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!
When Star Wars Clone Wars began way back when, one of the most annoying inclusions (and a seeming continuation of the kiddification that drove fans nuts with some of the prequels) was giving Anakin a whippersnapper of a padawan named Ahsoka Tano. All credit to Dave Filoni and six seasons of Clone Wars and two of Rebels gradually grew Ahsoka into one of my favorite characters on the show, and her re-emergence in Rebels as an adult and a founder of the The Rebellion has been absolute brilliance. But in that, there’s been a sense of dread, because it seemed inevitable when Ahsoka returned that there was going to be a reckoning and that it wasn’t going to go well for her. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS for season two of Rebels if you haven’t seen it…..probably should have lead with that. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 (2016) “Twilight of an Apprentice”
Say what you will about the first two entries in the Prequel Trilogy, I think Episode III is every bit as good as the films in the Original Trilogy (and doesn’t contain a single Ewok or musical number). I have to apologize for not being able to find this 17 minute sequence intercut, but the best I can give you is the “dual duels” standing on their own. Of the four Star Wars films that George Lucas directed, I think Episode III shows the best craft, with some fantastic shots and non-stop, mind-blowing Star Wars action from the opening battle over Courscant to A New Hope at the end. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) “Battle of the Heroes”
Attack of the Clones is, to my mind, the weakest entry in the Star Wars series. I think that this is a film that should have set up the payoff of Anakin falling to the Dark Side. We should have gotten to know the Jedi that fell during Order 66. We should have seen more of the Clone Wars instead of just one awesome battle after nearly two hours of listening to the English language be butchered during cinema’s most painfully forced love story. For that matter, I’ve never understood why Count Dooku was necessary as a character. Most of his back story was only established in the EU and letting Maul live or bringing Grevious forward a film would have been more interesting. Ok, I swore I was going to focus on the positive things, didn’t I? There ARE cool things in Attack of the Clones. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) “Obi-Wan vs. Jango Fett”
Six weeks. All the anticipation leading toward Star Wars Episode VII and now only six weeks stand between us and the first Star Wars film in a decade. The build-up and the hype can only be compared to the last time Star Wars returned in 1999 with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I’ve been saving the Star Wars films in this column to lead up to Episode VII so we’ll be doing one a week until we can return to a galaxy far, far away. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) “Duel of the Fates”