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Just watched TROS for the first time since December, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time! Adjusting my ranking:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. The Rise of Skywalker (was 9)
  8. Solo (was 7)
  9. The Phantom Menace (was 8)
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. Revenge of the Sith
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FIVE-STARS

  1. Rogue One
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Star Wars (1977)
  4. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Rise of Skywalker
  7. The Last Jedi
  8. The Force Awakens
  9. Solo
  10. Rebels (2014 - 2018 animated TV series)
  11. Resistance (animated series)
  12. The Clone Wars (2008 - 2014 animated TV series)

FOUR-STARS

  1. Clone Wars (2003 - 2005 animated TV series)
  2. The Phantom Menace (1999)
  3. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  4. Attack of the Clones (2002)
  5. Ewoks (1985 - 1986 animated TV series)

THREE-STARS

  1. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
  2. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984 TV movie)
  3. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV movie)

TWO-STARS

  1. Droids (1985 - 1986 animated tv series)

ONE-STAR

  1. The Clone Wars (2008 animated movie)
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^ awesome list, man. It seems you haven’t left anything out either? 😃

I think a few of may soon be re-watching much of the Star Wars content and re-evaluating them given recent events.
 

Is there a similar thread for ranking Star Wars videogames?

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
A NEW HOPE
RETURN OF THE JEDI
THE LAST JEDI
REVENGE OF THE SITH
THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE PHANTOM MENACE
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Initiating self-destruct countdown…

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joefavs said:

Just watched TROS for the first time since December, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time! Adjusting my ranking:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. The Rise of Skywalker (was 9)
  8. Solo (was 7)
  9. The Phantom Menace (was 8)
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. Revenge of the Sith

After watching TROS again in quarantine with my parents, I have decided this was a ridiculous ruling and I am reversing this decision. Back to the old order it goes!

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joefavs said:

joefavs said:

Just watched TROS for the first time since December, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time! Adjusting my ranking:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. The Rise of Skywalker (was 9)
  8. Solo (was 7)
  9. The Phantom Menace (was 8)
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. Revenge of the Sith

After watching TROS again in quarantine with my parents, I have decided this was a ridiculous ruling and I am reversing this decision. Back to the old order it goes!

Yeah, TROS isn’t better than Solo. But also, neither is RO.

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DominicCobb said:

joefavs said:

joefavs said:

Just watched TROS for the first time since December, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time! Adjusting my ranking:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. The Rise of Skywalker (was 9)
  8. Solo (was 7)
  9. The Phantom Menace (was 8)
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. Revenge of the Sith

After watching TROS again in quarantine with my parents, I have decided this was a ridiculous ruling and I am reversing this decision. Back to the old order it goes!

Yeah, TROS isn’t better than Solo. But also, neither is RO.

Solo is criminally underrated.

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Hal 9000 said:

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
A NEW HOPE
RETURN OF THE JEDI
THE LAST JEDI
REVENGE OF THE SITH
THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE PHANTOM MENACE
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
ATTACK OF THE CLONES

PSYCHO_DAYV SOCK CONFIRMED! 😉

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I’ve decided that ranking these movies as some abstract exercise in filmic quality is folly. So I’m going to numerically rank them in terms of how I felt when they actually released:

First, the Star Wars:

  1. Star Wars - A stone cold timeless classic which has never been topped
  2. The Empire Strikes Back - The best Star Wars sequel and a perfect coming-of-age tale
  3. Return of the Jedi - A worthy sendoff of the trilogy with some of the best optical effects ever made

Next, the Attempt at Recapturing Star Wars:

  1. The Phantom Menace - A fascinating if flawed space adventure with a good mix of practical and digital effects
  2. Attack of the Clones - The inflection point of the saga, whiffing on almost everything except the score
  3. Revenge of the Sith - Taking all the poor choices of Clones and doubling down, officially killing the prequels

Finally, the Never Coming Close to Star Wars:

  1. The Force Awakens - The opening crawl throws Star Wars in the garbage, and it manages to get worse from there
  2. The Last Jedi - A sophomoric postmodernist deconstruction of the garbage fire that is this IP
  3. The Rise of Skywalker - An attempt so pathetic that it truly becomes so-bad-it’s-good

So yes, the Episode numbers exactly correspond with the quality of the saga, simply because each misstep of the previous entries becomes part of the story and lessens it. The story of Star Wars is legitimately worse because of the prequels, and the 1-6 ‘Saga’ is trivialized and trashed by the ST. Attack of the Clones is better than The Last Jedi simply because TLJ never had a chance to be part of a meaningful story.

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oojason said:

Hal 9000 said:

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
A NEW HOPE
RETURN OF THE JEDI
THE LAST JEDI
REVENGE OF THE SITH
THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE PHANTOM MENACE
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
ATTACK OF THE CLONES

PSYCHO_DAYV SOCK CONFIRMED! 😉

Just going with how the titles appear in the crawls. If I were a sock I’m a hell of a sock. A Force sock!

Initiating self-destruct countdown…

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After rewatching The Rise of Skywalker for the digital release, I’m beginning to like it more than I did in theaters. Because of that, here’s an updated ranking:

  1. Star Wars (1977)
    An absolute classic. I must have seen it 500 times already, and I’m still hooked every time.

  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    An almost perfect movie, but I still don’t get quite as much enjoyment out of it as I did with the original.

  3. Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Still a great movie, but not really on the level of the other two. The endless wacky aliens really bring it down.

  4. The Force Awakens (2015)
    Not very original, but it succeeded in making everyone interested in the franchise again. Too bad its sequels were so controversial.

  5. The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
    A decent conclusion to the sequel trilogy. Some of the revelations are kind of lame, but it doesn’t deserve the constant hate it’s been getting.

  6. The Last Jedi (2017)
    Some scenes are good in isolation, and I like the overall message, but the meandering subplots and cringeworthy humor don’t do it any favors.

  7. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    Much better than the other two prequels, but still not good. I like some scenes, but the movie as a whole ranges from stupid to bland.

  8. Rogue One (2016)
    Basically just two hours of “Remember this?” The characters are as bland as the color grading, but at least the final battle sequence is pretty neat.

  9. The Phantom Menace (1999)
    I don’t like the cartoonish humor or the boring plot, but it’s by far the most “filmic” prequel. The others feel like video games by comparison.

  10. Solo (2018)
    Like Rogue One, but worse. Everything bad about that movie is turned up to 11 here. I can’t remember a single moment I liked.

  11. Attack of the Clones (2002)
    The only Star Wars movie that’s completely unwatchable for me. The acting is atrocious, the plot makes no sense, and some scenes are just painful to watch.

My preferred saga experience:
TPM/AOTC/ROTS (Hal 9000 edits), ANH/ESB/ROTJ (Despecialized), The Mandalorian.
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NeverarGreat said:

I’ve decided that ranking these movies as some abstract exercise in filmic quality is folly. So I’m going to numerically rank them in terms of how I felt when they actually released:

First, the Star Wars:

  1. Star Wars - A stone cold timeless classic which has never been topped
  2. The Empire Strikes Back - The best Star Wars sequel and a perfect coming-of-age tale
  3. Return of the Jedi - A worthy sendoff of the trilogy with some of the best optical effects ever made

Next, the Attempt at Recapturing Star Wars:

  1. The Phantom Menace - A fascinating if flawed space adventure with a good mix of practical and digital effects
  2. Attack of the Clones - The inflection point of the saga, whiffing on almost everything except the score
  3. Revenge of the Sith - Taking all the poor choices of Clones and doubling down, officially killing the prequels

Finally, the Never Coming Close to Star Wars:

  1. The Force Awakens - The opening crawl throws Star Wars in the garbage, and it manages to get worse from there
  2. The Last Jedi - A sophomoric postmodernist deconstruction of the garbage fire that is this IP
  3. The Rise of Skywalker - An attempt so pathetic that it truly becomes so-bad-it’s-good

So yes, the Episode numbers exactly correspond with the quality of the saga, simply because each misstep of the previous entries becomes part of the story and lessens it. The story of Star Wars is legitimately worse because of the prequels, and the 1-6 ‘Saga’ is trivialized and trashed by the ST. Attack of the Clones is better than The Last Jedi simply because TLJ never had a chance to be part of a meaningful story.

This is a perfect post.

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