Hey there, Rebelscum fans! This week on the site, we’re exploring the Battle of Geonosis that united the Jedi forces and first sees the clone forces in action. Make sure to check out our “Expand Your Mind” article first in order to learn about the history of the planet and battle, and why it's such a pivotal moment within the saga. Throughout the week we’ll be exploring more articles, insights, videos, and information about the best merchandising content.
The Battle of Geonosis is one of the grandest action sequences in the entire saga; if some fans complained that Attack of the Clones focused too heavily on the romance, then the last 45 minutes are pretty much nonstop action. Check out our “Force Facts” about the arena battle:
- Samuel L. Jackson famously requested that Mace Windu have a purple lightsaber in order to distinguish himself from other Jedi, but the Windu figure that ran in The Phantom Menace toyline featured a blue lightsaber.
- Grievous’s original backstory revealed that Dooku first tested his trainee’s combat skills during the Battle of Geonosis. The backstory was later changed due to Lucas’s ideas that were introduced in The Clone Wars.
- In the Republic Commando series, the clone Sev deals with post traumatic stress disorder from his experience in the battle. He plans to kill 4,982 Geonosians by the end of the war, the same number of clones that are killed that day.
- The droid factory action sequence where Anakin and Padme are captured was a last minute addition to improve the film’s pacing. It's been reported that the entire scene was filmed in 4.5 hours.
- The CGI character design of Poggle the Lesser was enhanced with more details than the base Geonosian template to show his age and superiority. ILM artists had done a similar revision to Boss Nass to show his leadership of the Gungans.
- The Battle of Geonosis is a playable level within LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, the only level not directly inspired by an episode of the series.
- Rex reveals in The Clone Wars that he fought on Geonosis, but Cody did not.
- The YA series Boba Fett explored the young bounty hunter’s origins throughout the Clone Wars. The first novel The Fight to Survive tells the Battle of Geonosis from Fett’s perspective.
- Wat Tambor’s role in the Sepratist Council was teased in James Luceno’s The Phantom Menace prequel novel Cloak of Deception.
- The Quarren Seperatist Council member Tikkes was the topic of a loyal and persistent fan movement that lobbied Dave Filoni to include him in The Clone Wars.
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