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Every Lightsaber Duel From Star Wars: Clone Wars and Rebels!!!

So how bored are you at work this fine Monday?  A YouTube user by the name of James has put together a 90-minute mash-up of all the lightsaber duels from the six seasons of Star Wars: Clone Wars and the first two seasons of Star Wars: Rebels.  I’m kind of happy season three isn’t in here for people who haven’t caught up yet, because season three, for those not in the know, kills off probably the biggest character in SW canon that the animated series have been allowed to slay.  The fight choreography for the duels just keeps getting better as the series age.  My personal favorites are the duel between Maul, Savage Oppress and Emperor Palpatine, and-of course-the epic reunion duel between Ahsoka and Anakin (now Darth Vader) at the close of Rebels season two.  Chill out, check for your boss, and burn the rest of the work day watching lightsaber duels.  The Last Jedi is almost upon us!
Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars

Lightsabers! An In-Depth Infographic on the Weapons of Jedi and Sith

Kylo Ren, Star Wars Episode VII

Halloween Costumes has put together this awesome, in-depth infographic comparing all the lightsabers from the Force users in the new accepted canon.  I know a ridiculous amount about Star Wars and even I learned a few things from this.  Kudos to them for such an awesome job.

Lightsabers, Star Wars

R.I.P. Christopher Lee (1922 -2015) *A Legend Leaves Us*

Saruman, Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Rings

Still on vacation, I just got word of Sir Christopher Lee’s passing during one of my brief connections with the Internet this month.  It pains me that I don’t have time to compose my thoughts on his departure, but that his legacy to generations of movie lovers is secure is beyond a shadow of a doubt.  He had perhaps the greatest career of any actor ever after the age of 80.  Dracula.  Bond Villain. Count Dooku. Saruman the White. Hundreds of other legends brought to life by one himself.  Thank you, sir.  CNN’s obit below.

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Christopher Lee, the actor, was often the villain.

He played Dracula, the bad guy in the James Bond thriller “The Man with the Golden Gun,” the deliciously evil wizard Saruman in the “Lord of the Ring” films, and the dude who fought Yoda with a lightsaber in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.”

But Sir Christopher Lee, the man, who died this week at the age of 93? Not an ounce of villain to be found, fans and fellow actors alike said Thursday.

“You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days,” “Lord of the Rings” co-star Elijah Wood tweeted Thursday. “We’ll miss you.”

Lee died Sunday, a spokesman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said.

He had more than 150 film credits to his name, beginning in 1948 and stretching into this decade.

Lee initially made his name in horror films. His first major horror role was as Frankenstein’s creature and then the infamous vampire Dracula in a series films for Britain’s Hammer Films studios from the 1950s until the 1970s.

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He was often quoted as saying he had to be talked into playing in some of the Dracula films. He said he played the character silently in one film — 1965’s “House of Horrors” — because the lines were so bad.

Later, he took on the role of James Bond’s nemesis Francisco Scaramanga in 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun,” and was introduced to a new generation of film-goers in 2001 with “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

In it, he played the evil wizard Saruman, former mentor to Gandalf — the good-guy wizard’s role Lee said he once coveted but had grown too old to play.

The next year, he entered the “Star Wars” universe as the fallen Jedi knight, Count Dooku, in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Both series brought him renewed fame and acclaim, but for Lee, two roles always stood out: His 1973 turn as Lord Summerisle in the cult classic “The Wicker Man,” and his portrayal of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in the 1998 film, “Jinnah.”

“The most important thing I’ve ever done,” he said in a 2011 forum at the University College Dublin.

Lee was knighted in 2009 — fittingly on the day before Halloween — for his accomplishments in the arts. Two years later, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Lee its highest honor, the Academy Fellowship.

BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry expressed sorrow Thursday at the passing of Lee, whom she called a “truly talented and versatile actor.”

“His biography, and therefore his legacy, is one that many in the film industry can only dream of,” Berry said.

In 2011, Lee said that he always wanted to bring something unexpected to his roles.

“One thing to me is very important, if you’re playing somebody that the audience regards as, let’s say evil, try to do something they don’t expect, something that surprises the audience,” he said.

In his last few years, he did just that for many fans: he turned to a heavy metal career, releasing the holiday albums “A Heavy Metal Christmas” and “A Heavy Metal Christmas Too” in 2012 and 2013 — endearing himself to yet another group of fans, many of whom reacted to the news of his death with an outpouring of celebration and sadness.

“The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us,” actor Mark Gatiss wrote on Twitter. “A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.”

POLL: STAR WARS – What is the Best Lightsaber Duel from Episodes I – VI?

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With the announcement of the Star Wars Episode VII cast, and future lightsaber duels on the way, this month let’s look back at the ones from Episodes I-VI (even prequel haters have to admit the duels were awesome) and crown one the KT Stamped BEST DUEL EVER!!!  To refresh your memory, all candidate scenes are below, I OWN NOTHING, DISNEY, ALL IS YOURS!

Episode I: The Phantom Menace “The Sith Return”
 Obi-Wan Kenobi & Qui-Gon Jin vs. Darth Maul

Episode II: Attack of the Clones “Dooku Smackdown”
 Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku

Episode II: Attack of the Clones “Yoda Unleashed”
 Yoda vs. Count Dooku

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith “Rematch”
 Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith “Man vs. Machine”
 Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. General Grevious

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith “The Dual Duel”
 Yoda vs. Palpatine/Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker

Episode IV: A New Hope “If You Strike Me Down…”
 Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back “I AM YOUR FATHER”
 Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi “Father and Son”
 Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader & Emperor Palpatine

POLL Results: The Best Star Wars Clone Wars Character Is…

Once again the Killing Time community brain trust has gathered and in a slew of votes (one shy of the most ever for a poll) decided which character was the best in Star Wars Clone Wars.  The answer surprised me, but pleased me also because it was a character created for the show and whose narrative arguably drove the show to the extent that any one person did.  Your choice for best character is: Anakin’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

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