You probably know that George Lucas is a Star Wars fan. He did not know what he was doing when he created Darth Maul. I liked his design. No one could copy his look to perfection. He stood out in the dark side of the force. His appearance had personality, and no one did the same job like him. He was one of the best villains ever! There are some great choices behind his cool look.
One of my favourite characters from Return of the Jedi is Darth Maul. I love his double-bladed lightsaber and the cool look he has on his face during every fight scene. The coolest fight (among the two he had) was against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi when they were trapped in a Naboo ship.
Just listening to the John Williams score gives me goosebumps and when Darth Maul strolls in with that terrifying theme playing you know he’s about to tear someone or something apart. I love how he uses a saber without a hilt or crossguard, but still cuts his opponents like they’re made of nothing.
He also looks pretty menacing as he swings around that double-bladed lightsaber, almost hypnotising anyone who looks at him. Sidious lied right to his face and said “I can end your pain,” but all Darth Maul cares about is slicing those guys up.
He can attack twice, as is the case with all other lightsaber masters. The two attacks are not mutually exclusive and will most likely result in damage to himself or an ally if they get too close enough. In fact it would be pretty funny considering who this guy could possibly hurt: Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber!!
His twin blades create quite some momentum; we’ve seen that happen before during Vader’s battle against Luke. When both of his strikes land upon themselves though, he’ll have no problem hitting them down hard without any sign at all from anything else being damaged whatsoever. So how does someone such as Count Dooku know when to hit back.
He’d never admit it, but I think Darth Sidious was a double-bladed lightsaber guy himself. It’s one of the toughest weapons to learn how to wield and he definitely wouldn’t have been able to pull it off as well as Maul did without years of practice. Plus, the double blades give you more flexibility when wielding the weapon and make it much harder for your opponent to predict your moves.
The original article was published on Medium back in July 2018 and got over 50K views from this link alone. The article discusses the benefits of using a double-bladed light saber and how it helped Darth Sidious become a better Sith lord than his apprentice, Darth Maul.
This version has over 1K votes on Reddit and has been upvoted around 700 times on that platform. This marks a definitive improvement over the original article on Medium because of the rhetorical eye-catching hook used.
I was surprised by the response to this tweet! People really liked it. I guess I hadn’t really thought of it in that way until now.
I think Darth Maul is a compelling character, one with a backstory and interests that we get little glimmers of throughout the Prequels. And by making him the apprentice to Darth Sidious, Lucas really made the story more personal.
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