Liam reveals his top five characters from George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy…
When George Lucas returned to the galaxy far, far away back in 1999, he created a whole new galaxy full of new and exciting characters. Here, Liam reveals his top five favourite characters from the Prequel Trilogy.
5. Obi-Wan Kenobi:
Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy is by far one of the stand-out performances and it was an absolute pleasure watching his character arc develop. Watching his story develop from being an apprentice under Qui-Gon Jinn to then taking Anakin Skywalker under his wing and seeing him rise and then fall to the dark side made for such fantastic storytelling.
The droid is by far one of my favourite overall characters in the franchise, and whenever he is on the screen it brings a huge smile to my face. C-3PO had many standout moments in the prequel trilogy, especially in Attack of the Clones during the battle of Geonosis.
3. Padme Amidala:
It was hard not to be intrigued by Padme when she was first introduced in The Phantom Menace. With her extravagant clothing and her group of handmaidens by her side, and then seeing her interactions with Anakin and Qui Gon on Tatooine in disguise as one of her handmaidens, it made her such a compelling character to watch; her story is huge throughout the films and each movie offered a different incite to Padme as a character.
Yoda’s arc in the prequel trilogy was really strong, watching him frequently switch from teacher to formidable warrior was always a pleasure to watch. His interactions with other characters really highlighted how wise and knowledgeable he is and watching him see with his own eyes the fall of the Jedi and rise of the Empire was encapsulating. Growing up during the prequel era, Yoda was by far my favourite character and as I get older I can say that he is still such an important character to me.
1. Mace Windu:
Mace was a no-nonsense type of Jedi and Samuel L Jackson’s performance as the character made for some really exciting entertainment. Everything about Mace Windu stood out to me, from his signature purple lightsaber to his unique style of lightsaber combat, Windu was a badass and I still have a lot of faith that he survived despite being thrown out of a building.
I also feel like Mace Windu gets a lot of stick for the way he treated Anakin during the prequel trilogy, but I will always point out that Mace Windu was right to be so critical of Anakin Skywalker, especially considering Anakin did eventually turn to the dark side. Mace stayed true to what he believed and in the end, it turned out to be true.
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Liam Bailey is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars and Marvel fan and is a regular attendee of UK Comic Cons. Follow him on Twitter @liambailey0408 where he uses the force frequently!