|Inside the Worlds of
Hardback Book (2000)
Where does a Jedi go to unwind?
Why, to a Contemplation Station, of course. The Jedi
Temple on Coruscant has three of them.
But you'd already know that if you had Inside the Worlds
of Star Wars: Episode I, yet another lushly illustrated
and obscenely detailed Star Wars reference from the
folks at DK Publishing. Much like their other excellent
cross-section books, most of which focus on vehicles,
this title pulls apart Episode I's exotic locales, from
Otoh Gunga to the N-1 hangar in Theed to poor Anakin and
Shmi's pathetic excuse for a home in Mos Espa.
Each illustration includes a few paragraphs of
background information (along with some well-chosen
stills from the movie in some cases), but the meat is in
the copious call-outs pointing to minute details that
would otherwise go unnoticed. In the honeycomb of
"species-friendly" offices surrounding the
Senate, for example, you can see the Wookiee napping
rooms (oh, the Jedis only wish that they had hammocks in
their Contemplation Stations) and learn about re-orgs in
the Neimoidian diplomatic corps ("To enforce
competitiveness, Neimoidians assign identical work to
two teams of worker drones, with the incentive that the
successful team eats the other").
The book's biggest set piece is a fold-out rendering of
the Mos Espa Arena, but fans will likely enjoy the
diagrammed blow-by-blows of Episode I's most dramatic
scenes even more: What route did the Queen and her
retainers take as they scurried through occupied Theed?
Exactly how and where did the Trade Federation deploy
its droids? And which turn is the tightest on the Boonta
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