Ranking All Of The Star Wars Series/Media (Current Disney Canon)

Ever since Disney took over Lucasfilm, all the countless forms of Star Wars media, especially the endless number of books, were eliminated from any official canon, leaving the six movies and the Clone Wars series the only canon material. They also said any Star Wars venture to come out after the Disney acquisition will indeed be canon from now on.

So today, I will be ranking all the series or clumps of media in which I find to be worst to best. For clarification, I will not be ranking individual movies or novels, but instead trilogies or books as a whole. Since there is so much Star Wars content, I know for a fact there will be some missed items on this list.

#11 Video Games

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Honestly, as far as I know, there aren’t many of these since Disney’s takeover. Pretty much just Fallen Order, a couple Battlefronts, a VR game or two, and some Rogue Squadron game that may or may not even be released yet.

I am placing this at the bottom of the list simply because I haven’t played any yet, with the exception of Battlefront, and I wasn’t too fond of it.

#10 Novels/ Short Stories

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Again, this is so low for I have only read like a short story or two, and they were just okay. I very much want to read more when I have a moment, and was hoping to eventually collect them all, but they are being released so rapidly that that is surely nothing but a hopeless dream at this point.

#9 Comics

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I do own a handful of comics, but these too are growing insanely fast. Of the five or six I have read, they are slightly interesting, but ultimately range from somewhat boring to okay.

#8 The Resistance Series

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This series is pretty awful, save for the last handful of episodes. It is clearly geared more towards small children, and hardly anything interesting happens. It also mostly takes place in a single area, which is highly unusual for Star Wars. In fact, this show does not feel like Star Wars at all. But like I said, at the end, when it takes place concurrently with Force Awakens,  it gets pretty good.

I have only watched the first season, so I can’t say anything for the second one.

#7 The Sequel Trilogy

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I enjoyed Episode 7 and 9 right away, and 8 took me three views to accept it. They are good movies, and I like most of the new characters. But good lord is this trilogy a mess. They start out by banking solely on nothing but nostalgia, then go off in a completely different direction, and then yank it back to the first path while using fan service as possible band-aid/blinder to how much they messed.

This whole trilogy was handled very poorly, especially when it comes to the story, and shows that without George Lucas behind the helm, things don’t go so smoothly.

In fact, George Lucas just revealed his plans for his sequel trilogy, and it sounds immensely better than what we got.

#6 Star Wars Story Movies

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This includes Rogue One and Solo.

These two movies were hard to place. They are both fantastic. Rogue One is probably my least favorite movie next to Last Jedi, (though it grows on me every time I watch it), but Solo is probably in my top 3. They are great supplemental films and I hope Disney stops being cheap idiots and start making more, for they clearly handle these better than the sequels.

#5 The Mandalorian Series

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This is a great show. I love the whole tone and feel of it. It has great action, and an intriguing storyline that gets even more so each episode. There is so much lore surrounding the Mandalorians, and this show will most likely pull from all of it to make a very solid and worthy series.

#4 Rebels Series

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This show is really good. All of the characters are very likeable, and it does a nice job advancing the story of some established characters as well, while also creating unique storylines that cross over and run adjacent to already established storylines.

This series can be ranked very closely with my next selection. It was hard to say either way, so consider them on even footing.

#3 The Original Trilogy

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For the time, these movies were completely minding-blowing, and still are today. Last time I watched them though, they were starting to feel aged however. But to say that it takes over 40 years to show some age, that’s pretty impressive. Regardless, these movies and their characters and story are fantastic, and always will be.

#2 The Prequel Trilogy

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As much as I love the original trilogy, as a child it had always left me wanting. I craved to see Darth Vader’s past, and a time when the Jedi reigned free. Surely Star Wars was more than this dark, depressing rebellion struggle?

In short, the prequels fulfilled my every desire, right down to my wish that they actually did something cool with Boba Fett (obviously I am talking about Jango).

I love the worlds, the characters, and especially the storyline, particularly when it comes to episode 3. That movie blows me away time and time again. But what really sets it apart is all the awesome action. This is everything I always wanted in settings I always hoped for.

#1 The Clones Wars Series

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To me, Star Wars is this series. Everything else just supplements it. You get to learn about so many characters that may have only been glimpsed in movies and even see them in action. You get to see into the lives of the Clones. There are so many excellent storylines, and it’s fun to see all the characters go through each one, learning and growing from their experience. 

And where the show really shines is the intense action. This is easily the most violent Star Wars related media ever made, and it’s worth it. It’s so amazing and fun to watch. The Jedi in real life have so much human restriction, but in a CGI show, you can really see what you always knew they were capable of!

The show does a great job bridging episode 2 and 3, and now we know what Obi-Wan, Anakin and the others really went through in the time between those movies.

Season one is good, but it’s not until season 2 that this show really starts to shine, and it does nothing but get better and better. The recently released season 7 is the most amazing thing Star Wars has ever achieved and then some. The last few episodes nearly brought me to tears from the awesomeness.

So there you have it. These are all the Star Wars medias I have been involved with that I can think of at the moment.

Star Wars has been an important part of my life since as long as I can remember, and I am so thankful the franchise is continuing to go strong, despite a few hiccups here and there.

The Most Disappointing Album Follow-Ups

Don’t you just hate when an artist or band you listen to really rocks your world, and you just can’t wait for that next album, and it just doesn’t compare. Really, this is no reason to hate on the album or the band, for it just means that they have set expectations of the fans so high because they are that good, so really you are just ticked at them for not increasing their songwriting and talent so exponentially that they didn’t top your favorite album, and honestly, if you like something that much, nothing will ever come close.

But anyway, let’s take a look at some albums that really disappointed me. This is sort of the opposite of my Artists Whose Talent Greatly Increased Between Albums posts.

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Nightmare

2010

 

 

 

Avenged Sevenfold was really killing it with City of Evil and their self titled album. Then their drummer died just before recording Nightmare and I don’t know, it just didn’t have the same feel to it, on top of the fact that it was missing a lot of the intense energy that usually rips through their albums. It has grown on me quite a bit over the years, however.

Sticking with this band is the follow up to Nightmare

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Hail to the King

2013

 

 

 

The band decided to completely change their music to give the fans a really good metal album…circa the 80’s. Trouble is…no one wanted it. I don’t like 80’s metal all that much personally, so I was very saddened by this album, which lacked just about everything that I loved about the band up to this point. Again, it grew on me over the years, but it certainly is one of my least favorite by them.

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The Great Misdirect

2009

 

 

 

After 3 incredible albums, I guess the charm of their mind blowing talent and unique style wore off on me. That and their songs were now consistently going over 10-15 minutes long for no reason and their bland vocalist and complete lack of rhythm and time signatures just make them a hard band to listen to.

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Killer Inside

2007

 

 

 

After the intense, dark, melodic face smasher that was Built By Blood, their drummer died and the singer, who had the best voice ever for their sound, quit. Thus everything changed. It’s a good album, no doubt, but, it is nothing like the masterpiece before it. Their sound is completely different and the new singer is not so good.

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Encore

2004

 

 

 

This album, while good overall, falls way short of his previous ones. There are some very good tracks on it, but also a number of “what the heck was he thinking?” tracks that are easily the worst, and really, his only bad songs he’s ever made for the most part. Eminem blames this on being on drugs, and you can easily believe that with some of these tracks.

 

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Tales Don’t Tell Themselves

2007

 

 

This is definitely by far the worst album these guys have made. What makes it even worse is it followed up their best album (in my opinion) which also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Over time, it has grown on me…sort of. It completely lacks the amazing talent and nonstop energy the band is known for.

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Renacer

2013

 

 

 

After a string of really amazing albums, they lose most of their members and change their sound to a heavier, bland hardcore/punk sound that is nothing like their old, incredible sound. The guitar tones are muddy, the songs not very creative…and on a typical garage band talent level. Though, it has grown on me over the years…but mostly because their follow up makes this one seem amazing.

Which brings us to…

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Pull The Thorns From Your Heart

2015

 

 

This album is truly bad. The quality is even worse than Renacer, the tones even muddier, the music is terrible, nearly every song is forgettable and/or awful and it’s just a mess, nothing at all like their former glory.

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The Alchemy Index

2007/2008

 

 

 

Thrice doesn’t really make good albums, save for Artist in the Ambulance and the somewhat worse Vheissu. Following the latter was this four disc, two album set that really toned down their music to a slow, melodic, technical (with synths and computer crap) style. It’s okay…but not anything special at all. They’ve only gotten worse from here.

Though they are really good live if you ever want to see them…I highly recommend it.

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Define The Great Line

2006

 

 

 

Following up my favorite album of all time, this had a lot to live up to…and they drop the ball completely. Their sound is nearly 100% different, and it’s just not that great. Even today, it has grown on me, but barely.

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The Few and Far Between

2013

 

 

 

Having lost their lead vocalist in the previous album, it took a big hit, but managed to maintain a Vanna feel to it. In this album, however, they lost their clean vocalist/guitarist, thus resulting in a brand new sound, with a relentless screamer who never shuts up and sounds like a weasel, very rare clean vocals and bland, typical metal music. In short, Vanna went from one of the best post-hardcore bands out there to an okay metalcore band. Highly disappointing. Though their sound has grown on me over time.

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A Beautiful Place To Drown

2020

 

 

 

Silverstein have had a consistent sound a the best post-hardcore out there for 20 years. Then, with this latest album, they go and mess it up completely. This is closer to a pop album now. All there cds have been amazing until this one. It’s still good, but it’s not Silverstein.