Yoda vs. Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones)
While some may not have found this duel to be as appealing as I did, I am somewhat biased in this regard. When Attack of the Clones came out in 2002 I was only six years old, so seeing Yoda jump all over the screen and slash his short green lightsaber through the air in rapid succession filled me with excitement.
As an adult, I appreciate this duel for showing fans’ Yoda’s skills with the Force for the first time. In the original trilogy, Yoda was known as a legendary former warrior but served only as a mentor for Luke, teaching him the ways of the Force but rarely showing his own skill (other than the X-Wing scene).
For this reason, seeing Yoda fight Dooku not only with his lightsaber but also using his abilities through the Force was enjoyable to see for the first time on the big screen. This duel showcased Yoda’s skills in more ways than just lifting X-Wings, as it showed Yoda and Dooku flinging large objects at one another and stopped them in mid-air through the Force, an aspect of the Force shown only in glimpses prior.
The duel also served as a testament to Count Dooku’s often overlooked power. Dooku singlehandedly subdued two Jedi and although he did not technically defeat Yoda, he did escape with his life which is something worth noting.
Seeing Yoda duel Dooku in such a skillful and masterful fashion, helped in justifying the opinion that Yoda is the one of the most powerful Jedi alive. Following this duel fans were finally able to justify his title of “legendary warrior” from the original trilogy.