I lost my Star Wars virginity – so to speak – last Wednesday. Up until then I have only seen less than half of “the Phantom Menace” more than fifteen years ago. I fell asleep during it, and I later learned it bored on blasphemy. The only thing that saved me was the fact it was the worst film of the lot.
My friend is completely crazy about Star Wars as is the rest of her family. She grew up with watching it. Every year she has a marathon and when she learned I have never watched it she invited me.
She did a lot of research on what others thought was a good watching order. She finally settled on “the machete order”. It is a guy who recommend watching them in this order:
- A New Hope (1977)
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Return of the Jedi (1983)
He suggests this order because it keeps Luke’s tale. When Luke is left with the question (like us): “how did my father really become Darth Vader?” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” serves as one long flashback to explain Darth Vader’s origin. After watching these two movies we go back to the main story line in “Return of the Jedi” where Luke have to rescue his father.
Another perk of doing it this way is that “the Empire Strikes Back” ends on a cliffhanger. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, Vader is Luke’s father and the empire hit the rebellion hard.
For a first time viewer like me it made perfect sense. I was sitting on my chair throughout the saga. Though I was spoiled on some pretty big twists like:
- I knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father.
- I knew that Luke lost his hand/arm.
- I knew that Luke and Leia were twins.
Even if I did know these poignant plot lines it never bothered me. It is different to see a clip here and there without the context. It is entirely different seeing the scenes play out in context. I never expected not to be spoiled. The first trilogy is over 25 years old, and I never cared much for the second trilogy made 13 years ago.
I fell in love with Star Wars by time end credits rolled for “A New Hope”. I’m still amazed how real the special effects looked in the movies from the 1970’s and 1980’s.
I would highly recommend watching the series in the order above. I benefited a lot from it. I did not ask too many questions because I got confused. Most of my questions were answered in flashbacks.