The Duel of Fates: Top 5 Lightsaber FightsMay 4, 2015
May the Fourth Be With You! Today is always one of the best days of the year; it’s a day where we celebrate one of best film sagas of all time. You know the one I’m talking about: Star Wars.
“Your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster. An elegant weapon… for a more civilized age.”
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, giving Luke his father’s lightsaber.
If there is one central piece to any of the Star Wars film that any fan looks forward to, it’s those epic fight scenes where Jedi face off against the Sith with that elegant weapon. Over the course of the six films there have been some pretty memorable fights and today as part of May the Fourth we are counting down the top five lightsaber Duels.
Kanan and Ezra vs The Inquisitor (Season finale of Star Wars Rebels)
This fight was one for the ages as Kanan fought to protect young Ezra from the grasp of the Inquisitor and potentially the dark side. It was a very emotional fight that ended with a cliffhanger that will hinge upon the next season. If you have not seen Star Wars Rebels yet I highly recommend checking it out.
5. Obi-Wan vs General Grievous (Revenge of the Sith)
This film gave us some of the best lightsaber showdowns of the six films and this particular one was no slouch; Obi-Wan is forced to take on General Grievous who wields four lightsabers in what was almost a David vs Goliath type match up. The fight even gave us a heck of a chase scene as well with Kenobi being forced to chase down Grievous through an intense fight between clone troopers and the droid separatist army.
4. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs Darth Maul (Phantom Menace)
This is based solely upon entertainment value alone would be much further up the list if it weren’t for the other fights having significantly higher stakes and emotional ties. Ray Park absolutely stuns as Darth Maul in this fight taking on both Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and his certain set of skills. Not only is the fight brilliant and intense but it features Duel of Fates for the first time and only adds to the intensity.
3. Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker (Empire Strikes Back)
Leave it to a Skywalker to go running off half cocked on emotion looking for a fight and getting far more than he expected. Luke finds the man who he believes killed his father only to find out that Darth Vader is in fact his father (spoiler alert). While the duel with Vader is not much of a standout, it’s the intense emotional ties that make this one of the best, especially with Luke throwing himself from the tower after pledging to never join the dark side.
2. Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi)
This was the fight for all the marbles in Return of the Jedi. The Emperor was pushing for Luke to join the dark side, destroy his father and thus take his place at Palpatine’s side to rule the Galaxy. Not only that, but the Emperor had threatened the safety of his friends and his newly found sister, Leia. The emotional weight was huge in this one in the final showdown with Luke’s father and his cackling master.
1. Obi-Wan vs Anakin Skywalker (Revenge of the Sith)
This one is the ultimate deathmatch fight to the finish of any of the lightsaber duels throughout the Star Wars films, in my opinion. Obi-Wan is feeling the pressure to put down his padawan and close friend who has turned into a monster and Anakin feels that Obi-Wan has betrayed him and his trust and views him as a traitor. Even before the fight began you know how it’s going to end, its the high intensity of the scene that ropes viewers in and has the best choreography of all of the duels. How many of these fight scenes can boast battling over a sea of molten lava as a backdrop? It also helps that Ewan MacGregor is absolutely phenomenal anytime the script calls for him to throw down with his lightsaber.
Do you agree with our choices? Which is your favorite lighstaber duel? Let us know in the comments below and as always, May the Force be with You.