My top 5 'extended' moments Star Wars

Apr 18, 2020

luke attacks vader

I thought I would share my favorite moments from Star Wars - these are the scenes and extended acts that I just love.

They are not the short moments of action like 'these aren't the roids you're looking for' or the Millenium Falcon bursting out the mouth of a giant space slug... though as a moment, that is quite the thrill.

The first act of Return of the Jedi where they save Han Solo

The Return of the Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I saw on the silver screen. I was really excited to go and see it as my friend George, who lived across the road, had seen it the day before and as we climbed the huge tree in his front yard he could not stop talking about it.

I had never been envious in my life.  

Anyways the film delivered. 

The first act of the film, is the rescue of Han Solo. As an eight-year-old, this is giddy fun where Luke argues with a giant slug and R2D2 hides a lightsaber in his head. When it fires into the air and Luke catches it and ignites a GREEN saber, for me, that is the definitive Star Wars moment. Luke's at his most badass and (at that point) practically single-handedly saved Han's life and the lives of everyone else who also came to rescue Han. 
'Now let's move it fly boy' was one of the greatest lines Leia ever spoke, until they edited the line in the later release.  

Now this is pod racing!

now this is pod racing
Concept design by Doug Chiang

Some people hate that line.

Probably because they hate themselves (and haters are just always gonna hate). But that line, so obvious at face value, sums up what The Phantom Menace is, a thrilling fun ride across the universe.

The scene is also a direct homage to Ben Hur, yet bigger. It also shows us that this young kid Anakin is the real deal. 

Duel on Mustapha

duel on mustpha

Sure, Yoda was going toe to toe with a Sith Lord at the same time but Obi- Wan Kenobi battling his best friend Anakin Skywalker was the emotional high point of Revenge of the Sith. 

Over many years the two Jedi Knights had some of the greatest adventures any Jedi ever had until destiny intervened and placed the two of them in mortal combat. Anakin, a newly avowed Sith and General Kenobi who had lived a selfless life for the greater good.

They could not stop till the other was dead, the one of course who had the higher ground - physically and morally. 

 "Well then you are lost" - probably the moment when Obi-Wan's heart broke.

When Poe Dameron shot like a hundred Tie Fighters Out of the Sky (and a few on the ground)

It's a short moment but it announced to the world, that Poe Dameron was a damn good pilot and he was perhaps worthy as the new 'Han Solo' for this third Star Wars trilogy. It also looked pretty damn cool. 

That's one hell of a pilot indeed!

Luke vs Vader: The Final Duel

We started with Return of the Jedi and we will finish it just as Luke finished off Vader

As a kid, the clash of red versus green sabers was just a hugely exciting fight of good versus evil. As an adult, it's a glorious moment of right versus wrong, wrath versus redemption, and through it all, Luke Skywalker become a Jedi, after Ben Kenobi gave him a gentle nudge in the right direction in ANH. 

The final moments of the battle surge with John William's amazing score (known as 'Final Duel (Jedi's Fury)'. The music grows and grows as Luke overcomes the greatest Jedi in history and finally severs his arm, returning the favor from Empire. Luke has defeated his father, but has he turned to the Dark Side? He looks at his own mechanical arm and then at his dying father, more metal than flesh. 

No, Luke is a Jedi, like his father was before him. 

It's simply our favourite moment in all of Stars.

Here are more extended moments that we enjoy!

  • Empire's introduction to Yoda on Degobah
  • The last 20 minutes of Solo. 
  • The last 20 minutes of Rise of Skywalker
  • The stand off between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi 
  • The arena battle on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones

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