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Favorite Episode title?

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I’m curious what do you folks think of as your favorite title?

Which you find the most interesting and perhaps brings speculation and curiosity to mind?

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I know Howard Kazanjian thought it was a weak title, but “Return of the Jedi” has always been my favorite. The name intrigued me as a kid before I watched the movie, and I love how there are different ways to interpret the title’s meaning. The titular “Jedi” can be either singular or plural, and can refer to Luke, Anakin, or the Jedi as a whole. The title is vague enough not to give away the ending, but tells you enough to grab your interest.

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The Empire Strikes Back. There’s no screwing around, you know exactly what this movie is going to be about. It’s not that I think more interpretive titles or more vague titles are bad, but I just think it’s kind of funny how absolutely straight to the point it is. If you count “Star Wars” instead of “A New Hope”, this is why I’d also say “Star Wars” has the second best title.

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Putting actual movie content aside, here’s my ranking of the titles (along with some random thoughts):

  1. The Empire Strikes Back – Perfect title for a perfect movie
  2. Return of the Jedi – This one is the most interesting for the reasons Servii mentioned^
  3. Revenge of the Sith – Very strong title, sounds cool, mirrors ROTJ
  4. The Last Jedi – Double meaning with Luke/Rey. And Luke goes from wanting to be the last Jedi, to saying “I will not be the last Jedi.”
  5. Star Wars – Great sounding name, but doesn’t encapsulate the film all that well. Yes, there’s a war going on in the stars, but that’s pretty vague (unless that’s a good thing? I don’t know)
  6. The Force Awakens – Interesting title that also sparks your curiosity. Although I don’t know how an energy field can awaken. I would’ve preferred ‘Shadow of the Empire’
  7. The Phantom Menace – Not as bad as people say IMO. Palpatine’s the menace pulling the strings in the shadows.
  8. The Rise of Skywalker – An attempt to have multiple meanings like ROTJ I guess? I find it weak and confusing.
  9. Attack of the Clones – Same style TESB was going for, but sounds way too goofy; ‘clone’ is just a comical word.

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As for ranking the titles, for me, it would go:

  1. Return of the Jedi - For the reasons I said above.
  2. The Empire Strikes Back - For the reasons Sparky pointed out. It’s a strong, straightforward title.
  3. Star Wars - Simple title. Memorable. Rolls right off your tongue, and leaves nearly everything to your imagination, which worked well in this case for people’s introduction to the setting.
  4. The Last Jedi - Has a strong air of finality to it. Conveys a sense of great importance to the story about to be told.
  5. Revenge of the Sith - Direct and aggressive. Lets you know the story will be hugely eventful. Suggests a turning point in the overarching story.
  6. The Phantom Menace - Ominous title that piques your curiosity. It does bug me, though, that “phantom” ends with the same letter that “menace” starts with, so the title doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as it should.
  7. Attack of the Clones - Not a bad title. But not really compelling, either. It accurately describes the climax of the movie, so it fulfills its basic purpose, but that’s pretty much all it does.
  8. The Force Awakens - Sounds intriguing. It’s an acceptable name for the start of a new story, but has a vaguely corporate sound to it, and as DMC said, doesn’t really make sense with what we know about the Force.
  9. A New Hope - I like that it sort of mirrors “The Phantom Menace,” but the original Star Wars really deserves a stronger title than that. “A New Hope” just sounds limp. It undersells the movie.
  10. The Rise of Skywalker - Not memorable. Doesn’t really mean anything. I guess I like that there’s a bit of assonance with “rise” and “sky,” but that’s all it has going for it. Cliche and hollow.
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^ Solid list, all great points.
My ranking isn’t set in stone; I did it rather quickly for fun. But now I’ve been rethinking the whole order 😂.
I’d bump TPM up one and move TROS down to the bottom (‘TROS’ makes zero sense). And I probably didn’t give enough thought to ‘Star Wars’. I really like the way you put it Servii, that’s what I meant by its vagueness being a good thing. But I could think about this all day long!

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the Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills Saga one The Star Wars.

Or maybe Revenge of the Jedi.

Title that was actually used probably a tie between Return of the jedi and Revenge of the Sith.

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I think my favourite is possibly Return of the Jedi. Also love Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi like a lot of others here. I remember speculating with my friends before the release of TLJ about who this ‘last jedi’ was going to be.

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I love “The Phantom Menace”. It sounds like a comic book or a detective movie from the 1940s. “The Empire Strikes Back” has some punch - it just sounds cool. I also like “The Last Jedi” and “Revenge of the Sith”. On the other hand, I think “A New Hope” sounds a little corny, and so does “Attack of the Clones”.

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I have always Liked the title The Phantom Menace and for years I considered it the worst film in the franchise.

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SparkySywer said:

The Empire Strikes Back. There’s no screwing around, you know exactly what this movie is going to be about. It’s not that I think more interpretive titles or more vague titles are bad, but I just think it’s kind of funny how absolutely straight to the point it is. If you count “Star Wars” instead of “A New Hope”, this is why I’d also say “Star Wars” has the second best title.

Yeah, this.

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Return of the Jedi, because it can be interpreted in a few ways.

You have the returning of a jedi, the returning of a jedi from the dark side, and the return of a movie series about jedi.

I’m not really that much of a movie purist.

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Return of the Jedi sound so great.

Side note, the animated series have some great titles too:

TCW - Landing at Point Rain

Rebels - Twilight of the Apprentice

The Bad Batch - Kamino Lost