A new hope

July 29, 2012

Journal, Lloyd

If you know anyone who hasn’t seen the Star Wars movies* you have to read this before it is too late:

The Star Wars Saga: Introducing Machete Order

Seriously, did you read it. Go read it. Okay, if you didn’t read it, the idea is that the best order to watch the movies is (1) Star Wars (2) The Empire Strikes Back (3) Attack of the Clones (4) Revenge of the Sith (5) Return of the Jedi. You should read his reasons; they are brilliant. If you’re pressed for time, scroll down to the section (in red) Introducing: Machete Order. Here are some highlights:

As I mentioned, this creates a lot of tension after the cliffhanger ending of Episode V. It also uses the original trilogy as a framing device for the prequel trilogy. Vader drops this huge bomb that he’s Luke’s father, then we spend two movies proving he’s telling the truth, then we see how it gets resolved. The Star Wars watching experience gets to start with the film that does the best job of establishing the Star Wars universe, Episode IV, and it ends with the most satisfying ending, Episode VI. It also starts the series off with the two strongest films, and allows you to never have to either start or end your viewing experience with a shitty movie. Two films of Luke’s story, two films of Anakin’s story, then a single film that intertwines and ends both stories.

[…]the first time we see him as Luke was in Episode VI. Hayden Christensen’s incessant whining in Episode II is actually less annoying now, because it’s helping to link the character to Luke, who was just as whiny in Episode IV. In other words, because we skipped Episode I, the parallels between Luke and Anakin are much stronger. We’ve seen Obi-Wan train just the two of them, and never had to see anyone training Obi-Wan himself. The viewer is naturally linking the paths of these two characters together at this point.

The first time we see Luke in Return of the Jedi, he’s wearing all-black, just like his father did. He gives R2D2 and C-3P0 to Jabba the Hutt, much to their surprise. Luke isn’t exactly looking like a clean-cut Jedi like he claims. Then, when he finally enters Jabba’s palace, the musical cue sounds a bit like the Imperial March, and the way he enters with the light behind him makes it unclear if he is Luke or Vader. Then, he force chokes Jabba’s guards, something only Vader has done in the series! Nobody else sees him do this.

When he confronts Jabba, he warns him that he’s taking his friends back. He says Jabba can either profit from this, “or be destroyed.” Furthermore, he tells Jabba “not to underestimate my power.” The last time this phrase was used, it was by Anakin when dueling Obi-Wan. When watching Jedi on its own, Luke just seems a tad arrogant during these scenes. When watching Jedi immediately after watching Revenge of the Sith, the message is clear: Luke Skywalker is on the path to the Dark Side.

Am I right or am I right or am I right?

*I don’t know, maybe kids these days? Your own kids? Someone who is new to the country? Someone who was cryogenicly frozen in 1976? Steve Koepke?

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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8 Responses to “A new hope”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    Not my kids. At 6 and 9 they’ve seen them all.


  2. Lauren Said on:

    Well, now I feel the need to have a movie marathon. Perhaps I’ll call in ‘sick’ someday. 😉


  3. Beth. Said on:

    HA! Has Steve never seen these movies? Even still?


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I think what this guy says makes alot of sense & I worry what that says about me.


  5. Brad Said on:

    Whew! I read that whole article. It would be fun to be able to experience the episodes in a different order. If only there was some way to erase memories…


  6. Quiana Said on:

    This is a very interesting concept. I am going to give this a try, in spite of having seen them before.

    I’ve only seen I-III once a piece, so perhaps this will make me more interested?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I didn’t think about the that. I’ve only seen I-III once as well. I guess we’ll have to give it a try. Now I just have to get ahold of some pre-special edition copies of IV-IV: HAN SHOT FIRST!


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