The community has spoken and spoken clearly: The Empire Strikes Back is still the standard by which all Star Wars films are judged. Not only did Episode V win, it never had less than 50% of the vote the entirety of the poll.
What was surprising was that the original, A New Hope, was languishing just above Attack of the Clones until last week when a late rush swept it to second. It battled Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, which finished third and fourth, respectively. For all the prequel hate, Episode III was bouncing between second and fourth the whole month. Revenge of the Sith is my third favorite film in the series and I think if you just watch Episodes III – VI (for now), you still have a pristine franchise.
In the battle for last place, Episode I eked past Episode II at the last second and, rightly so. For all the things that are bad in Episode I, the movie is fixable. I could literally sit down right now and combine it with Episode II to make one, awesome movie. Episode II is a waste. It has the least impact of any film in the series, the fewest cool moments and I will listen to Gungan talk all day before sitting through Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman deliver the least romantic film dialogue in cinematic history.
I think you got it right, Time Killers. I would swap Jedi and Sith in my rankings, but otherwise my rankings are yours. Your sage geek wisdom shines through once more! I’ll leave this one up for a few days before we dive into the annual September poll on The Best Show on TV. Game of Thrones won year one; The Walking Dead last year; who will take home the crown in year three? Start cogitating!