Luke Skywalker\u2019s Fight Scene in \u2018The Mandalorian\u2019 Pays Homage to Darth Vader
It took over 12 chapters for Disney’s The Mandalorian to finally give us a lightsaber fight—Ahsoka Tano squaring off against hordes of idiotic soldiers, and then, the magistrate in a palace garden duel evoking Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 showdown. Thirteen episodes and our first big fight scene was derivative. Sigh.
In The Mandalorian‘s season 2 finale, Chapter 16: “The Rescue,” Luke Skywalker makes a successful CGI face-replacement appearance, giving audiences our second major lightsaber battle. The homage this time, however, wasn’t another Tarantino film, but rather another Star Wars film: 2016’s Rogue One.
Rogue One ended with perhaps its best non-Donnie-Yen fight sequence: Darth Vader hallway massacring rebel fighters on the Tantive IV, the vessel boarded at the very beginning of the original Star Wars. The Mandalorian filmed the opening of its own hallway lightsaber battle much the same way—with Luke drawing his lightsaber facing the camera and after exiting a doorway—the sequence made to overlay Luke and Vader, father and son. The scene takes place chronologically after Vader’s slaughter and further highlights the characters’ opposing paths: one to the Syth and one to the Jedi.
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