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Every Episode of GAME OF THRONES… Ranked

The great undertaking has come down to this. This exercise has been done before in several places, but not with this methodology. Each episode has been scored against a rubric based on its storytelling, worldbuilding, and entertainment. If you’ve been following along with the season-by-season reviews, you already know why each episode ranks where it does. For more thorough explorations of each season, those links are provided, but if you really just want to see where your favorite episodes rank, then read on!  The full list with a few additional episode blurbs awaits…

73. The Last of the Starks

The Last of the Starks Episode Game of Thrones

The Last of the Starks, merely tied for the lowest score according to our rubric, nabs the bottom spot overall for fumbling important character arcs when there was precious little time remaining in the series. It’s the kind of misstep this series so rarely made, the kind so bad that it challenged our ability as viewers to “just roll with it.”

72. The Red Woman

The Red Woman Episode

71. Dark Wings, Dark Words

Dark Wings Dark Words
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STAR WARS: Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) – The Chills Scenes

ReturnJedi194

UPDATE: We initially ran this back in 2015 before the release of The Force Awakens. With perspective on the full Skywalker saga, now seems like a good time to revisit it. The original has been updated with a more extensive appreciation of the film plus more (and higher quality) screenshots. Enjoy!

The original Star Wars trilogy; New Hollywood’s Holy Triumvirate. What is there really left to say about it? Probably not a whole lot, but that won’t stop us from trying. However, in lieu of a traditional write-up for these movies, this will be a space to single out the key moments from the films that helped make them the phenomena they are. These moments might be considered the greatest moments in the trilogy—the chill-inducing cinematic moments that will never get old. Without further ado…

The 10 best moments from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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STAR WARS: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) – The Chills Scenes

Luke Vader Showdown

UPDATE: We initially ran this back in 2015 before the release of The Force Awakens. With perspective on the full Skywalker saga, now seems like a good time to revisit it. The original has been updated with a more extensive appreciation of the film plus more (and higher quality) screenshots. Enjoy!

The original Star Wars trilogy; New Hollywood’s Holy Triumvirate. What is there really left to say about it? Probably not a whole lot, but that won’t stop us from trying. However, in lieu of a traditional write-up for these movies, this will be a space to single out the key moments from the films that helped make them the phenomena they are. These moments might be considered the greatest moments in the trilogy—the chill-inducing cinematic moments that will never get old. Without further ado…

The 12 best moments from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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STAR WARS: A New Hope (Episode IV) – The Chills Scenes


Star Wars A New Hope Medal Scene

UPDATE: We initially ran this back in 2015 before the release of The Force Awakens. With perspective on the full Skywalker saga, now seems like a good time to revisit it. The original has been updated with a more extensive appreciation of the film plus more (and higher quality) screenshots. Enjoy!

The original Star Wars trilogy; New Hollywood’s Holy Triumvirate. What is there really left to say about it? Probably not a whole lot, but that won’t stop us from trying. However, in lieu of a traditional write-up for these movies, this will be a space to single out the key moments from the films that helped make them the phenomena they are. These moments might be considered the greatest moments in the trilogy—the chill-inducing cinematic moments that will never get old. Without further ado…

The 11 best moments from Star Wars (a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope)

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“Avengers: Endgame” and the Miracle of Great Pacing

Avengers: Endgame is the caps the current iteration of the MCU, known as the “The Infinity Saga.” With more than $2.7-billion in worldwide box office dollars, Endgame is the biggest movie of all time in that regard. Does it deliver the goods? Yeah, it does.

This is not an in-depth discussion of plot, but there are probably some spoilers.

Avengers Endgame Poster

Avengers: Endgame is often magnificent. Let’s just get that out of the way. I’d say I have Marvel fatigue, even though I’ve seen just about all of the movies. I was excited to see Endgame, although my enthusiasm was yoked to some degree of obligation. Excited or not, when you feel obligated to see a movie nuzzling the 3-hour mark, that’s not necessarily a spot you want to find yourself in. Compulsion, run time and an impossible amount of hype compelled me to temper my expectations. I was just hoping for a good time and for my bladder to remain intact.

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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Brings Everything Full-Circle… Or Something

Spoilers.

With a busy slate of upcoming TV projects and a dearth of information about new films in development, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker feels like the end of yet another era for the franchise George Lucas first unleashed upon the world in 1977. Furthering this point is the fact that The Rise of Skywalker is the capstone of a trilogy of trilogies. (I hate that sentence… please forgive me.)

We finally have the answer to the big question. Who were Rey’s parents? Rey is not another hidden Skywalker, nor a Solo. It turns out that she’s Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter, and like Luke before her, her Jedi path leads her directly into a confrontation with the Emperor. Yes — if you haven’t been following the buzz around this movie — the Emperor is quite operationa– I mean, he’s still alive. If The Force Awakens was A New Hope (only more), Skywalker feels like Return of the Jedi (only a lot more). So, Palpatine survived his fall and the explosion of The Death Star II to rebuild his power on the mysterious Sith world of Exegol. It is revealed that he had engineered Snoke as his puppet, and now he wants his granddaughter to unite with him to rule the galaxy in what is to be the Final Order. Let’s begin by jumping straight to the end. How does Episode IX manage to wrap things up?

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