STAR WARS SEVENS: THE BATTLES


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It is Star WARS after all…

Here is a brief run down of what I believe to the best SEVEN battles in the Star Wars Saga to date…

7 ~

THE PHANTOM MENACE

BATTLE OF NABOO – ANAKIN Vs. TRADE FEDERATION CONTROL SHIP

star-wars-episode-i-the-phantom-menaceThe finale of Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) was split in to four parts. The lightsabre duel between Darth Maul, Qui-gon and Obi-wan, Amidala’s raid on the palace, the Gungan battle and the assault on the Trade Federation mothership. Well, all besides the duel, they where all poor, but but at least this battle had some humour as well as some decent visual cues and lightsabre fights do not count as battles.

6 ~

ATTACK OF THE CLONES

BATTLE OF GEONOSIS (EP 2) – CLONES Vs. TRADE FEDERATION/SEPARATISTS

ClonesThe opening battle of The Clone Wars, this is visually entertaining and the most militaristic battle we had seen up until that time. The gunships were like helicopters dropping troops on to the battlefield and Ben Burtt’s sound design was as perfect as ever.

5 ~

RETURN OF THE JEDI

BATTLE OF ENDOR – EWOKS Vs. EMPIRE

TempestForceEndor-ROTJA Vietnam metaphor? Quite possibly but whether you are an Ewok fan or not, this is a fun battle, interesting and well conceived. Though it does make a mockery of the Empire at this point.

4 ~

REVENGE OF THE SITH

BATTLE OF CORUSCANT – REPUBLIC Vs. SEPARATISTS

sp6The stunning if not overly CGI’d opening to Episode III (2005) quite literally drops us into the biggest space battle ever seen in Star Wars at this point. They literally threw in the kitchen sink… Brilliant. That is until Anakin and Obi-wan make it onto Grievous’ ship…

3 ~

RETURN OF THE JEDI

BATTLE OF ENDOR – REBELS Vs. DEATH STAR 2

Battle_of_EndorThe biggest and most exiting battle of the Original Trilogy, though it was more spectacle, but what a show!

2 ~

A NEW HOPE

BATTLE OF YAVIN 4 – REBELS Vs. DEATH STAR

Battle_of_YavinThe original space battle, based on WW2 dog fights and whether Lucas admits this or not, The Dambusters (1954). The motivation and end game was clear, making the action, failures and successes that much more poignant. A battle for a reason with real tension and jubilation at their success. This was George Lucas at his best.

1 ~

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

BATTLE OF HOTH – REBELS Vs. EMPIRE

star-wars-battle-of-hoth-hdIt may make little tactical sense to have giant dogs walking towards their enemy but so what. This is the coolest and most interesting battle of the entire franchise, made more so by the fact that it is a holding action and one which ultimately leads to a Rebel defeat. The Empire does indeed, strike back!

 

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