Prequel edits are strange... they always draw me back, make me wish for a better execution... and then I am usually disappointed.
A part of the reason why i don't enjoy most edits is the fact that they seem to rush through the prequels in a sort of necessary evil-way. I tend to not enjoy prequel edits because they feel less like movie and more like bullet points that the edit goes through as fast as possible.
Fall of the Jedi II is one of the few episode II fanedits i managed to finish.
The opening had me a bit on edge because the sudden explosion was a bit too abrupt but afterwards everything worked out very well. Mostly because Q2 is not simply removing stuff but replacing and rearranging.
I never had a problem with the mystery aspect of the clone troopers although i understand the criticism of the yoda and the younglings and the dexter scene. In this version the work obi wan does is in the background and whenever we meet him we are catching up with him. this makes his investigation much more interesting than going from a to b with the audience exactly knowing what he will do next.
because we don't see most of the research obi wan at least comes across as smarter than in the original. replacing the queen of naboo with the family meeting is also much better and adds more emotion to the story - or add leasts gives the illusion of emotion.
The way Amidala and Anakin get arrested is also much much better and in a way a stroke of genius to underline the threat of this separatist movement. it gives character to padme the idealist.
C3PO and artoo are well removed from the battle and yoda isn't missed. The cut to the senate is a bit abrupt but it was a decision by Q2 to not show sidious so there isn't really much that can happen between those scenes.
Overall i really enjoyed this edit. It is a much improved version that despite running only 90 minutes doesn't feel rushed like many other edits
Much better edit of AOTC. More believable love story. Less whiny Anakin. No more yoda fighting with a light saber. No more flying R2. And great deleted scene additions that add a lot to the story emotionally.
I'm pretty sure I'm only going to watch this version from now on. So much better than the original.
My only complaint is that the color of the video seems a bit off, which is evident when Dooku's light saber appears a tiny bit pink and some skin tones are off, especially during the scene between Obi-wan and Jango when they first meet.
There isn't much here to say that I didn't say in my review of Fall of the Jedi I. Everything I said there holds true for this movie as well. All the nonsense is gone and what we have now is a reasonably good film. Rated the narrative down just a bit, but that probably just because the theatrical version is even less salvageable than either I or III.
Hi Q2, I've just finished watching Ep 2 and I enjoyed it very much, However, I have some things I wish to point out... I think there is something amiss of how Kenobi finds out Kamino and I didn't like that you removed Yoda Vs Dooku and Dooku meeting Sidious scenes. Besides that I really like this edit =) Congrats
Like Fall of the Jedi I, this is much better than the original.
I liked the intro with ship landing and just blowing up. However the problem it causes is that, as we don't know who is on it, we are uninvested in the craft exploding. A (dialogue-less?) shot of Amidala on the ship before this would have helped.
Great to continue the reduced JarJar and 3PO. Much improved (i.e. removed) dialogue. And liked the addition of the short dart-testing scene. Good work removing the droid factory fight scene.
The love story reduced to a single look/kiss as the couple are about to die, is excellent.
So all good, great to watch... I guess the issue is the Yoda/Dooku fight. This scene cut does give you something wonderful, which is Dooku suddenly gets character complexity (in a prequel trilogy movie!!). He has the option to kill his defeated enemies, but instead is conflicted, and shows mercy. It's an excellent contrast to Anakin in the next movie, when in the reverse situation he executes Dooku. Brilliant.
But the price we have to pay for that upside is the loss of a really wonderful moment for fans who have at this point watched 4.9 movies (given the order we all saw them in) of Yoda being wise and peaceful, and telling other people what to do. And then he walks into a situation where two Jedi have been defeated and violence is required, and he delivers.
I get that people see it as ridiculous that Yoda is "flying around" in this scene. But, well... he's short! That's how a skilled fighter that small would have to fight a large opponent!
But hey. Overall another great piece of work by Q2. Watch it!