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Watch Star Wars out of order to make everything better

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These movies were originally released in two trilogies, the originals between 1977 and 1983, and the prequels between 1999 and 2005. Unfortunately, George Lucas has come back and meddled with the earlier movies. This creates all sorts of problems for people viewing them for the first time, or just wanting to have the best viewing experience.

So, let's take a look at five different orders in which you can watch the Star Wars films. Some of which enhance the plot endlessly, and make everything better.

The six Star Wars movies

With six movies and a total running time of over 13 hours, the Star Wars The series covers a lot of ground. If you haven't seen them in a while, chances are you've forgotten which movie is which. Before you dive in and look at the different viewing orders, here's a little refresher on the six films themselves.

If you've never seen the movies, skip this section!

Episode I:The Phantom Menace (1999)

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Episode II:Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Episode III:Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Episode IV:A New Hope (1977)

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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 Order

Perhaps the most logical way to view Star Wars the series is in Episode Order . Just start at Episode I and work through Episode VI - The end. Unfortunately, this is possibly the worst way to watch Star Wars. .

Many of the defining moments of the original trilogy are spoiled by the prequels. You don't want the best twists in the series to reveal themselves in left-hand commentary. Episode III .

Episode I it's by far the weakest movie in the series, so starting out may put off new viewers. I know I wouldn't be in a hurry to watch Episode II if the first Star Wars The movie I saw was The Phantom Menace .

Release order

Release order It's the next most logical way to watch movies. Clock Episode IV via VI and then me by III . This way works but it's not optimal..

Release order It's possibly the official viewing order. You see the movies in the sequence that Lucas made them. This would work if Lucas didn't go back and change things up so often. For example, he digitally added an actor from the prequel trilogy to the final scene of the original trilogy.

If you're watching the movies for the first time, this is just confusing. Also, the display ends mid-series. The conclusion of Episode III not strong enough to be the end of a Star Wars marathon.

Deny Order

What I am calling Denial order is the dumbest of online recommended viewing orders. Every time the question of what order to watch the Star Wars The movies are asked, someone, possibly hoping to start a flamewar Worse Than Hitler:Why do flamewars happen? Worse than Hitler:Why do flamewars happen? Why are flamewars so common on the web today, and is it really a new phenomenon? Read More - agrees that people skip the prequels altogether.

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You CAN skip the prequels if you want, but doing so will miss out on half of the official ones. Star Wars fee.

Machete Order

The best way to look. Star Wars is arguably Machete Order . Developed by Rod Hilton, Machete Order is Episode IV , Episode v , Episode II , Episode III , and Episode VI . Episode I it is skipped and can be seen as a stand-alone film at a later date.

Machete Order it works for one main reason:it preserves all the plot twists in both trilogies (and even improves on them). Episode IV and V configure and set the Star Wars universe. Episode II and III They are a flashback that reveals the history of the main villain of the series. Episode VI is the conclusion of everything.

Skipping Episode I Removes the worst movie and biggest annoyances from the prequel trilogy. Any relevant characters or information are reintroduced in Episode II or III so very little important content is lost.

For more information on the Machete Order You should check out Hilton's blog post where he explains his rationale for it all. Warning, this includes spoilers for the entire series.

Flashback Order

Flashback Order is the same as Machete Order except you also watch Episode I . The order then is IV, V, I, II, III, VI . I personally prefer Machete Order but if you are a completist and want to see all the movies, this may be the best order for you personally..

How do you see Star Wars??

So, there are five different ways to watch the Star Wars Serie. Every order has its fans..

Personally, I love the Machete Order but I can also understand the appeal of Freedom Order , especially if you're watching the series for the first time in a long time. Even Denial Order it has its advantages...if you really feel like the prequels ruined Star Wars The series, so avoiding them is the healthiest way to watch them. There's no point in Jar Jar Binks ruining the show you love!

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