SW-003 The Revenge of the Sith - Milestones

I'm not a big fan of the Star Wars prequels. They lack focus and subtext, especially Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. You can see what the narrative is trying to get at, but it nearly disappears behind a mass of action and effects. And Anakin's transformation into a rampaging Sith is far from convincing. There's a pretext, of course, and an effort to portray inner conflict and rationalization, but to me it looks like, in the end, Anakin becomes Vader because the better-scripted and -acted episodes need Vader. That said, the episode is properly structured, as shown in the chart.

Teased out, the milestones go like this:

1. Hook: Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi are hotshot Jedi knights on a mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine from the separatist leader General Grievous.

2. Inciting Incident: Anakin obeys Palpatine's command to execute the Sith Lord Count Dooku but refuses to abandon the unconscious Obi Wan.

3. Plot Turn 1: Anakin is distressed by recurring dreams of his wife, Padme's death.

4. Pinch Point 1: Anakin confides in Palpatine his growing distrust of the Jedi Council. Palpatine intrigues Anakin with tales of a Sith lord who could use the Force to keep dying loved ones alive.

5. Midpoint: Anakin cuts off Jedi Council leader Mace Windu's sword hand in order to save Palpatine's life, then pledges himself to Palpatine's teachings.

6. Pinch Point 2: On Palpatine's orders, Anakin kills the Jedi younglings in the Jedi temple.

7. Plot Turn 2: On Palpatine's orders, Anakin assassinates the remaining separatist leaders.

8. Deciding Incident: Anakin fights with Obi Wan, who cuts off Anakin's legs and arm and leaves him to burn to death beside a lava flow. Palpatine recovers Anakin and gives him medical attention.

9. Conclusion: Padme delivers Luke and Leia, then dies. Anakin gets his Darth Vader suit. Leia is adopted by Senator Organa of Alderaan. Luke is adopted by Owen and Beru Lars of Tatooine.

Min:Sec Milestones Quote Range MaL Range MiL Range MiH Range MaH
0:24 Hook Anakin and Obi Wan are on a mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine from General Grievous.     4:34 8:44
17:03 Inciting Incident (14:27) At Palpatine's insistence, Anakin beheads Count Dooku. (15:13) Palpatine tells Anakin there's no time to bring the unconscious Obi Wan along as they escape. (17:03) Obi Wan regains consciousness as an elevator plummets toward him, Anakin and Palpatine. 8:44 12:53 21:13 25:23
33:426 Plot Turn 1 Anakin tells Yoda about his premonitions of Padme's death. 25:23 29:33 37:52 42:02
50:22 Pinch 1 (44:52) Anakin admits to Palpatine that his trust in the Jedi Council has been shaken. (46:53) Palpatine tells Anakin that the Dark Side of the Force can be used to keep people from dying. (47:53) Anakin asks if it is possible to learn that power. (50:22) Anakin and Obi Wan discuss Obi Wan's mission to take down Grievous. 42:02 46:12 54:32 58:42
67:01 Midpoint 64:17) Anakin realizes that Palpatine is the suspected Sith Lord. (67:10) Obi Wan duels with Grievous. (67:16) Obi Wan kills Grievous. (67:53) Anakin tells Mace Windu that he thinks Palpatine is the Sith Lord the Jedi have been looking for. (74:39) Anakin tells Mace that he (Anakin) needs Palpatine alive. (74:44) Anakin cuts off Mace's hand. (76:14) Anakin pledges himself to Palpatine's teachings. (76:51) Palpatine dubs Anakin Darth Vader. (77:00) Anakin calls Palpatine his master. 58:42 62:51 71:11 75:21
83:4 Pinch 2 Anakin enters the Council Chamber to kill the Jedi younglings. 75:21 79:31 87:5 92
100:2 Plot Turn 2 (99:41) Padme refuses to believe Obi Wan's report of Anakin's becoming Palpatine's apprentice. (99:59) Padme realizes that Obi Wan plans to kill Anakin. (100:20) Padme refuses to tell Obi Wan where Anakin has gone. (110:31) Obi Wan expresses regeret that Anakin is the father of Padme's child. (101:15) Anakin scowls and weeps. (102:05) Obi Wan hides aboard Padme's ship. 92 96:1 104:3 108:39
116:59 Deciding Incident (116:59) Anakin and Obi Wan duel. (122:54) Palpatine finds Anakin still alive (122:58) and sends two clones to bring a medical capsule. (125) Padme and Anakin receive medical attention. 108:39 112:49 121:09 125:19
133:38 Conclusion (125:37) Padme delivers Luke and Leia. (126:51) Anakin suits up. (127:17) Padme dies. (129:14) Senator Organa offers to adopt Leia. (129:32) Obi Wan agrees to take Luke to his family on Tatooine and watch over him. (133:58) Owen and Beru Lars accept Luke and watch the sunset. 125:19 129:29    

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