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My Ranking of the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

It’s been a very long time since I ranked anything in this franchise. In fact, it hasn’t been since The Rise of Skywalker that I did this which is a bit shocking. Now that Obi-Wan Kenobi is finished though I figured it’s finally time to get back to ranking installments in this franchise. Enjoy!

19. Star Wars: Resistance

This cartoon had some interesting ideas and could’ve been really good. Instead, it felt like it was the first animated series to be catered to an audience under eight-years-old. Hence its boring story and forgettable characters.

18. The Clone Wars Movie

This movie actually isn’t that bad but it has some musical choices that are so atrocious I had to place it this low on the list.

17. The Book of Boba Fett

When I learned Boba Fett was getting his own spin-off I couldn’t be more excited…and then I watched the show. Week after week the series departed further and further from the character I knew and loved. Boba Fett’s cold ruthlessness and iconic awesomeness was sacriced to turn him into a not-as-cool caricature of Mando.

The series treated the title character so poorly that he was sidelined for two of the episodes in favor of Mando. And yes, those were the best episodes.

Plus, the Starburst-colored space Vespas and that gang of half-cyborg youngsters were the absolute WORST. And why was the show called The Book of Boba Fett again?

16. The Bad Batch

I liked some of the episodes in this show and the overall story is pretty intriguing. It’s just a little annoying and a tad bit boring on more circumstances than I would’ve liked.

15. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ron Howard was the director, Woody Harrelson was Han Solo’s cynic mentor, it seemed like a recipe for success right? Unfortunately, the film is totally unnecessary, Alden Ehrenreich wasn’t a very likable Han Solo, and the story is ultimately quite boring. The best thing about the movie is Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra and unfortunately she hasn’t been given a Disney+ series yet.

14. The Attack of the Clones

I like this movie and I don’t like this movie.

13. The Rise of Skywalker

This movie is filled with near-irredeemable flaws…and yet I watch it more than the other Sequel Trilogy movies these days. Hmm…

12. Return of the Jedi

This movie has some powerful/iconic moments but when I think about the other installments on this list I can’t place this any higher than #12.

11. The Phantom Menace

Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn are the best things about this movie…and the creation of the Duel of the Fates piece composed brilliantly by John Williams.

10. A New Hope

This movie is a classic for a reason. The music is chill-inducing, the story is brilliantly simple, and the characters are unforgettable. But, compared to the other movies and shows on this list it’s definitely a bit lackuster.

9. The Last Jedi

Where this movie excels is the storyline with Rey, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker. Unfortunately, Rian Johnson didn’t provide nearly enough dedication to Finn, Leia, and Poe’s story resulting in a film that is both powerful and boring as heck. Hence its spot on this list.

8. The Mandalorian

This show singlehandedly saved Star Wars. With that being said, this show would be higher on the list if it was easier to rewatch but it just isn’t. I love the characters, I love the story, and I love the many guest stars the second season provided but I cannot get myself to binge watch this show. And that’s kind of unfortunate.

7. The Force Awakens

Despite being a near-carbon copy of A New Hope this movie is still incredibly magical. Rey and Finn’s friendship was beautiful to witness and Kylo Ren was at his best. Plus, it brought back Harrison Ford in a sizable role as Han Solo which was perfect. It’s too bad the Sequel Trilogy could never top this film.

6. The Clone Wars

This cartoon is incredible. Spanning seven seasons and twelve years, the series let us dive deeper into Anakin and Obi-Wan’s stories while giving us one of the greatest characters in this franchise, Ahsoka Tano. And its final four episodes, I can definitively say, are some of the best in television.

5. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Even though there are some who don’t like this show I think it is undoubtedly one of the best things Disney has done. It fits like a glove after Revenge of the Sith, it’s well-written, and it’s actually kind of perfect. I unabashedly love this show.

4. The Empire Strikes Back

There’s no doubt that this movie is one of the best of all time. It’s a timeless sequel with one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history and it can easily be considered the best Star Wars movie ever made. With all that being said, the next installments on this list are becoming more and more special as this story expands.

3. Revenge of the Sith

As I grew up this was always my favorite film of the prequels. Now, with the end of The Clone Wars and its connections to other installments, Revenge of the Sith has become an incredibly powerful chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

2. Star Wars: Rebels

I have been invested in animated characters but none quite like the Ghost Crew. Their story over the course of four years/four seasons is beautiful, heartwarming, riveting, heartbreaking, and powerful. I’m so excited to see Sabine and Hera’s stories continue in Ahsoka next year.

And 1. Rogue One

So far, this movie still hasn’t been topped because it, in a word, is extraordinary. It’s a gritty, intense two hours of pure Star Wars storytelling and I hope Andor is just as compelling because if it is… Well, I will be very pleased.

So there’s my long overdue updated ranking. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

I Miss Loving the Sequel Trilogy

Yeah, this is a totally random post but honestly, I’m just feeling a bit of Sequel Trilogy nostalgia. I miss the days when I used to cling to roughly every word and every scene from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I miss the days when my favorite Star Wars character was Kylo Ren and Rey was my personal embodiment of girl-power goals. I miss the days when I used to break down every juicy scene to determine how the trilogy would end. And I miss imagining The Rise of Skywalker to be this grand finale with a totally riveting and fantastic story.

So…because I miss the Sequel Trilogy, here’s a look back to my favorite scenes in the Sequel Trilogy.

Let’s start with the opening sequence of The Force Awakens and the ultra-rad introduction to Kylo Ren. This scene was perfection; a powerful opening featuring the bad guys with a charming hero being captured n the same vein as A New Hope. It was while watching this scene for the first time in theaters nearly six years ago that I knew I was about to have one of the best movie theater experiences in my life.

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Ah, this scene. The moment that spurred Rey onto an adventure of a lifetime. This shot, the music, the whole nature of this scene provides me pure joy.

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The Reason Why Finn’s Story Lost Steam in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

I just finished watching The Last Jedi a couple of hours ago after having dragged myself through The Rise of Skywalker yesterday and the contrast between the two films is drastic! I’m talking absolute night and day. The Rise of Skywalker feels like an absolute abomination to the franchise as it tears the characters and saga limb from limb while The Last Jedi manages to feel fresh, new, and ultimately, quite satisfying. No, The Last Jedi isn’t perfect but it does have its moments.

As I watched The Last Jedi I noticed the main reason why Finn feels so starkly different in The Rise of Skywalker. In fact, it’s very clear.

Why was Finn such a compelling character in The Force Awakens? Because he was a stormtrooper. It was that simple fact that made him one of the most enduring and unique characters in the franchise. I loved Finn’s story and I was excited to see his arc in the Sequel trilogy.

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A ‘Star Wars’ Double-Header and Why ‘The Last Jedi’ Is a Must-Watch

I did something the other night I didn’t think I’d ever do again. I watched The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker in one night. And get this. I watched them back to back.

After being inspired to watch the Sequel Trilogy again after personally boycotting it for roughly half a year (that’s a long time for a diehard Star Wars fan like myself) I decided to bust out and watch The Force Awakens suddenly. As I watched the movie that used to be my daily get-away flick I found myself overcome by a sense of joy. Yes, at times I got a little bored (because I’ve seen the movie over a hundred times and that’s not an exaggeration) but overall, I just had fun watching these characters that I loved so much.

When the movie I was so overwhelmed with Sequel Trilogy magic that I decided to do something even more random; go straight to The Rise of Skywalker. Considering that the “final” film in the Skywalker Saga felt like it rescinded so many interesting threads left behind by The Last Jedi I figured it may be interesting to watch the two Abrams movies back to back to see what would happen.

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The Movies of 2019: Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s almost the end of the year which means it’s time to look back at my ranking for the films I watched in 2019 ahead of my 2020 ranking. Enjoy! 14. Triple Frontier

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Netflix never fails to deliver original films and I’ve seen a few this year. One such movie was Triple Frontier, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck. It’s a film whose facade makes it seem like this is Sicario 2.0 but in reality, it’s a military take on Ocean’s Eleven which was an unexpected twist, I’m not going to lie.

My family and I ended up watching the whole movie actually, which was a bit surprising. So yeah, it may not have been as good as I had hoped but decent enough for a matinee film.

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My Thoughts on the Return of *That* Character

When Ahsoka told Mando that a Jedi would come for Grogu if he called out it was very clear that we would be seeing another Jedi by the end of the season.

The theories ran rampant. People started speculating that Mace Windu might make his long-awaited return, I started freaking out when I began to spectate Cal Kestis’ live-action debut, and so on and so forth. But no, they didn’t do that. They did what made the most sense but we thought was impossible.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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