Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Qui-Gon’s Death

After Obi-Wan has dispatched Darth Maul, he rushes to be by his dying master’s side. Mortally wounded, Qui-Gon asks Obi-Wan to ensure Anakin is trained because he is the Chosen One, then off to Star Wars Valhalla Qui-Gon goes.

It’s the sad conclusion to what’s an otherwise triumphant ending of the battle of Naboo. Anakin destroys the Trade Federation control ship, the Gungans defeat the droid army, and Queen Amidala literally retakes her own castle. But it comes at a cost for the good guys and of the main three of the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan is the one who faces sorrow and loss.

Another scene that rides on performance and writing, I thought it was pitch perfect because it really shows the full extent of the affection master and padawan had for each other. The Jedi are not particularly emotional by training but Obi-Wan, who is losing the only father figure he’s known, openly weeps. The only other time he ever gets emotional is the end of his confrontation with Anakin in ROTS. He’s going to be alone and overwhelmed with the responsibility Qui-Gon is leaving him, because arguably he’s not really ready for it. Qui-Gon does what he can to comfort his student by gently wiping away Obi-Wan’s tears. It’s a sweet and humanizing scene, the sort Lucas rarely gets credit for accomplishing.

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4 Responses to “Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Qui-Gon’s Death”

  1. Andromakhe (@KentressCrazy) Says:

    That is one of my favorite scenes in the saga. We don’t see much of their partnership, but I bought it in one movie largely because of that scene and the one before it, where Obi-Wan apologizes for breaking protocol and Qui-Gon praises him for his wisdom and says he’ll do well as a Jedi. Even the arguing over Anakin’s training spoke of comfort with each other, enough to voice disagreement and risk overstepping one’s position.

    Sure, Obi-Wan didn’t have the maturity yet to deal with Anakin’s special circumstances, but I think what many people miss is that Qui-Gon believed enough in Obi-Wan to entrust Anakin to him. It can also be seen as emotional blackmail, but I really don’t think that suits the evidence of teamwork in the rest of the movie. When, for example, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan team up verbally to get Jar Jar to take them to the Gungans, or during the Council scene when Obi-Wan says he’s ready for the Trials because Qui-Gon has just recommended him.

    Yes, I think about those two too much. A great, heartbreaking goodbye for sure.

  2. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    Great scene and probably one of the most tragic moments in the six-movie saga.

  3. peacetrainjedi Says:

    Liam Neeson does an excellent job with Qui-Gon’s last words. It’s like you can feel the life going out of him as he utters, “…Train him…”

  4. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    Haaaaave you met Ted?: http://nilbogsstorybookland.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-qui-gon-jinn-could-have-saved-galaxy.html?m=1

    Actually, was this one of the ones you linked in a main post? Ah, whatever, it’s relevant here in case people missed it.

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