Okay, Kansas City. I’m excited about this but at the same time, it kind of annoys me. Liam Neeson, who played the noble Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace will be making a couple of appearances as the deceased Jedi on The Clone Wars.
First of all, I LOVE this. The Clone Wars cartoon is in many ways far superior to anything that we saw in the CGi heavy prequels. Bringing in Liam to play the ghost of Qui-Gon is perfect, even if it is a little too late. It’s great that he is still willing to go back to the franchise for this character, espcially for the cartoon, which many film actors would never do. Samuel L. Jackson reprised his role of Mace Windu in The Clone Wars movie that came out a few years back.
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At the same time, it drives me flipping crazy. One of the biggest disappointments of the new Trilogy was not getting to see Spirit-of-Qui-Gon counseling Obi Wan or Anakin from beyond the grave. The dude has done three Chronicles of Narnia movies as the voice of a lion, but you’re telling me Master Jedi George Lucas couldn’t find away in the three years it took to make each Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, to get Liam in to shoot a quick scene or record some dialogue?
I think at the time they called it a scheduling conflict or some crap and I don’t think there has ever been a full reason given for why he didn’t come back to the movies. Remember we got a half-assed explanation from Yoda at the end of Sith, “oh by the way Obi Wan, Qui Gon called from the dead, he wants you to call him back”. Okay, that’s not what was really said, but pretty much.
If you’re not watching The Clone Wars, you can catch it on Cartoon Network. It is an absolute MUST for any Star Wars fan, especially if you have kids. New episodes air on Fridays at 7:30 CST. Qui Gon Jin will appear in spirit form voiced by the man himself on Friday January 28 and again on the February 11 episode.
What do you think, Kansas City? Who else from the Star Wars universe would you like to see return to do a voice on The Clone Wars?
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Entertainment Weekly has a brief clip online of the spectal appearance of Qui-Gon to his former padawan learner, Obi Wan Kenobi.
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