Undeniable Fact About AOTC #1: It Gave The World Fightin’ Yoda

I saw AOTC in the theater 11 times and every single time, no matter where I saw it and no matter how many people were sitting there watching the film at the time, the audience went nuts when Yoda ignited his lightsaber and dueled Count Dooku.

For all of the complaining people do about CGI, it liberated Yoda’s character and allowed him to do things he’d never been able to do as a puppet. Like this big crowd-pleasing scene. By the way, everyone fought Lucas on the idea of Yoda fighting, mostly because they didn’t think it could’ve been pulled off. It turned into the moment of the film for many filmgoers and one of the most memorable scenes of the saga.

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7 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About AOTC #1: It Gave The World Fightin’ Yoda”

  1. james Says:

    Cant inmagine the world without a fighting yoda, it gives a whole new emotianal meaning to Yodas “wars not make one great.” I always believed every jedi had lightsabers, after all Obiwan did say they were the “weopens of a jedi knight.” I was suprised to learn people didn’t think yoda should have a lightsaber. Love this duel.

  2. peacetrainjedi Says:

    I love the way Dooku easily dispatches Anakin and Obi-Wan, then only a few minutes later, Yoda slowly walks into the hangar and puts Dooku into his place just as easily in a fantastic Force contest and lightsaber duel. If it weren’t for Dooku threatening Obi and Anakin as a means for his escape, Yoda could have ended the Clone Wars right then and there. Easily one of Yoda’s finest moments onscreen.

    • Keith Palmer Says:

      “Yoda could have ended the Clone Wars right then and there” does remind me of some old discussion over whether he should have sacrificed Anakin and Obi-Wan, given his spiels in Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back on the necessity of letting go of loved ones… Remembering those movies are set after this one is all the explanation I need; I can imagine Yoda dwelling on his decision afterwards… although I can also believe he’s as human (if you’ll pardon the expression) as anyone else and can think of hard necessities in armchair surroundings that are simply buried by what might after all be the actual right thing to do in moments of decision.

      • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

        Good thought about ROTS and TESB being later. It certainly makes Yoda’s character a lot more complex in any way. What some fans hate about Yoda in the PT is that Yoda’s not perfect anymore, imo.

        It’s paradoxic. There is a segment of the fans who always claim they want “real characters”, yet they’ll universally name Han Solo (who is probably the most stereotyped and comic-booked character of the series) as their “favourite” and hate on everything that’s truly “real human” (all Anakin; Yoda’s fault in the PT; Padmé’s ultimate death, Jar Jar’s clumsiness etc.)

      • Keith Palmer Says:

        Although it’s certainly been debated in the past, I’ve been willing to consider that Yoda saving the truth about Luke’s father “for later” as a suggestion then and there that he’s something other than just “the wise and perfect mentor.” Of course, that may tie into my personal thought the second Star Wars trilogy is ultimately an effort to emphasize an interpretation of the first trilogy as “about the characters, not the interstellar insurgency” that was there all along but might have become obscured in the obsession on the technology and individual “cool/amusing” moments.

      • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

        And your interpreation about Yoda’s “saving the truth about Luke’s father ‘for later'” is a kind one!

        A hater would say: “There is this giat plot hole of Yoda not telling Luke the truth about his father. I mean why wouldn’t he tell their “50 %only hope” the truth? It was clear that Vader would destabilize Luke emotionally with the truth, which would then either lead to Luke’s death or his turn to the dark side. Why didn’t Yoda tell him and prepare him for it? It’s just stupid, but this movie is oviously made up of idiots. Ben didn’t tell him either and Luke wants to go and fight a whole Empire and the much more powerful Vader himself. Why were Han and Leia cought anyway? Because they were stupid enough to miss Boba Fett following them. Anyway: Yoda is just stupid and this is supposed to be the “grad Jedi master”. Makes you wonder how stupid the other Jedi are. He should have told Luke the truth period.
        Apparently Kershner and his yes men who made thisdidn’t care about logic in this film and all they wanted was preserving their super-cool twist with lot’s of special effects and explostions.”

        it’s kind of fun to spoof Mr. RLM 🙂

      • Wizardman Says:

        It’s always confused me that people think “Wars not make one great,” equals “I’ve never fought in a war; I’ve never fought anyone, period.” What if the reason he says what he says in Empire is because he’s had that experience? Hell, that experience probably wasn’t even the Clone Wars. Yoda’s had a very long life and I’m sure he’s had the misfortune of getting violent many, many times before the Clone Wars. At the end of Attack of the Clones he seems depressed that the war had begun. “Victory, you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory.” He already feels that wars are a travesty; he just let’s himself get swept up in the politics of the Republic and the Jedi Order and he gets involved.

        I don’t see that much has changed about Yoda’s character. We just see more of it.

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