The editorial staff of the official “Star Wars” website, StarWars.com, have decided to rank the top ten one-on-one fights in the first six “Star Wars” movies. Each of the lightsaber battles was ranked on “inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact”.
What will surprise people will be the top choice. The Darth Maul fight in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is about the only sequence from that film commonly lauded, and it came in at number one. That it beat out the more iconic battle between Luke and Darth Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back” in second place will certainly ruffle some feathers.
Meanwhile the final battle between Luke and Vader in “Return of the Jedi” came in fifth, with the two battles at the end of “Revenge of the Sith” (Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, Yoda vs. Palpatine) coming in third and fourth.