Ladies and gentlemen, I present for your consideration The Clone Wars Trilogy and its second installment, Episode II: Revenge of the Sith.
Act One: Wartime Jedi
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Galactic Senate on Coruscant is prepared to meet for Opening Day. Anakin has received his first private assignment from the Supreme Chancellor: to oversee security for the Senatorial event. The Jedi Council questions this arrangement, but Anakin is too eager to care. But he feels the only thing missing is Padme, whom Bail Organa has sent on an assignment in the Outer Rim Territories.
However, the Mandalorian strike force secretly arrives on Coruscant. Leading the team is Boba Fett, son of the deceased Jango Fett, who is ready to assassinate both Chancellor Palpatine and Bail Organa.
Obi-Wan senses the coming ambush and warns Anakin, who springs into action just in time to save Palpatine and Organa. However, seven other Senators are killed in the crossfire, disrupting the Opening Day ceremonies. The two Jedi give chase as Fett and his team lead them deep into the Underlevels of Coruscant. The Mandalorians use booby traps to distract the Jedi and escape the planet.
Jedi Master Mace Windu receives Anakin’s report and rebukes him for letting his feelings distract him from the true threat at hand. However, Palpatine commends Anakin for his success to the entire Senate’s approval. Anakin himself becomes a HoloNet celebrity: “The Hero With No Fear.”
Meanwhile, Padme and Shaak Ti arrive on Kiros, Shaak Ti’s homeworld. The Mandalorians have occupied the planet for over a year, easily crushing all resistance. Padme and Shaak Ti have the job of organizing a Togruta militia to carry on the fight and break the occupation from within.
Back on Coruscant, Palpatine and the Jedi Council assign Obi-Wan and Anakin to take a special brigade of troops and pursue the Mandalorian hit squad. They believe that they are fleeing to Tatooine, where it’s rumored that the Hutts are organizing a major arms deal for the Separatists. Anakin knows Tatooine well, but his fear at the Mandalorians being so close to his family leads him to overstepping his bounds as a team leader and declaring “revenge” against every Mandalorian for bringing war to his homeworld.
Act Two: A Question of Loyalty
After Anakin and Obi-Wan depart, Bail Organa and Senator Mon Mothma meet privately with Yoda and Mace Windu. The two Senators explain their concerns about Palpatine holding emergency power as Chancellor and fear that he has effectively stripped the Senate of its power (all legislation begins and ends inside the Chancellor’s Office now). The militias that Padme and Shaak Ti are organizing serve two purposes: to protect worlds from Mandalorian invasion and to fight Palpatine’s troops if he should assume absolute control of the Republic. Yoda and Windu urge them to remain patient and loyal, explaining that the resurgent Sith are far more dangerous.
Meanwhile, Darth Sidious contacts Tyranus and orders him to go to Tatooine for a special assignment before he joins the occupation forces on Kiros. Tyranus is eager to go when he learns that Skywalker will be there soon.
En route to Tatooine, Anakin is troubled by his feelings. He argues with Obi-Wan that he lacks the power to keep his loved ones safe. Obi-Wan counsels that everyone must follow their own destiny and Anakin cannot fight their battles for them.
At Tatooine, Obi-Wan and Anakin shadow the Mandalorians as they go to make an arms trade with Gardulla the Hutt. Boba Fett, however, spots them and lets the Hutt’s mercenaries fight the Jedi while his team escapes with the weapons. The Jedi call in a team of desert-ready clone troopers for backup, but Anakin abandons the mission when he senses a shadow over the Lars homestead. He takes a speeder and races out alone.
When Anakin arrives, he finds a pair of Mandalorians standing over the charred remains of his foster parents, Shmi and Cliegg Lars. He attacks the Mandalorians, savagely cutting them down and nearly doing the same to his foster brother Owen when he emerges from his hiding spot. Anakin accuses of Owen of failing their parents, but Owen’s wife Beru stops him from hurting her husband. Obi-Wan arrives just in time to see Anakin and Owen bury their parents. Anakin sees this as a personal attack and swears that he will slaughter every enemy of the Republic, even if it means breaking the Jedi Code.
Tyranus waits for Boba Fett–the lone survivor of the Mandalorian forces–and takes him onto his shuttle. Tyranus is pleased to hear of Skywalker’s torment and leaves for Kiros at once.
Obi-Wan is unable to get through to Anakin after the death of his parents. But Anakin does reach out through the Force to Padme, who is surprised to hear his voice on Kiros. She offers her sympathy and asks for his help with the resistance. Anakin wants to go, but feels guilt over abandoning Obi-Wan during the last fight. Obi-Wan, however, forgives Anakin for leaving and agrees to lead their forces to Kiros.
Act Three: Skywalker’s Scars
When Tyranus lands on Kiros, he promotes young Boba Fett to commander of the occupation forces. Then he orders the massacre of two hundred Togruta to draw in as many Republic forces as possible.
Obi-Wan decides to lead the attack from orbit while Anakin takes his troops onto the planet and meets up with Padme’s unit. Obi-Wan decides to work with Artoo in his starfighter as he leads the attack on the Mandalorian fleet, threading the gauntlet of battlecruisers and droid starfighters.
After landing on Kiros, Anakin reunites with Padme, sharing a passionate kiss. But their joy is short-lived. Tyranus arrives with an entire battalion of Supercommandos, storming the resistance’s hideout. He personally targets and kills Shaak Ti after she takes down several of his soldiers in a last act of defiance. Padme goes mad with grief and Anakin declares that the Sith Lord won’t take any more of his loved ones.
He fights Tyranus in a fierce duel, but the cyborg is disappointed in Anakin’s skill. To “train” him, Tyranus cuts off Anakin’s arm and then throws him back his lightsaber, urging him to use his pain and his anger to defeat Tyranus. Anakin tries, but fails. He nearly falls to Tyranus’s blade, but Padme arrives to fight him off with the rest of her Togruta fighters. Tyranus escapes once more, leaving Anakin broken and bitter.
Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and the rest of the Republic fighters are losing their battle. Obi-Wan contacts Anakin and orders a retreat from Kiros. Padme convinces Anakin to help her fly the evacuation shuttle as they race past the Mandalorian cruisers and make the jump into hyperspace.
Tyranus contacts Darth Sidious and informs him of Skywalker’s injury. Sidious approves and tells Tyranus that the final phase of the war will soon begin and Skywalker must be ready for it.
On Coruscant, Padme and Bail mourn the loss of their friend Shaak Ti. Anakin is fitted with a prosthetic arm and tests it out in a practice duel with Obi-Wan. With his friend’s approval, Anakin asks Padme to marry him and extends to her his vow to keep his loved ones safe from harm.
Stay tuned for next week’s thrilling conclusion, Episode III: Fall of the Knight.
Update: You can also read my revision for Episode I: The Saga Begins.