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Star Lols: Revenge of the Hilarious Sith Redub

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 4:42pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:22pm

Years after the fumes from the seven-year-long trashcan fire that was the Star Wars prequel trilogy have dissipated, somebody has rekindled an ember—and how it glows! We are referring, of course, to the resurfacing of the lesser-known Internet gem, “Star War The Third Gathers: Backstroke of the West.”

It’s "Revenge of the Sith," but, in a twist of fate we can only credit to the gods of blackmarket bootleg film distribution, redubbed into English based on Chinese translations of the original English. As a result, Yoda has been redubbed to sound simultaneously like an old woman and a young child. Ewan Mcgregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi is still pompous as hell. Mace Windu sounds, eerily, like a younger, more virile Samuel L. Jackson. The dialogue is breathtaking: sometimes nonsensical, often like a bad Yoda impression (“Can be how like this? Like this too wide of the mark, like this inequity?”):

 But at its most sentimental, approaching Shakespearean:

The climax of the film—when Anakin-as-Darth Vader finds out that Padme has died—is possibly the most climactic climax of the entire trilogy—and if you think that’s just because the bar was set so low it’s practically subterranean, you’d be correct.

The Force is, admittedly, not strong with this one, and yet… we feel its pull.