Tag Archives: The Mandalorian

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.

Vanity Fair’s Newest Issue is a Dream for ‘Star Wars’ Fans

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like this about Star Wars. You know that feeling. That warm, endlessly joyful feeling in your very soul that only Star Wars can give you. Well, I got that feeling yesterday when June’s issue of Vanity Fair was released online, bringing with it a bunch of jaw-dropping Star Wars goodness.

I’m dead.

Annie Leibovitz is at again with another epic showcasing of Star Wars at its finest. But this time, I know for a fact the long wait will live up to the hype.

Continue reading Vanity Fair’s Newest Issue is a Dream for ‘Star Wars’ Fans

Is Luke Skywalker the Worst Jedi Master Ever?

Well, The Book of Boba Fett is over. I can honestly say I’m relieved. The show had its moments of brilliance (mainly when it was The Mandalorian 2.5) but ultimately, as a whole, the show was a bit ridiculous. There was too much going on, too many flashbacks, and not enough awesome Boba-ness. (Yes, they Disney-fied Boba Fett.)

Forget that though. Let’s talk about Luke Skywalker and his track record of being a TERRIBLE Jedi Master.

In The Last Jedi we see Luke as this grumpy, hopeless old man who wants nothing to do with the Jedi. Even when his sister begs for his help he goes about his business on Ahch-To with a scowl on his face, refusing to teach Rey the ways of the Jedi.

When he finally does decide to teach her the ways of the Force it’s with only one goal in mind; to show her why the Jedi are so awful. He has a point which only reaches a catalyst after his nephew Ben falls to the dark and destroys his Jedi Academy. He ends up infuriating Rey so badly that she found herself willing to trust Kylo Ren more than the very man who once saved the galaxy from the Empire and Palpatine. Ouch.

His nephew Ben turned to the dark because apparently Luke was being a terrible mentor and Snoke was able to manipulate him. Snoke, a twisted being who seems like the last person you should trust seemed more trustworthy than Ben’s uncle, Luke Skywalker.

Continue reading Is Luke Skywalker the Worst Jedi Master Ever?

‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Is the Strangest Show I’ve Ever Seen

Despite the obvious fact that the last two episodes of The Mandalorian, I mean, The Book of Boba Fett (😏) have been phenomenal that doesn’t excuse the major failures of this show. Just look at the IMDb scores for the first four episodes.

Chapter 1: 7.4/10

Chapter 2: 8.3/10

Chapter 3: 6.4/10

Chapter 4: 7.6/10

These scores reveal a show that’s ultimately mediocre and that’s not bad…until one remembers that this is a show about Boba Fett, one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.

Continue reading ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Is the Strangest Show I’ve Ever Seen

I Think ‘The Mandalorian’ Could Become a Movie

I know it may seem like a long shot but hear me out. The Mandalorian has become one of the most universally loved properties in Star Wars. Just look at what happened last week when Mando took over an entire episode of The Book of Boba Fett. People couldn’t stop talking about it.

So, with all of this love for this character and his story, just imagine if there was ever a movie.

I could see The Mandalorian‘s third season leading up to a nail-biting cliffhanger whose story continues with a powerful conclusion in the form of a massive, epic movie that we could see in all formats, including IMAX.

It would be the biggest movie event for Star Wars fans since The Force Awakens.

And even though I’m pretty sure this won’t happen it’s always fun to dream, right?

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

My Spoiler Review of ‘The Book of Boba Fett’

Yesterday’s episode of The Book of Boba Fett was, in a word, fantastic. From the first seconds to the last, I couldn’t stop smiling or squealing with joy. So, now we’re going to talk about that episode and all of its delightful treats. Enjoy!

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

Continue reading My Spoiler Review of ‘The Book of Boba Fett’