Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top 10 Lightsaber Battles: Guest Post by James the Movie Reviewer.

Thanks Solace for asking me to write a guest post on your blog. I am James The Movie Reviewer from the Star Wars and all around film geek blog J and J Productions.
The Lightsaber and Lightsaber duel, one of the many iconic aspects of the Star Wars franchise. There have been many Lightsaber battles throughout the Star Wars franchise from the films to the Clone Wars TV series, many of which are among the best action scenes in cinema history. I am counting any action scene that uses a Lightsaber for this list and it can be from any film, TV series or video game. The scenes are being ranked by choreography, use of the environment, and importance to the franchise.


At Number 10: General Grievous Vs. Multiple Jedi (Clone Wars)

Note: This does not include the training battle with Dooku near the end of the video.
General Grievous' introduction into the Star Wars universe and it remains one of the best. Unfortunately, Grievous has never reach the heights of greatness since this original Clone Wars series. Although vastly different than many of the other battles on this list, the build-up added menace to Grievous making his intro all the more powerful. Not only does it feature popular Jedi Ki Adi Mundi, Shaak Ti, and Ala Secura, the animation in the action is amazing.


At Number 9: Count Dooku Vs. Ventress and Opress (Plus Opress Vs. Obi-Wan and Anakin)
Note: This Lightsaber duel include the fight that continues after this first one as well.
This was the first action from The Clone Wars were I was just thinking "Wow!" throughout the whole battle. Not only was "Witches of the Mist" my favorite episode of the series at the time, it featured the best Lightsaber duel of the entire series as well.

At Number 8: Yoda Vs. Count Dooku (Plus Anakin and Obi-Wan)

Although Yoda finally has uses his Lightsaber, I have always considered this the weakest major Lightsaber duel of the films. Not entirely sure why I do not like this fight as much as others, maybe it was too short. However, it is still awesome to see Yoda and Dooku fight as well as Anakin briefly using two Lightsabers against Count Dooku.



At Number 7: Grievous and Guards Vs. Shaak Ti and Jedi

Another battle from the magnificent Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series as it leads into the opening scene of Revenge of the Sith. Possibly Shaak Ti's best moment from the Star Wars sage, her valiant fight to protect Chancellor Palpatine from the clutches of General Grievous and his Magnaguards. Again the series shows its amazing choreography and animation style in this scene. It very well could be the best action scene ever 2D drawn animation. The sense of speed and motion is excellent. Finally, Shaak Ti's final stand against the Magnaguards is truly incredible. Plus this is General Greivous' best moment of the entire Star Wars Saga.



At Number 6: Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

While it might not be as flashy as many of the Lightsaber duels later in the franchise, it was the first and no doubt deserves due respect. "If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." Is one of Ben's many memorable quotes and the moment were he sacrifices himself to save Luke is one of the best of the Saga. It must have been an amazing feeling watching this for the first time at the theater in 1977.

At Number 5: Obi-Wan and Ventress Vs. Maul and Opress

Thus far, this is the best most impressive action scene of the series. The Clone Wars team really went all out for fight, the choreography is amazing and the animation is very fluid and realistic. Adding some hand-to-hand combat to the fight changes it up with a unique angle. Plus the witty banter during fight was fantastic.



At Number 4: Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Vs. Darth Maul

No question the best moment from the Phantom Menace, the Duel of Fates gave us the first taste of the brilliantly choreographed action scenes to come. Darth Maul reveals his awesome duel bladed Lightsaber for the first time and Maul's unique fighting style really worked a lot better than one would think using a duel bladed weapon. This fight made the Phantom Menace completely worth watching.


At Number 3: Luke Vs. Darth Vader Vs. The Emperor (Return of the Jedi)

The ultimate final battle between the Dark and Light Side for the fate of the Galaxy. The Saga could not have concluded any better, the perfect ending battle to the perfect trilogy. The music is perfect, the choreography fantastic and the end were Vader throws the Emperor into Death Star's core brilliantly finishes Vader's character arc and turn to the Light Side.  


At Number 2: Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan (Revenge of the Sith)

If you are going to make a list of best Lightsaber battles, Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan or the next duel on the list has to be the top two, no question. The battle completely blew my mind, amazing choreography, inventive use of environment and stunning special effects. What more could you ask for in a final duel?


At Number 1: Luke Vs. Darth Vader (Empire Strikes Back)

As Vader would say this choice was "All too easy." From the choreography to the visual effects everything in this duel is perfect. This is my all-time favorite Duel from the Saga and I doubt that it will places on my list. Ending with the ultimate plot twist, not only is this the best Lightsaber duel, it is the best moment in film history.

Honorable Mention
Obi-Wan and Anakin Vs. Ventress (Season 3)
Ahsoka Vs. Pre-Vizsla and Bo-Katan
General Grievous Vs. Ventress (Plus Zombies)
Kit Fisto Vs. General Grievous
Obi-Wan and Vos Vs. Cad Bane
Anakin and Ashoka Vs. Ventress (Clone Wars Movie)
Dooku Vs. Nightsisters
Obi-Wan Vs. Jango Fett

What are your favorite Lightsaber battles? Please comment below.



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