The end of the ghost threat explained by Star Wars guru Dave Filoni

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What fate did they face?

Who were they intended to duel with?
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Prepare to never think The phantom menace always the same way.

Disney + recently launched a new show called Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian it goes behind the scenes of the very first live-action Star Wars TV show. However, this is not a traditional making-of. Each episode focuses on broader themes, and episode two, which debuted on Friday, is about “the legacy” of Star Wars. Executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni recruited many heavy hitters to weigh this subject, including Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and ILM legend John Knoll, but the highlight is the end.

This is where Filoni, who co-created The Clone Warss with George Lucas and probably knows more about that time than anyone, including Lucas, begins to talk about the end of The phantom menace. It starts about 21 minutes and 30 seconds into the episode, but here’s just a taste.

I love lightsaber combat with Darth Maul. Not because it’s a lightsaber fight, but because George is so good at knowing why this fight is important … ghost threat you are watching these two Jedi in their main fight against this bad villain … What is at stake is really how Anakin is going to be. Because Qui-Gon is different from the rest of the Jedi. You see that in the film and Qui-Gon is fighting because he knows that Anakin is the father he needs. Because Qui-Gon hasn’t given up on the fact that the Jedi are supposed to really care and love and that it’s not a bad thing. The other Jedi are so detached and have become so political that they have really lost their way and Yoda begins to see him in the second film. But Qui-Gon is ahead of all. That’s why he’s not on the Council. So he fights for Anakin. This is why this is the “duel of destinies”. This is the fate of this child. And depending on how this fight goes, Anakin’s life will be radically different.

Filoni continues from there. In fact, it continues for FIVE MINUTES if you can believe it, explaining how Obi-Wan Anakin’s training made him what he was, Luke’s training, his confrontation with the Emperor and just … everything that. Meanwhile, Favreau and the first season Mandalorian directors such as Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi are impressed by Filoni’s monologue. It’s really magical to watch.

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Filoni on Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Filoni on Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Photo: Disney Plus

It also leaves you with a lot to think about. First and foremost, while everything Filoni says makes perfect sense, there is certainly a debate to be had if the film conveys it. Sure, all the pieces are scattered across the film and are easy to see when it is clearly explained like this, but I’m not sure there is a key in the film to connect all of these things. Maybe you don’t agree.

What we do know is that Filoni has taken these lessons and applied them to his own work. the Ahsoka Tano’s bow in The Clone Wars, until the last episode, feeds on these ideas about the role of the Jedi, how fate plays out in your future, making altruistic decisions, and more. This speech, and much of Filoni’s work, shows an understanding and appreciation of Star Wars at a level that few of us think of. That’s why it’s so fun to watch and watch.

You can (and should) watch the entire episode of Disney Gallery on Disney +. here is the link. New episodes are released every Friday.


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