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What is the Proper Star Wars Viewing Order?

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakes releases in theaters this weekend. With it being 10 years since the last release there is need for a refresher in the saga.

So if you're going to watch all 6 of the released Star Wars movies what is the proper viewing order?

We'll leave it up to you to decide but here are few options.

Sequential Order

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Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

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Episode II: Attack of The Clones

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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Episode IV: A New Hope

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Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Watch the films in the order George Lucas intended. Starting with Episode I and going on straight through to Episode VI.

 

Pros: This is the way the story naturally flows, and as George Lucas intended it to be. Also, this leaves off where episode VII picks up.

Cons: If you happen to be watching these with someone who hasn't seen any star wars yet, (believe it or not these people do exist) you'll ruin what is one of the biggest theatrical surprises. Also the first three episodes are kind of just back story for the original trilogy.

Theatrical Release Order

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Episode IV: A New Hope

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Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Episdoe II: Attach of the Clones

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Watch the films in the order they were released, starting with Episode IV-VI and then I-III.

 Pros: You get to experience it again most likely the same way you experienced it your first time watching the saga. If you're watching it with someone who hasn't seen them yet they still get to experience the big surprise.

Cons: There aren't many, really, other than the fact that it's "out of order." One could argue, however, that viewing (depending on what version of episode VI you are watching) in this order doesn't work because now you have no idea who Hayden Christensen is as a character since they edited him in instead of Sebastian Shaw at the very end of Episode VI. Also, you'll end on episode III which may result in the jump to VII being a bit disorienting.

Machete Order

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Episode IV: A New Hope

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Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Episdoe II: Attach of the Clones

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Another viewing order that has been proposed is Machete order. The order is Episode IV, V, II, III, VI. 

Pros: You maintain the integrity of the original trilogy and allow for the big reveal to those who haven't seen the saga. Plus, episodes II and III serve as more of a flashback than an entirely separate trilogy. 

Cons: In the true machete viewing order, episode I is removed. This is because you can pretty much get through the saga without it. This can, however, be added back in if you so choose.

 


Which do you think is correct? Leave your choice in the comments below!

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