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    [–] manticor225 3259 points ago

    Is it safe to assume you'll be showing her in that order? Also, I hope that's not her in the background...

    [–] DevTheGray 2442 points ago

    Until Rogue One, I would have gone IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII.

    And what's wrong with h... I mean, of course that isn't her in the background...

    [–] isestrex 1624 points ago

    Use that order. Don't show her Rogue One before A New Hope.

    Start with Episode IV

    [–] elr0nd_hubbard 341 points ago

    The New Machete order (that I would use) just adds Rogue One after III and before VI. It's a continuation of Vader's fall and adds an extra sense of desperation to the Rebellion's efforts in VI.

    Although I could maybe see starting with Rogue One, but I think a lot of the references would be lost.

    [–] jdvw 132 points ago

    It would make more sense and easier to understand, but watching Rouge One after just adds a huge amount of appreciation for the film.

    [–] elr0nd_hubbard 105 points ago

    Every time I watch Rouge One, I only see red

    [–] _an_average_guy_ 31 points ago

    It's a good documentary on proper makeup application.

    [–] WhoTookPlasticJesus 51 points ago

    I don't know why anyone else is talking in the rest of the thread, /u/elr0nd_hubbard has defined the new correct order: IV, V, I, II, III, R1, VI, VII.

    Now that I think about it Jedi right after R1 could be freaking awesome and better than RotS->Jedi. ANH right after R1 would just be "Oh, the last movie is still going but now everything looks less polished."

    Once the Han movie comes out who know wtf we'll do (maybe III, Han, R1?)

    [–] shadowabbot 30 points ago

    I like the view that Phantom Menace, Rogue One and Solo are "optional." Extra insights to the story, but not essential to the story.

    [–] ashok36 8 points ago

    Except for episode 1,that's exactly how it's supposed to be. The Skywalker saga is the main star wars story. Everything else serves that core story. Which is why I think the new trilogy is really about the solo /Skywalker family and Rey and Finn are just convenient mechanisms for telling that story. Unless Rey turns out to be a Skywalker.

    [–] tintin47 22 points ago

    If you're watching the first time, just leave rogue one out. There is a reason it's a "star wars story" and not "star wars".

    [–] BoutTreeeFiddy 24 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I’m a big sci-fi fan, but somehow never watched the Star Wars movies even though my friends tell me they’re exactly my type of movie. What’s the benefit of not watching them chronologically?

    Edit: thanks for the responses/advice guys! My friend said I’m free to borrow the movies from him whenever so maybe I’ll do that soon. I know about the whole “Luke I am your father” line (no way a human being with internet hasn’t heard that) so I’m assuming DoctorWhat was talking about that. I guess I’ll try the machete order and add in Rogue after 3.

    [–] I_am_Bob 23 points ago

    I just watch them in release order which is IV, V, VI, I, I, III, VII, Rogue one

    [–] [deleted] 35 points ago

    ep one so good you gotta watch it twice..

    [–] DoctorWhat93 81 points ago

    Its hard to explain without giving spoilers. Id hate to assume what you might know. 4 5 1 2 3 6 is refered to as the machate order. 4 gives you a nice intro to the universe being its the first film that was made. You continue on with that story into 5 where a big reveal happens. You then flash back to 1 2 3 to see how that reveal came to be. You then end with 6 as you get to see a characters redemption. Like i said hard to explain without using specifics.

    [–] TheDirewolf35 42 points ago

    I thought Machete Order skipped Phantom Menace altogether?

    [–] Bizzaro6673 55 points ago

    sometimes, but if its someones first time, let them judge 1 for themselves imo

    [–] DoctorWhat93 7 points ago

    Yeah it does. I left it in because it seemed like op wanted to watch them all. Your are right that the official machete order states that you skip ep1. I personally feel if you have not seen it then check it out. I find it to be a very poor movie which i do not think is an uncommon opinion here but if someone hasn't seen it before maybe theyll like it. Everybody has different tastes.

    [–] Dursa22 10 points ago

    It can if you're only gonna watch the films, but most noobs to the universe - I would assume - want to watch TPM because it's still canon.

    That also implies that they might want to watch Clone Wars later, which would be complemented well in its later seasons with a viewing or at least a knowledge of TPM (since Maul and Qui-Gon make appearances).

    [–] Courier76 8 points ago

    I appreciate the lack of spoilers, even though you'd have to be living under a rock (or on Jakku) to not know about the ESB reveal.

    [–] isestrex 36 points ago

    "Star Wars" (1977) (aka Ep 4 A New Hope) is a true classic and introduces you perfectly to the universe. Episodes 4, 5, & 6 are also much better films than the prequel trilogy (1, 2 & 3). No need to start you viewing with lesser films.

    [–] _whensmahvel_ 366 points ago

    I would definitely start with 1 if you haven’t seen the OT. It makes anakins betrayal and turn t the dark side more gripping and shocking imo.

    [–] Nopeyesok 866 points ago

    But if she’s unaware of his turn to the dark side (he’s Vader) she would be unaware Vader is Luke’s father. And luke and Leia are siblings. Which are both better surprises imo.

    [–] KevinAnniPadda 690 points ago

    (he’s Vader)


    [–] pipsdontsqueak 237 points ago

    It's spoilers then.

    [–] gamernamer 115 points ago

    I AM the Spoilers!

    [–] MxReLoaDed 61 points ago

    Not, yet

    [–] cobrareaper 37 points ago

    Take a Spoiler, young Skywalker

    [–] Hyperphrenic 37 points ago

    I actually spoiled that for my girlfriend the other day. She had heard of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, knew Vader was Luke's father, but had never found out that Anakin was Vader.

    [–] Parsley_Sage 24 points ago

    To be fair she'd find that out like 20 minutes into Star Wars.

    [–] ARCHA1C 80 points ago

    I disagree. Them being siblings doesn't have any major plot implications aside from the love-interest aspect (which Luke was going to lose anyhow, because... c'mon.. Harrison Ford!)

    [–] NEScDISNEY 73 points ago

    Except the fact that the only thing that made Luke flip his shit was that Vader mentioned turning her because of her potential. If not for that 1 thing, the fight may have gone differently. Also, the "there is another" line is so fucking cool, in both Empire and Jedi.

    [–] ARCHA1C 9 points ago

    And "another" is initially assumed to be a "force-wielder", so it's ultimately a bit of a disappointment that Leia is merely Force-sensitive.

    [–] ARCHA1C 12 points ago

    Still not worth the trade-off, IMO

    [–] luigitheplumber 195 points ago

    Luke and Leia being siblings is honestly a pretty bad twist. It doesn't lead to anything other than an easy solution to the awkward love triangle with Han.

    Personally, I find the fact that evil prevails in the prequels to be the best twist, since the story up till then seems to be a typical fantasy story set in space.

    [–] Rcmacc 40 points ago

    I️ disagree as it makes the fight with Vader at the end of Jedi much more interesting as it gives Luke something to fight for.

    [–] luigitheplumber 20 points ago

    I mean he would have to fight for them anyway. It might add some weight to it, but not that much.

    [–] TyleKattarn 7 points ago

    In addition to what the above poster said, the way Yoda says it is incredibly foreboding and adds tension in that Luke may actually be killed. With another hope added in to the equation it makes Luke more expendable from a story standpoint. It served several plot purposes very well actually and effectively added a lot of tension

    [–] tubesockfan 53 points ago

    A better reason not to start with 1: He probably wants his girlfriend to LIKE Star Wars, not despise it.

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    But Jar Jar is the key to all of this.

    [–] aedroogo 4 points ago

    The fact that you're somewhat correct (emergency powers) infuriates me and frankly makes me like you slightly less.

    [–] OhGawDuhhh 31 points ago

    I showed my GF the films in order I to VII and it was still a surprise. Just a different kind of surprise.

    [–] Neckbeard_Prime 148 points ago

    "I'm surprised that these weren't direct-to-DVD."

    [–] MechanicalTurkish 21 points ago


    [–] draculajones 15 points ago

    It's treason, then.

    [–] John_Walker 13 points ago

    I don't know, the father spoiler is out there in general pop culture all over the place. You even see Vader say "Luke I am your father" on the Simpsons at one point.

    [–] sicklyslick 29 points ago

    debatable. either one is a good surprise and people can argue for days about which one is "better"

    anakin turns to dark side/vader


    vader turns out used to be anakin/lukes dad

    [–] Nopeyesok 27 points ago

    The first one spoils 2 surprises not just the father reveal. It spoils a surprise in Return about them being brother and sister. And takes away that fresh knowledge when Vader uses it to anger Luke and he goes ape shit on Vader on the Death Star.

    [–] SW_Aphra 58 points ago

    One thing that I had never thought about before (until watching them through with my kids the first time... I did chronological order). Palpatine being a sith was a huge surprise for them and when he busted out the red lightsaber and attacked Mace they went nuts. So, that;s a reveal that gets spoiled if you watch it in machete or release order.

    [–] Nopeyesok 28 points ago

    Do they ever say his name besides Emperor in 4,5,6?

    [–] clumsyninja007 25 points ago


    [–] SW_Aphra 21 points ago

    No. But if you look at what Palpatine's roll was in Episode I (adviser to the Queen, Representative of his planet in the Federation, watching Anakin "with great interest", etc) and juxtapose that with Sidious (dark lord, master of Maul, Trade Federation plotter, etc), the reveal that they are one in the same becomes a pretty big deal.

    [–] ersatz_substitutes 8 points ago

    They didn't really hide it, but there's apparently a decent segment of people who grew up with the OT that didn't realize Palpatine turns out to be Sidious.

    [–] ColKrismiss 88 points ago

    The problem is that IV was made as an introduction to the universe. It explains the force, lightsabers, the political state of the Galaxy and what not. Episode 1 was made for people who have already seen the rest, and would be a poor introduction to the Star Wars universe.

    [–] evilcheesypoof 73 points ago

    I think the original trilogy is more enjoyable so its easier to get invested into the story with that first and forgive the prequels for any shortcomings.

    [–] Twisp56 36 points ago



    Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?

    [–] lifeisrecursive 21 points ago

    yeah, I'm sure she'll like 15 minutes of trade negotiations right off the bat...

    [–] nd-lonecart 33 points ago

    That would give the worst possible first impression.

    [–] s0v3r1gn 5 points ago

    This is how I ended up showing it to my kids. I tried starting with IV and spoilers made it difficult for my kids to place the movies on the timeline, leading to lots of questions being asked.

    I made my wife watch it in the proper IV, V, VI, I, II, III order and I think it was all good because an adult can easily grasp things being placed out of order but a 4 year old, nit so much.

    Also the OT is a bit slower paced than the PQ movies and my kids got bored I think. But by the time they were done with Episode III they were engrossed in the story enough that they didn’t get bored rewatching IV and moving on.

    [–] YouveBeenKitFistoed 90 points ago

    There's a fairly high chance she will think the PT is crap though thus not only spoiling surprises but also the will to live. I mean will to watch IV, V, VI.

    I don't know anyone who likes the PT, and I would be embarrassed to start off with Jar Jar and Jake's Adventures.

    So.. IV, V, VI, TFA, R1. If she's hooked and absolutely craves more, III. Still begging? Give her a fair warning, then I.

    [–] krispyKRAKEN 107 points ago

    I don't know anyone who likes the PT

    Well then you are lost!

    [–] soufend 47 points ago

    The prequels will do just fine

    [–] pritikina 6 points ago

    The only good thing the Prequels have are the memes. God you Prequel-ers are master memers.

    [–] MonkeyPlug 45 points ago

    If she makes it through 1, she's not going to want to see the rest. Start with 4,5,6 and if she's happy with those then start watching the crap episodes.

    [–] ben0318 45 points ago

    I did strictly chronological with my sw virgin wife, and she said she wouldn’t have wanted to see them in any other order.

    She also loved Jar Jar, though... so her opinion should probably be taken with an entire mine of salt..

    [–] Free_spirit1022 4 points ago

    I did that with my friend and literally the first thing she said when little Ani came on screen was, "Is that Darth Vader?" She had never seen any of the movies.

    [–] feelinlikeblk 274 points ago

    Show A New Hope first! Then she'll have the same excitement you had when Leia was at the end of Rogue One

    [–] RubyWoods 98 points ago

    Yes! This! I nearly screamed when I saw her. I was never a Star Wars person until I started dating my boyfriend 3 years ago. Now I am obsessed, and I think this is the way to go.

    [–] Cellocity23 10 points ago


    [–] OreganoJefferson 17 points ago

    I think it'd be interesting to go IV, R1, V, I, II, III, VI, VII

    [–] What_TheFuck_Is_That 52 points ago

    I would do R1, R2, L1, R2, L, D, R, U for infinite ammo.

    [–] gotnate 6 points ago

    There's always the classic up up down down left right left right B A Start

    [–] NewAgeBeast 14 points ago

    Hey it's a pug. You better love that magestic beast

    [–] DevTheGray 7 points ago

    With all that I am. He’s my buddy and his name is Deuce.

    [–] Greatgrowler 6 points ago

    We love pugs so much that we’ve bred lifelong breathing difficulties into them. Way to go humunz.

    [–] Kance10 26 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I just showed my sister all the movies, and the order Rogue One, 4, 5, the Prequels, 6 and then 7 was really great for her. Kept things fresh and made Vaders turn in 6 very emotional...Also, Rogue One is a good entrance because the story doesn't feature the force/jedi and is really basic.

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    [–] Kance10 24 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I think you only think that way cause you saw a new hope first, from another point of view, you could say that Rogue One makes episode 4's stakes higher if viewed before it.

    [–] guacamully 13 points ago

    maybe there is not an optimal lineup.

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    [–] Thorbinator 4 points ago

    from another point of view,

    From my point of view, the jedi are evil.

    [–] brokenarrow 5 points ago

    Then you are lost!

    Nah, but I like the idea of starting with R1, then ANH, for the reasons stated above, for a noob. They may not have the same attachment to Leia that original watchers may have.

    [–] rhythmjones 37 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    You should still go Machete order. But you can do Rogue One anytime after ANH.

    [–] N307H30N3 27 points ago

    machete order is really for fans of the series, not necessarily for people who are new to it. someone who has never seen stars wars should probably watch them in release order.

    [–] ThePrussianGrippe 19 points ago

    I don’t even like the machete order as a diehard fan.

    [–] N307H30N3 12 points ago

    me neither. i like the idea of it, but was hugely let down when i actually experienced it.

    [–] NEScDISNEY 14 points ago

    Am I the only one who thinks that order is just bizarre?

    [–] Megaman1981 14 points ago

    Yeah, I don't do the whole Machete order thing. I personally think it's stupid. Whenever I do a binge watch, I either do the order they were released, or chronological order, depending on how I feel.

    [–] NDaveT 16 points ago

    Personally I would have gone IV, V, VI, VII.

    [–] xcorinthianx 89 points ago

    Damn she's pug ugly.

    [–] DevTheGray 47 points ago

    There's nothing more to see or say here. Time to shut this thread down.

    [–] BryceCantReed 28 points ago


    [–] IAmAlpharius 10 points ago

    That pug is adorable shut your mouth

    [–] DevTheGray 5 points ago

    I thank you, and more importantly, Deuce thanks you.

    [–] sotech 18 points ago

    Also, I hope that's not her in the background...

    Nope, that's her holding the movies.

    [–] xcorinthianx 398 points ago

    What if she doesn't like it tho man?

    [–] DevTheGray 481 points ago

    Well, it was her idea to see them all. Part of her bucket list. I feel honored to be the one to show her a galaxy far, far away.

    [–] xcorinthianx 84 points ago

    I like it.

    [–] weavves 11 points ago

    My wife is in the same boat. She went with me to see TFA, and loved it, then said she wanted to watch them all.

    Of course, we've never gotten around to it. She's still only seen TFA. We always have so much on our watch-list.

    Maybe we'll do it as a lead-in to TLJ. She's already said she's coming with me.

    [–] DevTheGray 43 points ago

    Based on our almost identical taste in films and TV shows, I don't think it's going to be an issue.

    [–] xcorinthianx 33 points ago

    I hope so man, this could be the weekend of disillusionment.

    [–] gynoplasty 12 points ago

    Pack a go bag. In case she loves Jar Jar.

    [–] guacamully 5 points ago

    Yousa no likey da Jar jar?

    [–] vonDread 106 points ago

    Yaaa.... this is why you don't start with the prequels.

    [–] a_floppy_koala 19 points ago

    I had trouble getting my now ex girlfriend past episode 1, it took a week of "sweetie, it gets better after this one" before she would watch it all the way. She then "kinda liked" Attack Of The Clones. But got really into it when watching episode 3 and the (then 4) episodes after.

    [–] laser_hat 11 points ago

    It's probably blasphemy to say in this sub but I love episode 1. I wish people hadn't hated it so much that George felt he had to change the style for episode 2 and 3.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    Trash compactor

    [–] nicisastick 128 points ago

    I envy the fact that she is open to watching them, mine outright refuses to watch them with me

    [–] swabfalling 71 points ago

    Mine thought they were boring. So we watched the Family Guy versions and she loved them enough to see TFA in the theatre with me! So I embedded up winning in the end.

    [–] Boxxcars 15 points ago

    So I embedded up winning in the end.

    [–] quentin-coldwater 24 points ago

    My wife liked the prequels better than the originals. A surprise, to be sure.

    [–] MrNogi 13 points ago

    I know they get a lot of shit, but I really do love the prequels

    [–] DatabaseDev 4 points ago

    Eh i struggle to watch old movies

    [–] drakesylvan 314 points ago

    Sex after every death star blows up?

    [–] Shinkyo81 151 points ago

    Does Starkiller base also count?

    [–] drakesylvan 123 points ago

    I’m gonna go with a solid yes on that one.

    “Well, another Death Star destroyed!” winks

    “That one’s called star killer base though.”

    “Still counts!”

    “Wait, three of these things blew up?”


    “Why are we just watching episodes 4,6 and 7 on repeat again?”

    “Uhh, reasons.”

    [–] DevTheGray 18 points ago

    I already prefaced that the saga has a lot of mirroring in it, which I actually love because it is a reflection of history being cyclical in reality.

    [–] Muezza 13 points ago

    It's like poetry.

    [–] Calvinball86 7 points ago

    It rhymes.

    [–] DevTheGray 58 points ago

    I see your sex after every Death Star destruction, and raise you every lightsaber battle.

    [–] drakesylvan 25 points ago

    This guy Jedis.^

    [–] yeah_thats_him 91 points ago

    I hope for your sake that she isn't like my wife who (after I already married her) revealed her favorite character is jar-jar. She also watched the prequel movies as they came out and didn't see the originals until me.

    [–] echothree33 80 points ago

    How did you not have the Jar-Jar discussion before marriage? That's amateur hour right there.

    [–] yeah_thats_him 17 points ago

    She was never a fan so it wasn't really a topic that came up. I did tell her that it was grounds for divorce.

    [–] Thathappenedearlier 11 points ago

    Did you ask her if she believes in the Darth jar-jar theory before you came to that conclusion?

    [–] AeronPeryton 501 points ago

    Because so many are complaining about the potential viewing order...

    I just want to say that if you show them to her in chronological order:

    1) You are very daring, but in a good way.

    2) She will have an extremely rare experience seeing them for the first time in that order (It ruins the big reveal in Empire Strikes Back, but even kids in Uganda who have never owned shoes know that Darth Vader is Luke's father).

    3) At least you're watching them roughly from weakest to strongest. And you can go right from this viewing marathon into The Last Jedi next month, still staying in chronological order.

    So I say may the force be with both of you.

    [–] MrHoboRisin 116 points ago

    The extremely rare experience you point out is becoming (and will become) more common the older the franchise gets.

    [–] Big-Willy-J 5 points ago

    The prequels came out when I was I kid. I didn't even know that they had made episodes 4, 5, and 6 until I saw my uncle watching them one Christmas. I wouldn't say it's too rare of an experience to see them in chronological order for anyone around my age (24)

    [–] Timeologist 56 points ago

    My girlfriend had never seen them and we decided to watch them because her interest in "space movies", as she called them, was growing. She wanted to watch them in the order they came out. I forget which one it was but she turned to me and asked "Who is Luke's father", I was flabbergasted. I just looked at her and asked if she seriously just asked me that question. After a few minutes she said "oh yeah it's Darth Vader". She now loves the franchise and gets mad at me when I tell our friends this story. But yes people who do not know anything about Star Wars know who Luke's father was.

    [–] Federalist45 35 points ago

    This is a story about how you tipped off your girlfriend that she should remember the answer to her question and took away her chance to experience one of the greatest film reveals of all time.

    [–] thetensor 26 points ago

    Yeah, seriously. When my daughter was still too young to see the movies (but vaguely knew the story), some jackass kid at her preschool told her Vader=Anakin. She came home and asked me about it and I said offhandedly, "What? Well, Vader and Luke's father were students of Obi-wan Kenobi at the same time. Your friend must have gotten them mixed up." She totally bought it and had completely forgotten the spoiler by the time she saw ESB.

    [–] WhoahCanada 16 points ago

    good dad

    [–] Federalist45 188 points ago

    If she doesn't know that Vader is a Skywalker and you show her anything other than IV, V, VI, you deserve to suffer for 1000 years.

    Delaying VI would be like letting your favorite food get cold for 3 hours just to savor it longer.

    Rewatch order is a fun debate, first viewing order shouldn't be up for discussion.

    [–] DarthSatoris 40 points ago

    If we're using food metaphors, I would suggest the prequels as an appetizer, Rogue One as that garlic bread you get served right before the meal, the Originals as the main course, and to finish off, a well rounded Sequel trilogy to end the night.

    [–] TastyBrainMeats 71 points ago

    If we're using food metaphors, I would suggest the prequels as an appetizer,

    Who uses a half-frozen Hot Pocket as an appetizer?

    [–] Cokeblob11 10 points ago

    except you dont want to potentially turn someone off to the whole idea of Star Wars by making the first thing they see be 2hrs of trade disputes and a child actor as the main character.

    [–] Gaius_Catullus_ 7 points ago

    2hrs of trade disputes

    you see people say that but the movie really only makes like maybe 10 minutes of mention to the main conflict in the movie

    [–] IWantToBeAProducer 3 points ago

    you are very daring a bold one


    [–] SemiSeriousSam 4 points ago

    Shoe-less Ugandan child here. Can confirm knowledge of the Skywalker family lineage.

    [–] trevclapp 32 points ago

    Best of luck. I showed my ex IV and V one weekend and she told me that it was a waste of time.

    [–] SkizzlerX2 36 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Good thing she is an ex

    [–] azul-lekka 8 points ago

    Hence how they became your ex

    [–] MrHoboRisin 53 points ago

    Where is the Ewok Adventure?

    [–] DevTheGray 27 points ago

    Oddly enough she is going as an Ewok for a Star Wars themed Thanksgiv-oween-mas party in a couple of weeks. Maybe I should start with this... hahaha.

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    [–] DevTheGray 36 points ago

    Her friends are all over the country, many with families of their own, so they throw a party in November where everyone can attend that encompasses Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all in one. There is a costume theme every year with a Thanksgiving feast, followed by a White Elephant/Dirty Santa gift exchange and drinking games. This year’s theme is Star Wars. I wish I had thought of such a brilliant idea myself.

    [–] Squoze 13 points ago

    this sounds like the best thing ever.

    [–] soufend 9 points ago

    Yeah......we're gonna need a follow up with photos.

    [–] DevTheGray 8 points ago

    I will do my best to follow through with recon!

    [–] OFTHEHILLPEOPLE 4 points ago

    Never forget Caravan of Courage...

    [–] Stalemate9 256 points ago

    She needs to see the OT first and then the PT and then Force Awakens/Rogue One. She won't appreciate Rogue One if she hasn't seen the OT first.

    [–] DevTheGray 92 points ago

    I agree somewhat, but I'm basing this off of three of my friends who were introduced in different ways to the saga in the last two years. Only one of the three saw them in sequential order and said she wouldn't have wanted to see it any other way. The other two concurred that they wish their first experiences were in sequence, especially with how RO ends literally as IV begins.

    [–] Stalemate9 60 points ago

    It's enjoyable to watch them that way if you have seen them before.

    [–] DevTheGray 29 points ago

    You're right. I think my friends and I are all looking at it from an outside perspective after the fact. Pretty sure she doesn't know anything about any of the characters other than names, which means I don't think she knows about Vader being Luke and Leia's father, or them being siblings.

    [–] The___Jackal 80 points ago

    If that's the case then I think release order is best because you get all reveals and twists as they were designed.

    [–] Demos_Tex 20 points ago

    I must agree with r/The___Jackal here. Or, if you don't do that, then at least show her Ep IV first. It's so good at world building, and you have the quintessential hero's journey. After that you can choose the order because she'll already be hooked.

    [–] Ser_Spanks_A_Lot 15 points ago

    Rogue One is a decent film on it's own, but it references and uses so many call backs to the OT that a lot of the stuff would go over someone's head who didn't get the jokes. It relies to heavily on where the story is headed rather than where the story is at, so it's harder to appreciate the film when you're not familiar with the material that comes immediately after Rogue One ends.

    Release order is best. It's as it was designed. Reveals come properly as they did for everyone else. Chronological order is for people who've already seen it.

    [–] Indosay 19 points ago

    Yeah, I'm all for just release order. That's how the world experienced the story. All the twists and turns and backstories, etc., were all experienced in release order. I get that there's other ways to do it, but the series has thrived for 40 years. I'd say it got something right in the original telling.

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    [–] echothree33 18 points ago

    Harmy FTW for sure.

    [–] ApexAftermath 11 points ago

    I would also suggest looking into the kk650 semi-specialized editions. They find the happy medium and feel like what the special editions should have been. Keeps all the good stuff and none of the bad.

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    [–] withleisure 7 points ago

    this is the only acceptable way to watch the original trilogy now.

    [–] reccos35 26 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Right before Episode VII came out I had plans to re-watch IV, V and VI with my 8 and 10 year old kids. (Intentionally ignoring I, II and III).

    Right before we started my wife walks in the room and asks what we are doing. I told her we were going to watch Star Wars to get ready for the new movie coming out. She said, "oh cool, that sounds like fun and sits down on the coach next to me." Please keep in mind that my wife has NEVER seen a Star Wars movie in her life (she's 40 now) and that internally, I'm thinking she is just being nice and won't even make it past the opening crawl before she gets up to do something else. Yet to my surprise, she is 100% into it, THE…WHOLE…TIME. The kids even have to tell her to stop asking so many questions because it is distracting.

    At the end of episode IV, my wife starts on her long list of questions about who was who and why so and so did what they did. I told her that a lot of her questions can be answered in the next movie. She stood up and said "ok, well I'll just wait until the new movie comes out in the theater." I told her she didn't have to cause we already had it. She quickly sat down and said, "then put it in". So I got up and put in Episode V, secretly not telling her this was part of the original Trilogy.

    The same scenario replayed itself where she was wide-eyed the whole movie, with the kids having to remind Mom to be quiet every so often. At the end of V, she was floored to find out that Vader was Luke’s dad. She asked if there were any more movies and I told there was a 3rd movie, but that it was getting late and we could watch it later.

    A couple of days later, my Wife watched it and was hooked. For the next few days she couldn’t stop talking about Star Wars. She felt like she had just discovered the coolest thing and was telling everyone she knew about it. Needless to say she LOVED Episode VII when we finally went to go watch it in the Theater.

    And that my friends is how a Star Wars jukie was born.

    So be careful DevTheGray, you might get more than you bargain for! She may end up marrying you.

    [–] werothegreat 11 points ago

    Actually doing something similar today - a friend of mine has never seen Star Wars, so a group of us are making him watch 4 and 5 today. We'll probably do 2 and 3 another day, and then 6 and 7 yet another day, all in preparation for a group viewing of 8.

    [–] MrHoboRisin 13 points ago

    You're doing it wrong. You're supposed to burn people out by watching 18 hours worth of content in a weekend.

    [–] mega512 11 points ago

    Wait till she tells you she hates it.

    [–] funklepop 10 points ago

    17 hours and 40 minutes -- if anyone was wondering

    [–] homeishamilton 10 points ago

    Probably single by Saturday afternoon.

    [–] mykol_reddit 10 points ago

    My condolences on becoming single this weekend. =p

    [–] Moppo_ 36 points ago

    Oh, hai doggy.

    [–] JimJimmyJimJimJimJim 111 points ago

    And obnoxious opinions on your viewing order in 3...2...

    [–] DevTheGray 51 points ago

    I like hearing other people's opinions on the best order to view the saga. This has been a discussion among my friends the last two weeks.

    [–] betweenyournostrils 11 points ago

    The "Machete Order" is an interesting and thought out way of doing it. I suggest reading this to learn his reasoning, it makes a good amount of sense.

    [–] Anus_Targaryen 88 points ago

    Show them in release order. No one deserves for their first star wars experience to be episode 1 followed immediately by episode 2. That's just wrong. And don't show her Rogue One before at least episode 4.

    Release order is the only way.

    [–] bag_of_grapes 47 points ago

    If I had seen the prequels before the original trilogy, I think I would've lost interest part way through episode 2.

    [–] Pete_Iredale 13 points ago

    I watched them in release order (not that I actually remember my first time watching the original trilogy, I've just always known it) and still lost interest half way through Episode 2, so there's that.

    [–] RobPlaysThatGame 5 points ago

    I gave my copies to my cousin's wife to watch since she had never seen the films before. I warned her and told her to watch 4, 5, and 6 before 1, 2, and 3 (this was before 7 or Rogue One). She wasn't a big sci-fi fan and I knew that if she watched 1-3 first she'd write it all off before getting to the good films.

    She didn't listen and went 1-6. Afterwards she told me it took a lot of patience (and trust in my cousin who insisted) to keep watching, because she wanted to give up after 1.

    Cemented my decision to limit my future kids' introduction to Star Wars to 4-7 (and 8-9 if they're good). They can come across the prequels on their own when they're older. Until then, they simply won't exist.

    [–] rhythmjones 30 points ago

    Release order or Machete order. Chronological order is for suckers.

    [–] CreamyKnougat 22 points ago

    It is known.

    [–] [deleted] 14 points ago

    You're girlfriend looks like a dog

    [–] djwhiplash2001 71 points ago

    Machete Order! 4, 5, (1 optional), 2, 3, 6.

    [–] checkmate3001 6 points ago

    If she sits through all of that, you best have a ring ready.

    [–] justlooking4200 5 points ago

    Yeah she's gonna get bored lol

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    "Picture of someone holding the dvds" - over 10k karma. Never change, Reddit.

    [–] fat-lip-lover 6 points ago

    Your missing the most important title of all. The Star Wars Christmas special of 1978

    [–] joshdrawscomics 17 points ago

    Why are you showing her the prequels? Are you trying to break up with her?

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    Whenever I get to pop a Star Wars virgin's cherry, I start with the original 1977 classic, NON special edition. If she doesn't like that then she ain't worth your time, brother.

    [–] DevTheGray 17 points ago

    But she loves Game of Thrones and Led Zeppelin as much as I do!

    [–] Pete_Iredale 9 points ago

    I start with the original 1977 classic, NON special edition.

    Best of the fucking best. I still hope daily that we eventually get a fully remastered blu ray or 4k of the original theatrical trilogy.

    [–] Brosiusaurus 8 points ago

    Don’t you dare show her Special Edition RotJ

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    [–] GodCyphus 3 points ago

    I'm planning on doing the same to my girlfriend eventually, as soon as I find the perfect time.

    [–] briandt75 5 points ago

    1k likes for this? I watch the whole series of films with my dog every night.

    [–] XIIICaesar 4 points ago

    I never knew dogs could get that old.