Celebrating 15 years of Revenge of the Sith, Interview #8 – Sarah from I Rebel

Welcome, to week 8 of our celebration of Revenge of the Sith 15th’s anniversary.
15 different guests, 15 Interviews, 15 weeks in a row
“Soon I will have a new apprentice. One far younger, and more powerful.”

Welcome, Sarah 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 for having me. I’m happy to be here to reveal my feelings towards the Revenge of the Sith.

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?
Some readers here will know me from I Rebel – A Star Wars: Destiny podcast, which I co-hosted with JediGeekGirl. My Star Wars fandom was sparked by this very film and was then propelled forward by becoming a Star Wars: Destiny player.

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?
I saw it shortly after its release in 2005, at a local cinema in the South West of England.

2. What was your experience like?
I don’t remember much about the actual experience apart from it being the first one I got to see without my mum!

3. What was your reaction after you saw it your first time?
Even though I wouldn’t have called myself a Star Wars fan at that time I deemed it to be my favorite film I had seen that year. I remember leaving the cinema knowing I had seen something special. It was one of those films that floated around in my head for many days after.

4. What is your favorite scene in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Hands down the Anakin vs Obi-Wan lightsaber duel on Mustafar. This is my favorite Star Wars scene of all time. The visuals and music throughout this sequence was gripping and stunning. It’s an emotional and action-packed rollercoaster. The location choice was perfect for what was unraveling in front of your eyes. Whenever I rewatch this scene I’m on the edge of my seat, and I still get a little emotional at the ending.

5. What is your favorite character in Revenge of the Sith and why?
It’s got to be Obi-Wan. We see his journey throughout the trilogy, from a padawan to a master. The emotion of having to stop Anakin, his best friend and brother is some strong stuff. 

6. What is your favorite tie-in material (from ether Legends or canon) and why?
I would say the Clone Wars animation series, but I think that’s a pretty popular answer so I’ll go with the Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith comics. They follow straight after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Having read them quite recently, they are pretty fresh. I usually struggle to keep my concentration with comics and books, but these really gripped me. They do a good job at following Vader down his dark path, and his hunt for any remaining Jedi after Order 66.

7. What is your favorite piece of merchandise/collectible from this film and why?
At the time I wasn’t a big enough Star Wars nut to be interested in a lot of merchandise (boy how that’s changed), but I did purchase the movie poster for my bedroom wall. I even took it with me to university for my halls (dorm – U.S translation) room.

8. When you think of Revenge of the Sith, what do you think about and why?
I usually picture Anakin, burning alive with pure hatred in his eyes and hear the words “you were my brother Anakin, I loved you”.

9. 15 years later, has your opinion changed at all on the film? If so how?
I still adore the film. Having seen the Clone Wars Siege of Mandalore arc makes the film a little more special. The Clone Wars animation in general helps you feel closer to these characters, having seven seasons of development. 

Some of the special effects are a little hard on the eye to watch now. I wish they hadn’t gone so far down the CGI route, but I appreciate that’s typical for the era of the film.

10. What does Revenge of the Sith mean to you currently?
It’s a very special Star Wars film for me. It was the first one I watched and really cared about. I saw the prequels before the original trilogy therefore didn’t have any expectations of what I wanted it to be. I would call it my type of Star Wars. Jedi, Sith and a fair few lightsaber battles!

11. What are somethings about the Revenge of the Sith that you love, respect or hold dear that others may overlook and why?
The whole prequel era of films, I believe, was the best for character design and location settings. It also gave us the most (and best in my opinion) lightsaber duels. Some people can be quite negative about the prequels. Whilst I agree some of the dialogue isn’t the best there’s a lot of good stuff there, which is evident from how loved the Clone Wars animation series is. 

12. Where does Revenge of the Sith sit for you in your personal ranking of the 12 theatrical releases and why?
It’s up there at number 1.

I wonder if that’s partly down to being from that generation. If I were watching all the films now with new eyes then maybe it would be different.

13. What would you like to see in the future around Revenge of the Sith, ether stories, merchandise, features, interviews, etc?
The prequels era is my favorite Star Wars. I’m always more interested in material that surrounds this era. Equally, anything that explores the history of the Jedi.  

14. In your opinion, what is the legacy of Revenge of the Sith?
It’s such a key film in the Skywalker Saga. Showing us why Anakin turned to the dark side, his reasoning and pain he faced along the way. I would say it’s the most important of the three prequel films and really helps you understand Vader’s journey in the Originals.

15. What are your last words on Revenge of the Sith and/ or things you would like readers to know about this film?
If you’ve not re-watched this since seeing the Clone Wars finale, go do that now!

Thanks again Sarah for joining us in this 15th-anniversary celebration of Revenge of the Sith.

Thank you for including me, it’s been a pleasure!

If people would like to find you or your content, where can they find it?
Follow me on Twitter for my Star Wars: Destiny musings at @Sarah_SWDestiny

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 Monday. Till then, we wish you nothing but the best, stay safe out there, and May the Force be with you.

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