Clone Wars Savage Opress Screening
December 6th, 2010
The Egyptian Theater - Hollywood, CA
Official Lucasfilm Event
Spoiler Free Review!
In the early portion of December 2010, Lucasfilm decided to give fans a treat by holding a series of special, theatrical screenings of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" at venues in several major cities across the country. The mini-film that was debuted at these events was actually a sneak-peek at three new Clone Wars episodes, joined together and presented in a seemless, theatrical fashion. The limited tickets, which were distributed exclusively via StarWars.com, "sold out" in mere minutes. The screenings were free to the public, with Lucasfilm merely asking for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for children in need during the holidays. (Hasbro graciously matched each donation!) The main draw of the film was the debut of a new character into the Star Wars pantheon - the evil Savage Opress.
The GalacticBinder staff was invited to attend the screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollwood, CA on December 6th. The evening was chock-full of fantastic Star Wars moments. Before the screening, the eager crowd gathered in the outdoor atrium of the Egyptian and was greeted by several members of the 501t Legion, as well as the always-jovial R2-D2. Fans also were able to see and meet most of the cast of the show, as well as supervising director Dave Filoni and many other celebrities. The cast on hand included: Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Dee Bradley Baker (all the Clones), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Cat Taber (Padme Amidala), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress) and Jamie King (Aurra Sing).
Inside, the popcorn and soda were flowing and before the screening, James Arnold Taylor led the audience in a rousing game of Clone Wars trivia for prizes which included, books, toy lightsabers and even a Verizon R2-D2 Droid phone! Cast members from the show delivered each winner their prize in an up-close-and-personal moment. After the giveaways, Dave Filoni took the stage and introduced Katie Lucas to the crowd. Katie, who was warmly greeted by fans, wrote the episodes of the show that comprised the film, so Filoni suggested this was her "big debut". Then Filoni spoke about how excited he remained about being part of the series and what fans could expect to see during the evening and in future episodes.
The screening itself was purely amazing. The film had a much darker tone than fans of the series are used to, and the level of action was ramped up 100% from previous episodes of the third season. Since this review is spoiler free, we will not give details of the film and the action... but we can say that Savage Opress was a MONSTER hit with the crowd. He will most certainly become a fan favorite and play a prominent role in the future of the series. The film also dug much deeper into the background and history of Asajj Ventress, who as far as we're concerned, has always been slightly under-utilized in the series. Well, she certainly gets her due in this story arc. Finally, the episodes included in the film contains some awesome "special moments", twists and surprise characters that will have audiences buzzing!
When the screening was complete, fans were given "Savage" T-Shirts designed by Junk Food Clothing, as well as the exclusive Savage Opress poster seen above. The one-sheet-size poster was clearly inspired by the classic horror monster movie posters of the 1930s and will most certainly be coveted by Star Wars poster fans far and wide.
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