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Episode 28: Finders of the Lost Plot


A few words of explanation are perhaps required here. We're taking a big left turn away from the plot of the movie.

Our guiding principle is that we want to follow the movie visually. But we are (obviously) changing the dialogue. And we are allowing ourselves to change actual elements of the plot as well. We've already done this to some extent, but nothing as serious as what we're doing here.

Our aim is essentially to create what could potentially be an alternative soundtrack to the film. The goal is that when we're done, you could watch the film, redubbed with our dialogue (and some other additions to cover the scenes we're skipping), and it would all make sense. So we're more or less following what you see on the screen. (We're taking a bit of licence with the strict chronological ordering of some screencaps because otherwise we wouldn't have good shots of people for some of the dialogue.) But if something only happens in the dialogue of the movie, we are free to alter it. We want to explain what's happening on the screen in a different way, a way that actually makes sense in a bigger context.

This is not quite the Star Wars you are familiar with. You must unlearn what you have learned. Like Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, you are discovering some of this for the first time. Enjoy the ride.

On another note, it's interesting to note that, after all the trouble we had early on finding expressive screencaps of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, that it was a real pleasure working with Boss Nass in this scene. It probably says something that the most expressive faces in the movie so far all belong to CGI characters.


Obi-Wan: The Lost Orb of Phanastacoria?
Qui-Gon: It's.. um... it's... an orb...
Boss Nass: Inna da mists of time, a great Orb of power wassa stolen from Otoh Gunga.
Qui-Gon: And it's lost.
Boss Nass: It wassa powerful weapon. Without it wesa Gungans musta be defending wesa selves with primitive technologies.
Jar Jar: And it protects us from da giant fishes!
Qui-Gon: {to Obi-Wan} Sounds like at least +3.
GM: Hmmm. <scribble>
Boss Nass: Jar Jar issa da last survivor of a line sworn centuries ago to recover da Orb.
Jar Jar: Ooooh!
Obi-Wan: Most Exalted Boss Nass, by... by... by the Force we solemnly pledge our service to helping this worthy quester find the Lost Orb.
Boss Noss: For deesa task wesa will reward yousa greatly.
Obi-Wan: {bowing} We thank you, Mighty One.
Qui-Gon: {to the guards} Hey, either of you guys seen a lost orb anywhere around here?

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