Counting down the 36 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
THE MACHETE ORDER
As people begin to really gear up for the release of The Force Awakens, many are beginning to watch the first six films again in preparation. A question that is being asked is “in what order should those films be watched? Episodes IV, V, and VI, then I, II and III as the movies were released or I, II, III, IV, V, VI as they storyline might suggest?”
Good thought, people! Good question!
Here’s a possible answer and one I wish I’d followed with my kids (who hadn’t seen all the first six films when we chose to watch them in episode number progression): the Machete Order.
As it turns out (as detailed in Time Magazine), a very good way to watch Star Wars is something called “Machete Order,”detailed here by computer software blogger Rod Hilton in 2011. Machete order works like this: IV, V, II, III, VI, skipping I entirely because the only good things about Episode I were the pod race scene and the Darth Maul lightsaber duel, please never, ever mention midi-chlorians, thanks.
Machete Order has lots of benefits: Most notably, a whole lot less Jar Jar Binks and super-whiny Boy Anakin. But it also makes the entire experience of the Star Wars saga more rewarding.
As I mentioned, this creates a lot of tension after the cliffhanger ending of Episode V. It also uses the original trilogy as a framing device for the prequel trilogy. Vader drops this huge bomb that he’s Luke’s father, then we spend two movies proving he’s telling the truth, then we see how it gets resolved. The Star Wars watching experience gets to start with the film that does the best job of establishing the Star Wars universe, Episode IV, and it ends with the most satisfying ending, Episode VI.
I cannot argue with this. Get out there and watch the Star Wars movies!