George Lucas' Star Wars prequels are notoriously not very good. they took us back to a time before Luke, Han and Leia to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker, the man who fell from the light and became Darth Vader. Whilst the three prequels aren't great, there are definite moments of absolute excellence and they should be celebrated. Here are the top ten best moments in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
10) Obi Wan vs General Grevious
The Battle of Utapau was one of the final battle of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the CIS. After years of fighting, the Republic finally had an upper hand on the CIS after the death of Count Dooku, the Republic gained knowledge of General Grevious' whereabouts as he was the successor to Dooku.
Obi Wan Kenobi lead an army of clones to the Utapau system and fought the General. Obi Wan surprises the Separatists by literally jumping in the middle of a meeting and proceeds to fight Grevious, whom has four lightsabers. The fight was unique because Grevious is not a force user, but he had advantage over Kenobi because of his three extra sabers. Grevious attempts to flee to his ship but it chased by Kenobu who dispatches of his enemy in the most "uncivilised" way.
9) Darth Plagueis
In a ploy to transition Anakin over to the dark side, Chancellor Palpatine tells the young Jedi the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise. A Sith who discovered how to manipulate Midichlorians to cheat death and even create life.
Palpatine aka Darth Sidious is of course talking about his old master, whom he murdered in his sleep. Anakin is desperate to save his wife Padme so this story is incredibly tempting to the Jedi. This is a pivotal moment in his fall from the light to the dark.
8) Obi Wan vs Slave 1
In perhaps the only shining moment from Attack of the Clones, we see the infamous Slave 1 being tracked by Master Kenobi as they approach Geonosis. Jango and his son Boba travel into the asteroid field surrounding the planet as a way of losing the Jedi but this proceeds to one of the most excellently sound designed moments in the entire saga. The greatest moment of this whole scene is when Jango releases seismic charges into the asteroid field. A brief moment of silence is followed by a bellowing blast.
7) The Rise of the Empire
In this incredibly important scene we see both the fall of the CIS on Mustafar and the transformation from the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire back on Coruscant at the Senate.
The Chancellor convinces the Senate that the Jedi are planning to overthrow the Senate and has executed Order 66 as a means to stop them.
This is of course a monumental moment in the saga as the Empire became the overwhelming force that ruled the galaxy for many years until the Rebellion destroyed them.
6) Battle Over Coruscant
Revenge of the Sith easily has the best opening out of any of the prequels. As we pan down from the opening crawl we see a Republic Cruiser above Coruscant, two Jedi Starfighters come into frame and lead us down to the epic battle below. This is a pretty lengthy opening sequence as we're taken inside General Grevious ship, Anakin and Obi Wan defeat Count Dooku and rescue Chancellor Palpatine. But the opening to this sequence itself is something remarkable, at least visually. We all love space battles and whilst this one wasn't as expansive or detailed as Return of the Jedi or even Rogue One's, it's pretty spectacular and it was a great way to open this final chapter in the prequel trilogy.
5) Battle of the Heroes
The moment in the trilogy we had all been waiting for. Anakin Skywalker facing off against his master, Obi Wan Kenobi. After Anakin had dispatched of the Separatist leaders, he is met by his wife Padme Amidala who has travelled to Mustafar to question Anakin about his supposed fall to the dark side. Unbeknown to Padma, Obi Wan had stowed away on her cruiser and plans to defeat Anakin before he can bring any more harm. My only issue with this battle is that it spans way more ground than it needed to, we needed a personal battle between old friends without all the leaping and destruction around the planet.
4) The Great Jedi Purge
When Chancellor Palpatine executes Order 66, the Clones are ordered to terminate all Jedi. During battles, Clones stop dead in their tracks and dispatch of their Jedi Generals. Some Jedi were able to escape the attack including Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Kanun Jarus. The real emotion of this scene comes from John Williams breathtaking musical score.
3) Master Yoda vs Emperor Palpatine
As Obi Wan is battling Darth Vader on Mustafar, Yoda goes to the Senate to face Emperor Palpatine. As much as I despise the Yoda fight in Attack of the Clones, I really felt that his use of a lightsaber here was more warranted and fitting. They take the fight into the Senate which was a unique setting for a battle, podiums are thrown at one another and the two realise that they are equally matched and Yoda decides that the best plan of action would be to escape.
2) The Birth of Darth Vader
Anakin Skywalker is no more, he has been taken over by the dark side and now goes by Darth Vader. After he is dismembered by his old master on Mustafar, he is found by the Emperor and is taken to Coruscant for medical attention. The only way that Vader will survive is with a mechanical suit and breathing apparatus. This suit turned him into the most iconic villain in cinematic history. And seeing the transformation from man to machine was absolutely wonderful.
1) Duel of the Fates
The Phantom Menace is often mauled by fans for it's bad script and overwhelmingly political plot but we can all agree that the final battle between Obi Wan, Qui Gon and Darth Maul was an absolute perfect scene. The music, the choreography and the direction of this scene came together immaculately.
I agree, Darth Maul should not have been killed off (even though he returns in canonical animated form), he should have been a bigger character in the trilogy. This is the scene where we see the fighting strategy of both the Jedi and the Sith. Many fans complain that it looks overly choreographed but to them I say that these are warriors at the peak of their game, they are anticipating each others movements hence the choreographed feel.
The most excellent piece of directing George Lucas has ever done comes in this scene when Maul and Qui Gon are separated by barriers. To reserve energy and focus, Qui Gon kneels down and waits for the barriers to retreat but Maul, paces up and down like a Tiger locked in a cage.
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