebert sums it up (and rather disparagingly at that), “As Kenobi explains it, it's basically just going with the flow.”

Geonosis: Rocky desert planet hostile to the Republic. You’ll see Count Dooku there; it’s also the location of some (clone factories, dungeons, and Jedi battles.) Geonosians enjoy carrying out their death sentences in gladiatorial arenas, let’s just put it that way.

Grand Moff Tarkin
(Peter Cushing): Okay, he really doesn’t have much to do with the prequels, except I would personally like to note that actor Peter Cushing used to play Van Helsing to Christopher Lee (Count Dooku)’s Dracula.

Gungans: Underwater race living on Naboo; once hating the Naboo, they finally come to Amidala’s aid during the invasion in PM and become allies. Jar Jar is one, but don’t hate them just because of that. Hate them because they all have his offensive faux-Jamaican accent, too.

Hair: 1. Padme’s hair in AOTC will harken back (or forward?) to her daughter Leia’s famous cinnabun ‘do. Said Lucas in a recent issue of Time (4/29/02), “In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn’t fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look.” Given that Leia leads the Rebellion, that’s actually kinda cool. Pictures: Padme 1; Padme 2; Leia. 2. Padawans are forced to have really sucky hair (Crew cut? Braid? Ponytail? Pick one, kids).

Hand: Let’s just say that Lucas has a thing for cutting them off and leave it at that, okay? (ESB, ROTJ)

Influences: Undoubtedly there’s a Japanese influence throughout the entire series, from names like “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to the samurai-like discipline of the Jedi and their Zen command of  “The Force.” Not to mention Lucas’ admission that he was inspired by Kurosawa, whose Kagemusha (The Hidden Fortress) has a similar plot to Star Wars’, if a completely different context—and let’s not forget Amidala’s Kabuki wardrobe. There is also a strong Sanskrit influence—Padme means “lotus” and Yoda means “warrior”—and it has been noted that the burning of fallen warriors Darth Vader and Qui-Gon are observed per Hindi customs. Notably, Lucas worked with famed mythologist Joseph Campbell (“The Power of Myth”) to write the first Star Wars film, and Campbell even mentions Luke Skywalker as an example in his book cowritten with Bill Moyers, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. (Or, as Salon says, only not, putting forth  the far more interesting--and likelier--theory that Lucas was inspired by long-unappreciated pulp sci-fi writers.)

Jabba the Hutt: Seen presiding over Anakin’s podrace in PM. Will die in ROTJ after briefly enslaving Anakin’s daughter, Leia, who strangles him with her chains. (When you put it that way—doesn’t it make your head hurt?)

Jamilla: New queen of Naboo in AOTC.

Jango Fett: Bounty hunter extraordinaire who tangles with Obi-Wan in AOTC. Possible spoiler regarding Boba: (Count Dooku gives him clone/son Boba, since Jango did, after all, provide the DNA for all the other clones.) Which was nice of him, I guess.

Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best): Fan-despised all-CGI Gungan of Episode I and, apparently, Episode II as well. Jar Jar was the target of several accusations of cinematic racism due to what I think I called “his simpering pidgin Jamaican baby talk” in my PM review. But it's hard to remember, because I tried to burn his existence from my memory as quickly as possibly. Typical utterance: “Weesa gonna die bombad!”

Jedi: 1. The Jedi Code: "There is no emotion; there is peace. There is no ignorance; there is knowledge. There is no passion; there is serenity. There is no chaos; there is harmony. There is no death; there is the Force." (CUSWE quote) Also, Jedi are only allowed one padawan at a time, to prevent “undue influence.” 2. Jedi Knights. The conflict-neutral peacekeepers of the galaxy. See also Balance of the Force, Force, Jedi Council, Jedi Master, Love, Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda—Lord, half of all these entries are about Jedi. You do the math. 3. Jedi characters in AOTC. See IGN’s character page for descriptions, actors, and pictures. Include Aayla Secura, Adi Gallia, Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli, Bultar Swan, Depa Billaba, Eeth Koth, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Kit Fisto, Oppo Rancisis, Plo Koon…okay, I’m getting tired now. There’s a lot of Jedi, okay?

Jedi Council: CUSWE describes it as “consist[ing] of twelve Jedi Masters elected to guide the actions and goals of the Jedi. They had a spectacular chamber located in one of the four council towers of the Jedi Temple, located on Coruscant. The Council was made up of five lifetime members, four long-term members, and three limited-term members.”

Jedi Master: Trains padawans (apprentices); has to pass “trials” set by the council to become a master. Also, they get to have decent hair.

Jocasta Nu:
Jedi Librarian who tells Obi-Wan and Anakin about Count Dooku and the Lost Twenty. Um, Jocasta? Oedipal yes much?

Kamino: Rainy planet where Obi-Wan first runs into Jango Fett. Also, not to give too much away, but (clone factories) are based there. See also, an AOTC promotional website.

Kouhouns: Icky poisonous centipedy critters. I was warned by Vladimir that this is actually a spoiler: (Dropped off in Padme’s bedroom by a droid that subsequently gives Obi-Wan a ride through Coru-scant.) Although you have to admit that that last part did show up in the trailers.

Lake Country: Area of Naboo to which Padme will take Anakin to meet her family.

Lars: Anakin’s mother Shmi marries Cliegg Lars, a moisture farmer. Cliegg has a son, Owen Lars, who will become Luke’s Uncle Owen and inherit the moisture farm, as seen in SW.

Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher): Princess, daughter of Padme and Anakin, twin sister of Luke, adopted daughter of Bail Organa, leader of the Rebellion. Famous for cinnamon-bun hair and gold bikini. SW books note that she did marry Han Solo (a scene cut from ROTJ), and they had children.

Lightsaber: Or “laser sword,” as young Anakin first calls it. One of my aunts used to call it a “life saver” on purpose to confuse me, and so as a child I was never quite able to look at the candy of the same name again without expecting a light beam to shoot out of the package.

Lost Twenty, The: A group of Jedi separatists that left with goals of their own. Count Dooku is one.

Love: Poster tagline for AOTC: “A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love.” Includes Padme decolletage, so you can see where they’re going with this one. Strangely, SW novels report that Luke Skywalker marries and has kids, so what’s up with that? And don’t they want Jedi to reproduce? We found nothing about love in our research, so we can only conclude that it compromises Jedi neutrality and the emotionless Zen of the Force.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill): son of Padme and Anakin, twin brother of Leia, trained by Obi-Wan and Yoda. Has hand cut off by Anakin/Darth Vader; it is replaced with a mechanical substitute. Additional note: in the SW novels, he marries (former) assassin Mara Jade and they have kids, which is why the Love entry puzzles us so much.

Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson): Jedi Council member; possessor of purple lightsaber; bad-ass motherf—er. (Oh, wait—that’s another movie.) Total Episode III spoiler: (Windu dies with all the other Jedi, but has said in recent (non-sanctioned by Lucas, we might add) interviews that he was cool with that, as long as Lucas didn’t have him die like a punk. So look for a spectacular death.) Also, notice that Lucas was too scared of Jackson to reprimand him for running his mouth.

Midichlorians: Qui-Gon rattles off a good deal of hocus-pocus about midichlorians existing in all living cells, connecting us to the Force, something or other, blah blah blah. Anakin’s Midichlorian levels seem to be off the charts.

Mos Espa: Tatooine city that’s home to Anakin and Shmi, Watto’s junkyard, and the Lars family.

Naberrie: Padme’s given surname. The Naberrie family, as seen in AOTC: Jobal (mother), Ruwee (father), Sola (sister), Pooja (niece), Ryoo (niece). Servants: Nandi, Teckla.

Naboo: Planet ruled by Queen Amidala; also inhabited by floppy underwater-dwelling Gungans. See also, an AOTC promotional website.

Neimoidians: They run the Trade Federation (we’re not quite sure how, but then we don’t really get the TF, either), try to take over Naboo, etc. Also, we have no idea why they have a quasi-offensive Asian accent. See also Nute Gunray.

New Hope, A: New subtitle tacked onto the original Star Wars, re-emphasizing that it is not the first movie in the series but the fourth. Or whatever.

Nute Gunray: Top Neimoidian as seen in PM, said to make a return in AOTC--we think he gets mixed up with ( Count Dooku and the Lost Twenty.)

Obi-Wan Kenobi
(Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor): Mysteriously takes the pseudonym “Ben” in the original trilogy. Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn and avenger of his death; Jedi Master to Anakin Skywalker, and eventually “killed” by him in the original SW film, leaving him to appear as a hologram/vision in subsequent films. Though Qui-Gon is by far the calmer and more experienced of the two, and Obi-Wan is often described as “reckless” or “impulsive,” Qui-Gon also notes that Obi-Wan is “wiser” than he is, and will become a great Jedi. (Yeah, we don’t quite get how that works out, either.)  Frequently has “a bad feeling about this.”

Outlander Club: Cantina-redux nightclub into which Anakin pursues Zam Wesell. Frequent haunt of “deathstick” pushers (drugs are bad, mmmmkay?). See Cantina.

Owen Lars: Anakin’s stepbrother, Luke’s uncle. See Lars.

Padawan: Jedi apprentice. A modified crew cut complemented by a long thin braid and a silly little ponytail seems to be de rigueur.

Padme (Natalie Portman): 1. Padme Naberrie. Real name at birth; also the name she used as her handmaiden identity. See also Naberrie family. 2. Padme Amidala. She seems to have combined her real and royal names in her career as a senator. 3. Means “lotus” in Sanskrit. 4. History: CUSWE says she “join[ed] the Apprentice Legislature at 8 and [became] a full Legislator at 11.” (Damn, kid—to think I was wasting my time taking piano lessons at that age!) A different CUSWE entry notes that she ruled the city of Theed for two years before being elected queen, the ages and dates differ, blah blah blah, SHE WAS REALLY REALLY YOUNG. Anyway, elected queen at 12 or 14, either way (PM, see also Amidala). When we catch up with her at age 24 in AOTC, she’s a galactic senator.

Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid): Senator, then Supreme Chancellor…then Emperor, if you’ve seen the original trilogy. No bonus points for realizing that he’s also Darth Sidious. Killed in ROTJ by Anakin/ Vader.

Phantom Menace, The: Title of Episode I that made everyone go, “Huh?” Apparently refers to the mysterious Darth Sidious character.

Purple lightsaber: Mace Windu actor Samuel L. Jackson says fans shouldn’t drive themselves crazy wondering about the significance of his saber’s color: He just thought purple would be cool, and got Lucas to give him that color. See also, an AOTC promotional website.

Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson): Padawan to Count Dooku, Master to Obi-Wan, protector of Queen Amidala. First discovers young slave Anakin on Tatooine, sensing “a vergence in the Force.” Though exceedingly calm under pressure, he seems nonetheless to be something of a wild card in the Jedi Council, insisting that he will train Anakin even against the Council’s wishes. Eventually killed by Darth Maul, and exacts a promise to train Anakin from Obi-Wan.

R2-D2: Introduced in PM as a ship-repairing droid that is able to fix Queen Amidala’s ship though all the other droids are shot and destroyed; afterwards he (it?) seems to be adopted as a companion by the Queen and her Jedi protectors.

Rebellion, Rebels: A force led by Leia in the original trilogy to oppose Darth Vader and the Emperor.

Republic, The: 1. Old Republic. The confederation of planets and representatives in Episodes 1-3, pre-Empire. 2. New Republic. The re-established confederation after the events of Episodes 4-6. Governing body: Senate.

Revenge of the Jedi: Title originally announced for Return of the Jedi, used to smoke out people who leaked merchandise, scripts, etc. (As Lucas put it, “The Jedi don’t believe in revenge.”) Posters bearing this decoy name are now worth mad cash.

Sabé (Keira Knightley): Handmaiden of Amidala who frequently switches places with the queen. (PM) Interesting side story: The Girls of Digest were out at their local Blockbuster and saw a really cheesy straight-to-video flick called “Princess of Thieves,” but we swore the actress was Natalie Portman. Well, guess what? It was “Keira Knightley (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace).”

Senate: Located on Coruscant and comprised of planetary representatives. However, in PM we come to understand that it is mired in corruption and bureaucracy, unable to accomplish much; Palpatine gets elected Supreme Chancellor, which was the first mistake these people made.

Shmi Skywalker: Mother of Anakin; Watto’s Tatooine slave who, freed, later marries Cliegg Lars. Then there’s (some Tusken Raiders), and we can’t say much more about that. CUSWE said she was kidnap-ped by her family by a gang of pirates originally  and sold into slavery. So, since Anakin doesn't have a father per se, we're kinda curious to know what Shmi's side of the family was like.

Sith: They are 1) “well trained in the Jedi arts,” and 2) “Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” Also, they are eeeeevil. See also Darth Maul.

Skywalker: See Shmi, Anakin, Luke.

Star Dudes: Highly recommended Flash animations that sum up each episode in roughly five minutes. Coming soon: The Phantom Dude!

Tatooine: Desert planet where the enslaved Skywalkers, mother and son, live; later Luke will live there with “Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.” Ruled by the Hutts—i.e., Jabba.

Theed: Capital city of Naboo and location of Theed Palace, home of Queen Amidala and her successor Jamilla.

Tipoca City: City on stilts over the sea on Kamino. Jango Fett and Obi-Wan throw down here.

Trade Federation: Run by Neimoidians, tries to take over Naboo in PM. Other than that, we’re not quite sure.

Tusken Raiders: Tatooine Sand People fond of sniper-shooting at podraces, kidnapping, massacre, and general mayhem. Let’s just say they’re going to piss Anakin off very, very badly.

Twi’lek: A really cool looking alien race we also saw in PM. They contribute a couple of cool characters, like Jedi Aayla Secura.

Watto: Tatooine junkyard owner who loses Anakin to Qui-Gon in a podrace bet. Owner of Anakin and Shmi. Reappears in AOTC.

Yoda (Frank Oz, voice and puppeteering): Famous little wrinkly green Jedi with wacky syntax. “For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi,” he says, and his age as 900 before he finally bites it in ROTJ. Wow. We apparently will see him take on (former padawan!) Count Dooku in AOTC, the first film in which he will be entirely CGI-animated. Previous to that, he was basically a little green Muppet with Frank Oz’s hand up his…well, you get the idea. Typical utterance: “Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.” (ESB)

Zam Wesell: Female bounty hunter sent to (kill Senator Padme.) See also Kouhouns.