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Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul (Ray Park)

Site Rating: 63%
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Writeup Rating: 60%
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Film: Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace (1999)
Deceased Character: Darth Maul (Ray Park)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor)
Killed with: Light sabre


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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 28th Nov 2005

Kindly submitted by someguy999

The final battle in the first prequel lives up to expectations, when both our Jedi heroes square up to Sith apprentice Darth Maul; who has a two-handed light sabre. At first both Jedi are fighting Darth Maul, who is hard pressed to hold them back, until they are all separated by some sort of energy field, which serves no other purpose apart from to separate the Jedi and increase dramatic tension.

Qui-Gon Jinn is forced to fight Darth Maul mano a mano, but the Sith kills him with relative ease. We then have a tension building scene where the two enemies stand feet apart from each other, but unable to attack as the force field is blocking them. This eventually disappears, and Obi-Wan begins to fight Darth Maul but is knocked into a pit, which also serves no other purpose apart from to add dramatic tension to the scene.

Darth Maul teasingly stands over the pit waiting for Obi-Wan to make his move, knowing that he is completely unarmed. However, Obi-Wan notices Qui-Gon's light sabre, and he skilfully launches himself up using the force, grabs Qui-Gon's light sabre, somersaults over a leaden footed Darth Maul and slices the Sith in twain. Maul's face reflects that of the audience; one of disbelief, and as he falls into the pit, both halves of him separate on the descent.



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This review has 18 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'joe' (reply to this comment)
this is definetly my favorite deth of all time
Comment 2 by 'AARGH!' (reply to this comment)
meh. A plastic cgi death in a plastic cgi movie.
Comment 3 by 'Ocafi' (reply to this comment)
I wished Darth Maul would have lasted longer. He is infinitely more of a threatening villain than any of the old dudes they have in the other two movies. Of course, even if he did last longer, he would have had an even more disappointing death, so I guess it was better to get it out of the way first.
Comment 4 by 'Eno' (reply to this comment)
I agree he deserved to be in it for longer. Considering the amount of time they spent pissing around and not really getting anything accomplished in the second movie, they could have definitely gotten rid of Dooku and replaced him with Maul and then had him team up with Greivous in the third film.
Comment 5 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Just throwing my two cents in: although I liked Darth Maul, I disagree that Count Dooku should be done away with. General Grievous added almost nothing to Revenge of the Sith; he was just in it to sell more toys.

I'm aware that he was also in the much-ballyhooed Clone Wars cartoon series, but regardless, he's a totally pointless character within the confines of the film. It would've made infinitely more sense to keep Dooku alive a lot longer and do away with the Grievous character altogether.
Comment 6 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
I agree with Kooshmeister, i think General Grievous added very little to the final film, apart from to showcase how difficult an opponent he will be in the "revenge of the sith" computer game.

I would have like to have seen Dooku's role expanded, partly because i like Christopher Lee and also because more could have been made of the parallels between Dooku and Anakin (i.e. both betrayed the jedi for the sith).

That said i did enjoy Darth Maul's dancing fighting style, although his death was bordering on the ridiculous IMO. He could easily have chopped Obi Wan in two as Obi Wan performed that somersault manoeuvre, but instead we are led to believe Darth Maul watches passively until it is too late....
Comment 7 by 'Observing Person' (reply to this comment)
Would this fall under Hacked? Maul was, after all, HACKED in half.
Comment 8 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Slashed through seems to make more sense.

p.s. It appears "Darth" is a legitimate word in the spell-check.
Comment 9 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Bit of a typo - Ray Parks? Ewen McGregor?
Comment 10 by 'Iellwen' (reply to this comment)
"Ewan" is actually the correct spelling.
Comment 11 by 'Virgil' (reply to this comment)
Lucas clearly doesn't know what he's doing,

He killed off Maul, an awesome villain, in a really bogus fight in the very first movie. Then he introduced Grievous and Dooku, both of whom accomplished very little as far as advancing the story line.

What he SHOULD have done is get rid of Dooku altogether. After Mauls seemingly pointless death in episode one, he should have introduced the character of Grievous in episode 2. Then, in episode three, he should have revealed (in a suitably climactic way) that Grievous was actually made from the barely surviving remains of Darth Maul.

Thus, both Maul and Grievous would actually function as viable characters whose existence actually advances the plot,
Comment 12 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
[quote Virgil]He killed off Maul, an awesome villain, in a really bogus fight in the very first movie.[/quote]Bogus? It was the best fight in the series.
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Then he introduced Grievous and Dooku, both of whom accomplished very little as far as advancing the story line.
Dooku was the (ex-)Jedi who gave the order to prepare the clones. He was very significant.
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Then, in episode three, he should have revealed (in a suitably climactic way) that Grievous was actually made from the barely surviving remains of Darth Maul.
Right before I headed for the exit. Falling down a shaft that long would probably reduce everything to consistency of tomato ketchup upon impact.
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Thus, both Maul and Grievous would actually function as viable characters whose existence actually advances the plot,
The fact of the matter is that Grevious was a pointless character in the film series (yes, let's have all his backstory in the Clone Wars, where the casual audience won't see it) and Dooku really should have lived a bit longer than the first 15 mins of Episode III.
Comment 13 by 'TomB' (reply to this comment)
[quote Mr Mouseburger]Comments for death : Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace: Darth Maul (Ray Parks).[/quote]The review forgot to mention Jedi Amnesia. Apparently Obi-Wan, apparently a slow learner and of dubious mental faculties, could not recall that earlier in the movie on the Trade Federation ship, he and Qui-Gon had used super speed to evade some Destroyer droids. Such speed would easily have allowed him to race to Qui-Gon's aid rather than finding himself cut off behind a force field barrier, leaving the long-haired Jedi renegade to be sawn in half by the Sith. ('At last, we will have our revenge!')

This, for me, made the duel a rather pathetic event. They had a great and acrobatic character in Maul and he could have battled Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon to a stand-still without Obi-Wan conveniently forgetting Jedi Powers he used earlier in the film. This cheapened Qui-Gon's death.

Of course, if you could actually grab a lightsaber blade, Qui-Gon would have trashed Maul. For those who don't believe me, see the final battle of Rob Roy...
Comment 14 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
I don't get why everyone found this to be the most disappointing duel in the Star Wars film series. This fight is # 8 on my own Top 10 Greatest Film Climaxes Ever. I'm not going to go into lengthy detail of the 7 that beat it but I will tell you that the only Star Wars duel even more awesome is Anakin and Obi-Wan's stuff on Mustafar.
Comment 15 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Here's a good idea of how it should've played out for Maul: He decides to leave Obi-Wan for dead when he's dangling over the chasm. In Episode II he acts as a primary bodyguard to Count Dooku killing a helluva lot of the Jedi during the Geonosis thing. Get rid of Fett and kill them Clones.

In Episode III he's seen skulking around Coruscant as Palpatine's agent making sure Anakin stays on the path. Hey maybe he can be some mystic in a back alley who keeps Anakin on the path of the Dark Side. Then shortly after Windu's death Palpatine fires Maul saying that he is no longer needed. Maul is understandably pissed and at the film's climax he's the guy who cuts Ani into itty bitty pieces of meat when Obi-Wan hesitates. Kenobi then decapitates Maul and tosses his corpse into the lava river. Alls well.

As for Grievous. Totally shouldn't have been in the movie.
Comment 16 by 'Will' (reply to this comment)
Add the Grab Bag category.
Comment 17 by 'Will' (reply to this comment)
Darth Maul comes back in Star Wars: the Clone Wars 12 years after he was cut in half, he's got new robotic legs, a brother... and revenge for Obi-Wan Kenobi. He never died.
Comment 18 by 'Will' (reply to this comment)
Don't worry, he's not dead. Check this out: