Halloween is fast approaching. If you’re still trying to find the perfect costume, you may be feeling the pressure at this point. Don’t fret! We have collected for you the top ten costumes from our Star Wars Costumes site:
The first of our Star Wars costumes is of Han Solo’s dependable co-pilot! Your little furry friend is here for a fun time in this soft outfit, and he’ll love being the center of attention while he’s shooting through the galaxy in the Millennium Falcon and gathering candy.
Are you surprised this costume is on the list? From the first time it was seen in 1983, this outfit has become one of the most enduring elements of Star Wars’ pop-culture impact. Show your favorite smuggler exactly what he means to you with this incredible look!
What child wouldn’t want to be this cool bounty hunter? Whether he’s capturing the smuggler Han Solo or fighting off Jedi at Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, his Halloween is going to be a blast when he dresses as this famous Star Wars character!
The Lord of the Sith is here for Halloween. No force-user has more power than you child will when he gets this dark and dangerous outfit. Luke Skywalker and the rebels will never have a chance against him in the costume contest!
It’s up to your daughter this Halloween to get to Tatooine and find the people that will help save the rebellion this Halloween! The greatest female character in Star Wars has always been a key Halloween tradition, and there’s no reason to stop it now!
Even the young ones can join in the Star Wars fun this Halloween when you get this infant costume! The ancient and wise Jedi Yoda is the perfect size for a young fan of these classic movies to go out on the town as a little green alien.
Our number one outfit for Halloween is one of the most popular Star Wars characters ever: Luke Skywalker! Bring the Jedi order back to life and defeat the Empire this year as one of the greatest movie heroes of all time. Get this and many other astounding costumes and accessories from Official Star Wars Costumes!
The American Football season is in full swing now, and the Star Wars football championship is about to begin. The entire gang has put aside their differences to gather on the gridiron and have some fun. But who’s playing which position, and which team will win?
Lightsabers, weapons, and vehicles (with some personal exceptions) are forbidden, as is manipulation through the force of anything. Standard NFL rules apply. For those of you who may not be familiar with American football, we’ll include descriptions of positions’ duties.
Calling the shots for the light side at the Quarterback (responsible for starting the play, and usually either throws it to a receiver or hands it to a running back) position will be Obi-Wan Kenobi, from Episode III. A calm head, good physical abilities, and a commanding attitude make this Jedi perfectly suited for QB.
Wide receivers will be Luke Skywalker and Commander Cody from the Clone Wars. Luke is highly intuitive, and Cody, due to his parentage, has superior athletic abilities. At tight end (Acts as both a blocker for the QB and a receiver) will be none other than Chewbacca. Bulky enough for blocking and with the right size for catching passes; this breakout star will be on the dark side’s watch list. A combination of R2-D2 and C-3PO act as running back (takes the ball from the quarterback and runs forward). R2 provides the speed and low center of gravity, while Threepio is in charge of holding the ball.
Princess Leia and Queen Amidala will act as cornerbacks (defend against passes), Yoda will be kick returner, and Porkins will be a nose tackle (stops the run). Jar-Jar is deep safety.
Emperor Palpatine, due to his advanced age and our ban of force abilities, doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. However, his sharp mind and extensive planning practice makes him a perfect field commander, so we’re making him the QB for the dark side.
Wide receivers will be Boba and Jango Fett. Their jetpacks allow them extra speed — they agreed to only use short bursts, and will be monitored by umpires Qui-Gon Jinn and Greedo — and their quick reflexes make them good for avoiding tackles. Darth Vader will act as tight end, more so due to his size and strength than is ability to catch passes. General Grievous will be running back, thanks to his speed, strength, and powerful stiff-arming ability.
Asajj Ventress will be the kicker, Darth Maul will play as linebacker (who tries to sack the QB), and Jabba the Hutt is center (hikes the ball to QB), and Watto will be holder for extra point kicks and field goals.
The game was scheduled to be played at Alderaan, until the Dark side took care of that. Will the dark side have home field advantage or will their strong defense beat the light side’s blistering lightning blistering offense? Tell us how you think this Star Wars football game will end!
Star Wars, as a story, can be so deeply ingrained in our minds that we defy to place it in a genre, or rather, simply identify it as itself, confident that all the information is contained in that description. But what is Star Wars? Where does it fit into the genres that are so helpful in identifying other works such as movies or books?
We’re going to take a look at the two closest main genres – science fiction and fantasy – and see how Star Wars matches up. Let’s start with science fiction.
Are Yoda & Star Wars Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
There are a lot of ways to describe science fiction. John W. Campbell Jr. (The Thing and many other works) once famously said “Science fiction is what I say it is,” which means this can get messy. Darko Suvin described science fiction as “a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative framework alternative to the author’s empirical environment” . . . which helps us even less.
The great Isaac Asimov (Foundation series, I, Robot) said: “Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.” Christopher Evans said: “Perhaps the crispest definition is that science fiction is a literature of ‘what if?’ What if we could travel in time? What if we were living on other planets? What if we made contact with alien races? And so on. The starting point is that the writer supposes things that are different from how we know them to be.”
So it’s safe to say that science fiction isn’t the easiest thing to define. It’s almost always in the future, has the do with technology and space and, in the case of hard science fiction, can be grounded in real physics and mathematics. Common top science fiction works include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ender’s Game, Dune, and Neuromancer. Three of the four take place at least partially in space or on other planets, three of the four are in the future, and all of them deal with new technology or information.
One thing absent from many science fiction works is mysticism: religion, magic, and other ideas not quantifiable by science or measurement.
Is Star Wars Science Fiction?
In Star Wars, we have planets, space travel, lasers, aliens, and more, all frequent elements of science fiction, whether hard, soft, or pulp. However, there is also the Force, an eastern-mysticism inspired power behind life in the universe. Struggles of dark verses light, balance of the galaxy, and Star Wars’ ‘Hero’s Journey’ storyline make placing it under the science fiction umbrella seem . . . incorrect. Fantasy is next.
Fantasy is a much easier term to describe. From Wikipedia: “Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting.” Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, The Wheel of Time, and the Dragonlance series are common and well-known fantasy works. Themes are magic, armies, thematic battles of good versus evil, and a time frame set before the industrial revolution (though not always) are prevalent.
Fantasy tends to stay away from scientific exploration as well as macabre themes more suited for horror. People are present in one world, on one continent or even one single country, different races (Elves, Dwarves) are common but none are presented as aliens, and technology that we today might find useful or even commonplace is taken from magic.
Is Star Wars Fantasy?
Star Wars has good versus evil, armies, and “magic,” but removing the scientific element of the series makes it other than Star Wars. So now we have to recognize that Star Wars is both sci-fi and fantasy, and removing either changes it.
In Episode I, we are told that the Force is represented in the human body as “Midichlorians,” a plot point derided by the fan base at large, and one that tries to remove the fantasy from the story. Similarly, in Episode III, Padme dies of a “broken heart,” something that is presented as a result of Anakin’s betrayal and turn to the dark side, but flies in the face of the advanced science that the series has portrayed since the beginning. Removal of either element brings the story down.
So . . . What is it?
A mix of the two genres, called science-fantasy, was created simply by the juxtapositioning of these two genres. Star Wars becomes a science fantasy work through no conscious effort, but by the mere presence of both science-fiction and fantasy pieces included.
Other science-fantasy works that may sound familiar include the Matrix series, The Dark Tower series, Doctor Who, Final Fantasy (though not every game is a good example), and even anime/manga titan Dragon Ball is a clear example with Gods, demons, ki energy . . . as well as spaceships, aliens, and advanced technology.
Star Wars very clearly fits into this important section of fiction. With perhaps both elements playing just as important a role in the formulation of the series, it can be seen as one of the most well-known and balanced examples.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion. We’ll be back soon with more fun facts and great deals so you can have a happy Halloween!
The veil of secrets has finally lifted, and we’re free to talk about the brand new show, Star Wars Rebels!
This new animated television show will take place after the Empire has gained control, but while the Rebel Alliance is still in its infancy; indeed, there will be no alliance yet, simply disconnected rebels fighting for themselves. Find out more about this new show and take a first look at the cool costumes we have to offer!
The show follows the exploits of six main characters. The show’s front-runner, Ezra Bridger, is a young force-sensitive con-artist from the planet of Lothal, born at about the time of the Galactic Empire’s creation. He lived on his own and worked as a small-time thief that unknowingly used the Force to help him get out of tough situations. After joining the crew of the Ghost, the ship that the rebels use as their base of operations, Kanan Jarrus helps to train Ezra.
Only a Padawan when Order 66 was given, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr!) was nonetheless able to escape with his life. Knowing that it was a danger to him, he locked his lightsaber away and stopped using the Force. In the years that passed, he became cocky and sarcastic. When he finally meets Ezra on board Ghost, he decides to go back to his old ways and fight against the Empire by helping to train this young Jedi. We will have costumes for Kenan soon!
Ghost’s pilot and “owner” is Hera Syndulla, a green Twi’lek that lives to fight the Empire, though it is not known why. She is strong-minded and independent, and serves as the crew’s heart. Her skills as a pilot and gunner always help her to see missions out to the end.
Hera also owns Chopper, the nickname of the astromech droid C1-10P. This droid is irritable, and uninterested in gaining affection with his owner and the other organics on the ship. Somehow, he becomes essential in saving the rest of the crew from danger.
Chopper has a strong rivalry with Garazeb Orrelios, whom the others call Zeb. Zeb is a Lasat enforcer that works as the Ghost’s trained muscle. A capable warrior, Zeb is highly educted and skilled. His favorite past-time is beating up Stormtroopers, whom he calls “bucket heads.”
The final member of the Ghost’s crew is the Mandalorian heavy-weapons expert Sabine Wren. She has a talented for artistic decoration, and personalizes her armor, hair, and cabin, as well as leaving graffiti calling-cards when the members of the Ghost complete a mission.
The show’s main villain will be a yet-unnamed Inquisitor, a dark-Force sensitive warrior that is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down any remaining Jedi. Details are tight at the moment, but he will undoubtedly learn of Kanan and Ezra, and begin to pursue them.
That’s all we know so far. We’re very excited to see how Star Wars Rebels turns out. It debuts in October, and we can’t wait!
This week on the Character Corner we’re looking at one of the Jedi’s most dangerous enemies during the Clone War: The half man, half machine warrior General Grievous!
Grievous was born Qymaen jai Sheelal, a Kaleesh. During conflicts with the Huk, an alien race that resembled human-sized bugs, Sheelal mastered the art of war, becoming a legendary figure in his tribe. After the death of his loved one, Ronderu lij Kummar, he rebranded himself Grievous, vowing to destroy the Huk, who turned to the Galactic Republic for assistance. The Republic in turn gave aid to the Huk, pushing back the Kaleesh and leaving them to starve.
Grievous sought off-world assistance from the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and was noticed by Chairman San Hill and Count Dooku. A plot was hatched to bring Grievous fully to their side for the approaching galactic conflict, and a bomb was placed aboard Grievous’ shuttle when he returned to his planet. The shuttle crashed and Grievous was severely injured. He was given blood from the Jedi Master Sifo-Diyas, a droid body, and a synth-skin gut-sack, along with numerous other enhancements by San Hill.
Count Dooku now had a leader for the droid army that he was creating, and began training Grievous in lightsaber combat. Fueled by a hatred for the Republic and the Jedi – whom he believed responsible for his shuttle’s crash and his injuries – he eagerly joined Count Dooku’s cause.
General Grievous’ first appearance in the Clone War was the Battle of Hypori, four months after the Battle of Geonosis. Grievous would fight against six Jedi, including two Jedi Council members, during the battle. Two of the Jedi would fall, Tarr Seirr and Sha’a Gi. Grievous’ standing increased, and he began to perform runs with his heaver cruiser Malevolence, which possessed ion cannons strong enough to disable entire fleets.
General Grievous would proof to be a constant and legitimate threat to the Galactic Republic during the War, and a danger to both the clone forces and the Jedi. His collection of trophies, lightsabers taken from Jedi he killed in combat, grew. He fought Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano several times, but was unable to kill any of them.
As General Grievous’ attacks succeeded and the Republic’s situation grew more dire, Grievous became an “avatar of terror” for the Republic, winning battle after battle and pushing them back more and more. This led to Grievous being ordered by the Sith Lord Sidious to capture Chancellor Palpatine (Sidious himself, of course). He led the battle both on the ground and above Coruscant, suffering an injury from Jedi Mace Windu that damaged his internal organs, giving him the coughing heard in Episode III. Skywalker and Kenobi, during their rescue of Palpatine, engaged Grievous and destroyed his ship. Grievous was sucked into space but survived using one of his ship’s escape pods.
Grievous would then travel to Utapau, where his forces captured Kenobi. Grievous relished the chance to fight him, and demanded he be the one to kill the Jedi. Grievous split his arms into four and attacked with a dazzling flurry of blows. Kenobi was able to see through the pattern, and cut off two of Grievous’ hands, just as Clone Commander Cody and his battalion arrive, sparking a wide conflict on the planet. Grievous fled and Kenobi followed, ending their battle on Grievous’ private landing platform. Nearly pushed off a ledge, Kenobi used the Force to grab a blaster, striking Grievous in his exposed gut sack. The oils there ignited, incinerating the cyborg’s critical organs, killing him.
Behind the scenes
Grievous was designed for Revenge of the Sith as a villain for the Jedi to fight. George Lucas asked simply for a “droid general” and the design team eventually came up with the design for Grievous.
Many parts of Grievous foreshadow Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader. The mixture of cybernetic and biological components was one element Lucas desired, and the heavy, racking cough that Grievous possesses mirrors Darth Vader’s heavy breathing. In-universe, the technology that kept Grievous alive was prototype technology that would eventually be used to greater effect on Anakin Skywalker after being burned on Mustafar.
So now you know all about the dangerous cyborg leader for the Separatists! We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Star Wars Character Corner; come back next month for our next edition of the Character Corner, and check once a week for other fun Star Wars information!
Perhaps you are aware of a character in the Star Wars saga named Jar-Jar Binks. He’s a Gungan, an underwater race that lives on Naboo, and accompanies the Jedi to Tatooine. We understand if you haven’t heard of him; he’s a fairly minor character.
This character is derided by fans for being “CGI,” a “racial stereotype,” or “stupid.” Now I only understand what one of those things mean, but Jar-Jar deserves more credit! He’s clearly a Jedi!
Yes! There is a belief that certain adherents to the Force held called the “White Current” theory. The idea was that the Force was like a river, and one person’s control of the force was like dipping a hand into the river – it could do nothing to divert the river’s course. By immersing themselves in the “Current” these adepts developed strange and unique force powers.
Jar-Jar, a Gungan, lived most of his life underwater, and would have certainly experience going through currents before. If the White Current Theory had taken effect, Jar-Jar may have manifested special traits: mainly, his luck.
That’s stupid. You’re stupid.
Hear me out! There are events during Episode I that could give hints as to how well-attuned Jar-Jar is to the Force. For example, while Jar-Jar, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon are riding in the Gungan sub thing (actually called a Tribubble Bongo!) Qui-Gon uses a sort of . . . Force Vulcan Neck Pinch, trying to calm Jar-Jar down. Jar-Jar instead falls asleep. Obi-Wan says “You overdid it,” but could this actually be because of Jar-Jar’s unseen force sensitivity?
The clue is the way the Force manifests itself using Jar-Jar. He is known to be horribly clumsy, as well as rather unintelligent. Look closely, however, at some of the times Jar-Jar has affected the story of The Phantom menace:
His first meeting with the Jedi, when Qui-Gon saves his life, leads Jar-Jar to take the Jedi to the Gungan city Otoh Gunga, keeping the Jedi alive until they can rescue Queen Amidala.
On Tatooine, Jar-Jar bumps into Sebulba, the reigning podracer champ and all-around bully. This causes a young Anakin Skywalker to step in and rescue Jar-Jar, leading to the Jedi’s discovery of Anakin’s force powers.
Finally, during the battle of Naboo in which the Gungan forces went up against the Trade Federation’s droids, Jar-Jar inadvertently releases a wave of energy balls into both battle droids and armored tanks, destroying several and giving the Gungans time to retreat, having given the Naboo pilots the chance they needed to attack the Trade Federation droid command ship.
None of this makes sense.
Sure it does! The Force was using Jar-Jar to guide the Jedi to safety, help them find Anakin, and save Naboo, thus allowing them to escape and setting up the rest of the saga, like when Anakin goes evil and . . . murders . . . murders hundreds of people. I have a new theory.
Jar-Jar Binks: Sith Lord.
In Episode II, when Padme Amidala goes into hiding after attempts on her life, Jar-Jar stands for her in the Senate, as per his duties as a Junior Senator. Jar-Jar then motions for Chancellor Palpatine to receive emergency powers required to create a Grand Army of the Republic, AKA the Clones! Jar-Jar Binks gives Darth Sidious the power to destroy the Jedi!
Update: On October 31st of 2015, the rest of the internet caught on, leading to this post.
We’re sure plenty of people remember Battlefront II, one of the Star Wars video games where you take part in some of the epic battles that span both the prequels and the original trilogy. So, when EA announced that DICE (A Swedish developer) would be making Battlefront 3, many were excited. Using the same Frostbyte engine as Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge, “Star Wars: Battlefront” is expected to release by September of 2015.
Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to get your Star Wars fix in the mean time! We’re counting down the top six Star Wars video games, based on Metacritic!
#6: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
The sequel to Bioware’s acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, KOTOR II, as it is known, is set thousands of years before the prequels, after a near-eradication of the Jedi order. You play a solitary survivor, and exile from the order, and have the ability to guide your character to the light side or the dark side based on your actions.
While well-liked, the game received criticism for its rushed deadline (an attempt to put the game on shelves before Christmas), which led to an abundance of bugs and a nearly-incomplete final level.
#5: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Built for the enjoyment of younger fans, this game still manages to be fun for all. Lego mini-fig versions of more than fifty characters can be seen and played, and playing time ranges from a few hours to days on end. Characters are able to build with bricks using the force, and plenty of other activities as they play through Episodes IV-VI.
Criticism was leveled at the DS and GBA versions of the game, but high scores were heaped on the console and PC versions. It was nominated and won several awards, including GameSpy’s PC “game of the Year.”
#4: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
This game was released in 2002 as the sequel to Star Wars: Jedi Knight, and follows the story of Kyle Katarn, an expanded universe character that has cut off his ties with the Jedi after almost falling to the dark side. Through the course of the game he must find those ties again to defeat the dark Jedi Desann. With both a first-person shooter style and a third-person lightsaber combat style, the player is given plenty of options on how to play. It also included a multiplayer mode, which pitted different player-controlled characters against each other in a match.
While all three versions were well received, reviewers agree that the PC version was superior, the Xbox version was middling, and the Gamecube version was the weakest. Some reviewers stated there was too much puzzle solving, while others stated things such as level design issues or a slow start to the game.
#3: Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing, B-Wing, Y-Wing, and more as Wedge Antilles or Luke Skywalker in this sequel to Star Wars Rogue Squadron, released for the Gamecube. Playing through ten missions both in and outside the original trilogy, players must defend or attack targets from their ships. Find power-ups and unlock new content such as extra levels and crafts, including The Millennium Falcon and Slave I.
Rogue Leader was one of the highest-rated GameCube launch titles, and won the E3 2001 Game Critics Award for Best Action Game.
#2: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
What is it with “II” games? Sequels do well, I guess. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is the predecessor to Jedi Outcast, and also follows protagonist Kyle Katarn. Similar to Outcast, players have a choice of first-person or third-person play, including guns, lightsaber, and force powers. Differing endings based on play, a mainstay of Star Wars video games, were featured.
Even though the game has an aggregate metacritic score of 91, it was not free from criticism. Level layout, enemy AI, and graphics were questioned, though John Williams’ soundtrack, audio design, and the multiplayer mode were received highly.
#1: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The most well-known and well-liked of the Star Wars video games is the first in the Knights of the Old Republic series, set more than four thousand years before the original trilogy is set. In a period of the Republic when there are thousands of Jedi and Sith alike, you must decide your fate as a Jedi warrior that doesn’t remember his past.
Made by Bioware, and containing classic Bioware and Star Wars elements such as different endings and conversation choices. It contains what is known as one of the premiere plot twists in video games, and received numerous awards, including several game of the year awards.
There you have it: The top six Star Wars video games! We know you have your opinions; leave a comment and tell us what you think!
Every few weeks, The Official Star Wars Costumes blog runs a piece on one of the many different characters in the Star Wars Universe (and that’s just a list of “prominent” characters!). While we usually talk about characters from the movies, or perhaps the Clone Wars television show, this week we’re looking at a character that appears mostly in the Expanded Universe: The famous X-Wing pilot and Rebel hero, Wedge Antilles!
We first meet Wedge Antilles at the end of Episode IV, during the briefing to destroy the Death Star. He voices doubts about being able to hit the battle station’s exhaust port, but is re-assured by Luke Skywalker. He and Luke are the only members of Red Squadron to make it out of the battle alive. They would go on to create the legendary Rogue Squadron, which they both led until the events of Episode V, during which Wedge took full control. He also took part in the attack on the Death Star during Episode VI, and is the only pilot to fly in and survive both attacks.
With the Rebels in power, Wedge became known as the Republic’s greatest pilot. He briefly resigned from his post and led a private war against Ysanne Isard, the then-current Imperial leader, successfully ending his rule. Wedge was accepted back into the Republic, forming Wraith Squadron as a commando unit.
Nine years after the battle of Yavin, Wedge Antilles became a General at the behest of Supreme Commander Ackbar. He commanded the Deadnought Lusankya. During this time he married and started a family. He would later become New Republic Starfighter Command Chief of Staff, and command Rogue Squadron once more. After reaching an end to the war with the Imperial Remnant, Wedge retired in 19 ABY (After Battle of Yavin).
In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded, and Wedge rejoined the fight. He became commander of the New Republic Fleet Group Three, participating in the failed defense of Coruscant. He made a stand against Yuuzhan Vong ex-warmaster Czulkang Lah, defeating him. This victory led to a significant rise in moral, with the New Republic now aware the invading inter-galactic enemies could be defeated. Wedge would end up being one of the commanders that recaptured Coruscant to end the war.
Wedge would return from retirement when imprisoned by the New Republic’s successor state, the Galactic Alliance, in the lead up to the second Galactic Civil War. He sided with his home world Corellia and its revolt against the Galactic Alliance, but came to realize the Corellian leaders were corrupt. He switched sides to the Coalition led by his friend Luke Skywalker, which included the Jedi, a division of the Galactic Alliance after a schism, and other smaller groups. After the defeat of Darth Caedus, the Sith Leader of the Galactic Alliance, the war ended and Wedge retired for the third and final time.
Behind the Scenes:
Wedge Antilles was played by two different actors during the filming of Episode IV: Colin Higgins and Denis Lawson. Colin Higgins was fired after only a day of shooting, but still appears in the movie for one scene. Both actors had their voices dubbed by David Ankrum. Lawson also portrayed the character in Episodes V and VI. The character came from an early concept of a hotshot pilot with the name Chewie Antilles, but during rewrites of the Episode IV script, the characters were divided into Chewbacca and Wedge.
Lawson turned down a role for Episode VII, saying that it would have “bored” him.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Character Corner this week! Wedge is one of the dark horse characters of the Star Wars universe, and his adventures are much grander than we could portray here. We’ll see you next time!
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Everybody loves ‘em, everybody knows ‘em. The Star Wars movies! They are the central pillars of Star Wars fandom. We decided to rank the movies from worst to best, after looking at polls and lists online. (Spoiler: At the end of this article we will tell you how to win a free Star Wars costume.)
#6: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Coming out in 2002, Episode II continues the saga of young Anakin Skywalker. This is the first place controversial placement on our list, but many people (including yours truly!) believe that Episode II is weaker than Episode I. Foremost is the cringe-worthy dialogue present through most of the movie, but especially between Anakin and Padme Amidala, whose forbidden romance plot is just barely more interesting than staring at a wall. A weak story full of plot holes and bad acting plague this movie from nearly beginning to end.
Positively, Episode II has the exciting Geonosis battle, the first time we get to see Jedi in all-out war. Christopher Lee as Count Dooku marks the best bit of acting, and his battle with Yoda is a sight to behold. Not as much Jar-Jar.
Did you know? Jar-Jar Binks, standing in for Senator Amidala, puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar-Jar, the most hated character in the Star Wars canon, is indirectly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the near-annihilation of the Jedi order.
#5: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Just slightly edging out Attack of the Clones, The Phantom Menace was the most hyped movie of 1999, and suffered for a great many reasons: Boring trade and politics talk, bad acting and dialogue, and an overabundance of special effects. Jake Lloyd, playing young Anakin, proved to be the wrong choice for such an important character. With the inclusion of several heavily-derided characters and special effects that overloaded some viewers, it’s common to find this movie at the bottom of the list.
Yet it has some advantages over Episode II. Darth Maul, though underused and killed off, created a stunning enemy for the Jedi. The Naboo battle, while failing to recreate the exciting end of Episode VI, still proves to be a fun scene.
Did you know? During filming, Ewan McGregor made lightsaber noises as he dueled. It was noted and corrected during post production.
#4: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Here’s the second instance of a possible controversial placement. What many consider the weakest movie in the original trilogy, this 1983 movie still has more than enough charm to raise it above most of the trilogy. The Jabba scenes, Endor attack, and final battle aboard the Death Star Mark 2 are all high points of this film.
However, the movie isn’t without its negatives. The Ewoks don’t have a very strong fanbase, and some criticism has been leveled at Mark Hamill’s varying success playing an older Luke. The fanbase is somewhat conflicted over whether this movie, or Episode three, is more deserving of a higher spot.
Did you know? The word “Ewok” isnever said during the movie. The name appears in the novelization, the movie’s credits, and other material.
#3: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith
Clearly the greatest of the prequels, Episode III even has some details that rival the original movies. Nobody can deny the feeling of the Sith’s plot coming together is one of great emotion and importance, the initial battle above Coruscant to rescue the Chancellor is an amazing spectacle (without overloading the viewer), and the battle between Obi-Wan and Lord Vader on Mustafar can be just as exciting as the battles in the original trilogy. The scene of the clone troopers betraying the Jedi has the suddenness and power of the Godfather’s similar climax.
Still, with all these good things, it’s far from perfect. Subpar acting is all too apparent, and the story itself raises several plot holes, such as Leia’s supposed memory of her mother, and how Padme died of “a broken heart.”
Did you know? George Lucas deliberately made the Darth Vader suit top-heavy (for instance adding weight on the helmet) to make Hayden Christensen not appear “too accustomed” to it in the movie.
#2: Episode IV – A New Hope
The first! Originally simply “Star Wars”, Episode IV kicked off the brand we know and love today in amazing style! The plot is a classic hero’s journey as described by Joseph Campbell in his book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” an archetypal story that many cultures exhibit. There’s not much to say about the beauty of this movie: it introduced the characters we love, gave us plenty of exciting scenes, and led to even more exciting with the movies to follow.
Did you know? Episode IV is the only Star Wars movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, and the first ever science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture.
#1: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Frequently shown to be the best Star Wars movie, Episode V was actually voted the best movie ever earlier this year, beating out The Godfather and more. From the battle on Hoth to the betrayal at Cloud City and the duel between Luke and his father, viewers are taken on an emotional ride, from fear and anger to happiness. It contains what many people consider the major spoiler of movies from that era, and fans continue to enjoy it to this day.
Did you know? Mark Hamill had to bang his head 16 times on the ceiling of Yoda’s hut before the director was satisfied.
There you are! The six Star Wars movies ranked. We know that plenty of you have your own opinions about the series. Make them known in the comments!
The Clone Wars Movie: While a moderate box office success, the animated Clone Wars film was a critical failure, existing as little more than a plug for the upcoming (and much better received) Clone Wars animated series. The movie serves as an introduction to Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the series.
The Star Wars Holiday Special: Spoken of in the hushed tones of myth, the Star Wars Holiday Special is critically derided, and has never been shown on US television, or released on home video. George Lucas has said he wouldn’t mind every copy being tracked down and burned.
From Boba Fett’s first appearance in Star Wars lore, to guest appearances by Jefferson Starship, Art Carney, Bea Arthur and more, and adding on Carrie Fisher’s clearly drunk performance as Leia, it is only the wildest fans who can watch the credits roll and think “I enjoyed that.”
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Every once in a while on Official Star Wars Costumes, we like to take two characters we never got the chance to see fight and drop them in an arena. We’ve done it previously with Darth Vader and Qui-Gon Jinn, and we now see fit to do it once more with two dangerous enemies: Mace Windu vs. Darth Maul! We’ll take a look at each character’s strengths and weaknesses, and see how they match up.
Mace Windu, High Jedi General and one time Grand Master of the Jedi Order, was a formidable opponent. He created his own unique style of lightsaber combat, called Vaapad, and was the only person to master it. It was said that only Count Dooku and Master Yoda could outduel him. Windu revealed that the secret to Vaapad was its path through the “penumbra” of the dark side, utilizing aggression and a desire to win. Known for its power and dangerous technique, the user would accept the fury of the opponent, and required a constant stream of Force from the use.
Windu had many other powers as well: Extensive force mastery, including knowledge of the dark side and a strong resistance to it. He could utilize the force to enhance his body’s abilities, as well as the force wave, and even some darker powers, including the force grip and force crush. Finally, he had the strange ability he called shatterpoint, which helped him find the weaknesses in opponents, objects, and even events.
Mace Windu fully accepted that his greatest weakness was his enjoyment of fighting. This was a dangerous trait for a Jedi due to the nature of the dark side.
Mace Windu had ferocity, but Darth Maul was unmatched in that category. He was highly trained in Juyo, the sister style to Vaapad, similarly vicious and aggressive. He was a skilled practitioner in Niman, the sixth style of combat, which possesses no outright strengths but also no glaring weaknesses, as well as Jar’Kai, dual lightsaber combat. Finally, he was a masterful user of the double-bladed lightsaber, something that not many Jedi had fought. He had incredible hand-to-hand combat skills, and was a tactical master during fights.
Additional powers and abilities include telekinesis, resistance to force attacks, mechanics, able to withstand immense physical pain, and weaponry.
Maul was only truly in his element while fight hand-to-hand or with melee weapons such as the lightsaber, and he disliked using his force techniques while in combat. Maul was prone to furious actions that would leave him open to a counterattack.
A battle between a Vaapad master and a skilled Juyo practitioner would be a sight to behold. Both Windu and Maul would be going up against a talented opponent. However, Mace Windu has several advantages. First, while Darth Maul was extremely gifted in combat, WIndu’s use of the Vaapad style made a difficult fight more interesting for Windu, prompting his desire to win and a surge of strength. Windu also had much stronger force abilities, as well as the shatterpoint technique. Darth Maul’s tactical strength would have made the fight more difficult than simply overpowering him with abilities, and he had his own version of shatterpoint: an ability to discern weaknesses in an opponent’s fighting style, which he made use of fighting against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Darth could, potentially, have the advantage physically, but Mace Windu’s other abilities make up for it. In the battle of Mace Windu vs. Darth Maul, Mace Windu would win perhaps 65-70 percent of the time, though Darth Maul does have a chance. We would love to hear your thoughts, what two Star Wars Characters should battle next?