Parallels between Episodes of the Star Wars saga

In addition to the patterns cited on this page, chapter by chapter (or by episode, I guess), the prequels repeated motifs from the original trilogy.  As Lucas has said, Star Wars is like a symphony in that it has recurring themes.  Here are a few examples...


Parallels between chapters
 
Episode I vs. IV
  • Title's structure (article-adjective-noun): The Phantom Menace
  • Title's structure (article-adjective-noun): A New Hope
  • The heroes try barter their way off of Tatooine
  • The heroes try barter their way off of Tatooine
  • R2 fixes the Queen's starship during a space battle
  • R2 fixes Luke's X-Wing during a space battle
  • Queen Amidala covers Anakin Skywalker with a blanket aboard the royal starship
  • Princess Leia covers Luke Skywalker with a blanket aboard the Millenium Falcon
  • Queen is held captive
  • Princess is held captive
  • Young Skywalker leaves his family on Tatooine to be trained as a Jedi by Obi-wan
  • Young Skywalker leaves his family on Tatooine to be trained as a Jedi by Obi-wan
  • Anakin stands among Jedi council arranged in a circle
  • Darth Vader among Imperial council arranged in a circle
  • First appearance of Rodians (Greedo's species)
  • First appearance of Rodians (Greedo's species)
  • Qui Gon is killed by a Sith lord in front of his apprentice Obi-wan
  • Obi-wan is killed by a Sith lord in front of his apprentice Luke
  • Climaxes with young Anakin Skywalker in a space battle...
  • Climaxes with young Luke Skywalker in a space battle...
  • ...where he blows up the Trade Federation battleship
  • ...where he blows up the Death Star
  • Full cast appears in triumphant award ceremony
  • Full cast appears in triumphant award ceremony

  • Episode II vs. V
  • Title's structure (verb-preposition-article-noun): Attack of the Clones 
  • Title's structure (article-noun-verb-preposition): The Empire Strikes Back
  • Enter Jango Fett, bounty hunter
  • Enter Boba Fett, bounty hunter
  • Male leads are separated during "romantic" chapter of the film
  • Male leads are separated during "romantic" chapter of the film
  • Anakin and Padme fall in love, but have second thoughts about their relationship
  • Han and Leia fall in love, but have second thoughts about their relationship
  • Obi-wan follows Jango and Boba Fett in Slave I through asteroid field
  • Boba Fett in Slave I follows Millenium Falcon through asteroid field
  • Obi wan hides behind an asteroid
  • Han hides behind a star destroyer
  • Obi wan releases garbage as a decoy
  • Han escapes among garbage as a decoy
  • Boba/Jango Fett/Clones is unmasked
  • Darth Vader is unmasked
  • Concludes with battle against giant robot walkers
  • Begins with battle against giant robot walkers
  • Dooku attempts to seduce Obi-wan to join him on the Dark Side
  • Vader attempts to seduce Luke to join him on the Dark Side
  • C-3PO is dismantled in a Geonosian droid factory
  • C-3PO is dismantled in a Ugnaut droid factory
  • Dooku uses the Force to throw objects at Yoda
  • Vader uses the Force to throw objects at Luke
  • Duel with a dark lord: Anakin vs. Dooku
  • Duel with a dark lord: Luke vs. Vader
  • Anakin looses an arm
  • Luke looses an arm
  • Anakin gets robotic arm
  • Luke gets robotic arm

  • Episode III vs. VI
  • Title's structure (noun-preposition-article-noun): Revenge of the Sith
  • Title's structure (noun-preposition-article-noun): Return of the Jedi
  • The emperor makes his first real appearance
  • The emperor makes his first real appearance
  • Begins with epic space battle
  • Concludes with epic space battle
  • Anakin wears black glove to cover robotic hand
  • Luke wears glove to cover robotic hand
  • Anakin is the man in black
  • Luke is the man in black
  • Standout villain (Count Dooku) from the previous chapter is killed in the first act
  • Standout villain (Boba Fett) from the previous chapter is killed in the first act
  • Mon Mothma plots attack on Emperor (cut scene)
  • Mon Mothma plots attack on Emperor
  • 1st act focuses on rescuing Chancellor Palpatine
  • 1st act focuses on rescuing Han Solo
  • The Death Star is under construction
  • The Death Star is under construction
  • Anakin battles Dooku with Palpatine as audience
  • Luke battles Vader with Palpatine as audience
  • First appearance of Mon Calamari (Adm. Ackbar's species)
  • First appearance of Mon Calamari (Adm. Ackbar's species)
  • Biker Scouts/Speeder Bike chase
  • Biker Scouts/Speeder Bike chase
  • Wookies live in tree houses on forest world of Kashyyk
  • Ewoks live in tree houses on forest world of Endor
  • Director's cameo: Lucas as opera patron
  • Director's cameo: Marquand as AT-ST driver
  • Wookies in battle
  • Ewoks in battle
  • AT-RT
  • AT-ST
  • Chewie gives "Tarzan" yell while swinging onto robot tank
  • Chewie gives "Tarzan" yell while swinging onto AT-ST
  • Rematch with a dark lord: Anakin vs. Dooku
  • Rematch with a dark lord: Luke vs. Vader
  • Yoda quickly dispatches Emperor's guards when they attempt to keep him from seeing Palpatine
  • Vader quickly dispatches Emperor's guards when they attempt to keep him from seeing Palpatine (widely-rumored cut scene)
  • Padme: "There is still good in him."
  • Luke: "There is still good in him."
  • Three-way conflict: Mace Windu attacks the Emperor while Anakin/Vader looks on and finally intervenes.
  • Three-way conflict: Emperor attacks Luke while Vader/Anakin looks on and finally intervenes.
  • Emperor reveals "Force lighting"
  • Emperor reveals "Force lighting"
  • Vader masked for first time
  • Vader unmasked for first time
  • Ends with funeral for Padme
  • Ends with funeral for Vader

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