How to Watch the Star Wars Movies in Order?

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With a Disney+ membership, you can now view the whole Star Wars saga. This covers the original trilogy, prequel films, and sequel series that have been produced in recent years. You can also view standalone films like Rogue One and Solo and Disney’s developing Star Wars TV programs like The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch.

It has never been simpler to watch the whole series in one sitting, but before you start watching the first film, you need to decide on your favourite viewing sequence. Do you begin with the original trilogy or with the prequels? What about standalone movies and television series? Here’s how to watch Star Wars in chronological order, in whatever sequence you like.

Chronological order

According to George Lucas, the first Star Wars picture was always meant to be a minor portion of a much greater plot. So just because it is the first film out does not imply that it is the beginning of the plot. Rather than going by release order, attempt chronological order depending on when the movies are planned to be released.

This would entail beginning with the prequel trilogy’s Episodes I, II, and III, then going on to the original films’ IV, V, and VI, and finally the sequels’ VII, VIII, and IX. You should be able to put Rogue One and Solo in between Episodes III and IV if you are adding the standalone films.

Furthermore, since this sequence undermines the Darth Vader revelation in the original movies, it is not recommended that anybody view these films in this order for the first time. For long standing fans, seeing Star Wars in chronological sequence is more of a fun exercise to experience the franchise from a different perspective.

If you watched all of the Star Wars movies chronologically, it would look like this:

  • First Episode of Star Wars: The Phantom
  • Second Episode of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Third Episode of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo (optional)
  • Rogue One (optional)
  • Fourth Episode Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Fifth Episode of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Sixth Episode of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Seventh Episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Eighth Episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Ninth Episode of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Theatrical Release Order

Because this is how the movies were exhibited and what George Lucas planned, the most apparent solution is the theatrical release sequence. It begins with the original trilogy, then moves on to the prequel films, and finally concludes with Disney’s sequel movies.

Following this sequence, you will watch Luke defeat Darth Vader, then Vader’s creation tale, and finally Rey take up the legacy when Luke. If you want to include the solo Star Wars films in your viewing party, this may become a bit problematic. Rogue One and Solo, based on their release dates, would be a break in the sequel trilogy.

If you are conducting a re-watch and want to keep the primary films’ storylines intact, simply skip these two flicks. In any case, they have no bearing on the overall story. If you want the whole experience, you may watch them in the sequence they were released or watch the independent films before or after the trilogy.

Your schedule should appear like this if you want to proceed by release order:

  • Fourth Episode of Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Fifth Episode of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Sixth Episode of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • First Episode of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Second Episode of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Third Episode of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Seventh Episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Rogue One (optional)
  • Eighth Episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Solo (optional)
  • Ninth Episode of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Machete Order

Machete Order is a good alternative if you have previously watched everything in the launch and chronological sequence. This arrangement divides the difference by presenting Episodes II and III before Episodes V and VI.

After A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, things become a little wacky. Turn to the prequel trilogy as a flashback scenario just after Luke finds the reality about Darth Vader. Before ending with Return of the Jedi, view Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to see how the Dark Side possessed a young Anakin Skywalker.

Phantom Menace is completely omitted from The Machete Order since practically everything in the film is self-contained and has no bearing on the other prequels. Qui-Gon Jinn has no bearing on the overall plot. The term “midi-chlorians” is only referenced once more. You also try to stay away from Jar Jar Binks as much as possible. However, it is not perfect, so proceed with caution.

If you are not satisfied with the removal of Episode I and are not sure where the sequel films fit in, the Machete Order’s original inventor offers a solution. In an addendum to his original essay, Rod Hilton recommends seeing Episodes VII, VIII, and IX after the previous films. Then, like Rogue One and Solo, you may regard Episode I as an anthology.

So, if you adopt the Machete Order, you would see the following films:

  • Fourth Episode of Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Fifth Episode of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Second Episode of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Third Episode of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Sixth Episode of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Seventh Episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Eighth Episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Ninth Episode of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • First Episode of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Solo (optional)
  • Rogue One (optional)

Disney’s Narrative Timeline

Star Wars is growing more than just movies, with the latest additions of Rebels, The Mandalorian, Resistance, and The Clone Wars. While there is no set watch sequence for these distinct Star Wars universe items, Disney has published an official chronology.

You have apparently thought that the animated series The Clone Wars occurs between Episodes II and III. Now the question is, what about the other Episode?   Star Wars: Rebels is placed before the actions of A New Hope, according to Disney. The Mandalorian is set to follow Return of the Jedi but it is set before the Star Wars: Resistance.

Here’s what it would look as if you’re insane enough to view every movie and Episode in Disney’s Narrative Timeline:

  • First Episode of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Second Episode of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Third Episode of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Bad BatchThe Bad Batch (debuting May 4)
  • Solo
  • Star Wars: Rebels
  • Rogue One
  • Fourth Episode of Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Fifth Episode of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Sixth Episode VI Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • The Mandalorian
  • The Book of Boba Fett (introducing on December 2021)
  • Star Wars: Resistance
  • Seventh Episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Eighth Episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Ninth Episode of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Upcoming instalments

Disney intends to keep producing new Star Wars material on Disney+ for the near term, even after the premiere of the last major picture. It is difficult to determine when any of these films will be ready to watch, or even which of the previously announced productions will reach it far enough, but this is what Disney claims is on the way:

  • C-3PO and R2-D2 feature in the animated series A Droid Story.
  • Hundreds of years before The Phantom Menace, The Acolyte takes place.
  • The Mandalorians sequel, Ahsoka, stars Rosario Dawson and is set in the same period as The Mandalorian.
  • Andor is a prequel to Rogue One starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.
  • The plot of Lando revolves on the titular smuggler.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character.
  • Set ten years after Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen.
  • Rangers of the New Republic is another Mandalorian offshoot.
  • Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins, will be aired in 2023 around Christmas.
  • Star Wars: Vision is a collection of animated shorts set in various eras.

Star Wars Vintage

Disney+ promotes just the greatest and most recent material, dismissing anything that does not fit into the overall story. Thankfully, under the Star Wars Vintage name, several of those series and films have recently been available on Disney+.

Although the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is currently unable to stream, a few classics have been made accessible to view during your marathon:

  • The Story of the Faithful
  • Caravan of CourageCaravan of Courage
  • Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
  • Star Wars: Droids (coming later this year)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars

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