Poll: The Best of the Six* Modern Star Wars Films

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Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 and the coming-soon Episode 9
Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 and the coming-soon Episode 9

There are really two types of Star Wars films; the original films and the modern films. The originals consist of the first three; Episode IV, V, and VI, plus the Ewok Movie and Holiday Special. The moderns are the next eight; Episodes I, II, and III, Then VII, VIII, IX, Solo and Rogue One. Fans to this day are still split on which is the best one of either era, so IGN set out to find out by asking you, the fans, to rank the best of the seven modern Star Wars films.

*Strangely, Episode I is excluded since they deemed “modern” being films released after 2000. Had this been my poll, I would have included Episode I and omitted Episode VII, closing my eyes and pretending like it never happened, but alas, not my poll.

The Star Wars prequels
The Star Wars prequels

Other important notes: About 30,400 people responded, which is a paltry sum of the legion of Star Wars fans out there, but that’s what we have to work with. Also, Episode IX is excluded since it isn’t released yet. Finally, I’m relatively certain the only science behind this poll is the witchcraft produced in the internet, so take it with a whole shaker of salt. Let’s see how their list stacks up to your opinion. Ready? Punch it, Chewie!

The Millennium Falcon in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.
The Millennium Falcon in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

#6: Episode II: Attack of the Clones – 3.4%

Geonosis Arena in Episode II
Did someone order some extra Jedi?

Dragging the bottom of the pile of modern Star Wars films is Episode II: Attack of the Clones. While it does rank low on my personal list, to quote Yoda, “There is another.” The second prequel installment had some good moments, like the Battle Royale scene on Geonosis, and I liked the battle between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan, as well as Yoda in action against Dooku. And hey, we did get Obi-Wan Jesus out of this film. However, Episode II felt like the movie that had to be there to bridge the beginning and end of a dumpster fire. Sort of like going to a wedding where your pervy uncle just had to be invited and hits on the bride while draining the open bar. Maybe he’s got some Death Sticks…

#5: Solo: A Star Wars Story – 3.7%

Chewbacca and Han
Han and Chewbacca from Solo: A Star Wars Story

This one hurts, and I don’t agree with the ranking.

Solo was a great film released under the worst circumstances. Most fans agree that Solo has real potential to be the start of some fantastic spin-offs, and rumors are already circulating that Alden Ehrenreich will reprise the role of Han Solo in future Star Wars film projects. While we may never get a Solo II, We are getting Disney+ live-action series set in the time where Han at this age would be lingering. Hopefully we’ll at least get the small screen version. Sorry voters, this ranking should have been higher.

#4: Episode VII: The Last Jedi – 9.7%

derail the sequel trilogy; rian johnson
I don’t know where you got your delusions, laser brain…

This ranking floors me, mostly because it should be at the bottom.

On the floor.

Where I’m at because of this 4th place ranking.

It’s not that The Last Jedi was the worst of the Star Wars films. What is was, however, was a big chunky wasted opportunity to make fans care about a new pantheon of Star Wars lore. Instead, we got angry Luke refereeing between his two young Padawans who can’t stay out of each other’s heads at night, and Space Leia playing Mary Poppins. Something tells me the Reylo movement influenced this vote. It had to be Reylo…

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