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20 Years Ago Today: We returned to a galaxy far, far away

Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

We waited 16 years…for this?

Even Ani and Padme had their doubts

Sure, The Phantom Menace featured one of the coolest-looking Star Wars villains ever, but then he was (supposedly) killed at the end. A couple of spoilers there I guess, sorry.

Darth Maul

And then there was Jar Jar Binks.

Jar Jar Binks

What was George Lucas thinking?

MONEY

Yeah, that’s what he was thinking.

Star Wars movies

The Phantom Menace is now 20 years old. I’m glad George sold the rights to Disney, and I’m glad JJ Abrams gave us The Force Awakens in 2015 and will bring us The Rise of Skywalker later this year. Let’s not talk about The Last Jedi. Ever. Please. Thank you.

Darth Maul is not dead.

Yeah, he got sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace after he thrust his lightsaber through Qui Gon Jinn’s stomach…but that doesn’t mean he’s dead.

George Lucas is bringing back Darth Maul to The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network. It will be interesting to see how he explains Maul’s escape from death. Or rather to read about how he explains it…because I don’t actually watch the show.

I’m a huge fan of the movies, all six of them (yes, even TPM). And I like the older spin-offs…”Droids” and “Ewoks” cartoons, and the made-for-TV Ewok movies. But the current The Clone Wars stuff, I just never got into it.

But since I do like Darth Maul, maybe this is George’s way of pulling me in.

Here’s the teaser trailer for The Clone Wars 2012.

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