Episode 1: I've Got a Good Feeling About This

Updated: Dec 13, 2021



Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a great Star Wars film or tv episode? Despite their greatness, why do these cinematic masterpieces boil up so many differing opinions? Is it simply generational? Which is the best one? If you are curious at all about any of these hot button issues, then you have come to the right place. Welcome to Duel of the Ranks (DotR), a show where we debate takes so hot that a planet with twin suns would melt!


We’re launching our first episode, and boy is it a doozy. The DotR gang consists of Brody, Amanda, Charley, and Christian; all with an interesting perspective on the classic space opera we all so dearly love (and sometimes hate). We have Brody, our fearless squadron leader if you will, who ranks The Force Awakens as the best episode and Solo: A Star Wars Story as the worst. Not an easy position to defend, but he does it courageously. Next up, Amanda who is a rebel spitfire ready to tear down any common notions we hold firmly in this galaxy. She ranks The Last Jedi at the top with Solo also at the bottom (we’ll get to the bottom of this eventually). And then we have Charley, more of a wise sage reminiscing of a simpler (pre-prequel) age, before the dark times. He ranks Return of the Jedi as the best episode with Revenge of the Sith as the worst. And finally Christian, a keeper of the peace (sometimes) who ranks Empire Strikes Back at the top and The Rise of Skywalker at the bottom. What do they think of the other films in between? Will their opinions change? Who lays the best cases for their picks? Stay tuned while we hit just the tip of the iceberg in our launch episode!


In this particular episode we introduce ourselves, and describe what Star Wars means to us (because Star Wars is subjective after all…or is it?). We went to the theater as kids, played the video games, read the books, and we still want more. We’ve been so influenced, one of us (Amanda) even inked ourselves for the rebel cause! We briefly go over our current personal favorites (listed below) and heckle each other on some questionable rankings. Is The Last Jedi the horniest episode as Amanda claims or is it the fireplace scene in Attack of the Clones? Why do the clones and Omega have a Kiwi accent? Charley seems to need a happy ending with warm feelings, if you’re interested in winning his heart. Brody likes a good reboot, and we all place Revenge of the Sith (except Charley) in our top two. Join us as we kick off Dual of the Ranks! We would be honored if you would join us.


The Rankings

Movies

Charley

  1. Return of the Jedi

  2. A New Hope

  3. Empire Strikes Back

  4. Rogue One

  5. The Force Awakens

  6. The Rise of Skywalker

  7. Attack of the Clones

  8. The Phantom Menace

  9. The Last Jedi

  10. Solo

  11. Revenge of the Sith

Amanda

  1. The Last Jedi

  2. Revenge of the Sith

  3. Empire Strikes Back

  4. Rogue One

  5. The Return of the Jedi

  6. The Force Awakens

  7. The Rise of Skywalker

  8. A New Hope

  9. Attack of the Clones

  10. The Phantom Menace

  11. Solo

Christian

  1. Empire Strikes Back

  2. Revenge of the Sith

  3. A New Hope

  4. Attack of the Clones

  5. Return of the Jedi

  6. The Phantom Menace

  7. Rogue One

  8. Solo

  9. The Force Awakens

  10. The Last Jedi

  11. The Rise of Skywalker

Brody

  1. The Force Awakens

  2. Revenge of the Sith

  3. Rogue One

  4. The Return of the Jedi

  5. The Last Jedi

  6. The Rise of Skywalker

  7. Empire Strikes Back

  8. Attack of the Clones

  9. A New Hope

  10. The Phantom Menace

  11. Solo

Characters
  • Christian: Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader

  • Amanda: Ashoka Tano

  • Brody: Ashoka Tano

  • Charley: Yoda


TV Shows (that we’ve seen)

Charley

  1. The Mandalorian

Brody

  1. Clone Wars

  2. The Mandalorian

  3. Rebels

  4. Bad Batch

  5. Visions

Amanda

  1. Rebels

  2. Clone Wars

  3. The Mandalorian

  4. Bad Batch

  5. Visions

Christian

  1. Clone Wars

  2. The Mandalorian

  3. Rebels

  4. Bad Batch

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