Before you Watch the new Star Wars Movie – Recommended Viewing Order

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The new Star Wars movie is released tomorrow! Who’s just going crazy waiting?

If you want to catch up on the story so far – or you’re an absolute newcomer to the hype – Benjamin Collier, one of our authors at, has come up with suggestions of which order to watch the previous movies so the new one makes sense. Here’s his take on it:

“I hear a number of people are being introduced to the previous Star Wars movies for the first time, in preparation for the release of the new movie, and that some aren’t sure in what order to view the films. So as a longtime Star Wars geek I’d like to offer my two cents. I can’t explain the reasons why without saying possible spoilers, but if anyone wants to ask they can [comment below].
Because in my mind the story of the first six films are essentially the story of a certain character, there is a particular order to view the movies in order to get the full effect of that character’s journey. And it goes in this order: Episode 4 (A New Hope), Episode 1 (The Phantom Menace), Episode 5 (The Empire Strikes Back), Episode 2 (Attack of the Clones), Episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith), Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi).
There’s a simpler version that involves less jumping back and forth between timelines, which goes like this: Episodes 4 and 5, then 1 and 2 and 3, then 6. So the first two classic movies, then the entire prequel trilogy, then Episode 6. It’s not what I consider ideal, but it’s less complicated to remember.
There are other orders that can work, but I strongly recommend episodes 4 and 5 before episodes 2 and 3, and then saving Episode 6 for last. I feel Episode 6 is the necessary way to end the experience.
There is also the option of only watching the classic trilogy (Episodes 4,5,6) and not bothering with the prequels at all, which many fans will recommend. Since I don’t know what sort of material the new film deals with, I’m not sure if some basic knowledge of the prequels is necessary. I at least find them entertaining even if not of the same quality.”
– Benjamin T. Collier, guest blogger.
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You can comment below and I’ll pass them along to Benjamin, or you can ask him a question and I’ll post his reply below.

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