Starting the journey with a Star Wars virgin... what order?

amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
So tomorrow night I am starting the Star Wars watching journey with my best friend who has never seen any of them, my question is, what do you think would be the best order to show them in? As much as I would love to just leave the prequels out, she's insisting on getting through all of them.

At the moment I'm on the side of showing them in the order of release, original trilogy first, prequels next, then Force Awakens and then by the time we've got through one of those a week I'm sure Rogue One will be out. That way, she pretty much has the same experience most Star Wars fans had, and the nostalgic hit of seeing the old gang back together again in FA is a little stronger (albeit only the space of a few weeks for her rather than years!).
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  • I'd watch them in that order.  Maybe once she sees TPM she'll change her mind about wanting to see the prequels.  I wish I could erase them from my memory Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind style although then I might think I wanted to see them too.
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  • If you've never seen something, I think it's generally better to just go in the order they came out - experience them in the order the rest of the world did. Not to mention, it saves you having to show them the prequels first - if I showed a Star Wars virgin the prequels first, I imagine it would just be me saying "It gets better, I promise" for six hours.
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  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Boston MA
    Some people will tell you to watch the prequels between Empire and Jedi, so you get the reveal that Vader is Luke's father then immediately see the backstory before coming back to see Vader's redemption. I'm no fan of the prequels but if your friend is insisting on including them it's something to consider. 
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  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Boston MA
    Also I would be very curious to see the reaction of someone going blind from Rogue One straight into A New Hope
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  • Frakkin T said:

    Some people will tell you to watch the prequels between Empire and Jedi, so you get the reveal that Vader is Luke's father then immediately see the backstory before coming back to see Vader's redemption. I'm no fan of the prequels but if your friend is insisting on including them it's something to consider. 

    If not going order of release, this is the order I would follow. You can't really do 1-7 as 1-3 would "ruin" the surprise of TESB.
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  • edited January 12

    I'd watch the original three movies, then Force Awakens and Rogue One.  I'd skip the prequels altogether.  Whatever redemptive quality that anyone can point out will be off set by how bad they are, and how they devalue the entire series.

  • davemcbdavemcb Melbourne
    I went through this with my wife before Force Awakens, I don't know how we got to be married and have a child without knowing she hadn't seen any of the Star Wars from start to finish. She knew the story line and had seen them in bits and pieces so she had most of the knowledge. Because she knew the Vader/Luke info because her family are star wars crazy and we had watched the Family Guy versions before hand. 

    I decided to go 1-3 to get them out of the way then 4-6 then 7, I think it worked well although she is yet to see Rogue One which will happen soon. It was risky because of the garbage nature of 1 & 2 but I think it worked although she was a little confused by some of it. 
  • Frakkin T said:

    Also I would be very curious to see the reaction of someone going blind from Rogue One straight into A New Hope

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  • calebthrowercalebthrower South Carolina
    I went through this with my wife a few years back. I actually asked her the order she wanted to watch them in: release order or cronogically. This was before TFA mind you. She chose cronogically. I was skeptical but in reality she had no idea that the Star Wars community has a great disdain for the prequels. She didn't know any better. We watched 1-3 and while she had raised eyebrows at a few thing over all enjoyed them. We went right into 4-6 and she really understood the back story of the universe and some characters. If they are trusty going in blind I may suggest do like I did and ask. More than likely the answer they give will be right for them. When seasoned, mix it up with different viewing orders for a new experience.
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Why torture her? She's made it to 2017 without seeing Star Wars, good for her, lol. Go see seven other movies instead, or however many there are  now. None of them are good films and some of them are spectacularly bad. 
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  • LordBy Utah
    edited January 12
    I agree that there is an advantage to watching 1-3 first because if you haven't seen 4-6 they aren't nearly as bad because you don't yet really know how good Star Wars can be. Did this with my son before Ep 7 came out and I found myself disliking the prequels less than I remembered disliking them before. At this point I guess the way to do this would be 1-3, then Rogue One, then 4-7.

    No harm just pretending 1-3 don't exist as an alternative.

    The Empire Vader reveal is such a part of the culture now that I don't know it can be spoiled even for those who haven't seen the movies,
  • People crap all over the prequels but if she wants to see them. Do the PT R1 OT Ep7. The cartoons add a lot to the PT also

    I had to force my daughter to watch Star Wars, but she is a big fan now. We saw it PT OT. Kids don't care about Anikin not liking sand.
  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Boston MA
    You know what I do when there is a thread about something I don't like? I don't comment on it. Pretty easy and nobody gets upset. 
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  • TaraC73TaraC73 Manchester NH
    You all (may or may not) know my rankings... rots is my fourth favorite film in the franchise over ROTJ! I would go with the order @Frakkin T rexommended - prequels between empire and Jedi. I would also love to know a Star Wars virgin reaction to r1 into ANH!!
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  • Not sure who came up with it, but there's Machete Order: 4,5,2,3,6. I assume the purpose is to avoid spoilers and make the prequels as palatable as possible for people who hate them lol. It also leaves out TPM because it's apparently not worth watching. You could just slot in Ep 1 if you want. I ended up watching at the end. I actually watched the movies in  this order to prep for the Force Awakens and I'd definitely recommend it. 
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Frakkin T said:

    You know what I do when there is a thread about something I don't like? I don't comment on it. Pretty easy and nobody gets upset. 

    I'm sure no one is upset that I don't like Star Wars, lol. I'm like only one of three people in my generation who feel this way.
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  • Frakkin T said:

    I'm sure no one is upset 

    I'm outraged. Just in general.
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  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    tpelzy said:

    Frakkin T said:

    I'm sure no one is upset 

    I'm outraged. Just in general.
    I'm outraged that all the men in my life, from my father, to my 90's boyfriend, to my husband have made me sit through so many Star Wars movies hahahha
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  • I've had this conversation with my wife and with friends who didn't have kids at the time.  The general conclusion was to watch them in the order in which they were released. So, original trilogy, followed by the prequel trilogy, and then Force Awakens and now Rogue One. 

    Besides the fact that this is how majority of people experienced Star Wars, i'd think it would be tough to go from the graphics/special effects of today into lack thereof with some of the original trilogy (and I mean original, not the ones where Han doesn't shoot first).  Additionally, as someone else mentioned, if the prequels don't really hold up to the original trilogy, then for someone just starting to watch, they may watch those nd say "screw this, I'm not watching any more".  Whereas, if you watch the original 3, you should be hooked enough where you'll want to keep going no matter what.

    As for people not liking Star Wars in general, I know Bill Simmons will publicly say that he's not into Star Wars at all.  I think even on one of the latest podcasts, he mentioned he tried to get his son to watch and his son was out after like 10-15 min (although, his son sounds like a kid that needs a lot of action right away in order to hold his attention).  I also know Jalen Rose has said that he's never seen any of the Star Wars movies. 

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  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)

    As for people not liking Star Wars in general, I know Bill Simmons will publicly say that he's not into Star Wars at all.  I think even on one of the latest podcasts, he mentioned he tried to get his son to watch and his son was out after like 10-15 min (although, his son sounds like a kid that needs a lot of action right away in order to hold his attention).  I also know Jalen Rose has said that he's never seen any of the Star Wars movies. 

    I guess we found the other two people in my generation who don't like Star Wars ..haha
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  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited January 13
    The correct order is:
    1. The second half of The Empire Strikes Back
    2. The fourth quarter of The Clones Wars
    3. All but the last 3 minutes and 12 seconds of The Phantom Menace
    4. Any 5 minutes of Force Awakens
    5. A New Hope twice
    6. Whatever else you missed in backwards order
    7. Run through the whole thing in release order forwards, then backwards again while drunk on Old Grandad

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  • @Frakkin T agreed. Its very easy to NOT comment on something you don't like.


    Prequels are great. I loved the backstory on a few of the characters. The animated series helped sync stuff between Ep2&3 but thats like 100+ episodes so good luck with that.
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  • Show her this version of The Phantom Menace and call it good



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  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    edited January 13
    My biggest piece of advice is don't watch them watch the movie. I've been on both sides of this kind of thing a bunch, and no matter what order, there's nothing more annoying that being a personal reaction video form somebody, IMO. Try to let them have their own relationship with the movie without locking lazer gaze on them during every big moment.
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  • calebthrowercalebthrower South Carolina

    My biggest piece of advice is don't watch them watch the movie. I've been on both sides of this kind of thing a bunch, and no matter what order, there's nothing more annoying that being a personal reaction video form somebody, IMO. Try to let them have their own relationship with the movie without locking lazer gaze on them during every big moment.

    I could totally see this becoming a "react like I think you should or you are wrong" kind of situation. Movies are an art form and art can be enjoyed on different levels by different people. 
  • maybe try this instead of the theatrical release of episode 3, they cleaned it up so it makes a lot more sense:


  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    Well, stage number one is complete, thanks for all your suggestions! I asked her and she said she just wanted to watch them in order of release so tonight we cracked out A New Hope. I didn't guide her in any way reactions wise, but I did take sly notes on my phone of all her best comments and I put them together in this review on Letterboxd, will do so for all of the others too!


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  • JoshTheBlackJoshTheBlack Atlanta, GA
    I'm a little late, but do 4 & 5, then search for the anticheese edits of 1-3 and watch those, then 6 and 7. If you hadn't already done 4, I'd say rogue one then 4 & 5, etc.

    The anticheese edit is a fan edit that removes all the cheesy fluff, any mention of midichlorians, and redubs a lot of the more ridiculous racial stereotype voice-over. It makes the prequel trilogy a lot more bearable while still giving you the important parts of the story and removing all the asininity.
  • edited January 16
    Are you showing the original versions of 4, 5, and 6? Or the special (inferior) editions?
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    Unfortunately the versions that are on my Sky TV streaming service are the ones with all the added in CGI bullshit.
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