Sorry about being MIA this week, but man, oh man, my plate has been full! Interesting stuff going on in my life at work and with my writing, and I have a feeling it’s just going to keep getting busier until the end of September.
But you know what’s so fun about September? Even though my work picks up threefold, I just love the sense of renewal. I know that people like to look at January 1st as the time to make resolutions because, obviously, it’s the start of a new year, but I like September. It always reminds me of back-to-school, when the leaves are changing color and your mind is getting stuffed with new information. Every day felt new when you walked into your unfamiliar classroom for about two months before routine settled in. There was apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin carving…so much to do and all fun!
I have no idea where I was going with that tangent.
I actually liked Tipoca City and the planet Kamino when I first saw AOTC. It looked so interesting. It also looked miserable, but that was kind of the appeal in it. This dark, mysterious planet that is known for its constant storms and winds that had submerged the entire planet is the type of place that you want to go when you want to stay home with a cup of tea.
What human would ever want to live there? But that’s also what makes it the perfect place to start building a clone army because no one is really going to go looking for you there. Also, it helps that the planet was erased from the Jedi Archives. Despite that – couldn’t the Kaminoans figure out a way to make travel between places a little more comfortable? Poor Obi-Wan had to ride that “Avian” (Aiwhas) in the pouring rain – which makes absolutely 0% of humans want to visit Tipoca City.
Interesting trivia about Tipoca City: none of the Kiminoans actually lived there. They lived in satellite cities around the capital. The flying Aiwhas are not native to Kamino, and it’s believed they either imported them from Naboo (though that seems a stretch to me because Kaminoans keep to themselves and they live beyond the Outer Rim…sounds expensive) or the breed resulted from their cloning technology (more believable).
Also – the script says that they were going towards a “floating city”, but we all know after seeing the movie that it was on stilts. FYI. In case you needed a refresher, lol.
Have a great long weekend everyone! I promise I’ll be back next week with some better Star Wars goodness…
EXTERIOR: TIPOCA CITY (RAINSTORM) – DAY
Rain lashes the city. Below, mighty waves pound the stilts, breaking almost to the height of the platforms. A large AVIAN carrying a RAIN-SOAKED RIDER flies above the water toward a floating city.