>>>Will anyone watching Ep II really be surprised when Dooku is revealed as a Sith, or care?
I think GL thought it would be a bigger deal than it was, and the "mystery" of the assassination effort. He doesn't explain Dooku much at all so why are we concerned with him until he first appears with the Separatists?
Also, there are some external factors that make movie surprises (in blockbusters at least) difficult these days, including pictures of Chris Lee around the release, and he wasn't a good guy so he's probably a bad guy.
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Furthermore will future audiences be surprised that Palps is the Phantom Menace?
I know WE all know who he is but for future audiences its a damp squib even if they watch the movies prequels first followed by the OT.
I dont recall any scene or line of dialogue where it is cleared up for the casual viewer that Dooku knows Palpatine is Sideous either in bothAOTC or ROTS.
We get the look of surprise on Dookus face when Palps tells Anakin "kill him" but thats not much to go on for the non SW fans in the audience
i think Lucas slipped up there
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the ROTS was getting a little stale.
Tarkin was a great character. Definitely my second favourite character in the saga. Although, in fairness, his character didn't need much screen time to be developed effectively. He was 'motherf*ckin boss'. End of story. As soon as he talked down to Vader the audience knew he was a guy not to be messed with.
Dooku, on the other hand had such an important role regarding the storyline itself. He was the traitorous Jedi who has aligned himself with the Sith, is plotting an intergalactic war, is trying to assassinate Padme (a major plot point) but at the same time doesn't want to share power with Sidious and wants the Republic for himself. Thats a Hell of a lot to cram into a character who only has about 10 minutes of screen time. Especially when he is only mentioned (briefly) once before his appearance right at the end.
Frankly, Christopher Lee did a fantastic job pulling off such a complex character with such minimal dialogue and screen time.
They should have clipped Dooku's story considering his screen time.
Ever since AOTC I fantasized about a different opening. Scratch the nonsensical assasination attempt on Padme. I'd have loved to see the movie open on Geonosis: Dooku arrives to inspect the grand new army of battle droids and super battle droids. All the great clans have gathered to prepare a fatal war to deestroy the republic. THen we find out that Dooku is the new Sith apprentice of Sidious and a formidable ex-Jedi.
At least that way we could have had the Jocasta Nu scene in the library about the Lost Twelve.
Anyway, that is something I would have liked and would have fitted much better with the OT style of the films. Those always start with the baddies and their intentions, so we know what's at stake for the heroes. They will loom over everything they do. In AOTC we just wonder what the heck they're on about.
I think you are wrong about the Lost Twelve. Dooku was one of them. THe Jocasta Nu convo is in the novel, it was even shot. And that convo in the library where OB1 is looking for Kamino preceded the Clone Wars by any chronology.
The Lost Twelve were just 12 Jadi that separated from the Jedi Order.