Welcome, to the first entry into a brand new series celebrating 15 years of Revenge of the Sith.
15 different guests, 15 Interviews, 15 weeks in a row
“This is where the fun begins”
Welcome, Jason to our Revenge of the Sith 15th Anniversary Celebration Series. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to answer our questions.
Thank you so much for asking me. Always happy to talk about Star Wars and especially the prequels.
Before we get started, could you please share with our readers a little bit about yourself, your content and how you got into Star Wars?
My name is Jason Gibner and I am a host on Blast Points Podcast. Along with my co-host and friend for over 20 years, Gabe, we have a weekly show that explores some of the weirder corners of the Star Wars galaxy. I was born in the late 70s so I got into Star Wars because you had to I think, Haha. It’s been part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Let’s start at the beginning, when and where did you first see Revenge of the Sith?
In 2005 I was doing film reviews for a local free entertainment newspaper and I got to see an advance press screening. It was about 3 weeks before the general release at a very fancy theater in Birmingham, Michigan. Needless to say, I was really excited.
2. What was your experience like?
Not good. Never ever see a Star Wars movie without a theater full of fans. The screening was filled with critics going in with an attitude of not liking it before it even began. I could hear people groaning and laughing at things that weren’t meant to be funny.
3. What was your reaction after you saw it your first time?
I enjoyed it but I knew right away something wasn’t right for me with it. It was at the time the end of the Star Wars movies forever and that was a lot to take in. There was a lot I loved but also a lot that kinda didn’t sit well with me. I don’t know if I was ready for a Star Wars movie that was a bummer.
4. What is your favorite scene in Revenge of the Sith and why?
I love the opening space battle. The effects and the sound work are both incredible and it’s really dynamic way to open not just a Star Wars movie but any movie. I also really love the “you’re so beautiful” balcony chat.
5. What is your favorite character in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Probably Obi-Wan Kenobi. I love his character and the progression he makes through the saga. I feel like in Sith his character really begins to grow in the way it will hopefully continue in the future.
6. What is your favorite tie-in material (from ether Legends or canon) and why?
Definitely Matthew Stover’s novelization. It’s just an amazing novel aside from being a Star Wars novel. it is so layered and creative and really adds to the film.
7. What is your favorite piece of merchandise/collectible from this film and why?
I loved the “Unleashed” line of figures that came out around that time. They were like mini statues in action poses and they were brilliantly sculpted and made.
8. When you think of Revenge of the Sith, what do you think about and why?
Sadness. Haha. Not in a bad way but that it is a very sad movie. But it’s a transition movie that had to be sad. It has to lead to hope.
9. 15 years later, has your opinion changed at all on the film? If so how?
>My opinion has changed greatly. I used to rate it as my least favorite Star Wars movie but I really don’t anymore. I see it now for what it is rather then what I was hoping for. I see it as that darker bridge to the dark times. And the hope that shines through the darkness.
10. What does Revenge of the Sith mean to you currently?
It means a lot. It’s the end of the cinematic prequel era, which had a huge personal connection for me, but it also is the one film my opinion has changed the most with. As with all the prequels, there are some very brave choices and I’m glad it surprised me and continues to make me think.
11. What are somethings about the Revenge of the Sith that you love, respect or hold dear that others may overlook and why?
Well, probably the balcony scene. I always remember smiling in the theater as I said it’s like all of the best bits from AOTC in 5 minutes.
12. Where does Revenge of the Sith sit for you in your personal ranking of the 12 theatrical releases and why?
Sadly still near the bottom. Probably in spot 10 or 11. I appreciate it so much more over the years but it’s just not one I put on often.
13. What would you like to see in the future around Revenge of the Sith, ether stories, merchandise, features, interviews, etc?
I’d love to see more of the designs of Sith work into future projects. Like how the Turbo Tank appeared in Rogue One. There are stories coming set in that post Sith time frame and love seeing that kind of history connection.
14. In your opinion, what is the legacy of Revenge of the Sith?
It was and still is a bold movie that showed the range that is possible in Star Wars. It was dark, it was heavy and it was a tonal change from anything we’ve seen before. I feel like that kind of risk taking with time is something still being explored within Star Wars.
15. What are your last words on Revenge of the Sith and/ or things you would like readers to know about this film?
Watch it again. Like the best of Star Wars, every time I watch it, I think of something new.
Thanks again Jason for joining us in this 15th-anniversary celebration of Revenge of the Sith.
Thank you for having me! This has been fun!!
If people would like to find you or your content, where can they find it?
Probably the easiest way is at Blastpointspodcast.com! Folks can listen to episodes and find all the links to follow us on social media!
Thank you readers for joining us in the celebration of Revenge of the Sith and stay tuned for our next entry into this series, coming next week. Till then, we wish you nothing but the best, stay safe out there and May the Force be with you.