If you're only familiar with the Star Wars movies, you may only know Qui-Gon as Obi-Wan's master and the Jedi who discovered Anakin Skywalker. But Qui-Gon deserves recognition for much more than that. Having studied under Count Dooku, Qui-Gon mastered the art of lightsaber battle, particularly the fourth form known as Ataru. This hard-hitting style of combat is capable of decisively ending a fight quickly, but also has weaknesses in defense. Darth Maul took advantage of those weaknesses when he killed Jinn in close combat. Despite his untimely death, Qui-Gon Jinn's true power was not revealed until after he was killed. He had spent a good portion of his life studying the nature of the Force and the possibility of merging with it upon death. He became the first Jedi—in the current canon, at least—to do so, returning as a voice to Master Yoda. His teachings after death allowed both Yoda and Obi-Wan to return as Force Ghosts after their passing. Without his tutelage, Luke Skywalker would never have been able to complete his training.
” I count Christopher Lee (Count Dooku) and Ian McDiarmid (Senator/Chancellor Palpatine) as the great exceptions. These two talented actors have been around in the industry long enough that they can turn in a great performance even with bad direction or poorly written dialog. I think both steal every scene they are in.”
A Jedi Master during the Clone Wars, Quinlan Vos had a unique Force ability that allowed him to see visions and memories of individuals by handling something they had touched. He went on an undercover mission to the planet Dathomir, where he trained with Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress. The pair attempted to assassinate Count Dooku, but were foiled when faced with the combined might of Dooku and General Grievous. Dooku captured Quinlan and used his influence in the Dark Side to force him to be his apprentice. Later, Count Dooku would turn on his apprentice and try to kill him, but Ventress blocked the Sith Lord's Force Lightning with her own body, sacrificing herself. Vos then fought Dooku in one-on-one combat, defeating him and freeing himself from the Sith influence. While he had an opportunity to kill the Count, he decided not to, and instead left to rejoin the Jedi Order. Quinlan was one of the few Jedi to ever defeat Dooku in combat, and in the Legends/Expanded Universe canon, he also managed to survive Order 66 and made his hideout on the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk.
For the bad, I totally agree that the dialog and wooden acting were horrible and will not stand the test of time. I count Christopher Lee (Count Dooku) and Ian McDiarmid (Senator/Chancellor Palpatine) as the great exceptions. These two talented actors have been around in the industry long enough that they can turn in a great performance even with bad direction or poorly written dialog. I think both steal every scene they are in.