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By Bob Clark

When moviegoers were still anxiously awaiting the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005, I stumbled across an odd online whisper about a character who was said to be returning for this, the final film of the Star Wars series. Though I’d made it a personal policy to strictly avoid all traces of spoilers in fan forums and online discussion boards for the first two installments of the Prequel Trilogy, this time I pursued a somewhat more relaxed policy, allowing myself to occasionally indulge in the odd rumor here and there, giving into the occasional temptation of foreknowledge like a Jedi apprentice letting go for an instance to feel the magnetic pull of the Dark Side. I didn’t want to know too much about The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones going into either of these movies, but by the third film, I figured that whatever blank spots were left in my knowledge of the events leading up to A New Hope could more or less be filled in by my imagination, if only in broad strokes, and therefore felt safe in the idea of peeking in once or twice to satisfy the occasional tidbit of trivial curiosity. Most of the secrets of that then upcoming movie turned out to be utterly bogus– General Grevious being rendered as a near carbonite copy of the Vader, instead of the coughing, wheezing cyborg villain; Anakin wielding a laser sword whose blade changes from blue to red after surrendering his soul to the Sith, a weapon dubbed “kaleidosaber” by fanboy prognosticators; dreams of an illicit affair between Obi-Wan and Padme (perhaps colored by wishful thinking from those whose idea of romance is inspired more by tabloid sex-scandals and less by courtly, star-cross’d love). Occasionally the rumors hit close to mark, though wound up being mostly unimportant– hints and confirmations that Mon Mothma, figurehead of the Rebel Alliance in Return of the Jedi, would be featured in a number of meaty sequences as the leader of an opposition movement against the Emperor in the Senate were greeted with enthusiastic support, at least until news broke out that they would be excised from the feature and included only as deleted-scenes on the DVD.

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