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Spike TV Enters a New Galaxy With the Complete Star Wars Saga

Reported by Jay Cochran - 01:24 PM 2008.03.24
The Force is with Spike TV this April as the complete Star Wars Saga comes to basic cable. Airing Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, and Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13, the two-weekend event includes the broadcast premiere of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and the basic cable premieres of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Spike TV's Star Wars presentation marks the first time that all six movies will be presented together on a basic cable network.

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 from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan
Kenobi and his Jedi master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, 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. 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, thousands of solar
systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an
assassination attempt is made on Senator Padme Amidala, the former
Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is
assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers
his love for Padme as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padme,
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-V)
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 new apprentice -- Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda 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.

-- 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 is
thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan
Kenobi, 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 from
the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in
a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves
that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death

-- 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. 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 is thus redeemed. At long last, freedom
is restored to the galaxy.




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