Flickographics
How long are the lightsaber duels in Star Wars? Infographic

The Lightsaber Duels

My first flickograph had to be for Star Wars. Being the films that have probably generated more fan-related online content than any other. Also I used to be fairly obsessed with the films as a teen (well done the special editions) before getting over them/getting disillusioned (well done the prequels).

I started creating this graphic with the hypothesis that as the films went on (in real-world chronology rather than in-film) the amount of lightsaber action increased climaxing at a peak of ridiculousness in the third part. In fact the reality is a bit more messy but I liked that this chart is a record of all the lightsaber duels in the films and it does show just how ridiculous that third episode got. Importantly you also get to see which colour weapon they each had. If anything, I suppose the battles don’t take up as much screen time as you might think.

I’ve also included the comparison of the two greatest light-wielders in the series: Obi Wan and Anakin/Darth Vader. Perhaps unsurprisingly Anakin/Vader has the longer time fighting across the series, being as he fights in five films to Obi Wan’s four.

The duration was calculated by timing from when the first person in the duel lit their lightsaber to when the last person lowered their weapon. Gaps where they weren’t actually fighting were counted if they were facing off against each other/looking at each other but weren’t counted if one had run away/was in another room.

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21 July 2012