There is one good thing to come out of Episode I: The Phantom Menace: Darth Maul. This fan film, Darth Maul: Apprentice showcases all of the things that we loved about the red-and-black Sith Lord.

When a team of Jedi Knights stumble upon Maul’s training world, he’s forced to protect his identity and the nature of his training. Fantastic lightsaber battles ensue.

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Did we mention that there were some great work with lighsabers here?

Beyond just the fighting, this is a really beautifully shot film - the scenery is great, and the team behind the camera knew what they were doing.

There’s been some excellent stories about Maul as well: Michael Reaves’ novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was quite a bit of fun, and the Sith Lord’s appearances in The Clone Wars were surprisingly good.

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There’s also a fantastic behind-the-scenes video about how the film was created:

[Comicbook.com]