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Star Wars Viewing Guide: Sequences, Order, and More


Star Wars  •  13 Oct, 2023  •  2,190 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

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Embark on a stellar journey through the realms of the Star Wars saga, a masterpiece orchestrated by George Lucas that has enthralled audiences for generations. He is a storyteller who sought to transport audiences into a new dimension of storytelling. The Star Wars narrative has expanded significantly since the debut of the original film, Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1977.

What is the Right Order?

Here's an intriguing tidbit: Initially, it was simply titled Star Wars—the name A New Hope was added in 1981 when George Lucas re-released the film. So, how many Star Wars films grace the big screen today? Up until now, the episodic segment of this "space opera" encompasses nine films, alongside two standalone films, Rogue One and Solo, as well as the 2008's computer-animated movie The Clone Wars, tallying up to a dozen. For enthusiasts both young and seasoned, traversing through the Star Wars films in a specific sequence can almost be seen as a rite of passage. Yet, what is the precise sequence to follow?

The answer can be quite multifaceted, as there are several avenues to venture through the films, and even the most ardent fans have a discord on the "prime" sequence. The Star Wars cinematic journey can be embarked upon either in chronological order or based on the release dates. It's often observed that the preference between these methods tends to split along the age demographic. Individuals who entered the galaxy before the prequels have a penchant for the release date sequence—label it a touch of nostalgia.

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There's also the rather unconventional “machete order” to consider. And let’s not forget the realm of Disney+ series that adds to the narrative complexity. Indeed, it's a vast cosmos out there! The choice of how to navigate through is entirely a personal one, but outlined below is a compilation of all necessary details to aid in making a well-informed decision. Once the course is charted, it's time to immerse in the iconic orchestral overtures, the captivating crawl of the opening credits, the memorable Star Wars quotations that have become a part of the cultural lexicon, and all the thrilling adventures that lie in between.

Exploring Star Wars in Chronological Sequence

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To fully grasp the character arcs and see how they landed in their interstellar predicaments, it's insightful to watch the Star Wars saga in chronological order. This approach aligns the movies based on the unfolding events within the Star Wars saga, disregarding the release dates. Embark on this voyage with:

  1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  3. Take an animated detour with Star Wars: The Clone Wars for a deeper dive into Anakin Skywalker’s backstory, then continue with:
  4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  7. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  8. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  9. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  10. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  11. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  12. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars Films in Release Order

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For a nostalgic journey, starting from where it all began in 1977 with A New Hope, the release order provides a spoiler-free narrative unveiling. This order also preserves the original humor and charm. Here’s the lineup:

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  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  6. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  8. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  10. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  11. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  12. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Machete-order Star Wars

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The machete order, spotlighting Luke Skywalker's evolution, starts post the significant reveal in Empire Strikes Back, skipping to Anakin’s backstory before wrapping up with the original trilogy. Machete-order entails:

  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  5. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  6. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  7. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  8. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars in Chronological Order Including TV Series

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For a comprehensive exploration, meld the movies with TV series to delve deeper into the expansive galaxy and uncover more Star Wars lore. Here’s a blend of films and series for an exhaustive marathon:

  1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  2. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie)
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated series)
  5. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  6. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  8. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  9. Star Wars Rebels
  10. Andor
  11. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  12. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  13. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  15. The Mandalorian
  16. The Book of Boba Fett
  17. Ahsoka
  18. Star Wars Resistance
  19. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  20. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  21. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Conclusion

As we conclude our expedition through the Star Wars universe, remember that the path you choose is uniquely yours. Whether you embark on a chronological odyssey to uncover character arcs, embrace the nostalgia of release order, or venture into the unconventional machete order, the galaxy far, far away awaits your exploration. And for the true aficionados, don't forget to immerse yourself in the captivating TV series that expand this epic saga even further. So, settle in, let the iconic music swell, and watch as the opening crawl sets the stage for an adventure that has enchanted generations. May the Force be with you, always.

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