Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart return to The Official Star Wars Blog with their 9th look back at 2012’s Essential Guide to Warfare.


Paul Urquhart: The original plan for Warfare included a relatively long piece describing each of the major battles seen in the Star Wars movies. We abandoned this because a) it was a drag on the word count and the pacing; and b) we realized that rehashing some of the most familiar scenes in movie history wasn’t really necessary.

This account of the Battle of Kashyyyk from Revenge of the Sith is a good example of how I was trying to make these pieces work. The narrative is a detailed summary of events, tricked out with subtle references in various directions (there’s at least one deliberate nod to Apocalypse Now), all built on a subtext designed to bring out the wider themes of the movie in question. In this case, we’re dealing with the start of one of the programs of atrocity that make the Empire into the franchise’s bad guys. Gett attempts to rationalize the situation, but there are no polite words to describe the Naziesque nastiness that’s actually going on here.