Star Wars is a space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. It all started with the 1977 film of the same name. It became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon but no one just how big it would become. Since then, the franchise has branched out to various forms of media such as TV shows, video games, novels, and comic books. It was so popular in fact, that theme parks were created based on it. For our purposes, let's focus on the film franchise, in particular. The franchise holds a Guinness World Records title. It is for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise". As of 2018, its estimated value is at 65 billion dollars and it's currently the 5th highest-grossing media franchise of all time.
The original film was later subtitled Episode IV - A New Hope. This marked the start of a massive film franchise starting with a trilogy. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi complete the first trilogy. A Star Wars prequel trilogy was released more than a decade later. It was comprised of Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The original trilogy will always be the top favorite for most fans. The Star Wars prequels did provide some backstory to flesh out and make it the entire store more cohesive story overall. To prove it to you, have a look at our list of some of the best moments in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and judge for yourself.
Before he became the franchise's ultimate embodiment of evil and head of the Galactic Empire, Emperor Palpatine was first introduced as a mild-mannered Senator from the planet of Naboo. That scene where he was telling Anakin about the legend of Darth Plagueis show just how sinister he was to be able to sway him that easily.
When fans first meet Yoda in the original trilogy, he was already in his twilight years and served mostly to train and provide guidance to Luke Skywalker. His introduction in the prequel trilogy was more like the legendary Jedi Master that we knew him to be. We were able to see him in his prime, fighting enemies with his lightsaber or serving as the infinitely wise leader of the Jedi Order.
Darth Maul is a man of few words but the Sith assassin is as deadly with his lightsaber skills as his appearance is. He is known for his trademark double-bladed lightsaber and terrifying facial features whose designed was inspired by the Devil himself. Despite his abrupt and apparent demise during Episode I, he has appeared in various Star Wars spin-off shows and movies.
The epic duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar is considered by many fans as one of the best moments from the prequel trilogy and who could blame them. From the fiery backdrop to the amazing score, and the fast fight choreography, it was cinematic gold. It was also the tipping point that leads to Anakin's descent to the dark side and his rise to power as Darth Vader.
In the grand scheme of things, General Grievous had relatively short screentime as compared to the other villains in the Star Wars universe. There's is no denying though that he has left an indelible mark on fans for a number of reasons. From his exquisitely designed exoskeleton to his voice, and of course, the most unique part about him, his four arms. This has made some really complex fight choreography possible that is just as intimidating as it cool to see.
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