The Phantom Debut

Happy Tuesday, fellow Star Wars Fans! Today marks the 21st anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace. So, I’d like to share my favorite scene in Episode 1.

My favorite part of The Phantom Menace is watching a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in action. Ewan Mcgregor’s portrayal of the character is flawless. Nothing beats an excellent lightsaber duel; my favorite part is Darth Maul’s battle against Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. The athleticism Ray Park brings to the role of Darth Maul is what sets it apart. I fell in love with Maul’s lightsaber the moment I saw it. I also love seeing the rage on Obi-Wan’s face as he’s forced to watch his master die.

It begins with Maul engaging both Jedi in battle. After battling both for a few moments, Maul lands a kick to the face of Obi-Wan that sends him flying. Qui-Gon is then lured away from his young padawan as he continues the battle. Another great moment is the way Qui Gon kneels in meditation as Darth Maul paces back and forth, a great way to build in some suspense. Obi-Wan is eventually able to gather himself, but unfortunately for Qui-Gon, it’s too late. A force field prevents the young Kenobi from saving his Jedi Master. Darth Maul uses his saber to pierce into Qui-Gon’s chest while Obi-Wan can do nothing but watch.

The twisted Sith Lord then uses a glare to taunt Obi-Wan-this is the moment I referred to earlier. Obi-Wan is full of a rage that would make Anakin proud. When the force field opens, Obi-Wan is like a man possessed and charges, but Maul’s force skills appear to be superior. Darth Maul eventually force pushes Obi-Wan off a ledge, but the young Jedi can grab a nozzle as he hangs on for dear life. Maul continues to taunt Obi-Wan as he kicks his saber into the melting pit below. Darth Maul completely underestimates Obi-Wan’s force skills; he figures the battle is won since he has the higher ground. But Obi-Wan never loses hope; he uses The Force to summon Qui-Gon’s saber to him and jump over Maul before slicing him in half. The scene concludes with Obi-Wan consoling his dying master. Qui-Gon makes Obi-Wan promise to continue Anakin’s training.
This is a great scene for so many reasons. It shows us how Obi-Wan became Anakin’s, Jedi Master. It displays the love and loyalty Obi-Wan has for Qui-Gon, which is referenced several times throughout the prequel trilogy. And it also gives Obi-Wan his first clutch moment on the big screen. As a kid, I always remember wondering how Obi-Wan and Anakin were as young Jedi Warriors. The Phantom Menace turned that into a reality. Thank you, Star Wars, for being such a great film franchise.

Do you agree that this is the best scene from The Phantom Menace? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below and have a great day!

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