Whereas it’s a well known incontrovertible fact that Star Wars followers aren’t too keen on the Prequel Trilogy, The Phantom Menace, particularly, has managed to attract a number of criticism through the years and even stand out among the many different two movies, which by no stretch of the creativeness implies that they’re good.
Of course, we will’t deny that there are particular components within the prequels, even Episode I, that compel followers to return to them even to today. Particularly, the sequence with the Boonta Eve Traditional Podrace, whereas misplaced from a sure standpoint, was a delight to look at and continues to be a memorable a part of the younger Skywalker’s journey from a slave boy on Tatooine to one of many biggest warriors within the galaxy. Moreover, this galactic model of the “chariot race” is mainly Star Wars‘ equal of Quidditch, which lends the fictional world a way of legitimacy apart from the principle conflicts of fine and evil which are at all times at play.
Alas, after the autumn of the Galactic Republic, podracing merely vanishes from the canon of that galaxy far, distant. However apparently, this has to do with the Empire. In Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, a tie-in e book for Disney’s theme park, followers study that underneath the Imperial rule, podracing has been outlawed. Vi, the e book’s protagonist, visits a diner the place meat is cooked over the engine of a podracer, and it’s the place she hears about unlawful races going down away from the eyes of the Empire. Even the roleplaying recreation Countless Vigil, now a part of the Legends continuity, had revealed that the Empire is towards the damaging sport.
I do know what you’re considering; why would the Emperor be towards podracing? Was he looking for his residents, or did he want to take away one among their sources of leisure to additional set up his tyranny? Figuring out how twisted Palpatine actually is, we’re prepared to guess on the latter. Or possibly he simply needed to mess with Vader and take away one among his childhood thrills.
At any price, contemplating how large the world of Star Wars is, it’s secure to say that some individuals are conserving the custom alive someplace, even when we don’t hear something about it within the context of the brand new narratives.