Pretty much all of us can agree that the Star Wars “prequels” were underwhelming at best. The films are an overstuffed political diatribe, problematic from day one with the introduction of Jar-Jar Binks and then further burdened with the difficult task of showing a boy become a man who then becomes Darth Vader, one of the most evil and iconic images of all time.

The films, when taken individually however, do give us several great moments of Star Wars bliss; we here at What Culture have provided you with our choices for most memorable.

10a. Jedi Master Mace Windu Arrives on the Scene

Film: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones

With the arrival of Samuel L. Jackson’s purple lightsaber wielding Jedi Master Mace Windu on the planet of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, it was very apparent that business had picked up. Though he utters a nearly laughable line with “This party’s over” while holding his lightsaber to the throat of bounty hunter Jango Fett, it is still a priceless scene. We would expect nothing less from the badass that is Samuel L. Jackson.


10b. Jedi Master Mace Windu confronts Chancellor Palpatine

Film: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith

Bringing 3 additional Jedi with him to arrest Palpatine, it’s obvious Mace Windu is all business when confronting the Chancellor about being the Dark Lord of the Sith the Jedi have been looking for. The scene itself was way too short on action (really, Palpatine single handedly and ridiculously killed 3 Jedi with little effort?), but it was still a defining moment of the Prequel Trilogy.

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This article was first posted on December 3, 2012