Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss AOTC chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next eight months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: Attack of the Clones and Chapter 50: End Credits. Each discussion will last 5 days. At the end of 5 days, the following chapter will be posted. Chapter 45: Duel with Dooku DISCUSSION: March 27, 2005 - March 31, 2005 DVD TIME INDEX: 124:42 - 127:34 Synopsis: Count Dooku and his assistant droid are preparing the Solar Sailer for lightoff. Moments later, the two Jedi enter the hangar with lightsabers ignited. Anakin tells the Sith Lord that he's going to pay for his crimes today. Ready to attack, Anakin charges at Dooku, only to be electrocuted by Force Lightning to the other side of the hangar. The duel is now one-on-one. Dooku shoots Force Lightning at Kenobi, who deflects it with his saber. Obi-Wan doesn't think Dooku has greater powers than he. The Sith Lord ignites his curved lightsaber and clashes with Master Kenobi. Obi-Wan attacks and the two combatants clash with every swing of the blade. Dooku tells his adversary that he's disappointed in him. Fueled by Dooku's banter, Obi-Wan strikes Dooku, who continues to egg him on. Kenobi breaks away from Dooku, climbing over the Solar Sailer ramp as Anakin continues to feel the effect of the lightning. On the dunes outside of the battle, a Clone Trooper comes over to Padme's aid and asks if she's okay. He suggests a return to the Forward Command Center, but Padme orders to head for the hangar. Back in the Geonosian hangar, Dooku and Obi-Wan continue their duel. Obi-Wan meets his match as he is struck in the leg and arm. Dooku is ready to make the kill, but Anakin flies over and makes the save. The Sith Lord said his sacrifice was brave and he should have learned his lesson by now. Anakin tells him that he's a slow learner. The padawan then engages in a duel with Dooku. Obi-Wan reaching for his blade, throws it to Anakin, who now duels with two lightsabers. The duel intensifies, but it's not long before Anakin loses a lightsaber and the hangar loses power. With only the lights from their blades as the only illumination, the duel continues. Anakin and Dooku clash intensely. Back in the light, Dooku cuts off Anakin's fighting hand and Force Pushes him over to Obi-Wan. Dooku shuts off his lightsaber with some sadness. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: It's not as flashy and lenghty as the duel from Phantom Menace. We don't have an acrobatic villain like Darth Maul who was more for show than story. However, Dooku and this duel are memorable in other ways. I think this is the moment we've been waiting for, Anakin's first on-screen duel. Opening up with Force Lightning does cheapen the surprise in ROTJ. But it's ironic that Anakin is electrocuted at the start of his onscreen duel and the finale of his final duel. Dooku's fight with Kenobi is done well. I love the fighting banter Dooku uses. Brings us closer to Vader than Maul. Anakin's duel with Dooku is shot rather different. After the power is out, the only thing we can see is their faces illuminated by the lightsabers. Having that feel, takes us away from the boring hangar feel, especially after all that flash in Phantom Menace. The other thing that got to me was the shortness of the duel. It seemed like it just started and it was already over. Like ESB and ROTJ between Luke and Vader, a rematch should be in order. Not bad for Anakin's first on-screen duel and Kenobi's first duel as the master. But everything is forgiven with the next contestant, the Great Warrior himself in the next chapter. Good chapter.