If you have ever watched any of George Lucas’ interviews about the making of the Star Wars Saga Episodes 1 through 6, you will know that George Lucas relied heavily upon his study and knowledge of religion (mainly a mix of Christianity and Buddhism) which is woven into the fabric of Star Wars and which the essence thereof is missing from episodes 7 and beyond. On an interesting side note, the convoluted history of Buddhism shows that the figure of Siddhartha Gautama ended up being intertwined in Catholic Sainthood (I said it was convoluted).
Back to the topic of Star Wars, I do not consider episodes 7 and beyond to be relevant or worthy of mentioning because they are cinematic duds. They have absolutely no depth and no meaning and they cannot even understand what Star Wars is about. George Lucas, during his infamous interview with Charlie Rose in 2015 (where he referred to Disney as “white slavers”), said that Star Wars is a soap opera about grandfathers, fathers and sons (which is basically a patriarchy). The wars are not the basis for the films. You can see an excerpt from that interview here.
The new episodes (7 and beyond) are anything but that. The new episodes are void of any spiritual depth because they are about war, political correctness and they are pro-feminism. They forget that movies are supposed to help their audience escape from the world they are living in and immerse their audience in the story itself. They also forget that the force is NOT female. That is not what the force is. It has nothing to do with gender identity politics. The new films do not even make any logical sense if you have been following the Star Wars canon from the original trilogies. But I digress.
The original point of this post is to appreciate the stunning fight sequence choreography between Darth Maul (an apprentice of Darth Sidious aka Emperor Palpatine) and Obi Wan and Qui Gon. This fight sequence is legendary because it is from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and shows the viewer just how Jedi spirituality is intercut with intense, rhythmic fighting on a galactic scale. The cinematography of the fight sequence choreography is visual poetry. Watching the intensity of the battle come to an abrupt halt while Qui Gon and then Obi Wan kneel in meditation before the force field doors open, only to resume the relentless battle with their adversary is what made this saga the greatest in cinematic history. Underneath it all, it is a simple story of Good vs Evil. There is no in-between.
Check out the original fight sequence here
Finally, there are some fans who shot this interpolation of the Darth Maul character on YouTube. I have seen a lot of “Star Wars” fan features on YouTube, but this one really does the trick. It is definitely worthy of future exploration. Maybe Disney can hire these folks to direct and make Star Wars Great Again (…yeah, right).