Battle: Vader and Luke against Rey and Kylo Ren

Luke and Vader battle against Kylo Ren and ReyA few times in the past, we’ve pitted Star Wars character from different eras against each other, investigating who would emerge victorious. We’ve had Han and Chewie against the Fetts, Mace Windu against Darth Maul, and more, and now we have a collection of new characters to pick and choose from. Now, for your enjoyment, we present the battle of Rey and Kylo Ren against Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

At first it seems like a very one-sided battle. Darth Vader, the most powerful Jedi ever, and one of the few to ever beat him, Luke Skywalker, against an upstart Sith and a nameless Jedi? Might as well just end the blog post here. So, to make it a little more fair, we’re going to say Luke is Episode IV Luke, with little training and just the barest notion of what the Jedi and Sith even are. Let’s look at each character, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how the battle might end up going.

Rey:

Strengths – Rey Nolastname is a dark horse in this fight. Though she clearly has the powers of the Jedi, and was even able to beat Kylo Ren in a fight, Rey is untrained and unsure of her own abilities. She can shoot, handle a lightsaber, use minor force abilities, and has a definite willpower. She is also a talented mechanic.

Weaknesses – With no training of any kind, physical or mental, she is at a huge disadvantaged with juggernaut Vader on the field. Getting into a straight duel would spell the end for her.

Kylo Ren:

Strengths – We just said Rey beat him, but there is a caveat. Earlier, Chewbacca shoots Kylo Ren with his Wookiee bowcaster, a weapon powerful enough to disembowel at a distance. Not only does he survive the blow, but he then fights Finn and Rey in the climactic battle. Clearly, the man has more physical power than he gets credit for. He’s also talented with his lightsaber, well-versed in the force, and ruthless.

Weaknesses – As the heartbreaking bridge scene tells us, Kylo Ren is wracked with guilt and unsure if he should really be playing his part as Sith Lord. He also can sometimes lose focus, as well as losing control when his anger gets the best of him.

Darth Vader:

Strengths – Power, armor, lightsaber skills, force mastery.

Weaknesses – despite his imposing size and strength, he is a hurt man. Striking his life-support systems could put him out of commission, and a long, drawn-out battle would tire him. Finally, if somebody can reach the emotional side he’s hidden deep within it may stun him.

Luke Skywalker:

Strengths – Luke is a talented pilot, and engineer. He also has his ligthsaber in hand, is a good shot, and has a deep connection to the force. He also has youthful pluck in spades.

Weaknesses – Not very well-trained, not very strong, and without the quiet intensity Rey has, Luke is a huge handcuff for Vader in a two-on-two.

The battle:

Of the four, Kylo is the most likely to rush into battle. The question is would he go after Luke or Vader? The point seems moot, since Vader would probably leap to Luke’s defense. Either way, the two battles would be Kylo against Vader and Luke against Rey.

Luke and Rey, both beginning their Jedi lives, would likely take things slow. However, Rey seems more aggressive of the two, as well as having even more natural abilities than Luke. The close-quarters battle we see at the end of Episode VII gives credence to the thought Rey will quickly overpower Luke, leading to her victory.

Kylo might catch Vader off-guard, but his skill is no match for Vader’s experience, as well as the incredible power Vader possesses naturally. His armor also provides him more. It’s more of a toss-up than Rey and Luke, but still trends in Vader’s favor.

With Rey and Darth Vader left, victory all but seems certain of the original trilogy villain. If Vader teases and tests her, as he did with Luke at the end of Episode V, she may find an opening and poke through, but most of the time Vader will emerge victorious.

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Grand Heritage New Costumes

Trying to find a costume with a little more oomph this Halloween, but still want to show off Star Wars style? We now offer a new set of grand heritage costumes that are sure to make you feel ready to take on the Sith, conquer the galaxy, or rule Cloud City!

A Grand Heritage of Star Wars!

Kylo Ren Grand HeritageAs the new villain of the Star Wars movies, Kylo Ren still has a lot to show us. He dueled Rey, sent Han Solo down an endless shaft, and even took a bowcaster bolt straight to the chest. Pick up the Grand Heritage Kylo Ren Adult Costume to turn yourself into the next generation of the Sith. Continue Darth Vader’s legacy of power over the galaxy!

Rey Grand HeritageWear the Grand Heritage Rey Adult Costume to become the newest heroine of the sequel trilogy! She may not know much about her history and heritage, but she knows she has a great destiny in store. As she battles against Kylo Ren and the First Order, this young Jedi looks to save the galaxy from the Sith once again!

Han Solo Grand HeritageHe isn’t the first space rogue, but Han Solo is the progenitor of every morally-ambivalent spacefarer since the beginning. When you get the Grand Heritage Han Solo Adult Costume, you’re ready to join Luke, Princess Leia, and your dependable co-pilot Chewie at what will eventually turn into one of the greatest movie events of all time!

Lando Calrissian Grand HeritageIn the Grand Heritage Lando Calrissian Adult Costume, become the famous ruler of Bespin’s floating Cloud City! The Empire made a grave mistake when it double-crossed this sharp-witted smooth talker. Don’t miss this character from the Empire Strikes Back–looking good has never been easier!

X-Wing Fighter Grand HeritageThe Rebels must always be ready to fight a larger and more powerful force. In the Grand Heritage X-Wing Fighter Pilot Adult Costume, you’re part of the Rebel’s space-fighting force. Launch the attack against the Death Star, defend Echo base, and battle among dueling fleets over the forest moon of Endor!

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Sabine Wren Leads Rebels Season 3

Ezra and Sabine gracing the season three posterThe third season of Star Wars Rebels debuts on September 24th, and it promises exciting adventures and classic action to rival the previous two seasons. Main characters Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren will lead us through the events following the end of season two: Kanan Jarrus’ blindness, and Ahsoka Tano’s death. Season three also promises a fan-favorite in the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This brilliant and analytical leader is featured in the famous Timothy Zahn Expanded Universe novels. The crew of the ghost, now with a base on the planet Atollon, must contend with the Empire’s growing power and escape the unbeatable Thrawn.

Sabine and Ezra’s new roles

After his meeting with former Sith Lord Darth Maul, Ezra has become closer to the dark side. His anger has come to the front. After the respective death and blindness of Ahsoka and Kanan, he is determined to not let anything hurt his friends. Thanks to the influence of the Sith Holocron, Ezra now fights more aggressively. Fights against stormtroopers ends in death instead of just injuries. With his long locks cut and his focus on defeating the empire, it’s clear we have a new leader in Ezra.

Furthermore, Sabine Wren looks to take on an even larger role. The rebel fleet comes to rely on her more and more as the danger increases. Her armor and hair color may be different, but her skills remain fresh. With Thrawn on the other side of the table, will she be able to triumph?

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president of programming and the general manager of Disney, said: “We are proud to bring our audience a third season of Star Wars Rebels, a series that has resonated across generations.” Buhaj added, “The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil.”

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Kids Princess Paradise Costumes

There is no age barrier to loving Star Wars. Ever since the first movie touched down, kids and adults alike have loved it for its adventure, action, and excitement. Halloween is the perfect time for young fans to show their appreciation, especially with Episode VII and Rogue One. We are now offering a group of delightful Princess Paradise costumes in a number of styles for kids and toddlers!

Ready for Halloween

Kids Wicket costumeIn the Premium Wicket Kid’s Costume, your child becomes the very first of the short, cuddly, and helpful Ewoks. Ignoring the time they tried to eat most of the characters. Wicket is the Ewok who first comes across Leia after the tense and exciting speederbike chase on the forest moon of Endor, and now your child can wear a warm jumpsuit and hood to make him or herself look just like this original trilogy character!

Toddler Premium Chewbacca costumeIt’s easy to call almost any Star Wars character a fan favorite, but Chewbacca is, for all purposes, a fan favorite. In the Premium Chewbacca Toddler Costume, get a huggable, furry jumpsuit and bandolier pouch. Make a tiny fan one of Star Wars’ biggest characters. Whether she’s on her way to Alderaan with Luke, Han, and Obi-Wan, or going to one house after the other on Halloween, this is the perfect costume!

Girls R2-D2 DressPrincess Paradise includes a collection of out-of-this-world dresses like the Classic R2-D2 Kid’s Dress! While the little astromech droid can only communicate in beeps and whistles, this stellar Star Wars fan will have plenty other words at her disposal to signal her approval. Pair up with one of our fun C-3PO costumes for kids or adults, and make one of the classic duos of movie history!

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Prizes From our Third Sweepstakes

For the third year in a row, Official Costumes is offering a spectacular Halloween Sweepstakes! Grab one of five weekly $50 gift cards, as well as one of two $500 grand prizes!

Starting yesterday, you can sign up on our website for your chance to make Halloween incredible. We offer five weekly prizes of $50 – drawn and announced on our Facebook pages September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, as well as October 7th. These prizes are available at any of our Official Costumes websites, including Star Wars, Superhero, and our hub site, which has it all! By entering for these weekly prizes you’re also entering into the grand prize drawing. Two lucky winners will receive $500 gift cards, chosen randomly on October 14th. All you have to do is enter your email.

Good luck to everyone who enters our third annual sweepstakes, and here’s hoping everyone has a happy Halloween season!

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Mon Calamari

Mon CalamariIn Return of the Jedi, Tim Rose and Erik Bauersfeld combined their talents to produce Admiral Gial Ackbar. Rose puppeteered and Erik voiced a character seen on film maybe a total of five minutes. He is one of the Mon Calamari — a bipedal, amphibious race from the planet of Dac (commonly known as Mon Cala). This is their story.

Squid Society

Like other species in the Star Wars universe, there is a great deal of information about the Mon Calamari, though much is officially non-canon. Able to breathe through both gills and lungs, Mon Calamari are more comfortable on land, and they can still drown. With bulbous heads, huge fish-like eyes, and webbed hands, they are easy to recognize. Their hands feature suction cups, and they see in a different wavelength than humans. Since Mon Calamari faces are rather stiff, eyes are used to show emotion: staring with the left eye shows surprise, while the right eye is a challenge or an expression of love. Things are complicated in the dating scene, it seems.

Advanced and civilized, the Mon Calamari culture included great creativity in arts, music, literature, and science. They tended to be soft-spoken and gentle, extremely tempered and slow to anger. Many saw them as determined and dedicated, not willing to give up. This combination of temperament and focus made them famous allies for both the Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance.

Due to the fact they saw their work as art rather than simply function, the Mon Calamari also became known as first-class starship builders,. Efficient and unique while still remaining useful to other species, we can see numerous examples of Mon Calamari ships in the battle scene of Return of the Jedi.

Ride of the Mon Calamari
Mon Cala Shipyard
Mon Cala Shipyard

Though they cherished peace, the Mon Calamari were not above fighting. Long traditions of military service extended down family trees for generations, believing their warrior skills second-to-none. When the Galactic Empire took control, warfare began to define the Mon Calamari. They allied with the rebels, and began producing warships. Thousands of soldiers filled the ranks of the rebellion.

Rivaling the wookiees in their resolve, the Mon Calamari could fight on land, and pilot their unique craft with expert precision. They were also, naturally, well-suited for amphibious assaults. Even after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, they continued supplying the Republic with ships and weapons, eventually creating an artificial shipyard ring around their planet.

Famous Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar was in The Force Awakens. Following the death of Erik Bauersfeld, the character may end up retired for future films.

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Admiral Ackbar
You’re reading this in my voice!

Lobot Character Corner

Lobot the CyborgStar Wars is full of interesting characters. As the series grew, so did the opportunity for alien creatures, odd beasts, and robotic companions. A classic example is Lobot, Lando Calrissian’s cyborg companion on Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back. His bald head, skull-mounted computer, and silent presence made him an interesting and enigmatic figure for many. What’s his story?

The Galactic Empire hired Lobot—originally from Bespin—to run battlefield calculations, and implanted an “AJ^6 cyborg construct” in his brain. The implant removed part of his personality, but increased his productivity and calculation skills. He eventually left the Empire and became friends with smuggler Lando Calrissian and Chanath Cha, a bounty hunter. Calrissian had the Millennium Falcon at this time, though Han Solo won it from him at a card game.

An Easy Job

Calrissian and Lobot became in debt to a crime boss, Papa Torren. Torren offered them a chance to get back in his good graces, so Calrissian went off to steal a trinket from a ruling Moff. Calrissian ended up tricking her into giving it to him, which Lobot’s cybernetics calculated at a one in ten thousand odds. Torren demanded a simple further job from them: steal a pleasure yacht from an Imperial shipyard.

The theft itself went swimmingly. However, when three Imperial-class Star Destroyers emerged from hyperspace and began pursuit, Lobot became irate with Calrissian. Calrissian argued such pursuit was surely a good thing, since it meant the yacht must be very valuable. In fact, not only was the owner none other than Emperor Palpatine himself, but Korin Pers, a member of the team hired to help with the heist, said the central chamber contained treasure. After escaping, Lobot used his cybernetics to open the sealed door. When it opened, the two imperial guards within attacked, impaling Lobot through the chest.

As other members of the team fought the Imperial Guards, Calrissian rushed Lobot to a bacta tank. Aleksin and Pavol, clones, defeated the Guards, but an item imbued with the dark side within the chamber brainwashed Aleksin. He picked up a double-bladed lightsaber and attacked Pavol. Pers tried to get Calrissian to leave via the escape pods, but Calrissian refused to leave either Lobot or the ship. In the meantime, Chanath Cha, working for the Empire, snuck aboard and disabled the ship with orders to kill those responsible for its theft.

A Choice to Make

When she discovered Lobot and Calrissian, she agreed to help them escape, though she was unable to reverse her own sabotage to the ship’s escape pods. Aleksin and Pavol, now both under the control of the Dark side, appeared and killed Korin Pers. Calrissian and Cha escaped, removing Lobot from the bacta and explaining the situation to the dazed cyborg. Now discovering themselves trapped on the self-destruction Imperialis, Lobot explained the cybernetic implants were taking over his mind thanks to his weakened state. Making the decision to allow them full control, Lobot reactivated the escape pods on the ship.

Lando, Lobot, and Chanath Cha escaped, leaving the yacht to explode. Lando discussed finding a cure for Lobot’s new robotic status, which triggered a recorded message. It said Lobot is at peace, since he acted to save his friends and do the right thing. He also told Lando to trust himself, believing him a talented leader. Shortly after, Lando became the administrator of Cloud City, and Lobot acted as his top aide and computer liaison, leading up to the events of The Empire Strikes Back. Lobot was unable to escape the Imperial takeover of the facility. After the Rebels defeated the Empire at the battle of Endor, Lobot remained in the Imperial-controlled Cloud City, able to relay messages to Lando and carry out missions for the rebels. The rebels liberated the planet soon after.

Lobot Behind the Scenes
Original design for Lobot
Original design for Lobot

Lobot placed trust in his friends yet also held himself accountable. After his cybernetics took over he was left without a personality or the ability to speak, becoming the perfect match for Lando’s over-the-top personality.

The cybernetics acted as designed. Built to keep Lobot focused on whatever task he chose (as well as grant him powerful calculatory skills), the cybernetics would take over whenever he lost focus. His near-death experience the ultimate conclusion to such an upgrade.

First appearing in the second Star Wars movie, actor John Hollis portrayed Lobot. he was originally going to be a tall, regal, dark-skinned woman, still a cyborg of some manner. The implant was battery-powered and connected to a spring clip, and was quite heavy for the actor. Hollis was originally only hired for a week but remained on-set for ten.

The credits refer to the character as “Lando’s aide.” He was going to have dialogue with Lando before the filmmakers decided the implants would mute the character. His name is a bastardization of the word “lobotomy,” a procedure which removes brain functions.

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Troopers of the Empire

Star Wars TroopersIn a series full of famous figures, Stormtroopers stand out as one of the more memorable looks. With full-white armor over a black jumpsuit, a helmet with a one-of-a-kind design, and their immediate introduction as tireless and unbeatable hand of the Empire, they are both Halloween mainstays and easy symbols of Star Wars. Can you name the differences the troopers have? Why do Snowtroopers have a skirt? Let us take you through the differences:

Super Troopers

First off, standard Stormtrooper equipment is distinctive and memorable because the Empire wants to make them a symbol of fear a power. The armor also provides users an extended range of survival equipment and temperature controls; the helmet provides filtered air, enhanced vision, and communication systems. A color-coded pauldron on the left shoulder indicates rank. They have a utility belt, which included a grappling hook. However, the plates are heavy and difficult to run with. The helmet also obstructs vision.

How do the Scout troopers differ? Well, most importantly, their armor is lighter, allowing for greater mobility and stealth. The optics in their helmets are also better, which leads to faster reaction times on speeder bikes. Expert marksmen and trained in reconnaissance and infiltration as well as independent action, scout troopers were much more adaptable than most Imperial troops.

Snowtroopers
Stylish and functional

Snowtroopers were well insulated from the tremendous cold they would face. In fact, the empire hand-picked snowtroopers from planets with cold climates. The battery pack their suits have can last up to two weeks, providing a heated breather mask. They have ice boots, polarized goggles, grappling hooks, iron flares, and homing beacons. The skirt is for added insulation, and to keep snow from going down their pants. Really.

Bonus Troopers

There are other types without as much information available: Sandtroopers had augmented cooling fans for survival in hot climates, as well as a backpack stocked with extra rations and water.  Shadow troopers are equipped with cloaking devices. Magma troopers — units deployed to volcanic areas — have their own air supply and heat-resistant armor. Spacetroopers had rebreathers, and can operate in zero-G. Shocktroopers had heavy firepower such as a rocket launcher, and could resist blaster fire even better than normal armor.

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Funerals in Star Wars

Funerals comparisonFans have leveled criticism at The Force Awakens for similarities to A New Hope. While many may not care overly, a few deem it lesser for copying the original. Did J.J. Abrams want to relive the glory of the original trilogy, or was it just the best choice? As a third option, could artistry be involved? A theory is rolling around noting how strange similarities in the prequels and original series line up. The funerals are one example.

Both trilogies end in a funeral, in very different circumstances, and bringing the trilogies to different emotional ends. The two dead—Padme and Anakin Skywalker—are two halves of a couple. The dark side kills both (Anakin kills Padme, Darth Sidious kills Anakin), the public mourns both deaths, and both died trying to protect someone from the Dark Side. In Anakin’s case it was his son Luke; in Padme’s case Anakin himself. Both scenes carry the importance of an ending era, and John William’s beautiful soundtrack highlights both.

There are plenty of differences, however, highlighting the different circumstances of their deaths. Anakin was burned in a funeral pyre in his Darth Vader suit. The western world used the funeral pyre as a common way to dispose of the deceased—often chieftains and notable warriors. On the other hand, Padme’s rested on a bed of flowers during her funeral—common symbols of love for the deceased. She nearly glows in the Naboo twilight.

A cycle of funerals

Scenes of the world they ushered in surround both funerals. Padme’s body proceeds down the capital of Naboo as Darth Vader and his master inspect the growing Death Star. While Darth Vader’s body burns his son sees the approval of the Jedi he once knew. Padme’s funeral comes with rebellion, civil war, and tyranny, even though it presents as peaceful, quiet, and beauty. Darth Vader’s comes with celebration, victory, and happiness, despite his loud, fiery, and sparsely-attended end.

This mix of notable similarities and differences bringing each trilogy to a close add even greater power to the Ring Theory (linked above). They further work to change our perception of George Lucas as a filmmaker, even after his distance from the movies.

More proof?
Qui-Gon Jinn's funeral
Qui-Gon Jinn’s funeral

There are two parts to the Ring Theory: first, both trilogies follow a pattern. Second, the trilogies mirror each other. We see Darth Vader’s funeral pyre at the end of Return of the Jedi, and a similar scene for Qui-Gon Jinn at the end of The Phantom Menace. Padme’s funeral is not mirrored, yet Luke and the other characters mourn Obi-Wan Kenobi, whom Anakin also kills.

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Score Episode VII

Score the Star Wars moviesA few months ago we ranked the Star Wars movies, taking from fan polls and lists online. But how do the critics agree? We looked at Rotten Tomatoes, score the movies in chronological order, and also included the latest installment to see where it falls!

Episode IV

A legendary beginning to a legendary series, the original Star Wars is regarded as one of the silver screen’s enduring legends. Based on the classic hero’s journey and set in a unique and imaginative world. Movies changed after “A New Hope” came out, but how does it stand up to the critics?

“Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films.” – Vern Perry

“It’s a near timeless milestone in cinema that lives up to its legacy as a simple, exciting, and fun science fiction fantasy.” – Felix Vasquez Jr.

Almost universal acclaim. Critical reviews call it childish and nothing more but a toy creation system – though their voices are covered by positive reviews. And the audience? Seeing even a three-star review out of five is surprising (allowing for the knee-jerk ½ star reactions).

Scores: Tomatometer 93%, Audience 96%

Episode V

Regarded as the prime cut among the Star Wars series, “The Empire Strikes Back” is the series’ highest point. Bearing even higher scores than the original, this movie is fraught with emotion, danger, and one of the greatest twist endings in movie history (albeit one everyone knows of by now). What have the critics said?

“The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate in fantasies, a visual wonder and a movie that should be recommended highly if only because it makes you feel good.” – Rena Andrews

“Has any movie sequel ever so thoroughly surpassed impossible expectations as The Empire Strikes Back?” – Tim Brayton

Again, nearly universal. The audience as well loves this movie to the ends of the earth, and their scores reflect it.

Score: Tomatometer 94%, Audience 97%

Episode VI

Finally we get a movie a bit more contentious. Known as the weakest of the original trilogy, “The Empire Strikes Back” is still very well-liked by critics and audience.

“It’s everything it ought to be — glorious, exhilarating, exciting, absorbing, technically wondrous. But there also is something bittersweet in the knowledge that, with Jedi, we are bidding a fond farewell to all of the characters we got to know so well.” – Rena Andrews

“[A] capper to a solid trilogy that’s nevertheless not quite the flawless work its reputation would seem to indicate.” – David Nusair

Audiences seem to enjoy it at a higher rate, even though some might not like the Ewoks.

Score: Tomatometer 80%, Audience 94%

Episode I

And thus we begin the lean months. The first of the prequel movies began at the top of the box office, but the shine quickly wore off. Dense sections of special effects bookend boring trade, politics, and the beginning of the worst movie romance in twenty years.

“Mr. Lucas is not without a certain technocratic sagacity, but I don’t think he’s communicating even with the young as astutely as he once did.” – Andrew Sarris

“The Force may not be strong in this episode, but it’s there.” John Hanlon

There are some bright spots – Darth Maul was a compelling if underused character, and the podracing sequence, while too long, was at least exciting – but George Lucas’ iron-fisted control of the entire production brought it down. Audience reception has been better but nowhere near as good as even Episode VI.

Score: Tomatometer 55%, Audience 60%

Episode II

Better? Worse? The debate rages on whether or not this one or Episode I is the worst of the Star Wars films. While better received by critics, audiences were not as kind. The aforementioned romance, terrible dialogue, and more overpowering special effects equal the movie’s redeeming qualities.

“In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas’ lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in.” – Scott Tobias

“Attack of the Clones is the best Star Wars installment since The Empire Strikes Back, hurtling along so quickly that you hardly notice the many moments when the story fails to make sense — even on its own fantastical terms.” – David Sterritt

The battle scene at the end was exciting, as was the lightsaber fight against Count Dooku, but as the movie ages it proves its lack of quality.

Score: Tomatometer 65%, Audience 58%

Episode III

Seen as a dramatic improvement on Attack of the Clones, “Revenge of the Sith,” but this installment brings much more dramatic tension and real emotion to the table. Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side is the crux of the entire series, and manages to get the on-screen respect it deserves.

“Special effects have greatly advanced since 1978, but technology needs imagination after it has made an initial impression. Imagination is not the strong suit of Revenge of the Sith.” – Philip French

“Revenge of the Sith is far from a great film but it easily trumps its two predecessors.” – Jeff Meyers

Audience scores make rising and falling mountain range of reception. Some like the close of the trilogy for its emotional weight. Others find the acting and dialogue enough to bring it down.

Score: Tomatometer 79%, Audience 65%

Episode VII

J.J. Abrams gives us another taste of delicious Star Wars pie, and the consensus is it brought back the magic of the original trilogy. One of the common criticisms is the film is a modern copy of “A New Hope.” So?

“I’m happy to tell you that, despite some minor fumbles, this is definitely the Star Wars film we’ve been looking for.” – Kanin Srimaneekulroj

“That’s what’s so impressive about the tricky balancing act Abrams has pulled off with The Force Awakens: He’s made a movie that’s simultaneously gripping and a huge release. We are in good hands, at last.” – Christy Lemire

Audience reaction is joyful, exuberant, and full of the happiness the last ten years has lacked. It has more humor, solid characters, and better special effects.

Score: Tomatometer 92%, Audience 89%

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