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Qui Gon Slicing Thru The Door With His Lightsaber - What Did You Think?

Discussion in 'The Phantom Menace' started by YodasClass, Jun 17, 2003.

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  1. YodasClass

    YodasClass Jedi Youngling

    Jun 13, 2003
    When I first saw the scene of Qui Gon using his lightsaber to cut thru the big security reinforced doors, I remember thinking, "Wow! I knew lightsabers were supposed to cut thru anything , but wow!"

    What were your reactions when you first saw that scene? That was the first scene I can remember in SW history where we see a lightsaber used to actually penetrate a wall of steel like that. Yeah, Luke used his to cut thru the big snowalker in Empire, but to see a Jedi use the "slow and easy" method of burning a hole in a big, humungus, magnetically sealed douuble door! Whew!

    Especially because we are used to seeing the sets of the space stations so clean and immaculate, and to see a lightsaber cut thru like that! It looked like lava melting. A powerful image to me. What did you think about that scene?
  2. Darth_Punk

    Darth_Punk Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 12, 2002
    I really thought it was cool. Very exiting and really gave the feel that nothing could stop the Jedi
  3. RocketGirl

    RocketGirl Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 2, 2002
    Honestly? I thought that it was kinda pathetic. I was led to believe that a lightsaber would cut through anything except another lightsaber. And, granted, it was cutting, but every other time we've seen a lightsaber in action it was completely effortless.

    I suppose a blast door would likely have some sort of resistant coating or something, but I still felt the lightsabe should have done the hot-knife-through-butter thing...
  4. YodasClass

    YodasClass Jedi Youngling

    Jun 13, 2003
    Interesting, I also thought at that point, how much cell energy is that using in the lightsaber itself? How long could he fight with it after that? Days? Weeks? Hours?

    In The Tales of The Jedi comic series, they had little packs they would carry with it to keep it constantly charged while they were out doing battle.

    Anybody have the diagram of the inner workings of a lightsaber? Is it like a ever charging battery due to the crystals inside or do they have to recharge it eveyr now and again or do they just replace the crystals?
  5. Cometgreen

    Cometgreen Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 28, 2002
    I was glad, as I always thought that that's exactly how a lightsaber would work. I always thought that the saber was incredibly hot (hence no blood from severed arms), and that scene just confirmed it. Plus, I like the shot of Qui-gon concentrating as he's letting the walls melt. It just looked cool, and really made me thank Lucas and co for picking Liam Neeson for that role.

  6. Scott3eyez

    Scott3eyez Jedi Padawan star 4

    Aug 1, 2001
    I just thought it was damn cool.
  7. AdamBertocci

    AdamBertocci Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 3, 2002
    Oddly enough, I thought the door should have offered MORE resistance. :p

    Although, let's face it, lightsabers are not among SW's more scientifcally accurate creations [face_laugh]

    Anyway, I thought the scene was nice, the image was pretty cool... but it wasn't something I gush over to the extreme.

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  8. effortless_skill

    effortless_skill Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 27, 2003
    i feel that it had more to do with power setting with qgj saber.
    jedi make there saber with thier on specs qgj probably had a high power setting on his saber for maximum power obi wan his had a slow materialization because he made his for stabilty jedi construct thier sabers to do different things
  9. DarthSil

    DarthSil Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 19, 2003
    I've always loved that scene. It shows the true strength of the lightsaber. Not that we ever doubted it.
  10. qui-gon-kim

    qui-gon-kim Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 19, 2001
    Honestly? I thought that it was kinda pathetic. I was led to believe that a lightsaber would cut through anything except another lightsaber. And, granted, it was cutting, but every other time we've seen a lightsaber in action it was completely effortless.

    That's not true. In the OT, there are many instances of lightsabers hitting walls and objects and not cutting through them. For example, in ESB, Luke dodges Vader's attack and his saber hits the wall, but all it does is cause a shower of sparks. It doesn't cut through. The same thing happens in AOTC when Dooku tries to hit Yoda, but hits his ship instead.
  11. Esperanza_Nueva

    Esperanza_Nueva Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Feb 23, 2003
    i thought that scene was awesome... but i was a bit surprised that Qui-Gon's hands didnt get a bit singed being so close the sizzling part of the door ;)
  12. Lord_Hydronium

    Lord_Hydronium Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 11, 2002
    I love the brief statement of the Force theme in this scene, and in fact all the music for this particular part. The scene itself is great as well: the true power of the Jedi is displayed for the first time here (chronologically, that is). Qui-Gon has almost cut through the doors, solving the whole problem right then and there, when the droidekas come and ruin the whole thing. Had Qui-Gon been able to get through and use agressive negotiations, the invasion never would have happened, the Trade Federation would have been forced to leave (Gunray would be too much of a coward against two Jedi), with the crisis over Palpatine never would have got his chance to call for a vote of no confidence, he wouldn't have come to power, and Anakin would never have been found. Essentially, in this moment the entire saga is decided, and two droidekas manage to set the whole thing in motion.

    Of course, this may be placing a bit too much importance on this one scene. It's a great scene nonetheless.
  13. flyingillini

    flyingillini Jedi Youngling

    Jun 18, 2003
    An excellent scene. As stated before it shows the full power of a Jedi Knight of which I was glad to see after seeing the potential of Jedi in the OT.
  14. Darth_Deagol

    Darth_Deagol Jedi Master star 2

    Dec 22, 2002
    It's kind of funny that this has come up because when I saw TPM for the first time is was with one of my brothers.

    The first thing he said to me after we got out of the theatre was, "Hey, now we know."

    "Know what?" I ask him inquizitivly.

    "What happens when you stick a lightsaber right into a wall."

    "Oh yeah, that was really cool."

    I guess I asked him once what he thought would happen if you took an unactivated lightsaber, pointed it at something really big and soild and turned it on. Now we know. Thanks, Mr. Lucas.
  15. medleyoz

    medleyoz Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 31, 2002
    I always love this scene. I like the fact that Obi-Wan is still defending of droids as QGJ is melting the door.
  16. V Wing Fighter Pilot

    V Wing Fighter Pilot Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 6, 1999
    It was a great scene to open the Star Wars movie saga once again with. Quite Cool.
  17. Bjork

    Bjork Jedi Padawan star 4

    Oct 21, 2002
    Apart from looking very, very cool I think that it was a great addition. :D We got a demonstration of what extended uses a lightsaber can have (never be bothered by unopenable bottles again, just take a lightsaber and... 8-}), plus just how powerful and determined the Jedi were - which is crucial for introducing them for the first time in Episode I.
  18. generallee5

    generallee5 Jedi Youngling star 3

    May 27, 2003
    I thought this scene was really cool. I liked it when Qui-Gonn stabs the thing after the blast doors close. I was wondering why he didn't burn his hands. Cool scene.
    It made me wonder, though. In ANH, when the blast door closed on Vader right after he killed Obi-Wan because Luke shot the door controls, why didn't he just cut through it with his lightsaber?
  19. Otis_Frampton

    Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 7, 2001
    I think it's one of the most beautiful images in the film, actually. Qui-Gon is completely calm as he slowly turns the saber, totally focused on the task at hand and his mission as a Jedi Knight. At that moment, he is the embodiment of everything Yoda talks about in ESB.

    I also like the dichotomy between that scene and the opening of ANH. In one movie, the good guys are cutting through the door to get to the bad guys. In the other film, the reverse is happening.

  20. GnD_Cd_402

    GnD_Cd_402 Jedi Youngling

    Jun 21, 2003
    I loved the look on Qui Gon's face. Also, I agree with how it shows the true power of both the Jedi and the lightsaber.
  21. Lank_Pavail

    Lank_Pavail Jedi Knight star 7

    Sep 26, 2002
    A truly excellent scene. I agree with L_H, the entire course of event were changed by thse critical few seconds.
    This shows us the power of a sabre unlike anything else. And the sheer danger one courts by trying to oppose a Jedi.
  22. padawanskywalker

    padawanskywalker Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 16, 2003
    I thought, Wow!Qui-Gon!You eating a metal sandwich? YodasClass is correct with wow
  23. Durwood

    Durwood Jedi Master star 5

    May 18, 2002
    When I saw this scene for the first time, one word came to mind: "Awesome!"
  24. -Ace-

    -Ace- Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jan 21, 2002
    I've always loved this scene. Especially after Qui-Gon is cutting a circle in the door, but they close the blast doors. The look on his face was great it was like, "They closed the blast doors. How dare they."

    Definately one of the best scenes in the saga.
  25. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 29, 2000
    Great scene. I also loved later on when Qui-Gon twirled his lightsaber, extinguished it, and put it back in his belt in one quick move, then Force- pushed two battledroids escorting the Queen's entourage with just a casual gesture.
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