Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss TPM chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next eight months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: The Phantom Menace 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: A Sith Vanquished DISCUSSION: March 27, 2005 - March 31, 2005 DVD TIME INDEX: 123:49 - 125:06 Synopsis: Returning to the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, the Sith Lord slashes at the generator it. Sparks fly as Obi-Wan tries with all of his might to hold on. Maul suddenly stops as Obi-Wan eyes his master's lightsaber. The hate fuels in the dark lord's eyes as the lightsaber creeps toward the pit. Obi-Wan jumps out of the pit, igniting the lightsaber and bisecting his nemesis throught the waist. A red fume emerges from Maul's body who is stunned and falls backwards in two down the shaft. Shutting off the lightsaber, Obi-Wan comes over and cradles his dying master. Qui-Gon's last wish for Obi-Wan to train the boy. He knows that he is the Chosen One and will bring balance. Obi-Wan tears up and Qui-Gon dies, not disappearing. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: The Battle for Naboo is over with the climactic conclusion to Duel of the Fates. Very emotional and for what we got, it seems all too easy after the whooping Maul gave the Jedi up to that point. A very quick final segment to the duel. After all the fighting, Maul gets caught of guard and dies sort of like Qui-Gon without the bisection. Maul's hatred is artistically developed through the flying of the sparks and his expressions. I have to mark out for Maul's death, but him falling in the pit seemed so fake. The upper half cheapened Maul visually a bit. The exchange between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan is very touching. Even though Qui-Gon's stabbing didn't get to me, his death did. Like Anakin he didn't disappear, which hopefully will be explained down the road. It's so sad how Obi-Wan gives in to his fate of training Anakin. We know what happens, but that's the last wish of dying man. Sort of like a Marcus Aurelius death in Gladiator. Fast beginning, some bad CGI in the middle and an emotional finale make this chapter the perfect finale to the war. Now we just have the wrap-up scenes and that'll do it for this film. Good chapter.