My family’s giant Star Wars cosplay has sparked a lot of interest in our friend circle. Many of our friends have decided to join us at Comic Con.
In preparation for the hectic costume-scramble of October, my family is hosting a Star Wars viewing. We’ll sit down and watch the movies back to back. Some of our younger viewers will be watching the series for the first time.
And we are once again faced with the time honoured question:
In what order do you watch the Star Wars movies?
There are two main camps on the subject, the “Release Order” camp versus the “Episode Order” camp.
It’s pretty simple:
Watching them in release order means you watch the original trilogy first, and then watch the prequel trilogy, which is how people who went to each opening night would have seen them.
Watching them in episode order means starting at the first prequel movie and watching them in sequence, chronologically, if you will.
However, when I was originally introduced to Star Wars I watched them in something dubbed the “Ernest Rister Order.” The order is as follows: IV, V, I, II, III, VI. It means the original movie is the introduction to Star Wars but also that there are no spoilers from the prequels before you discover them in the original trilogy.
However, in 2011, a new method rose to popularity, called “The Machete Order.” This viewing sequence was created by Rod Hilton in 2011. Read his in-depth article on the subject here. He based his order on the Ernest Rister Order but cuts out Episode I completely. His argument is that the first episode adds nothing to the plot, almost none of background characters carry through to the next movie, and (in his opinion) isn’t interesting or well written.
At our movie-viewing extravaganza, we’ll probably end up watching in Machete Order since it removes a two hours of viewing time (and most of Jar Jar Binks) but we’ll see.
I’d love to hear from you: How did you watch the saga? How do you wish you’d watched it? How would you show it to someone else?
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