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SWNN Weekly Poll - Favorite Star Wars Lightsaber Fight

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Lightsabers. The clash of the iconic laser swords (as George would put it) have always been inextricably linked to Star Wars. There are, of course, a lot of things that make Star Wars unique. But, when you remove the lightsaber duel Star Wars just isn't Star Wars anymore. There are any number of sci-fi or space fantasy movies with spaceships, laser guns, and exotic aliens, but this futuristic samurai-esque clash of weapons that are both traditional and fantastic is one of the staples that separates Star Wars from all other sci-fi action movies.





    First, here are the results from last week's poll:



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    Now to this week's poll.



    What makes these duels so great? It really depends on the viewer's preferences. Are you there for a chess match? Then maybe you love A New Hope's Obi-Wan/Vader fight and deem the iconic Luke/Vader duel from The Empire Strikes Back your favorite.  Do you prefer the cathartic release of emotion that comes with two opponents bitterly consummating their rivalry? Then maybe you prefer Return of the Jedi's  Throne Room battle and find the two fights in The Last Jedi mesmerizing in spite of sabers never touching. Perhaps you are more interested in technical skill and find the flurry of impressive (most impressive even) moves of The Phantom Menace or Revenge of the Sith to your liking. Or maybe, like me, you see greatness in all and take different value from each?



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    For a Star Wars fan, it can be difficult to name a favorite and you will often find qualifiers. Empire is my favorite, but I prefer the style of TPM. The Throne Room is my favorite scene in Star Wars, but Revenge of the Sith has a better fight. The Kylo/Rey battle in The Last Jedi is the best battle, but I don't count it because they never clash sabers.  Etc...





    But, now is your chance to put it all on the line. Participate in the poll below and help us decide once and for all which is your favorite (until the next movie or new version of a similar poll comes along). So make that final decision below and then hit us with your qualifiers and rationalizations in the comments.



    Note: We acknowledge there are quite a few memorable lightsaber fights from The Clone Wars and Rebels (Ahsoka vs. Darth Vader), but this poll is focusing on the feature films.



    You can pick up to three answers from the poll.











    If you are using your mobile device, you can vote HERE.



    Side note: I never actually realized the huge number of lightsaber fights Revenge of the Sith had compared to the other movies with five!





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    Sith and Empire
     
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    ROTJ (Luke vs Vader) => emotional
    TFA (Kylo vs Rey/Finn) => rough and brutal
     
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    TFA all the way.
     
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    The Last Jedi. Inventive, beautifully shot and straight to the point. Most of the lightsaber battles take up a lot of time to and space to take place. In TLJ all of the fights are condensed so that there's minimum intercutting between them and other scenes and that really helps them stand out across the crowd. But that's just if we look at the text. If we take a look at the subtext of this fight (like basically the whole of TLJ) you get some real juicy bits. In other words, this fight is a sex scene.
     
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    TLJ throne room fight. It's the most realistic SW light saber fight to date.
     
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    Anakin Vs Obi Wan is the most furious one.
     
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    Luke versus Vader in ROTJ is what Star Wars is all about for me. Nothing will ever hold a candle. That's the pinnacle.

    No option for Luke versus the remote in ANH? :p
     
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    Didn't even read the entire list of choices, went straight to Reylo vs. Praetorians (TLJ) and cast my vote! Such a gorgeously thrilling fight scene, in all ways possible.

    Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul (TPM) and Luke vs. Kylo Ren (TLJ) get honorable mentions, and are probably 2nd/3rd for me. Honestly, the majority of duels in SW are awesome and it's hard to discard any of them.

    I must say though, upon looking at all available choices and seeing Obi-Wan vs. Grievous having zero votes... it made me realize how much potential that duel actually had! It could've been such an amazing fight scene. Great ingredients, awful execution. It could've been terrifyingly brutal on so many levels. Grievous was truly a scary villain, like a horror movie monster... and all of his scenes should have been filmed as such!


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    TFA 1st, then TLJ throne room, though i will always have a soft spot for RoTJ. : D
     
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    For me the best lightsaber fight will always be the first one: Vader and Obiwan in ANH (maybe because it's the first one I ever saw). Vader wields a fatal saber thrust against Alex Guinness who disintegrates under his gown, lightsaber falling on top. A short yet emotional showdown between two old friends, a purposeful death, and a turning point for Luke.
     
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    So first of all, Luke vs Kylo might be favourite Star Wars moment ever, but... I don't know if I'd count it as a fight. It's not fair to put it in the same category as the others, to be honest. That being said - it's on the list, so it has to get my vote!

    Then I have a super soft spot for Kylo vs Finn. Short but sweet. It made a massive impression on me when I saw it in the cinema, to the point that for the longest time I didn't want to rewatch it excessively in order to keep it fresh in my mind. :p I love the gritty, brutal approach, Kylo's fighting style and how the sound takes the front seat. For the first time the lightsaber felt like a really dangerous weapon that's also difficult to handle.

    Third choice - Kylo & Rey vs Praetorians for how exhilarating and elaborate it is. Amazing choreography, directing and camerawork. That scene is a real work of art.

    Too bad I can't vote for more! I would definitely like to give some recognition to Anakin vs Obi-Wan for which I have a huge sentiment. It doesn't excite me as much nowadays, because I know it by heart after rewatching it hundreds of times. For the 12-year-old me (in 2005) it was the absolute epitome of epicness. And it actually stayed that way for quite some time. Huh, it's interesting how currently the most epic "fight" for me is the one where lightsabers don't clash. Not to mention that one of the duelists is not even there. ;)
     
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    Anakin vs Kenobi Revenge of the Sith Classic encounter
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