STAR WARS: BATTLE FOR # 1
by Dr. Jayce
Over the past few decades the stories of Jedi vs. Sith have raged on, but today we will discuss a different battle of good vs. evil.
I am posting a fire starter. I am pitting each of the Star Wars movies against each other. My Co-hosts will likely disagree and you might too, but I ask this of you…prove it! Prove your order and why. Here is mine:
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – Episode V (1st Place)
Most won’t argue that the 2nd installment of the original movies is the best of the bunch. It is somewhat darker and deeper than any of the other movies (especially the first three).
Best part: Everything! This movie has everything, Ice planets, swamp planets, and planets in the sky! Not to mention the famous reveal by Vader himself.
Worst part: Luke’s reaction to the BIG news: “NOOOO!” See for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6sj89xgnl4
Kind of laughable really. LOL.
REVENGE OF THE SITH – Episode III (2nd Place)
This is where many will fall off their rockers in protest of my personal list, but that’s okay…this is MY list!
Darth Vader’s final steps into the dark shadows of the force is displayed in REVENGE OF THE SITH. Many find this to be the best of the newer trilogy, but I rank it even higher.
Best part: The battles are awesome. Yoda vs. the Emperor and Anakin vs. Obi Wan is EPIC! Easily the most fulfilling fighting sequences of the entire trilogy. Ultimate good vs. Devilish Evil and Mentor vs. Protégé’. You just can’t beat it.
Worst part: Dialogue: “Sith Lords are our specialty.” Just plain awful.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – Episode IV (3rd Place)
The one that started it all will go down as one of the best movies of all time as far as cultural impact, but it isn’t even the best movie of its franchise.
Best part: The scenes that included Luke, Solo, Princess, Chewy, and the robots. This group was magical together and I think the chemistry between the three leads is part of the reason this movie was so memorable.
Worst part: The magically moving shrubs. If you rewatch this classic you will find tons of mistakes. Part of which was due to the budget. If you don’t believe me check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyg20cqFxdk
THE FORCE AWAKENS – Episode VII (4th Place)
After years of Star Wars being absent from the big screen the force makes a return. Most people liked the movie, but some said it was too similar to what had already been done. I see both sides, but this movie was loads of fun. I will reserve being too critical until I see where this new series ends up, but I felt this was a perfect way to restart things. Got us back to what we love about Star Wars.
Best Part: Han Solo….I’ll leave it at that.
Runner up: Ky Lo Ren twitter page: https://twitter.com/emokylo?lang=en
Worst Part: A planet weapon….I mean with all of the creativity in this franchise, can they not think up a new way to strike fear into the hearts of people?
ATTACK OF THE CLONES – Episode II (5th Place)
Hayden Christensen makes his debut in the second installment of the newer trilogy to mixed reviews.
Best part: Jango Fett! Let’s just say this right now, the Fett’s are just downright cool. On top of that we get to see a whole slew of Jedi battle it out. Very satisfying.
Worst part: Hayden Christensen. Though he improved in time for SITH, in ATTACK OF THE CLONES he seems more “whiney” than threatening and more” immature” than powerful.
ROGUE ONE – A Star Wars Story (6th Place)
Wow. Now we get standalone Star Wars movies. This movie was very cool in showing us how the Rebellion got the plans to the Death Star and it helped explain one of the biggest weaknesses of A NEW HOPE: the easy solution in blowing the metal planet up. This was far more of a war movie than the other installments. In truth, this may be one of the better films in the franchise, but it wasn’t as fun. This was a better film than Clones, but Clones was a joyride.
BEST PART: The end battle and tie ins to A NEW HOPE.
WORST PART: The middle. There were points when the guy next to me actually fell asleep…three times!
THE PHANTOM MENACE – Episode I (7th Place)
After years of rumors and speculations George Lucas finally delivers his prequels to his master piece STAR WARS.
Best part: Darth Maul. The double edged light saber alone was something that captivated the audience. The fighting scenes with Ray Park as Darth Maul were genuinely awesome to watch.
Worst part: Little Anakin vs. Jar Jar Binks. I really can’t tell you which one was worse, but they both were obviously distracting. I find it odd though that Jar Jar Binks was actually liked by younger viewers, but thankfully Lucas listened to the majority of fans and made Binks a peripheral character later on.
RETURN OF THE JEDI – Episode VI (8th Place)
This one is the most painful for me to rank. When I originally watched all of the Star Wars’ movies this was possibly my favorite, but I think that of all the movies this one holds up the least over time.
Best part: The redemptive conclusion to the sad life of Anakin Skywalker.
Worst part: Ewoks. As fun as they were when I was a kid, I can’t honestly overlook the horrible and unbelievable fight scenes where EWOKS throw rocks and sticks at FULLY armored soldiers and come out victorious. The soldiers literally just fall over after getting hit with a rock?!