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This is Madness: Sith Apprentices and Episode IV

In Sci-Fi on March 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

Welcome to the “This is Madness” quarterfinals!  After defeating Gen. Grievous in round one, Darth Vader moves on to face his rival apprentice, Darth Maul.  Obi-Wan Kenobi killed his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, to move on to fight Han Solo in round two.

Dark Side: Darth Vader vs. Darth Maul

Both Vader and Maul have the distinction of being apprentices to a master who was perpetually disappointed in them. Emperor Palpatine trained Maul in multiple lightsaber forms and used the zabrak to orchestrate the Naboo trade blockade, but the Sith apprentice was never good enough for Palpatine to bother showing him the true potential of the dark side.

Palpatine saw much more promise in Anakin Skywalker, a young and impressionable padawan with force powers that were off the scale and a certain ferocity in battle. However, much of Palpatine’s enthusiasm waned when Skywalker got burnt to a crisp on Mustafar and lost much of his power. After that, he never appreciated all the errands Vader ran for him (things like meeting with the battle station contractor, picking up rebel scum or trying to find that perfect dark side crystal).

Verdict:

darth maul, sith apprentice, saberstaff, star wars episode IDarth Maul wins despite setbacks! While Skywalker survived pod races, the Clone Wars and liquid hot magma – and kept his cool (no irony intended) for more than 20 years while Darth Sidious ordered him around – he just isn’t as spry as he used to be. In a head-to-head duel, Maul’s blistering pace and force-powered acrobatics would eventually overwhelm Vader. Vader, unable to tap into the dark side for sustained defense, would succumb to Maul’s saberstaff. Vader is more machine than man now, after all.

Light Side: Han Solo vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Han Solo is everybody’s favorite brigand. Solo spent a considerable amount of time successfully evading the Empire after he dropped out of the Imperial army. He worked in smuggling, so he knows a thing or two about reading people and staying ahead of the competition – or maybe not, because he did lose Jabba’s cargo on a job.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has the patience of a saint by the time he meets Solo. Despite spending 19 years in the desert – a time that eroded his dashing good looks and some of his skill – Kenobi has one power that cannot be denied. He learned how to transfer his essence into the force upon death, a trick that stupefied and seriously pissed off Vader in Episode IV.

Verdict:

obi-wan kenobi, obi-wan kenobi tattoine, jedi knight kenobi, star wars episode IVKenobi wins with his trademark stoicism. Not only does Kenobi possess the ability to unnerve Solo, the years on Tattoine did not steal all his skills. While Solo would move for evasion and use his blaster, we’ve seen Kenobi block hundreds of blaster shots. No doubt he could aim one back on Solo and take him out without slicing off his arm like he would an unruly cantina patron.

Don’t be afraid to go out and vote!

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