Celebrating 15 years of Revenge of the Sith, Interview #15 – Zach Bunn from Team Covenant

Welcome, to the final week of our celebration of Revenge of the Sith 15th’s anniversary.
15 different guests, 15 Interviews, 15 weeks in a row
“Obi-Wan… there… is good in him. I know there is… still…”

Welcome, Zach to our Revenge of the Sith 15th Anniversary Celebration Series. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to answer our questions.

Of course, always happy to get a chance to talk with you.

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 brother and I both got into Star Wars as kids when our Uncle showed us the movies. From the moment that opening crawl hit, I was obsessed. We started a podcast last year called Star Wars Showdown, which works kind of like those March Madness brackets, but with Star Wars topics. We actually recently completed our top 8 drafts for all of the episodic movies and now we’re really excited to get to some more… interest brackets. 

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 ROTS in theaters on release weekend. I was 16 at the time, so it was the first Star Wars movie I was able to drive myself to, although my Uncle and brother were definitely with me when I saw it the first time.

2.What was your experience like?
When I first saw episodes I and II, I absolutely loved them. By the time ROTS was coming out, my opinions had soured a bit with age and experience. Going into ROTS, I was incredibly excited. I will never forget the first time they showed the preview for ROTS and the Imperial March hit. So good!

3. What was your reaction after you saw it your first time?
There were definitely some questionable moments, but I absolutely loved it. The Mustafar fight followed by the creation of Vader was incredibly epic, even if I thought the “Nooooooooo” was a bit off.

4. What is your favorite scene in Revenge of the Sith and why?
There’s a lot to love about this movie, and my favorite scene has to be the opera scene. Peak Star Wars right there! 

5. What is your favorite character in Revenge of the Sith and why?
Obi-wan, and it’s not even close! He is probably the best character in all of the prequels, both from a story perspective, and his acting in general. Even with questionable dialogue, he somehow makes it all incredibly believable.

6. What is your favorite tie-in material (from ether Legends or canon) and why?
Again, the opera scene. Everything hinted at regarding Plageuis and Palpatine’s role in his demise was epic!

7. What is your favorite piece of merchandise/collectible from this film and why?
My favorite items from any of the prequels are my Star Wars TCG cards. The game was released as I was getting old enough to really collect and compete at a game like that, so many of the scenes and characters from the movie are tied to some of the best memories of my life.

8. When you think of Revenge of the Sith, what do you think about and why?
The first thing I think about is the Battle of Mustafar, no question. It’s such an insane and epic fight that was beyond anything we’d seen before, and ultimately the pinnacle moment of the prequel trilogy.

9. 15 years later, has your opinion changed at all on the film? If so how?
The movie will always have a special place in my heart, but ultimately my opinions on the prequels, in hindsight, have worsened over the years. I feel like there were so many missed opportunities and the execution was mediocre. A great example of this is the scene where Anakin ‘falls’ and becomes Vader. That should have been the moment the entire trilogy was building to and it just somehow missed for me.

10. What does Revenge of the Sith mean to you currently?
Revenge of the Sith has some of the best scenes, quotes, and moments in all of Star Wars. While the overall score ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack for me on Star Wars movies, a lot of the elements of this movie would make my top 10 list from the entire franchise.

11. What are somethings about the Revenge of the Sith that you love, respect or hold dear that others may overlook and why?
One of my favorite little moments in the film is right after Anakin had rescued Palpatine and they are coming off the ship. The acting from Hayden when Padme is telling Anakin she is pregnant is really choice and you can see so many emotions flashing on his face in the space of just a few moments. It’s a scene that makes me realize how well he can act, even if he wasn’t given the best scenes or dialogue for the two movies he was in.

12. Where does Revenge of the Sith sit for you in your personal ranking of the 12 theatrical releases and why?
It’s number six or seven. For me, it’s good, but not great. There are some scenes that really bother me, but in general, I always enjoy watching the movie.

13. What would you like to see in the future around Revenge of the Sith, ether stories, merchandise, features, interviews, etc?
I love the original movies and they will always be meaningful to me, but I’m honestly just ready for whatever comes next as long as it’s not connected to the Skywalker Saga.

14. In your opinion, what is the legacy of Revenge of the Sith?
I think it’s the same as the legacy of the prequels. Some people love them, some people hate them. They did a TON of world-building for Star Wars though, much of which I’m a huge fan of. So, it’s ultimately just a mixed bag.

15. What are your last words on Revenge of the Sith and/ or things you would like readers to know about this film?
It’s only sort of about Revenge of the Sith, but if you never really loved the movie and you haven’t read the novelization – I highly encourage you to do so! It is one of the best Star Wars books in my opinion, particularly because it let’s me watch the movie with a level of added context that made it much more enjoyable for me in general.

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

Thanks for having me, always happy to chat Star Wars!

If people would like to find you or your content, where can they find it?
You can find my brother and I’s podcast, Star Wars Showdown, on our website and most podcasting platforms. 

Thank you readers for joining us in this 15 week long celebration of 15 years of Revenge of the Sith. Till next time, we wish you nothing but the best, stay safe out there and May the Force be with you.

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