My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Characters

I must be in a Star Wars mood, since I just wrote about it last week. But hey, I just watched season 7 of Clone Wars and with the weekly Mandalorian episodes, how could you blame me?

Today I will attempt to pick 10 out of the countless Star Wars characters who I believe to be my favorite. This is going to be really tough, but here goes.

 

#10

Han Solo

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He’s easily one of the funniest characters in the Star Wars universe thanks to his reckless courage, crude/sarcastic personality, and tendency to tick off the wrong people. Yet he always pulls through, and while he’s a jerk to most people, he will sacrifice everything to help the ones he cares about. Whether portrayed by Harrison Ford, or the guy from Solo, he is a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9

Darth Maul

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The first time I saw this guy I was blown away. Seriously, how much cooler could someone look? Plus a double-sided lightsaber? Awesome acrobats? This guy is nuts. I was devastated when he died, but thrilled when he came back. It wasn’t until Clone Wars/ Rebels that we got to really see his personality. His is a cunning, manipulative, and hugely angry son-of-a-gun who constantly gets shat on to the point where you feel bad for him.

#8

Yoda

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I think a big part of Yoda that intrigues me is the mystery around him. We know so little about him, other than he is likely the most powerful Jedi to exist in the timelines exposed to viewers. Sadly the only time we really see just how grand he is in episodes 2 & 3, and they are two of the best scenes in the films. He proves he can easily match and overpower even the mightiest of Sith Lords, both with his saber and force abilities.

But he’s a strange guy. I’m pretty sure he knew everything that was going on with Palpatine’s grand scheme and just let it happen. I suspect he wanted to retire when he was on top…

#7

Darth Tyrannus

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This Sith Lord is interesting for he is a well-respected retired Jedi. But what the movies don’t show is just how powerful he truly is. Sort of. He easily defeats Anakin and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, and even stands his ground for a bit against Yoda, but it isn’t until Clone Wars that we see just what a power house he is. His feats in that show are more or less astounding, proving he is one of the most powerful Jedi/Sith ever.

Plus Christoper Lee has one of the coolest voices ever, so that makes him even more awesome.

#6

R2-D2

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He started out as this adorable, charismatic, loveable droid, and remained a big part of the series until he’s replaced by BB-8. But why I like him so much is because he’s a frickin’ bad-ass. This droid does not give a f$&k. He will fight anything that stands in his way. He’s defeated numerous battle droids, dodged hundreds of lasers, and even led a mission of his own during the Clone Wars. I don’t know what’s stored inside his trash can of a body, but you can bet he’s got a tool or weapon to help you out in any situation.

#5

Rex

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Wielding 2 pistols rather than the more standard rifles, this guy is the most bad-ass Clone out there. Serving under Anakin during the Clone Wars, this guy has been a key part of many highly dangerous and equally important missions. He is as loyal as can be, bred and trained to be the perfect soldier. He even sticks around to do his part in the civil war, for there is nothing this guy does better than war.

#4

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader

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I really like the whole story behind Anakin. The chosen one, born of the midichlorians, a ridiculously powerful Jedi turned Sith turned proud father. As a Padawan, he’s a cocky immature prick, but once he is promoted and mature, he’s a very powerful warrior and incredible tactician. He is a key player in the success of the Clone Wars, both in the fact that he is an unstoppable powerhouse and helps the republic beat the separatists, and also taking down the republic and starting an empire which was why the Clone Wars was started in the first place. So like I said…key player for both sides.

The Clone Wars shows how truly powerful he is as a Jedi. As a Sith Lord, we don’t get to see too much of him, other than he is angry and ruthless. Knowing the events that led up to him becoming Vader in his scary suit and all, you can’t really blame him for being angry. I actually feel bad for the guy. His life pretty much completely sucks. He lost everything he loved simply because he feared to lose them, and is forced to live for several decades with this knowledge eating away at him. Not to mention he has to live in that miserable suit as practically a machine because he had to pick a fight with his best friend/ father-figure.

#3

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan is one of the most powerful Jedi ever. He slays a Sith Lord when he’s just a Padawan, proves throughout the Clone Wars, both in the show and movies, that he’s a beast, and his “duel” with Darth Maul in Rebels shows he doesn’t stop growing in power after his isolation post-Order 66.

Ewan McGregor gives him a strong and hilarious personality that carries perfectly into The Clone Wars series, making him one of the most entertaining characters in the franchise.

#2

Sabine Wren

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Sabine is a master at like everything. She is incredibly acrobatic, to near Jedi levels, a master at hand-to-hand combat and all sorts of weaponry. But she’s also a tech genius, and explosives extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s a crazy good artist.

She even received training from Jedi to use the Dark Saber, which belonged to her, which is kind of a big deal. She’s got a deep backstory, and a wonderful, loving, not to mention loveable personality, and I hope very much to see more of her one day.

#1

Ahsoka Tano

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We essentially watch Ahsoka, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, grow up. Unfortunately her whole life is nothing but war, and because of this (and being apprenticed to an extremely reckless and powerful Jedi), she quickly becomes the ultimate warrior. Her acrobatic skills are unlike any other Jedi, making her a hard target to hit on the battlefield. Her lightsaber skills become very hard to rival as well, especially after she adds a second lightsaber, thus changing up her whole style to match her swift movements.

Ahsoka displays enormous power throughout the Clone Wars, which only grows along with her body. In season 7, we really see just how incredible she is. But even though she leaves the order, she is willing to help those in need, thus she gets dragged into the civil war, continuing the only life she knows, like some orange skinned Rambo, but with laser swords.

And there you have it! That’s 10 of my favorite Star Wars characters! Though I wouldn’t exactly say I’m certain on this, as there are so many. Definitely, without a doubt, Sabine and Ahsoka belong where they are. They hint that those two might go an adventure to find Ezra, and I wish they make a show or something about that. Seeing my two favorite characters in their own series would be a dream come true.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Third Time’s the Charm

For some reason I feel the need to post about this every time I watch the Last Jedi.

If you’re curious, this is what I had to say the first time, and here’s what I said the second.

Basically, I didn’t like it the first time, and then claimed it was bad, but not as bad the second time.

Now the third time, I have to admit I enjoyed it.

It has great action, the characters are cool, there’s some decent humor. Heck, I didn’t even mind Rose this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not thrilled about a lot of the decisions made in the movie, and the casino scene is still horrendous, but overall, it’s a solid movie that leaves a lot open for the ninth episode.

So basically, I’m saying I have hope Rise of Skywalker will smooth out everything, in which afterwards, The Last Jedi won’t seem so terrible, but a necessary component that sets some plots in motion, and simply puts others on hold, and ties the whole trilogy together.

I can see why the second movie may be the toughest to make, since it’s basically filler while the first episode starts up everything and the third concludes it. So the middle movie, as it stands alone without a complete trilogy may seem off and terrible.

Episodes 2 and 5 are my least favorite from the other trilogies (usually), so it’s no surprise this one will definitely be my least favorite in this trilogy too. Unless of course they really mess up Episode 9.

But anyway, I never go into any movie with any kind of expectations, except for Last Jedi, for it was something I wanted to see for literally as long as I can remember, and that is why it fell flat for me, and many other people too. But now that I know what happens and the shock has worn off, and I’ve accepted that this is what it is, I have found enjoyment in it.

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Star Wars-Practical Effects Vs. CGI

I know I talked about Star Wars last week, but I’ve just got to say something about the war that seems to be going on with the effect preferences for the films. When the original trilogy came out, CGI didn’t really exist, so naturally, everything was made by the extremely talented crew, and it looked astonishing, every costume, creature, set piece, etc. This is one of the reasons the films became so popular. The special effects for the time were practically unheard of.

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The prequels were made sometime later and used basically all CGI. This caused a great outcry by many people, no doubt because it insulted the awe the fans experienced the first time they saw the originals, thus irritating their nostalgia. Never mind the fact that 99% of the movie looked far better, it wasn’t the same as the beloved originals.

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The difference in effects I happen to like very much however. Each trilogy has a unique feel to it, largely in part by their special effects. The original trilogy had a much darker feel, and all the man made things fit that theme perfectly. You got the vibe that the world was a lousy place to live in due to the emperor’s rule and the dark magic around Darth Vader, who himself was completely black. Everything meshed together and made the movies very enjoyable.

The prequels were the opposite. Here we had the Republic in control, everyone seemed happy and less danger was scattered throughout the worlds. The galaxy seemed to be thriving and all the beautiful CGI effects added to this just as the physical effects played to the originals. The colors are all so vibrant, the world’s gorgeous, the lightsabers looked a whole lot better. Again, the effects worked so well for the theme of the movie that it came as a shock to me that so many people were complaining. CGI made everything look so much more alive as well.

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Look at Yoda in the original version of Episode 1. He was a horrendous looking puppet that had to go around in a flying chair. But when it was redone, he was CGI and looks amazing. Thanks to CGI, one can now believe Yoda to be a powerful Jedi warrior.

But not every can come to terms with change and technological advancements.. Though personally, I feel if you are going to judge a movie by it’s effects, then I feel you aren’t really enjoying the movies at all, good effects or bad, it means if so much of your attention is focused on such things, the story itself, the chunk of the movie to say, has failed to grip you.

But anyway. Disney buys Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise and then answers the cries of the fans and the solution we get is a horrible mish mash of CGI and practical effects. And it is just awful. The CGI looks great. I would say 90% of the movie is CGI, because sorry practical lovers, the world has moved beyond slow, costly practical effects and film makers are restricted badly due to the limits of human construction and all that. With CGI, literally anything is possible. So obviously, in the evermore competitive world we live in, movies have, particularly in the genre that is Star Wars, filled with intense battles, diverse worlds and creatures, and all sorts of flashy things going on, have advanced to a stage not possible with practical effects. It is not hard to see that CGI is a must to make these movies the most they can be. That is why George Lucas made 4-6 first afterall. The lack of CGI made his visions for 1-3 impossible.

So as I said, we have a mish mash in 7 and 8. For the most part, it is fine, but there are so many puppets I noticed when I just watched episode 8 for the second time that just look so terrible and out of place. You can’t place puppets in a CGI world with more than half the surrounding creatures CGI as well. They stand out like a very, very sore thumb. Plus, they don’t even look good. At least in the original trilogy, mostly everything looked believable and amazing. In the casino scene in episode 8, there’s just puppets sitting at tables that look like they were just pulled from a ventriloquist’s arm and plopped at a table. They look SO BAD and it pulls you out of the fantasy that is Star Wars.

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Another horrid example that comes to the front of my mind is some stupid bird on Jakku in episode 7. It looks good when standing still but when it moves, dear God does it look bad.  It moves like a stupid puppet and not a bird, leaving you with a disgusted feeling because you are pulled out of the world thanks to such horrid “effects.” If you want to makes practical effects, great, but they have to act, move and feel real. They failed here and several other places.

This brings me to my next point. CGI really does make everything look more alive. Animators can make things move more realistically, this doesn’t go just for creatures but for the X-Wings and other ships. A model of a ship is limited vastly on how it can move, but with CGI you can do whatever you want, and the ships look better too.

Sure older CGI doesn’t age well usually, but it still looks better than the crap practical ones they are making now. And that’s not to say practical effects don’t age well either, because many don’t as well.

So I ask what is the point of holding on to nostalgic feelings and all that if it means hindering the potential that a film could truly be? These companies are going out of their way to please fans like this, but these fans are never going to be happy anyway because obviously they are so absorbed by the originals that nothing anyone can ever do will ever please them! This all wraps around back to my nostalgia prevents progression post.

But don’t get me wrong, some stuff still looks great, but it still for the most part seems so out of place in today’s world.

Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi Better the Second Time Watching?

The more one watches the same film, the more their opinion changes, or so I’ve noticed. You may like a movie better each time, or like it less, noticing things that you may have missed the first few times viewing it. Also, once you know what to expect, you can go into the movie with a suitable mind set and severely lowered expectations.

amazing spider man 2I recently discovered just how much an opinion can change when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the third time. The first time I watched it…in theaters…I thought it was awful garbage, save for the 3 scenes Spider-Man was in it. It doesn’t help that I saw two movies in the theater that day, Captain America: Winter Soldier was the first I saw, about a half hour before ASM2. That, being one of the best super hero movies of all time, might have really crushed Spider-Man’s movie looking any good at all.

The second time I watched it, I was prepared for it’s disappointment and I actually found it good, though nothing great. This might be because I watched the other 4 Spider-Man films before it, and I find Sam Raimi’s trilogy to be far superior to the two newer ones, which may have shown me how lacking ASM2 was, much in the same way Winter Soldier did.

But the third time I watched it, I only watched Amazing Spider-Man before it, and this time around, I found the movie to be quite excellent, like an 8 out of 10 excellent.

So with this knowledge, I hesitantly bought The Last Jedi, a film that completely ruined a series I adored my whole life. What made me even more hesitant is that each time I watch The Force Awakens, I like it less.

So did I like this film more or less?

I would have to say more. And I didn’t watch it with any other Star Wars movies, where as the first time, I watched all 7 leading up to it. I didn’t hate the parts with Luke in it as much, and the casino scene didn’t seem as long as I remembered.

Do I like the movie now? No, not really. By itself, I have to say it is a solid movie, but when you remember it’s connected to 7 other movies, I can only just shake my head. When I remember Luke is acting so un-Lukeish, then those scenes become worse to me. But I tried to forget the other movies and I almost liked it. Sort of…

The plot is still boring, the lack of anything interesting going on is still annoying, but the movie is easy enough to sit through and that is all that counts.

Though there are 3 points in the movie that I swear the characters are talking to the audience.

star-wars-the-last-jedi_0The first is when Luke tells Rey “What? Did you expect me to walk out with a laser sword and face down the entire First Order?” Not an exact quote but something like that.

This feels like the writers calling out the fans who wanted to see Luke kick some serious tail with unbelievable Jedi power. It’s basically telling us to shut up, that’s not going to happen, and just for thinking that, we aren’t going to make him do anything and then kill him for no reason at all. So hah! Dumb fans.

The second instance of the characters talking to the fans is when Kylo is yelling at Rey to forget the past. He is really telling us to forget about the other movies and all the lore and characters and everything that the main plot of Force Awakens was built around and focus on Rey and Kylo and their relationship and growth of power. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!

I sadly don’t remember the third instance, but it’s in there!

It is painfully obvious that the original characters were only put into the movies to sell tickets, and now they are killing them off as fast as possible. Carrie Fisher saved them the trouble of having to kill off Leia, but you can bet Chewie is probably going to blow up in the Millennium Falcon with R2 and C-3PO in the next movie.

But anyway, yes, it is better the second time around, so now I am wondering if third time’s the charm…

Ironically, though I liked it more the second time, I have even less interest in seeing Episode 9 now for some reason.

Series Ranked: Star Wars Lightsaber Duels

I would love to do a series ranked on the actual Star Wars movies, but my opinion of which I like better than others always changes each time I watch them all, so it is kind of impossible to do. So instead, I will rank all the lightsabers duels from worst to best, as that is more clear cut.

#13

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

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This isn’t a real fight, but a quick test of Yoda’s that I still don’t understand 25 years later. But I just put it in to be thorough. Their sabers clash twice and it’s over.

#12

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

A New Hope

Death Star

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The first duel to ever take place on film between two Jedi. An amazing feat for the 70’s, but it really is rather dull. But given that it is the first, it is excusable. These two have clearly gotten rusty in the past 20 years.

#11

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs General Grievous

Revenge of the Sith

Utapau

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This is a different type of fight due to Greivous being more droid than man. This actually benefits him as he is able to do nifty things real people can’t. But this proves no match for actual training it seems, as the whole scene is very short and really shows off Obi-Wan’s skills.

#10

Qui-Gon Jinn Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Tatooine

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This is the first fight made after the original trilogy and it does not disappoint. It is an intense fight that showcases both duelers superb abilities. The only reason it is this low on the list is because it is sadly, very short.

#9

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

Bespin

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The second saber duel in the original trilogy is a vast improvement over the first. They show off force aided combat for the first time, even if it looks a little silly at times, but it is cool to watch nonetheless. I very much like how Vader is toying with Luke at first, but Luke seems to improve the more he fights, thus Vader had to put some effort in to beat him.

#8

Mace Windu and co. Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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At long last we get to see what Palpatine and Mace can do. It’s pretty awesome, but probably could have been better. Sidious kills 3 people who don’t even fight back…this could have been choreographed much better. Windu then shows off why he is called the most powerful Jedi with a saber, beating Palpatine almost easily. Some nice use of the dark side makes this a very important scene as well.

#7

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

Return of the Jedi

Death Star

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This is an intense duel between father and son, aided with great music accompaniment. While not that thrilling of a fight, the emotion behind it makes it very good, as well as Luke calling upon the dark side to win, but not giving into it.

#6

Fin/Rey Vs Kylo Ren

The Force Awakens

Starkiller Base

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This is a good fight. It gives us some nice action, though it is not nearly as exciting as the prequel fights. Though since none of the combatants are trained nearly as well as the Jedis of the past, and really, not at all for two of them, it makes sense. Kylo demonstrates his training by easily defeating Fin. Rey demonstrates how ungodly powerful she is by using both light and dark force. A cool use of scenery and lighting really add to the scene too.

#5

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker Followed By Yoda Vs Darth Tyranus

Attack of the Clones

Geonosis

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This is technically two fights, but since they are back to back and against the same Sith Lord, I’m throwing them in as one. When Obi-Wan and Anakin fight him, they get completely destroyed. There’s a cool light trick in the dark that is fun to watch, but otherwise is nothing that spectacular. And then Yoda comes along and fulfills everything I ever dreamed of. He easily overpowers Tyranus’ force powers and then proceeds to do some of the most amazing stunts in history, forcing Tyranus to retreat. Just awesome.

#4

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker

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Revenge of the Sith

Invisible Hand

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This rematch is much more thrilling and shows Anakin favor the dark side considerably.

#3

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Naboo

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This is an amazing fight. Darth Maul, with his double-sided lightsaber, pulls off some crazy stunts. The two Jedi do all they can to defend against him and it makes some amazing entertainment. Things really kick up a notch when Obi-Wan takes him alone, showing off what a great Jedi he will eventually become.

#2

Yoda Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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The most powerful Jedi faces off with the most powerful Sith, another thing I wanted to see my whole life, and it did not disappoint. A great saber battle gives way to a match in force powers with fun use of scenery. Yoda seems to be the stronger of the two, but due to some bad luck the Republic falls and all the Jedi die.

#1

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

Revenge of the Sith

Mustafar

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Damn…just damn. This is by far and away the most amazing duel ever. Great setting, great choreography, great mood, high stakes. It’s all there. The fact that they use the exact same fighting style showing off how much Vader learned from Obi-Wan is so cool. They are essentially equally matched, but Obi-Wan keeps a “cooler” head and comes out victorious.

 

And there you have it! I hope there will be plenty of more saber battles in the future, which is why I desperately wish they move away from the spin offs taking place between 3 and 4 and do something more with Jedi.

Either way, I absolutely love every Star Wars movie and can’t wait for The Last Jedi!

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