Obi-Wan continues to fight in various Clone War battles. Count Dooku’s agents leak false information to Republic spies concerning a “Time Detonator” weapon being developed by Count Dooku’s scientists on Geonosis. The fictitious “Time Detonator” is a weapon which temporarily freezes time. When it is set off in a star system, time freezes for everyone who is in the star system when the weapon is set off. An invading force can then enter the star system and conquer it rather easily. Palpatine states that the Republic must have this weapon. Of course, the “Time Detonator” does not exist and Palpatine knows this, but he uses this weapon as an excuse to send all of the Republic’s remaining star ships into a trap. Palpatine expects Count Dooku’s cloaked fleet to completely annihilate the Republic’s star ships and remaining fighters. All the star ships of the Republic military converge on Geonosis. The flag ship of the Republic fleet contains Palpatine and Darth Vader.

Obi-Wan sneaks his star ship into the Geonosis system. Palpatine’s flag ship detects Obi-Wan’s ship and captures it with a tractor beam. Obi- Wan is brought aboard Palpatine’s ship. There are no enemy star ships visible near Geonosis since Dooku’s fleet remains hidden with cloaking technology. When the trap is set, Dooku’s fleet de-cloaks and destroys most of the Republic’s remaining star ships and fighters. Count Dooku demands that Palpatine surrender unconditionally. Palpatine pretends to be scared and agrees to Dooku’s demands. Dooku’s troops board Palpatine’s ship and take Palpatine, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan as prisoners. The three are held in the lower levels of Dooku’s ship.

Yoda, Mace Windu and a pregnant Padme are brought before Count Dooku. For Dooku’s protection, Yoda, Windu and Padme are surrounded by four members of the Sith Council: Darth Jade, cloned Darth Maul, Darth Tau and Darth Vorron. Dooku announces that Palpatine and the entire Republic have surrendered.

The great Republic has finally lost the war. Dooku announces that he has a surprise for Yoda and Windu. Out from the shadows of the room steps the legendary Darth Bane, thought to have been dead for many centuries. Bane is even older than Yoda. Yoda and Windu gasp in amazement. They immediately recognize the incomparably malevolent Darth Bane.

Bane cackles nefariously. Bane explains that he is no clone. He is the actual Darth Bane, who has remained in the shadows for centuries waiting for the opportunity to finally destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic. Palpatine, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan are brought before Dooku and Bane. Bane explains to everyone that he has used Palpatine and Darth Vader to destroy the Republic and the Jedi Order. Bane announces that he is going to have all of them killed including Palpatine and Vader.

Palpatine pleads for his life. Bane laughs menacingly. Bane states that the only threat to him is Anakin and Padme’s unborn child, the child of Anakin must die. No one knows that Padme is carrying twins. Bane reveals that Vader is actually Anakin and then Bane reveals that Palpatine is a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious. Bane raises his hands to send powerful dark side lightning through Padme. Vader uses Sith super speed to jump in front of Padme as the lightning leaves Bane’s fingers.

Vader absorbs the lighting and then pulls out his light-sabre and ignites it. For the first time in his life, Bane is terrified. No one has ever survived a direct hit from his dark side lighting yet Anakin appears unhurt. Anakin is truly the only child of the Force and the most powerful Force user the galaxy has ever known. Palpatine begins to cackle and explains that Bane and the members of the Sith Council are the ones who have really fallen into the trap.

Darth Jade immediately flees the room. She knows that Vader and Palpatine are going to kill everyone in the room. Mace Windu uses the Force to snatch a lightsabre from one of the Darths. Windu ignites the lightsabre and uses it to keep the other Sith Lords from getting to Yoda, Obi-Wan and Padme. The three (Yoda, Padme and Obi-Wan) quickly exit the room under Mace Windu’s protection and head to the hanger bay to get a shuttle off of Dooku’s ship. Windu bravely sacrifices himself to Darth Vader and doesn’t survive much longer.

After Windu’s tragic demise, a terrifying duel between Vader and Palpatine vs. Bane, Dooku, Vorron, Maul and Tau takes place. Vader and Palpatine completely annihilate their enemies. Meanwhile, Darth Jade jumps out at Yoda, Padme and Obi-Wan with her light sabre. She tells them that all of the shuttles on Dooku’s ship have been rigged to explode upon powering them up. She says it is a trap set by Palpatine to kill them. Jade states that if they will help her hide from Palpatine then she will let them use her ship as a means of escape. Yoda, Padme and Obi-Wan agree since they really have no other choice. It turns out that Jade’s ship happens to be a Corellian freighter called the Millenium Falcon. They escape on the Falcon and enter the safety of hyper space.

Vader and Palpatine loom over the dead bodies of the other Sith Lords. Palpatine feels Jade’s betrayal. He realizes that Yoda, Obi-Wan and, most importantly, Padme and her unborn child have escaped. The Falcon arrives on an obscure planet called Dagobah. Prior to Luke and Leia’s birth, Obi-Wan states that he will now go by the name Ben.The Skywalker twins are born on Dagobah. After many shed tears, Yoda is left behind on Dagobah. Jade then drops Obi-Wan and baby Luke off on the forgotten world of Tatooine. The final destination for Jade, Padme and baby Leia is the safety of Alderaan.

Bail Organa greets them with open arms. Bail gives them a secret hiding place. Lastly, Obi-Wan is seen at Owen and Beru Lars’ home. He gives Luke to them to raise. Obi-Wan tells Owen and Beru that Obi-Wan is now dead along with all the other Jedi Knights. He will now go by the name Ben.

The film ends with baby Luke in the gentle arms of Ben Kenobi. The ghostly spirit of Mace Windu and the ghostly spirits of many other Jedi Knights appear behind Obi-Wan and baby Luke. Obi-Wan hands baby Luke Skywalker into Owen and Beru Lars.


Posted on August 27, 2002 in Features by


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