What is the best order to watch movies?

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Fan or not, it is indisputable that the Star Wars franchise is one of the greatest if not the greatest sci-fi saga (as you know there is a debate with Star Trek). Especially with it being under the umbrella of stepmom Disney since daddy Lucas decided to sell it to her for the measly sum of $4 billion, new series and movies are landing on theaters and TVs at speeds that only a TIE fighter can. to follow. But with the stories being complicated in time, many times Star Wars fans argue about which is the most suitable series for a young person to watch the films of the franchise. In this article we will state our opinion and of course we are waiting for your comments and arguments, on whether someone should see them in the order they were filmed or following the temporal continuity of the universe.

Watch based on their movie premiere

By following the chronological order in which the films appeared in the cinema, the only thing that is certain is that we manage to experience the genuine experience and emotions felt by the viewer of the time. That is, we start with the films of the 70s, Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, we continue with the prequels of the 00s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and we complete the Skywalker saga with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. In our opinion, the strongest argument for someone to follow this flow is none other than the relationship that connects Luke Skywalker with one of the most iconic villains of world cinema, who is none other than Darth Vader. This particular reveal is one of the elements that, in our humble opinion, adds to the Star Wars universe that little bit more that a franchise needs to stand out, and is given away if one decides to watch Episodes I, II, and III first.

Spoiler alert

The characteristic phrase “No. I am your father” will forever be etched in the memories of nerds everywhere and is certainly one of the most important examples of the “Mandela effect”. Even today there are many who believe that what was heard through Vader’s cold mask was the phrase “Luke, I am your father”.

The only negative we can find for a newcomer if he follows this series, is that he may be alienated by the outdated special effects and the different aesthetics, as a result of which he will not receive the expected stimuli in the end.

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Chronological tracking of the Star Wars universe

If you are one of the hardcore fans of the George Lucas saga, and want to introduce Star Wars to someone who believes that the old effects will be a brake on their dedication and understanding of the “Star Wars” phenomenon, the most suitable series with which you have to pitch him the nine films are the basis of the franchise timeline.

Starting from the first three episodes, which aesthetically are closer to our time, it will not be confused with flashbacks and through Anakin’s origin story, it will have a more global view of where Darth Vader started and how he was created. As a wedge you can then click the particularly dark for the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which presents more “raw” of what war and disappointment means. At the same time, in our opinion, it challenges the viewer in search of hope, to continue directly with Episode IV: A New Hope. From there we believe that if you have gained the attention of the “newbie”, it will be very difficult for him not to complete the story of Skywalker, with Star Wars finally gaining an additional fan in its ranks.

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From time to time on the Internet, especially after the release of movies, series and anime from the Disney+ platform, additional opinions about the most appropriate viewing order have appeared, which further shuffle the deck.


Ernst Rister Order

Through a forum Ernst Rister had suggested that an interesting order in which one could watch the films would be first Episodes IV and V, then I, II, III and finally VI. Starting with New Hope and continuing with The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows young Luke and his journey as a mere mortal learns to wield the “Force” and becomes commander of the Resistance. At the end of Episode V and while we learn the true identity of Darth Vader, it is the most suitable time to know his origin story, returning to Episodes I, II and III and then to conclude with the first trilogy of 70.

Machete Order

A variant of Ernst Rister’s proposal is the world-famous Machete Order. Its creator is Rob Hilton who chooses to completely remove Episode I stating that in this way we initially avoid the fiasco called Jar Jar and that the characters we are introduced to in this film either do not play any role in the development of the saga or they are best reintroduced in Episode II.

Let us remind you here that on September 21, the premiere of the new Star Wars series called Andor is expected on the Disney+ platform, which is a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and will deal with the adventures of Cassian Andor. Until then, you can definitely rekindle your relationship with the Star Wars universe by choosing whichever of the above viewing methods you think is most suitable for you and your company.

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