They are currently reshowing all the episodes in the right order on Canal Plus (in France). Interesting way to have a clear opinion about the different episodes. Here is my definite chart:
<ul>[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">1. Empire Strikes Back: @@@@/SPAN>IMO the best of the whole saga even if some of the effects have aged a bit. It is both one of the darkest (Luke V Darth) and funniest (Leia V Solo). It is also the episode where the characters are the most developped.
[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">2. Return of the Jedi: @@@@/SPAN>Excellent episode even if it lacks the subtelty of ESB. The final battle is one of the most amazing non digital special effects scene ever achieved. The Jaba palace first part is also memorable. The main thing that bores me is the Ewoks part...
[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">3. Revenge of the Siths: @@@@/SPAN>Definitely the best of the new trilogy. There is also the best light saber fight of the saga between Anakin Sw and Kenobi (amazing...). A few things I dislike though: despite good efforts Anakin's turn to the dark side is a bit sudden and difficult to explain. The emperor's new face is grotesque, it was far better in ROJ. Vador's "NOOOOOOOO" is also an enormous mistake.
[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">4. War of the clones: @@@@/SPAN>Well not entirely convinced by this one, contrarily to ESB I feel that this one has been squished between two episodes... I also think the first part with the chase in the city is ridiculous. Nice special effects and McGregor's performance are the main high points of this one.
[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">5. A new hope: @@@@/SPAN>I know it is tough putting it so low in my chart but watch it again, it really show its age. The scenario is week and some scenes are a almost grotesque. The revamped version only underlines this further. I can't watch it without seeing Austin Powers quoting "Laser". On the good points: Han's character.
[*]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">6. Phantom Menace: @@@@/SPAN>Despite some obvious qualities and memorable scenes (pod race), I can't help being bored by this one. Once again, I'd invite you to watch this one again to see that the digital effects already show their age, blurry, over saturated and too empty (have another look at the landscapes, most of them look like a uniform green pattern). Also, Yoda is ugly (not that he was good looking before)!!! Fortunately they have improved their digital design in the following episodes.[/list]