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Star Wars movie watching order

So there are now many Star Wars movies and the question is

Do I watch them in the order they were released (4 5 6 1 2 3 7 R1 8), or the diegetic order (1 2 3 R1 4 5 6 7 8)?

The Machete Order is well known (4 5 2 3 6 7 8, postponing The Phantom Menace and Rogue One) but I disagree with it.

I think Rogue One is the perfect start, and I’m willing to cut out even more movies to make place for it. I do like his idea of putting the prequels (1 2 3) between 5 and 6 instead of the diegetic order (before 4) or the release order (after 6), but… he’s willing to cut out one movie, I’m willing to go a lot further.

I’m proposing a new order called “Let the old dreams die” order, or LODD Order.

Here’s my suggested order

If you feel like watching one movie

The three that works best as stand-alone movies are Rogue One, the fanmade Pulp Empire and the original 1977 Star Wars. You’re missing out on my favorite, The Last Jedi. Could it be watched stand alone? Yeah, anyone of them could, but those three are the ones that work best as stand alone.

If you feel like watching four movies

If you feel like watching five movies

A lot of the twists in the Pulp Empire remix pack the most punch if it’s watched first of all.

If you feel like watching six movies

I’m not the biggest fan of RotJ but it ties up some loose ends from Empire so it’s hard to include one without the other. This list, and the next, uses the original Empire Strikes Back over Pulp Empire. Once you have the full context of the films before and after it, the original version works best.

If you feel like watching nine movies

I’m not the biggest fan of AotC and RotS but they tie up some loose ends from Menace, so, again, it’s hard to include one without the other.

Why does LODD-9 include The Phantom Menace here, which the original Machete order cut out? His reason for cutting out The Phantom Menace and Rogue One is because they are peripheral to the story of one of the characters, Luke Skywalker. LODD has a different focus.

If you don’t know how many movies to watch

Then don’t commit to the full LODD-9 right away. I’m worried that, if you bite off more than you can chew, you won’t get to episodes 7 and 8, and they are so great.

Instead, start with the “four movies” one. See Rogue One, Star Wars (1977), The Force Awakens and then The Last Jedi.

That’s my favorite order. The LODD-4 order.