If you decided that you weren’t going to watch the prequel trilogy to the original Star Wars films because you didn’t want to tarnish your nostalgic memory of George Lucas’s epic space opera no one would blame you. But just incase you were wondering, we’ve compiled a list of the things the Star Wars prequel trilogy actually got right into one entertaining and easily digestible read.
When I saw the podracing scene in Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, I never knew that racing in the Star Wars universe could be so fun. I mean sure, we all love the speeder bike scenes from Return of the Jedi where Luke, Leia, countless stormtroopers are tearing through the forests of Endor, some more successfully than others, but this was different. This was an actual race between young Anakin Skywalker and various other competitors racing at breakneck speeds. Imagine a sled attached to two passenger jet engines and you start to understand how fast these things can be.
Oh man, Darth Maul, what can I say about this guy. I used to have a hat with Darth Maul on it and my brother made fun of me for owning such a cranial apparatus, but I didn’t care because Darth Maul was just so damn cool. Darth Maul was a Dathomirian Zabrak Dark Lord of the Sith with a double bladed red Lightsaber, and when you saw this Lightsaber for the first time you wished it really existed. If that didn’t make Darth Maul cool enough already, he was an all red and black being with horns all over his head, and red eyes that had a golden halo around each pupil. Yeah, this guy was a badass that would give Chuck Norris a run for his money, and if you ask me, they did away with his character too soon. For me he was the new and improved Darth Vader- the Darth Vader 2.0 if you will.
Attack of the Clones Battle Scenes:
Really if you didn’t check out the Star Wars prequel trilogy, then you missed out on some of the coolest battle scenes ever in a Star Wars film. Yeah, they may be a tad CGI heavy which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but let’s be real for a minute; The battles in the prequel trilogy are on a different level than the battles in the original films. With new advancement in special effects technology comes more epic battle scenes. Whether we’re talking the Genosis Battle in the arena, the actual Clone Wars that take place near the end of Attack of the Clones, or even the final battle against Count Dooku where Yoda shows that he is a Jedi force to be reckoned with, there are some amazing fights to watch in Episode Two. Man, Yoda is a true brother of the force, if I were him I’d change my name to Broda.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “it’s pretty hard to mess up the hum of a Lightsaber”, but it’s not just the lightsaber that we’re talking about here. From the sounds of podracing, to the taking your ship on a completely submerged voyage through the water, the sound is superb in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Well almost everything, but I’m not gonna take points off for Jar Jar Binks, people do that enough already.
The choreography of the battles between Jedis has never been better than they are in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. From the battle between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul to the showdown between Count Dooku, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda, battles just don’t get any more exciting. Even the final confrontation between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker is epic enough to outshine the original trilogy’s showdowns. These battles are like dances, dance with swords, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.