It’s really hard to stay “random” when all I want to do is pick a different scene. But I promised myself I would stay random, so here goes my super short thoughts.
Hmm…ok not much to say here. Except I like the name of Utapau. Sounds like “Oota-POW!”, like the when the Batman comics write “Pow!” in huge letters with a yellow explosion ring around it.
General Grievous definitely shows his true colors in this scene. Oh shnap…clone troopers against droids and General Grievous? He doesn’t stand a chance. So naturally, he doesn’t go down with his ship but takes off on his wheel scooter.
Of course, being Star Wars, we can’t keep the name of something simple like “wheel scooter.” If anyone has read enough about George and how he is as a director, it sounds like he does this kind of stuff all the time: writes something nondescript and the artists have to come up with something close to what he’s imagining. If you’ve been following the latest series on Ralph McQuarrie in Star Wars Insider, he talks about George’s descriptions as very loose with Ralph able to have free reign on where he wanted to go with it. George would look at initial paintings and either say yes or no, or something like “Yeah, I like that, but make it more furry.”
I found this from an interview with him during the time TPM was released: “I had a script, and George said, ‘When you’re reading the script and you come to something you think will make an interesting illustration, make some pencil drawings and I’ll come by in a week or so and we’ll talk about it.’” Doug Chiang had a similar experience working on TPM with George.
So the “wheel scooter” is a cool concept but is now known as a “Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike”. Ah, Star Wars, nothing is as simple as the Gonk Droid anymore.
Sigh…scenes like this are really hard to write about!
INTERIOR: UTAPAU-TENTH LEVEL-CONTROL CENTER-DAY
More CLONES rappel into the control center and blast away at the remaining DROIDS.
The JEDI cuts down several DROIDS as he races to the entrance of the control center. OBI-WAN spots GENERAL GRIEVOUS racing toward one of the landing platforms in the midst of the battle. GENERAL GRIEVOUS jumps onto a WHEEL SCOOTER and takes off down the wall of the sinkhole. OBI-WAN whistles for his LIZARD BOGA, who runs to him. OBI-WAN jumps on.