“[…] Rather than focus on the negative, we’d like to take the opportunity to focus on the positive and reflect on some of the best things Phantom Menace gave Star Wars fans!
In the original trilogy, the idea of a “Jedi Master” was relegated to older, frail characters like Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, or Obi-Wan Kenobi. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker showed us a wider range of physical abilities, but audiences were under the assumption that at a certain age, you’d hang up your lightsaber and live alone in a hut. With Qui-Gon Jinn, we saw a Jedi Master who was every bit as powerful as he was wise, reminding fans that maintaining your physical skills were just as important as the mental ones. We might have only seen Qui-Gon in one film, but Liam Neeson’s performance was a memorable one.
Young Obi-Wan Kenobi
Much like Qui-Gon changed the perception of Jedi Masters, a younger, more reckless Obi-Wan changed the impression we had of the older Alec Guinness we had seen in the original trilogy. Had you told someone familiar with the original Star Wars that they’d see Obi-Wan doing front flips and other acrobatic attacks, you’d surely be met with doubters. More than just seeing a younger version of the character, actor Ewan McGregor so wholly embodied the character, both by taking influences from Guinness’s portrayal and adding his own flourishes, he has become the seminal portrayal of the character to many fans.
When thinking of villains in Star Wars, really the only image that would come to mind was the ominous Darth Vader, who merely needed to be on screen to make audiences quiver. Vader was a tough act to follow up, but Maul’s red-and-black face in the film’s trailers was enough to pique fans’ interest. A character of few words, Maul shattered every expectation we had about the Star Wars universe with the simple action of showing off his lightsaber had two blades, changing the weapon’s versatility indefinitely. Maul might not have become as seminal a Sith staple in Star Wars as Vader, but he might be the most ferocious villain the franchise has ever seen. […]”
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