10 Most Underrated Lightsaber Duels In Star Wars History
Whatever your personal feelings on The Last Jedi might be, the movie's climax is unforgettable. We see Luke Skywalker face his former student Kylo Ren in front of the bunker in which the few surviving members of the Resistance are hiding.
The duel between the two is brief, but it achieves a lot more than it gets credit for from the film's harshest critics.
Firstly, it's a fight in which Luke embodies the philosophies of the Jedi Order - "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack”, Yoda taught him - and that's something that this scene got very right. Luke makes no move to attack Ren, simply dodging his attacks and gently goading him, allowing his student's anger to buy the Resistance more time to escape.
The scene draws a number of parallels between Vader and Obi-Wan's duel in A New Hope, and even after the slightly underhanded reveal that Luke was never really there, it all makes solid narrative sense.