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5: Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Right, into the final five characters and up first we have Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Now we all have our certain feelings about the prequel movies, and especially The Phantom Menace. But we are not going to get into some Jar Jar bashing here. Although he deserves it, we are going to talk about the best part of the prequels, as well as the most underused part of the prequels: Darth Maul.
A character that was so epic, and yet was gone so fast, that we couldn’t even say; “Finally! They got something right with this movie!”
You know a character is pretty much a solid favourite within the fandom when he gets cut in half, falls down what looks like a never-ending bottomless pit in the movie, but ends up surviving in the animated Clone Wars series.
He becomes even more cooler than he was before, seeks out revenge on his arch nemesis Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to get owned by his former master. Maul looks to be once again dead, only to then be brought back in Star Wars Rebels.
Once again, even cooler and hungrier for revenge. This time on both Jedi and Sith. It just doesn’t seem to matter what happened to him, he is loved by the fandom, the writers just won’t let him die…until he duels Old Ben Kenobi, and then Old Ben cuts him down as if buttering some toast.
Sorry for the spoilers by the way.
The thing is, if you never kept up to date with the TV series, Darth Maul was gone way back in the first movie and it just seemed like such a waste. Now if you have seen Solo: A Star Wars movie, you will know that there is Darth Maul connection.
I realize not everyone might have seen it yet, the Blu-Ray/DVD is still not out, so I won’t go into any specific details. But again, if you haven’t seen any of the TV series and followed Maul’s storyline, this was a very confusing moment.
This is where a Darth Maul stand alone film could work. A live-action event of what occurred on the TV series to fill in the gaps.
Another option for a stand alone film is how Maul became Darth Maul. When Maul was introduced the Jedi believed the Sith were extinct. So how did Palpatine manage to train him unnoticed? What might he and Maul have to have done to make sure nobody learned of their secret?