Duel of the Fates

by wfgodbold

Say what you will about the travesty that the Star Wars prequels turned into (and they had such promise!); the writing was bad, the plot was bad, the writing was bad, the acting was so-so, and the writing was awful, but at least John Williams did his part!

Duel of the Fates was released online before The Phantom Menace hit theaters to build hype, and it did its job marvelously.

The duel between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon was easily the high point of the first prequel film.

Instead of ruining the entire franchise by associating it with the prequels, Lucas would have been better served by adapting Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. The writing was better, the plot was better; they were just better all around.


4 Comments to “Duel of the Fates”

  1. While the prequel trilogy was lacking, I don’t think it’s as bad as most people make it out to be. It did give us Duel of the Fates and Battle of the Heroes, though. Those two pieces are the best out of the whole Star Wars series.

    I, too, would love to see the Thrawn trilogy on film. Unfortunately, we may have to wait until George Lucas dies for that. He said there will be no more Star Wars films…

    • The main problem with the prequel trilogy was that no one would tell George Lucas when he was going full retard.

      While bits and pieces of the prequels are fine, they’re weighed down by Lucas trying to do romance. And he’s not very good at it.

  2. “Bits and pieces of the prequels are fine”

    That sums it up pretty well. While the overall story was fine, there are many details that ruined it (the age difference between Padme and Anakin, the podrace, and Oh God, Jar-Jar Binks). I do think that a combination of excellent acting and excellent directing could have pulled it off, though. Unfortunately, the quality of both was… somewhat lacking.

    The quality of the music, however, was equal to that of the first trilogy. John Williams came through, even if the cast and crew did not.

    And I too would love to see that Thrawn trilogy on film. Brilliant novels, just brilliant.

    • We should have expected nonsense like Jar-Jar after the Ewok fiasco in Return of the Jedi, I guess. When it came down to the wire, Lucas chose toy sales instead of of quality filmmaking.

      He chose … poorly.

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