Star Wars: Episode II.V - The Separatist Conspiracy

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2003
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133
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100
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33
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Brief Synopsis:
The galaxy has been plunged into total war! As clones and Jedi alike are sent far and wide to stop the separatist's advances, Palpatine hatches a wicked plan to end the war and seize total control of the galaxy.
Intention:
Ever since I was really young, I've always loved Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars mini series that aired between blocks on Cartoon Network in 2003. I was super excited to watch the full thing when it was finally released on DVD but to my dismay its fucking incomprehensible. I still enjoyed it, and it was awesome seeing all these fantastic moments that were just relegated to the opening crawl of Episode 3, but I could entirely enjoy it because of how hard it was to follow. Since it was aired in couple minute segments in between shows, the version on the DVD moves at a ridiculously fast pace, making it almost impossible to follow. And since it was cut up like this, while it was airing, it would flip between the main plot and some little side plots. The problem is that once that is all put together, it ends up jumping all over to different plots every 5 minutes. I had always thought that a simple edit could fix that, but I never thought that I would end up doing it. After being introduced to the world of fan edits by Agent Sam Stanley's legendary Blair Witch 2 recut, and seeing how editing like that can save a film, I decided to have a go at it, and here we are today! Now this movie can finally be the full fledged Episode 2.5 it was always meant to be, bridging the gaps in character development and plot.
Additional Notes:
For my first fan edit I decided to take one of my favorite shows from my childhood and recut it into a feature length film. That show is Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars. I always loved this show but watching it all at once in the volumes just does not work. It's incredibly disjointed and has terrible pacing and results in quite an unpleasant experience.
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Special Thanks:
Special thanks to DigModiFicaTion for believing in me and pushing me to make the edit the very best it could be!
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Cuts and Additions:
The main goal of this edit is to remove the unnecessary plot divergences and turn it into one coherent story. I started by moving Count Dooku's meeting with Ventress from the random spot it was in before to the beginning so that it serves as an opening and an introduction to Palpatine's titular separatist conspiracy. Then the movie plays out basically the same (though with many edits to improve pacing) except I cut out Kit Fisto's little excursion (despite the fact that I am a huge Kit Fisto fan) as well as Luminara's little vignette. I kept the bit with Mace Windu fighting the army and put that in the montage of war stories near the end. The next big change was I removed the entire Nelvaan plot line as it did little for the story and just kept interrupting the assault on Coruscant. Instead of Palpatine sending them on a mission to distract them, they are just too far away to get to Coruscant in time and spend the whole time getting there.

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I am a huge fan of the original Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon, and I agree with Gleem's points on how disjointed it feels given the way that it aired. I think they did a great job cutting this down into cohesive story beats that matter to the overall plot line in the mainline Star Wars films. Many of the side stories that never get brought up again and the edit focuses in on the major plotlines that flesh out characters like General Grievous (I still remember when he was first revealed in this show and I believe it is still his strongest appearance in the entire series), Mace Windu, Obi-Wan, and Anakin.

This is definitely going into my playlist for re-watches of the Star Wars series and a fantastic first edit for Gleem to boot!
I highly recommend this edit to anyone who is interested in watching the series again or even for the first time!

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Fantastic edit! Really felt like an actual movie.

This is one of the strongest fan edits I've ever seen. Job well done!

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This edit was really well done, particularly considering I was not the biggest fan of this variant of the Clone Wars. I liked the use of an opening crawl along with turning it into a movie format. The story logically flowed throughout the movie. This is a much more enjoyable way to enjoy this. There were no noticeable visual or auditory issues.

The first half of this movie can function as a prequel to the other Clone Wars series. A portion of the second half can somewhat fit into the other Clone Wars series. In particular, the portions involving Dooku training Grievous along with the invasion of Coruscant. (As a brief aside, I do hope somebody can make an episode out of the second half of this movie that could fit seamlessly with the Eddie Dean edit of the Clone Wars. Not all of it fits, however).

My understanding was that this was the 2nd version of this edit. I do have some recommendations if the editor were ever to proceed with a part 3.

1) This movie contains a fairly large time gap from when we see Anakin as a Padawan, and then we suddenly see him as a Jedi knight right before the events of Revenge of the Sith. I suggest adding some form of an intermission or new introductory crawl after we see the ceremony of Anakin becoming a Jedi knight to help the audience understand that we moved forward in time and give some background about the events we are about to see.

In essence, I think this movie should have a part A and B.

2) I think that “dream sequence” with the child Anakin and Qui Gon Jinn can be removed. It did not really have a direct fit in this movie and I also do not see how it fits with the rest of Star Wars lore. This is my opinion and I am sure others will disagree.

3) This critique is one that many Star Wars fans had with the prequels: I found Obi Wan constantly ordering and lecturing Anakin to be excessive. I think nearly all of Obi Wan’s shouting at [padawan] Anakin can be removed. This would give greater meaning to their brotherhood. Likewise I think the dialogue referencing Qui Gon between them can also be removed. It made Anakin and Obi Wan both look excessively whiny.

We should show them actually liking each other.

4) I do agree with the editor keeping that first scene with Mace Windu fighting the droids, but I do believe it should be condensed significantly. Windu taking out and entire droid battalion with his bare hands comes off as over the top and excessive. Trimming most of this out would make this scene more adult friendly. It otherwise came across as overly childish.

I do again want to commend the editor for taking this project on. He stated himself that he was working with a disjointed mess, and managed to turn it into something respectable. This was watchable and enjoyable. The editor was also correct in the other material he omitted, but like I mentioned, I think further cuts could be made.

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It's a well made "shortened" version of the 2D clone wars, edited in an order that makes sense, and is enjoyable as a stand alone movie that fits in some blanks between episode 2 and 3.

Decent job at putting it all together and undoing the non sensical order from the original version.

That being said, for the sake of pacing and momentum building, some parts were left out, and I personally believe that if you have time, they are worth seeing, mainly because it features some of the main characters that had their scenes destroyed and deleted in the actual films so they kinda need all the help they can get ;).

Good edit, give it a shot if you want a more compact version that goes straight to the point and ties in nicely into episode 3 !

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A really nice edit, compressing the famous series into a fast-paced action movie that focus on the main plotlines preceding Revenge of the Sith. Really smoothly edited and with a great sense of timing to keep the best bits intact.

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