As many of you know, the title of the last Star Wars film is set. The full name is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It appears that George Lucas finally listened to the fans and presented us with a title that the vast majority will approve.
Titles are tricky things. It’s not easy coming up with fun, catchy titles. The novel “A Talent for War” by Jack McDevitt (out in bookstores now) is very misleading and he has said in the past that he wished a more suitable title would have been found. While I’m not sure what that might have been (My personal favorite is “Corsarius”), I have plenty to say regarding Uncle George and the so-called Holy Trilogy version 1-3.
I think Revenge of the Sith is very good for many reasons. First, although there might be a few people who don’t know who or what the Sith are, it is easily explained away as the proverbial bad guys. People are stupid, but they aren’t dumb. I bet more people know who the Jedi and the Sith are then the name of John Kerry’s wife.
Second, it is a subtle nod to Episode VI’s original title, Revenge of the Jedi. Uncle George decided that Jedi don’t get revenge, so he changed it late in the game. Teaser posters were already on the press and those now fetch a cool half thousand. I really wish I had one. On a side note, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was originally entitled The Vengeance of Khan and Paramount changed it so as not to confuse the gentle movie-goer who couldn’t distinguish between Star Trek and Star Wars.
Thirdly, revenge is going to be the primary theme of the movie with that decent into the dark side the visual eye candy. Anakin is going to get his revenge on the people he feels have hurt him the most: Count Dooku, The Jedi Council and especially Mace Windu and ultimately Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is this failure of Kenobi that sets the stage for the rest of the series and the final redemption of Anakin via his son.
Needless to say, I can’t wait.