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28 June 2012 @ 08:30 am
On the blog: Geeking out IN YOUR FACE over the Star Wars "Machete Order"!  
Okay, people! I'm here to spread the joy of the Star Wars Machete Order!

Are you ready for this?

Until recently, when pondering the best order in which to watch the Star Wars films, the only options seemed to be either 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3 or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Or, you know, some people choose just 4, 5, 6 and leave it at that.

But then I came across this blog post, which offers a very different alternative. And this option? Well, it pretty much blew my mind.

To sum up, the author of the blog suggests watching the movies in the order of 4, 5, 2, 3, 6 and skipping #1 altogether. What this amounts to is: "Two films of Luke’s story, two films of Anakin’s story, then a single film that intertwines and ends both stories."

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It's long, but you should absolutely check out the full blog post if you're interested in learning why this viewing order works so well. It's very well-put together and interesting! (Oh, but beware spoilers for the entire series, if you happen to be someone who hasn't yet seen them all and you want to be surprised.) 

After reading about this order, I had to try it. Despite my husband's misgivings about mixing things up in such a strange way (perhaps he had a bad feeling about this!), we watched A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back on Sunday. Then on Tuesday: Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Return of the Jedi. I have to say, I was very pleased with the results. I'm not sure that Dwayne was entirely sold on skipping The Phantom Menace (he thinks that seeing more of Anakin's relationship with his mother onscreen would have be helpful; I think he might have preferred that we try 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6), but we both agree with the creator of the Machete Order's overall assessment:

"[W]atching Revenge of the Sith makes Return of the Jedi a better, more effective film." 

And that, for me, equated to a pretty satisfying experience overall.

SU1HMDA4NzMtMjAxMjA2MjctMTc1My5qcGcNow, I can't say that someone who hates the prequel movies with every fiber of their being will appreciate a rewatch, even if it is in this revised order. The romance parts are no less eye-roll inducing than they ever were and the changes/inconsistencies/annoying bits can be very frustrating. I burst out laughing at parts that weren't meant to be funny. I also shouted "WHY?" at my TV/George Lucas a number of times. Dwayne flipped off the TV when Greedo shot first, because seriously. SERIOUSLY. (We're lucky, though, because we have the original trilogy on VHS, so the floaty part at the end of Return of the Jedi doesn't include 22-year-old Anakin . . . if you know what I mean.) But without Episode 1 mucking things up, I really do feel that the 2 and 3 held up, you know, not too badly.

So, do it! Watch the Star Wars saga in Machete Order!

(Not entirely on topic, but another thing that I found interesting is that now having watched every episode of the cartoon, Star Wars: The Clones Wars, the going-ons near the end of Revenge of the Sith were so much more emotional for me this time around. To have spent so many hours with these characters in animated form, and to then be reminded of how things were going to end up for them was actually pretty sad.)
 
 
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cyn2writecyn2write on June 28th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I just watched all the movies with my 5-year old and this was a big consideration for us.... which do we start with first? Well, we did the 4,5,6,1,2,3 method. Mostly because I thought that #4 is the best and simplest one for a child to understand. I felt that if she liked that one, she'd sit through the final two. And if she liked those, THEN we could go back and watch the first ones (I find 1 to be just barely bearable due to Jar Jar Binks, 2 to be altogether forgettable, and 3 to be pretty good). But I also felt like 3 was too dark for a 5-year old, which was another reason for saving it til the end.

Since then, my daughter has watched her favorite (#6) about a zillion times. She LOVES the ewoks! And the happiness of the ending. She likes #4. She's not too keen on #5. The first 3, she hates.

I agree that the Machete Order makes sense! I LOVE the reasons for eliminating episode #1 (all things that either made me go "ew" or scratch my head and really didn't need to be part of the series). I like that you get into the main struggle, and then use episode 2 and 3 as kind of flashbacks before the resolution.

I think I might be trying this when my youngest daughter wants to watch them. IF she ever does. Right now, she's not much of a movie-watcher.
Mindi Scott: pic#97286150mindiscott on July 16th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
This is so cool, that you have options and have already tried out different orders! I'm now thinking about my 6-year-old niece. Depending on what age she is interested, we'll have to see if the Machete order makes the most sense for her. It does seem like kids would like THE PHANTOM MENACE(?), so maybe we'd have to do 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6. We shall see!
Nicole Settlen_settle on June 29th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
It's so funny you wrote about this! I hadn't seen star wars and wanted to watch the films but had no idea what order to watch them in so I went on the Internet and read an article that said the same thing and that is exactly how I watched the series (except I added in #1 cause it was my first time watching the series). What I loved about this order was that the series ended on the message of hope.
Mindi Scott: pic#97286150mindiscott on July 16th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
That is so cool that you watched them for the first time in this order. I think it's great! I keep wanting to tell everyone about it! :-)
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