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Proper viewing order?
« on: June 27, 2006, 12:10 PM »
Coulda sworn we already had this topic somewhere around here--I believe there's an unwritten law in Star Wars message boredom (sic) that every board needs a "proper viewing order" thread--but I couldn't find it.

So now that everything's over and done with, what's the best way to introduce the saga to someone who's never seen one of the movies before?  You know, like a small child or perhaps someone who's been locked away in a medieval dungeon or something for the last thirty years.

Do you go in cinematic order?  IV-V-VI-I-II-III?

Or do you go in chronologic order?  I-II-III-IV-V-VI?

And there's a new order--maybe call it the Pulp Fiction order--which I've seen some people mention elsewhere.  IV-V-I-II-III-VI.  That's kind of interesting--I think the idea there is to show the complete saga, but also preserve the "is Vader really Luke's father?" cliffhanger from Empire.

And this may or may not be a trick question.

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2006, 01:04 PM »
I go:

 I-II-CW Volume 1-CW Volume 2-III-IV-V-VI-Ewok Adventure TV Movies

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2006, 01:07 PM »
I don't think I could get a friend to sit down to see the chronological order - I don't know if I would sit through the Prequels again. Cinematic order is much better, cause I can enjoy the OT and then mention without a drop of enthusiasm, "Oh, yea... there are Prequels... you know, if you want to see those, too."

As far as the Clone Wars and Ewok Adventures go... I think I'll spare my friends.

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2006, 01:43 PM »
I would show future generations the movies in chronological order (or friends who haven't seen the movies yet). I think it makes much more sense that way because it was confusing even for me to watch the prequels in the theater and try to figure out how things tied into the OT.
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2006, 10:41 AM »
Brad almost nailed it.

Here's the steps in correctly introducing someone to the saga:

1.  Throw your Episode I DVD in the garbage .

2.  Do the same with Episode II.

3.  Hang on to your Episode III DVD for the time being.

4.  Show them Episode IV.  The original version is preferred, but the 2004 version is acceptable.

5.  Show them Episode V.  Same protocol as with Episode IV.

6.  Show them Episode VI.  Same protocol as before.

7.  If, and only if, they have any further questions or want to know more about the Obi-Wan/Anakin backstory, show them Episode III.  If they don't, throw your Episode III DVD in the garbage with the others.


Congratulations!  You've just properly introduced a newbie into the world of Star Wars!

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2006, 02:43 PM »
Filthy OT purists >:(
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2006, 03:12 PM »
Filthy OT purists >:(

Gotcha!

I do believe this was posted in the filthy OT message board, "Roton7."


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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2006, 04:35 PM »
I have nothing against the boards, just the purists that post here!


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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2006, 05:00 PM »
I have nothing against the boards, just the purists that post here!


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Stop being an OT purist. . .  Risk offending "Roton7". . .  stop being an OT purist or risk offending "Roton7". . .  stop being an OT purist or risk offending "Roton7". . .

Hmmm. . .  that's a toughie. 

I think I'll take my chances and keep on being an OT purist. 

Sorry, "Roton7."

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2006, 01:28 AM »
Showing a newbie IV-III, watching them in order for like 80 hours I-VI. :P
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2006, 02:21 PM »
I have nothing against the boards, just the purists that post here!


 :P

Stop being an OT purist. . .  Risk offending "Roton7". . .  stop being an OT purist or risk offending "Roton7". . .  stop being an OT purist or risk offending "Roton7". . .

Hmmm. . .  that's a toughie. 

I think I'll take my chances and keep on being an OT purist. 

Sorry, "Roton7."



To each his own, I suppose :P
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2006, 01:18 AM »
I'm not an OT purist but I really do feel that showing them in numerical order is best because, well, it gets the worst out of the way first, and it gets better and better...  For me that's how you make someone enjoy the series.  Beyond E1 I think that all the films have more merits than flaws.  E1...  It's more 50/50 and so pointless really.
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2006, 01:59 AM »
I'm not an OT purist but I really do feel that showing them in numerical order is best because, well, it gets the worst out of the way first, and it gets better and better...  For me that's how you make someone enjoy the series.  Beyond E1 I think that all the films have more merits than flaws.  E1...  It's more 50/50 and so pointless really.

The thing with showing them chronologically is that not only might they be turned off ('Phantom Menace?' Oh, I just gotsta have more of this!") but it would also ruin some of the key (surpise!) moments from the original trilogy.  (Namely, who's Yoda, Luke and Leia are sisters?, and that Vader is Luke's father.)

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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2006, 02:06 AM »
True, but I've found that kids (that's what I was basing my opinion on) could give two ***** about the surprises too...

For an adult though I might rethink that.   :-\

For the kids, at least in my experience, they really don't get as into the whole Yoda thing till he's flipping all over the place anyway...  Vader revealing himself had no meaning...  It's maybe just a statement on children in this day and age though compared to "back when I was little..." :)
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Re: Proper viewing order?
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2006, 09:04 PM »
(Namely, who's Yoda, Luke and Leia are sisters?, and that Vader is Luke's father.)

I thought Luke tended to be pretty whiney and weak, esp. in Ep. IV, but I don't know if I'd go so far as to call him Leia's sister :P
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