We hadn’t seen anything like it; Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) confronting Dark Maul (Ray Park) in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE was unlike anything we saw in the original trilogy. Fueled by the epic of John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” soundtrack, the battle between the two Jedi and their opponent Sith was most impressive, but even if some may have considered the duel as a simple battle With lightsaber, Dave Filoni thinks it’s actually one of the most important moments in the entire franchise.
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The creator of Star Wars: The Clone Wars spoke at a roundtable in an episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian on the Disney + streaming service, where he shared his thoughts on the duel of destinies. ” I love the lightsaber fight with Darth Maul, not because it is a lightsaber fight, but because George is so good at creating why this fight is important every time,“Filoni said. “You know that the fight against Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is not the most wonderfully organized fight you will see, but there are so many issues. It’s so significant when Obi-Wan dies. We all feel like Luke.“Filoni went on to say”In Phantom Menace, you watch these two Jedi in their main fight against this bad villain. Maul couldn’t be more visibly the bad guy. It is designed to look bad and it is bad. And he expressed that with his face all the why of the type of lightsaber he’s fighting with.“Although the duel is visually exciting, the stakes behind the duel are higher than you think.
What is at stake is really how Anakin is going to happen, because Qui-Gon is different from the rest of the Jedi. You get that in the movie, and Qui-Gon fights because he knows he’s the father Anakin needs, because Qui-Gon hasn’t given up on the fact that the Jedi are supposed to care and love and that is 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 everyone and that’s why he’s not on the board, so he’s fighting for Anakin. This is why this is the duel of destinies, it is the destiny of this child and depending on how this fight takes place, Anakin, his life will be radically different.
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” So Qui-Gon loses, of course, the father figure, he knew what it meant to take that child away from his mother when he had an attachment and he left with Obi-Wan,“Filoni added. “Obi-Wan initially trains Anakin from a promise he made to Qui-Gon, not because he cares about him.“The relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin is very different from the relationship between Qui-Gon and Anakin, as Obi-Wan compares Anakin to Jar Jar Binks, saying to Qui-Gon,”why do I feel like we have chosen another pathetic life form.“Ultimately, Obi-Wan becomes something of a brother to Anakin, but do not the father figure he needed. ” It’s a failure for Anakin, he doesn’t have the family he needs,“Filoni said. “He loses his mother in the next film. He fails this promise he made to his mother, “I will come back to save you.” He is therefore completely vulnerable and Star Wars is ultimately a family affair. So that moment in this movie, that a lot of people downplay like a cool lightsaber fight, but that’s all the three movies in the prequels hang on to is that a particular fight and Maul serves his goal and at that time died before George brought him back. But he is dead.“I will certainly look at Duel of the Fates a little differently in my next THE PHANTOM MENACE watch.