Why do I keep getting lightsaber scenes? So weird! Maybe random.org is rigged or knows what I’m using it for. I sense a disturbance in the Force…
Notice the differences between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. The scene starts with Qui-Gon meditating. Qui-Gon is trying to bring himself at peace, tap into the Force and let him connect with the light side. He is practicing patience and perhaps steeling himself for the fact that he might die? I’m sure it’s a possibility that has entered his head.
Juxtapose this against Obi-Wan who is being described as being “frustrated” by being trapped by the laser gates, as I know I would be too. In the movie we see him waiting furiously and even ignites his lightsaber before the gates open. I’m sure that he also realizes one or both of them could die in their battle against Darth Maul.
Though Obi-Wan is young, perhaps he should have followed Qui-Gon’s example and mediated as well. It could have centered him for the possibilities of what was ahead. (Personally, I don’t see how anyone can meditate 2 feet away from Darth Maul, so I totally feel for Obi-Wan.)
Also, interestingly, George Lucas cannot decide if he wants to refer to Darth Maul as a Dark Lord or a Sith. Which of course has led me down the merry lane of delving into the EU and finding out…what is the difference between a Sith or Sith Lord versus a Dark Lord of the Sith? Given the way their titles are written, I assume Sith is anyone who had mastery of the Dark Side, like a Jedi/Jedi Knight, and Dark Lord is perhaps more like the equivalent of a Jedi Master. Now, I’m not being an overly picky fan here who’s getting her knickers in a twist because Georgie used two different labels. I’m not like that. We all know what he means; I’m just curious.
Wookiepedia is telling me that Dark Lord of the Sith refers to the “recognized leader of the Order of the Sith Lords” and it is not synonymous with the title of “Darth.” Sith Lord was a title “conferred on a powerful master of Sith knowledge of the dark side.” Sith just referred to any species that have Force sensitivities but use it for the dark side.
Ok…so I was kind of close. Jedi do not have the equivalent of a Dark Lord as I assume that would disrupt the light side of the Force too much. One person in control of all the Jedi seems too selfish and could be easily swayed by their power. Instead they have the Jedi Master rank, which anyone can attain as long as you are skilled and have enough balance in the Force. Oh, and you get to sit on the Council. The Sith function more like a dictatorship whereas the Jedi are more like a democracy, if we are just going to go surface level with the analysis.
So George screwed up the terms a little when writing the script because Darth Maul is definitely not a Dark Lord. However, it led me down a road of discovery and that’s what I love about this blog…I’m always learning new things that either I once knew (as in this case) and have forgotten, or am learning for the first time.
Star Wars is so big and I love that one movie has created a universe (literally) that just keeps expanding with new stories and information. Though I was angry at Lucasfilm yesterday for the Jedi Code fact that seemed unrealistic, I do love this universe and how much I learn every week.
INTERIOR: THEED – POWER GENERATOR ELECTRIC BEAM – HALLWAY
The electric rays cycle as QUI-GON sits meditating. The wall of the deadly rays turn away, and OBI-WAN starts running toward QUI-GON and the DARK LORD. When the wall between QUI-GON and DARTH MAUL opens, QUI-GON is in a split second fighting the DARK LORD with a ferocity not seen before. They move into the area at the end of the corridor called the melting pit, a small area that is mostly made up of a deep hole.
The electron ray gates begin to close. OBI-WAN tries to make it to the melting pit but is caught one gate short. He slides to a stop just before he hits the deadly electron field.
QUI-GON and DARTH MAUL battle around the melting pit as a frustrated OBI-WAN watches.
DARTH MAUL catches QUI-GON off guard. The SITH makes a quick move, bashes his lightsaber handle into QUI-GON’s chin, and runs him through. QUI-GON slumps to the floor in a heap.