Spike TV Enters A New Galaxy With The Complete 'Star Wars' Saga
Spike TV’s presentation of the Star Wars Saga will feature digitally re-mastered versions of the films, shown uncut and presented in HD where available. Throughout each weekend, Spike TV viewers will be treated to special Star Wars features provided by Lucasfilm Ltd., including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Spike TV will also premiere an exclusive clip of LucasArts’ highly anticipated new videogame, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which is scheduled for release this summer.
Spike TV’s Star Wars schedule is as follows:
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999, PG)
Premieres Friday, April 4 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT; Encore Saturday, April 5 (5:00 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT) & Sunday, April 20 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT & 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM, ET/PT).
Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul (Ray Park). Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002, PG)
Premieres Saturday, April 5 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT); Encores Sunday, April 6 (4:30 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT) & Sunday, April 27 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT & 11:00 PM, ET/PT & 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM, ET/PT).
Ten years later, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005, PG-13)
Premieres Sunday, April 6 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT); Encore Monday, April 7 (4:30 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT).
Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become the Emperor’s (Ian McDiarmid) new apprentice – Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin’s own offspring – the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.
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Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977, PG)
Premieres Friday, April 11 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT); Encore Saturday, April 12 (5:00 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT).
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness), who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader (David Prowse; Voiced by James Earl Jones), his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980, PG)
Premieres Saturday, April 12 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT); Encore Sunday, April 13 (5:00 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT).
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin that sees his friend Han Solo (Harrison Ford) frozen in carbonite and taken away by the bounty hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch). In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (1983, PG)
Premieres Sunday, April 13 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT); Encore Monday, April 14 (5:00 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT).
In the epic conclusion of the Saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor. In the last second, Vader makes a momentous choice: he destroys the Emperor and saves his son. The Empire is finally defeated, the Sith are destroyed, and Anakin Skywalker (Sebastian Shaw) is thus redeemed. At long last, freedom is restored to the galaxy.
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