Ranking the Star Wars movies

Max Herbkersman, Reporter

With the first Star Wars spin-off movie recently coming out, it seems appropriate to rank all the Star Wars movies from episode one to episode seven.

  1. Star Episode II Attack of the Clones

Episode II sits as the worst Star Wars film on my list. Episode II has too many slow points and is drawn out with Anakin and Padme’s love story. The poor CGI causes the film to feel unauthentic There are few high points in the film. There were few highlights of the film including Obi-Wan Kenobi’s short-lived fight with Jango Fett, and getting to see Yoda in action for the first time. However the best scene is the arena fight that takes place on the planet of Geonosis. This battle also has a special place in my heart as it was the first scene I had ever watched from any Star Wars movie.

  1. Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Episode I starts the Star Wars Saga that we know and love. It delves into the early life of Anakin Skywalker. There is not much action in the first episode, except for the final light saber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Episode 1 sets up the remaining Episodes, without it there would be no story.

  1. Star Wars Episode VI Return of The Jedi

Episode VI served as the “finale” for over 30 years until Episode VII debuted in 2015. I put this as the worst film from the original triology. The highlight of the film comes early in Jabba’s palace, when Luke comes to save Han, Leia, and Chewbacca. Episode VI ends on a happy note, with the rebels winning the war and Darth Vader reveals that he still has good in his heart.

  1. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Even though many say that Episode I, II, III are the worst Star Wars, I disagree. Episode III delves into the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the birth of Darth Vader. It tells a story that all fans have always wanted to see. Episode III also has multiple action scenes, some of which have gone down as best ever in Star Wars history. The ending battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin is intense and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

Mesmerizing. The moment those eight yellow letters popped up on screen I had goose bumps. Star Wars was finally back.  Episode VII revealed a new plot, characters as well as the return of some fan favorites. The entire film I was on the edge of my seat, each scene was perfect. There are too many highlights of the film to list but some of my favorite were when Rey flies the infamous Millennium Falcon, when Rey escapes her restraints from a Storm Trooper, the revealing of Kylo Ren’s true identity (son of Han and Leia), and the “light saber” scene where Rey has a mysterious vision of possible future and past events. The final seconds of the film gave me chills, Rey approaches a man in a cloak, as he turns around you see that it is indeed Luke Skywalker, leaving the theater in awe. Episode VII was a wonderful start to a new Star Wars era, leaving many questions to be answered, but the most common—who are Rey’s parents?

  1. Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope

The first installment of one of the most iconic movie series of all time. Episode IV sits at number two on my list mostly because it is the first film, and it introduces the series and characters that we know and love today. One downside to the film is poor acting, but the film makes up for it with an exciting plot to save Princess Leia, and eventually destroy the Death Star. The nostalgia that comes with Episode IV is incomparable to any other episode.

  1. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Episode V commonly comes as number one on most Star Wars film lists. Episode V shows a more matured Luke, and he continues to mature throughout the film. One of the most iconic Star Wars characters ever is also introduced in the film, Master Yoda. Episode V has many iconic moments, when Luke takes down the AT-AT, when Luke gets stranded on Dagobah and trains with master Yoda, when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite. However the most iconic scene comes at the end of the movie, when Darth Vader reveals his true identity as Luke’s father.

      Honorable Mention: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One was the first Star Wars movie that didn’t go along with the traditional story. The film takes place right before Episode IV. Rogue One had an impressive cast including Felecity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One had some surprise returns of previous characters such as Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, and a Princess Leia cameo. The film returned to its vintage feel from the original episodes and was a success as the first Star Wars spin-off movie.