Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by Jcuk, Mar 31, 2013.
I know which one I'd suggest. Thoughts.
I'd probably explain to the person how they came out and why they were released that way, and then leave it up to the individual to decide the order.
I think I'd prefer to show it in chronological order, though, so that they are able to experience the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.
In official chronological order the way it was always meant to be. The way the artist who created it wants it to be seen and worked his whole life for it to be seen.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
There was an adventure unlike anything on your planet...a timeless, epic Saga of rebellion and romance, of heroes and villains and alien worlds...and the climactic clash between good and evil. The story of a boy, a girl and a galaxy. The story of a sons generation struggling to right the wrongs of his fathers generation. A story of redemption, freedom from enslavement and the importance of balance.
...for those who remember, for those who will never forget and for whole new generations that will experience it for the very first time.
The Star Wars Saga. By George Lucas.
Thats what they used to say 20 and 30 something YEARS ago and it still stands today. Every word of it.
And he spent his entire career working towards that simple basic goal. For his masterpiece to be seen from beginning to end the way he crafted it.
I'd do straight numerical. I sometimes think 4-5-1-2-3-6 is an interesting order, but it really wouldn't make any sense to a new viewer, and the only benefit you get is to preserve a plot-twist that's been common knowledge since the 80's.
IX - VIII - VII - VI - V - IV - III - II - I
In the order they were made
Some one might be able to shed some light on this but I've seen Episodes IV, V, VI but I've never heard of the other three???
^ I, II, and III are the Prequel Trilogy (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith).
And as for order, production order wins for two very compelling reasons: 1) Chronological order curb stomps all over the big surprises in Empire and Jedi, and 2) several moments in the PT have a lot more "punch" if you've already seen the Original Trilogy.
The same can be argued for going the opposite order, however. Watching IV, V, and VI before I, II, and III 'curb stomps all of the big surprises in Revenge of the Sith' and several moments in the OT have a lot more 'punch' if you've already seen the Prequel Trilogy.
The one biggest moment of 'punch' in the entire saga is the revelation on Bespin. IMO that moment defines the whole saga. The PT is defined as a back story, which is exactly what it is. How Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side. Upon hearing that Vader is Luke's father, his back story has much more relevance because it becomes infinitely more intriguing how he came to be. That's what I think anyway.
I have to go for the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker, from introducing them to his world in Episode I right through to his redemption in Episode VI.
I couldn't ruin certain moments and explain things to them watching IV, V and VI first and take away their expectance from I, II and III.
The way I would do it is 4,5,start of 6 through Dagobah then 1,2,3 then rest of 6. The Darth Vader reveal is more important to me than the reveal of Palpatine as Sidious.
Numerical order starting with The Phantom Menace, because that is how George intended us to see them. Also would make the "Darth Sidious" revelation much more intriguing.
Lucas might want us to see it 1-6 but its up to the person watching it.
Vader was only iconic because of 4-6. Which were known as 'The Adventures of Luke Skywalker' . They weren't known as 'Anakin Skywalker-The Later Years'
I'd have them watch the way they were introduced. 4-6 then 1-3. I used to think otherwise but have changed my mind as of late. I shown my daughter the movies in that order and probably will show my next kiddo the same
Was that in the fine print?
That's what I originally heard them being known as.
You heard wrong.
The original trilogy should always go first when introducing someone new to Star Wars.
Sorry, ORIGINALLY known in the novelisation of Star Wars as the adventures of Luke Skywalker. Of which ANH was based on.
I think you have that backwards. Films aren't based on their novelizations.
The novelization came out first.
The point though, is that the first three films are about Luke. And they are.
I also think there are so many things that are in the PT that you actually have to have seen the OT first to appreciate