124 episodes

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a great Star Wars film or TV episode? Despite their greatness, why do these cinematic masterpieces boil up so many differing opinions? Is it simply generational? Which is the best one? If you are curious at all about any of these hot button issues, then you have come to the right place. Welcome to Duel of the Ranks (DotR), a show where we debate takes so hot that a planet with twin suns would melt! Each week, our team will review a new piece of content from the movies to the shows, and we'll give it a rank amongst the rest to determine if it sits at the top or if it should be thrown into the trash compactor. For more information on our show, be sure to check out our website by clicking on the link below!DotR Website: www.dueloftheranks.com

Duel of the Ranks: A Star Wars Show Duel of the Ranks

    • Fiction
    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a great Star Wars film or TV episode? Despite their greatness, why do these cinematic masterpieces boil up so many differing opinions? Is it simply generational? Which is the best one? If you are curious at all about any of these hot button issues, then you have come to the right place. Welcome to Duel of the Ranks (DotR), a show where we debate takes so hot that a planet with twin suns would melt! Each week, our team will review a new piece of content from the movies to the shows, and we'll give it a rank amongst the rest to determine if it sits at the top or if it should be thrown into the trash compactor. For more information on our show, be sure to check out our website by clicking on the link below!DotR Website: www.dueloftheranks.com

    124. The Bad Batch: S3 E8 & 9

    124. The Bad Batch: S3 E8 & 9

    Brian and Amanda debate the merits of episodes 8 and 9 of The Bad Batch season 3. An important discussion on what constitutes “filler” helps rationalize “Bad Territory” and helps us appreciate the details of the episode, such as the atmosphere and character design, while acknowledging the roundabout plot development.
    As major Asajj Ventress fans, "The Harbinger" is decidedly more engaging. The return of the fan-favorite Clone Wars character is a highlight, though some listeners question the plausibility of her resurrection. The co-hosts express their differing views on this approach to storytelling as the episode leaves the audience with more questions than answers.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    123. The Bad Batch: S3 E6 & 7

    123. The Bad Batch: S3 E6 & 7

    On this week's episode of Duel of the Ranks, we discuss episodes 6 and 7 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 3. Brian, Amanda, and Brody share their initial thoughts on the episodes, dissecting references, animation style, returning characters, plot developments, and action sequences. They also analyze how these episodes fit into the larger Star Wars saga and express their overall enjoyment.  
    Things get interesting with some bold hot takes. Amanda questions Hunter's ongoing value to the Bad Batch. Brody throws out a theory about the assassin's identity, and Brian makes a stand for "The Pirate," episode 5 of The Mandalorian season 3, as the best episode of the entire show.

    To stay up-to-date on all things Duel of the Ranks, be sure to check out our links below!
    Website: www.dueloftheranks.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dueloftheranks/Twitter: https://twitter.com/DueloftheRanksTikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@dueloftheranks?lang=en Discord: https://discord.gg/3eZZbuXbr3

    • 1 hr 8 min
    122. The Bad Batch: S3 E5

    122. The Bad Batch: S3 E5

    Hosts Brody and Brody  discuss the fifth episode of season 3 of "The Bad Batch" titled  "The Return." Is it filler, or does the situation advance the characters forward in a meaningful way? With Omega and Crosshair back in the batch, the conflict revolves around unresolved tension between Hunter and his "prodigal brother." 
    Brody argues that "The Bad Batch" is a far more compelling story  than "The Mandalorian". While "The Mandalorian" relies on guest appearances  rather than a cohesive story, "The Bad Batch" focuses on  developing its characters and their relationships. The discussion  ends with Brian and Brody proposing various fan theories about where the plot is going, including the return of Tech as a villain and who else is going to bite the dust.

    To stay up-to-date on all things Duel of the Ranks, be sure to check out our links below!
    Website: www.dueloftheranks.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dueloftheranks/Twitter: https://twitter.com/DueloftheRanksTikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@dueloftheranks?lang=en Discord: https://discord.gg/3eZZbuXbr3

    • 43 min
    121. The Bad Batch: S3 E4

    121. The Bad Batch: S3 E4

    Brian, Amanda, and Brody dive into the  fourth episode of season 3 of "The Bad Batch," titled "A Different Approach." The episode follows Omega and Crosshair as they escape a base but crash on a perilous planet. Forced to work together, they navigate the dangers and bicker over tactics while trying to find a way off-world. The episode eventually reunites them with the Bad Batch crew on another moon.
    The hosts' opinions diverge on the episode. Amanda appreciates the slower pace that allows for character development. Brian enjoys the show overall and finds the character interactions engaging. They both acknowledge the lore expansion the episode brings to the Star Wars universe. However, Brody criticizes the use of plot devices and views the story as having low stakes and unimportant to the larger Star Wars narrative, ultimately giving it a lower rating. The discussion concludes with the hosts speculating on the fate of our characters and future plotlines for the series.

    To stay up-to-date on all things Duel of the Ranks, be sure to check out our links below!
    Website: www.dueloftheranks.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dueloftheranks/Twitter: https://twitter.com/DueloftheRanksTikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@dueloftheranks?lang=en Discord: https://discord.gg/3eZZbuXbr3

    • 53 min
    120. The Bad Batch: Season 3 Episodes 1-3

    120. The Bad Batch: Season 3 Episodes 1-3

    Brian and Amanda discuss their initial reactions to the season 3 premiere of The Bad Batch.  They analyze how the first three episodes set the stage for the final season, focusing on Omega being experimented on at Mount Tantiss, Wrecker and Hunter finding young clones struggling to survive, and the escape attempt with Crosshair while Emperor Palpatine visits the research facility.  The hosts praise the pacing, the new locations and creatures introduced, and the  development of the characters' relationships. 

    Our hosts highlight the emotional weight of Omega's situation and how it raises the stakes for the clone army. The ethical implications of the Empire's experiments and larger themes of war and control in the Star Wars galaxy are prevalent and the introduction of young clones foreshadows a larger conflict brewing within the Empire.  By dissecting these elements, Brian and Amanda offer listeners a deeper understanding of the narrative and its potential impact on the rest of the season.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    119. The Clone Wars: S2 E20-22 | Boba Fett

    119. The Clone Wars: S2 E20-22 | Boba Fett

    Brian, Amanda and Brody tackle the three-part arc concluding The Clone Wars season 2 finale. Amanda throws shade on the animation and acting, but finds herself drawn to Aurra Sing's portrayal and her connection to Hondo Ohnaka. Brody, on the other hand, is a Boba Fett champion, praising the character's development and the flicker of hope extinguished by revenge.
    The conversation snowballs into a broader discussion of Star Wars favorites and least favorites. While Plo Koon reigns supreme as their favorite Jedi Master (shocking no one?), Yoda lands firmly in Brian's "least favorite" category. With this season concluding, our hosts look forward to the final season of the Bad Batch and speculate on how it will wrap up the plotlines established in The Clone Wars over a decade ago.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

pootroock ,

Def NOT milktoast

DotR categorical ranking system is fool proof! If you ever wondered how your favorite Star Wars movie stacks up against the rest, look no further! Amanda and Brody (and Charlie and Christian) create such fun and civil discourse around Star Wars, you can’t help but shout ROGER ROGER at a take so hot it’ll melt a planet with twin suns!

A wife but not Ben's wife ,

It’s ight

I’m here for it. Caught myself LOL.

B.Leader ,

Milquetoast Younglings

Recently added this show to my playlist. I appreciate that they will give hard scores and have developed categories for those scores. Their civil discourse when they disagree and the counter arguing is a great example of how SW fans should be discussing things. Star Wars is all about “fun” and that goes for the discourse of it as well.
I also really appreciate them bringing back the word “milquetoast” into discourse.. an often underrated term.
So add these younglings (as in the age of their podcast and that they are younger than me) to your weekly listens and see if you agree or disagree with their rankings.

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