Watching Star Wars In Machete Order

by Christopher Paul on February 29, 2012

From Absolutely No Machete Juggling:

I wish I remembered where I saw this. I sent it to Readability and forgot to mark down where it came from. Sorry.

It can probably be said that 99.99% of Star Wars fans hate with glorious passion Episodes I, II, and III. To many, the original three made in the 70’s and 80’s are the only true Star Wars movies. I mostly agree with that sentiment but I can tolerate Episode II or III. Episode I is so bad, I wouldn’t call it a movie much less a Star Wars movie.

But it’s not easy to ignore the prequels without talking about Star Wars – especially when you get into debating what order you should watch them in. If you spoke to George Lucas, he’d say you watch them in episodically and in order. Others, you watch the original three and go back to watching the prequels. But Rod Hilton has come up with a different way to look at the things and wrote a surprisingly detailed and valid explanation for why you should watch the movies in, as he calls it, Machete Order.

Watching Star Wars in Machete Order is: IV, V, II, III, VI (No Episode I)

There are a bunch of reasons why he says this works. It wouldn’t be right of me to copy the whole post but every word is true. And as fortune would have it, he found someone who never saw any of the Star Wars movies and had her watch them in Machete Order. The flaws he thought existed in his order weren’t that bad and didn’t have much of an impact. In fact, the result was better than he expected.

Basically, it comes down to this:

Episodes IV and V setup a cliffhanger with Luke finding out he’s the son of Darth Vader and Han is frozen. Episodes II and III tell you about how Darth Vader came to be. Now, you go to Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and you know everything about Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, the Emperor, and all the other important characters. And the allegory between Luke and Anakin is actually noticeable and, like Hilton says, makes ‘Return’ a much stronger film.

I highly recommend you read the thought behind his reordering of the movies. He makes a great argument and I’m convinced he’s right.

And if you’re a purist, you can watch the “Despecialized Editions” so you don’t have to deal with all the crap Lucas threw in after the fact and lied about how it was as it was intended to be.

And just before I hit the ‘Publish’ button, I checked out his Twitter timeline and saw this…

[blackbirdpie url=”!/rodhilton/status/174502407408062464″]

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