Yesterday we finally had a long standing discussion answered for us. Are Stormtroopers clones?
At Saturday’s Star Wars Rebels panel at New York Comic Con, Pablo Hidalgo said: “We can finally settle the debate between what is the difference between a Clone Trooper and a Stormtrooper.” Clone production ceased because blind patriotism is a more powerful tool than clones who embraced their individualism (thanks to their Jedi teachers). I have some problems with this.
George Lucas is not involved with Star Wars Rebels. But Lucasfilm made it very clear they were pulling from Lucas’ ideas about the era in yesterday’s talk. It should be clear that Lucas’ ideas on Stormtroopers has clearly changed many times over the years as he solidified his larger story. The Star Wars Poster Magazine probably gives us the best insight into his thinking during the making of A New Hope that would go on to guide his hand during the writing of Attack of the Clones.
What about things that happened on screen that were directly referencing that lineage? For instance, in Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett bumps his head on the Slave I door during his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi. That is an inside wink to the Stormtrooper in A New Hope that hits his head against the Death Star door. The idea was that through their lineage, they carried this disposition.
The 2004 edition of the audio even added a sound effect of the trooper bumping his head, presumably because of the newly placed importance on the hilarious moment only noticed by rabid fans.
I am not someone who cares about original intent so much that I cannot accept a new idea that opens up a thousand new great ideas. But this is directly stepping on the toes of something we see on screen. It also isn’t a case of “fannon” or whatever the kids are saying these days. Lucasfilm pointed this out to us. But thankfully it is something they can rectify too.
I hope as the series goes on, we see something like the Empire was messing with genetically modifying existing Stormtroopers to make them better fighters and they used a Fett’s DNA. There are still ways of having their cake and letting them eat it too.
That sequence in Attack of the Clones is very minor. But I think what is seen on film or digital film for that matter, should be followed really closely. What was once a subtle plot point enriching the lore of Star Wars is now a coincidence.
I have often in the past heard that the Stormtroopers do not have Jango’s accent and are therefore not clones of Jango, even though George Lucas implies it on the DVD commentary. Accents aren’t genetically passed on, they’re culturally passed on. As we saw in The Clone Wars, some clones had Irish accents, we have no idea why.
Hopefully what we learned yesterday mostly pertains to Lothal and not the entire galaxy at large. Star Wars Rebels is going to be a great series, I just hope they rectify this little issue over the course of the series.