The coliseum is sort of a stock device. Overwhelming odds, thousands of bloodthirsty fans, Bad Guys watching from luxurious shaded box seats...it's hard not to root for the heroes, even while you're wishing the filmmaker could have chosen a slightly more original way of rallying his audience's support.
What's weird about this coliseum scene, though, is that it belongs to the wrong side. The movie is all about the collapse of a once-great galaxy-wide Republic: they should be the ones sliding into decadence with their bloodsport and public executions. Instead, it's the upstart separatists who have somehow come up with this. What kind of insurgency can even construct a coliseum, let alone capture, feed, and train the monsters for use in disposing of the odd POW?
Props to G-Lu for using a stock scene where it makes zero sense. That qualifies as an Awesome Element if anything does. The monsters are also sort of funny.
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