^ I actually thought “fair enough” in the ranking and comments on the prequels, thinking you’d grown up with them and are one of the few prequel lovers on here brave enough to tell it from their perspective. But as soon as I saw the ANH ranking and first sentence I knew it was an AF joke 😉
This has spawned some non-joking discussion
I did grow up with the Prequels, with ROTS having a significant influence on me. I do enjoy the overall story of these films, but the acting, set design, and pacing kills it for me. As an adult, I can barely take some of the choices (I don’t like sand) as serious. Yet I enjoy the era. The PT books / shows / games have always been my favorite. Not that I’ve ever disliked the OT era- I’ve just always viewed the characters, planets, and conflicts of the prequels more interested.
So much era ranking would be:
While my actual film ranking is the April Fools one in reverse.
The other big issue (and now I’ll sound like a broken record as this has been discussed to death recently) for me is that that era feels so aesthetically different from the rest of the saga. Some of the non-film stuff tries to bridge the gap more but it still feels to me a bit like a separate franchise in some respects.
From a saga perspective it is funky, but it also clearly gives the PT something different to stand on.
I play Battlefront 17, and there are three eras: the PT, OT, and ST. When you play in a PT or OT map you clearly feel the difference. But the ST is just a glorified OT. There is nothing unique going on.
I play that game too, and at this point the content is definitely lopsided in favor of the PT era (I guess because of fan backlash). Really the most unique aspect of that era is the droids, and they do look cool, but when you move outside of a game like that and into things where they’re actually telling stories, the Separatists are easily the least interesting faction of the bunch (though not for lack of potential).
You can always chalk it up to technological advancements. As a planet we are advancing rapidly in 19 years- a galaxy would be doing some crazy stuff in that time. Enough to make it seem like a different place. Add in a new government and POV and it makes sense.
You can rationalize it that way, but the galaxy has always just been a stand in for our world.
With the ST, it is a shame nothing new is ever developed. Even the First Order, the supposed powerhouse, is still using TIE Fighters. After 30 years?
Look how much fighter jets have changed in 30 years (not much). To me what feels more false is that basically none of the PT ships show up 19 years later (save the blockade runner and star destroyer I guess). At least TCW added the Y-wing.
It’s kinda apples and oranges comparing the PT to the ST right now. Think about how many prominent elements of that era didn’t exist until ROTS or much later - phase 2 clones, the ARC-170 starfighter, the V-wing, the tri-fighter, the CIS cruisers (and their navy in general)… all from ROTS, plus from TCW you get a lot of the clone squadrons, the droid bomber, the Y-wing as I said, the droid commando, clones with personalities, etc. Point being, there’s more to come from the ST era.