The best lightsaber fight in the entire Star Wars canon doesn’t happen in a movie. Hear me out, friends, hear me out. It’s in the 20th episode of the third season of the cartoon Star Wars: Rebels. Short version: the Sith-trained Darth Maul (you know the one, face like a hockey fan) confronts the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hiding out on Tatooine to watch over a young Luke Skywalker. After some banter, the two longtime adversaries—Maul killed Obi-Wan’s master, is a thing you probably don’t remember from the prequels—draw their swords and stare at each other for what feels like days. Maul advances, and in three strokes the duel is over.

It’s every bit the samurai-Western kind of fight that the movies no longer do, instead chasing ever more action-packed dopamine-squirts. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote or co-wrote a bunch of Star Wars movies, told me in an interview once that he saw Jedi like Obi-Wan as descending from the kind of samurai that Toshiro Mifune played in Yojimbo, and this scene has all the bushido I could ask for.

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