1. Well presumably, whoever was going to help him could catch him post fall. Also, seeing as how both he and Kenobi suffered some pretty big falls in TPM (and Anakin did in AOTC) without even seemign phase,d I'm not sure it would be much of an issue anyway. As for Anakin and a metal hand, I'm not sure. I would say though, that I'm trying to stay (relatively) spoiler-free, so while this is fine, if this discussion continues, don't break out anything but the most minor points on me. We do not know how long that shaft that maul fell down was it could of been a few hundred meters or it could of been a few hundred miles. 2. I would say Kenobi was clearly angry towards the end of the duel. And he was clearly outclassed regardless. Also, others seem to think Luke beat Vader well enough. True but maul and obi had no ties to each other like vader and luke did. I will say this now if luke was not the son of vader then vader would have done away with luke in esb. 3. I don't think that scenario is possible since Maul is still Sidious's apprentice. Further, that would mean Sidious has been maxed out for several decades now, and that, if the Jedi have the same learning curve, Obi-wan as an apprentice had the same skill as Yoda at his peak. Which obviously isn't the case. Yes but we know that a sith apprentice is not the same as a jedi apprentice, we know that the rule of 2 states that only 2 can there be a master and an apprentice so if maul had lived to reach rotj he would still be the apprentice to sid. While Anakin does have some Sith training, that Sith training is for a shorter duration and in any case less intense than Maul's Sith training (since Sidious had less time to do training). In any case, to integrate the two styles into something that would capitalize on both (like you seem to be suggesting) would require extreme familiarity with both forms of combat. As it is, Anakin just wouldn't have the familiarity with Sith combat forms. It would be like trying to blend Kendo and European fencing, when all you knew about the former is that they used katanas, and the duels were usually more phyiscally intense. You just don't know enough to achieve the right kind of synthesis. So what you'd get instead is someone that's very capable in the Jedi Arts (which, Maul, mind you, has been trained from birth to combat) and some limited familiarity with the basics of the Sith Arts (in which Maul could easily outclass him). Anakin has had 10 years of jedi traning and 20 year of sith traning. dooku was the same but he was a jedi for longer he semed to merge the two rather well he did take out two jedi. 3. True. But Dooku didn't look particularly angry when he used Force lightning. In fact, he too seemed almost pleased when he was saying how his powers had surpassed Yoda's. The larger question, too, I think, is how much do you think Force-users abilities fluctuate based on their emotions? It would seem rather erratic if Palpatine could go from near zero power because he was happy to something unrivaled in the GFFA of the time just because he was angry Luke refused his offer. Or what about Kenobi in TPM? He can't realistically have cleared away all "negative" emotions by the time he made his final attack on Maul. We do not know how powerful the lightning that sid uses is it might not be blockable if that is the case that would make it more powerful than dookus. And rage has a lot to do with power in rotj when luke was hiding from vader and vader found out that luke had a sister luke went mentle his rage and anger mader him powerful. Jedi Trials: I don't think they had to do too much with the Dark Side directly. Seems like you'd risk too many people actually falling to the Dark Side, so that it would hurt more than help you. But they would stil know of it and if it is not in the trials then they would do it when they where younger.