The order in which the Star Wars movies should be watched has always been a hot bed of discussion, especially amongst obsessive fans. And there's many ways to do it. For a lot of folks who have been around since the 70s and 80s, the path has already been laid out. It goes The Original Trilogy, followed by the Prequel Trilogy, and then comes The Force Awakens trilogy. With the standalones falling in-between. But what if you've never seen the movies? And you're going at it the first time? Or want to show your kids. Well, a lot of people will weigh in with what they think the answer is. But perhaps Mark Hamill, the man behind Luke Skywalker knows best of all. Or, maybe not.
The Jedi Master was recently asked the question, which order do you like to watch the Star Wars movies in? And he had an interesting answer. There is any multitude of intersecting viewing patterns that one could map out, or breeze through. But perhaps the way of the Jedi is the best way to go.
Many fans will continue arguing about this topic until the end of time. The prequel trilogy comes first in the story timeline, even though they were made later. So they come first. Right? Not so fast, you need to watch the originals first. Because they came first. End of story. Er, wait, where does Rogue One fall inline?
Perhaps you'd imagine that Mark Hamill is an Original Trilogy first kind of guy, since he starred in those, and they set everything in motion. Posed with the question, the legendary actor was actually indecisive at first. He initially goes with what you'd expect, saying this.
"I always think the way that they were chronologically released."
After thinking about his answer for a minute, he decides that maybe that's not right and he starts to second guess himself.
"Now, I may be wrong, because if you're starting out fresh, you may go I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Rogue One? It's hard! I mean, wait a second, Rogue One comes before IV, so you go I, II, III, Rogue One, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. I'm guessing."
Yeah, it seems logical that if you're not going to watch them as they were chronologically released, you'd want to throw Rogue One in before you got to A New Hope. The problem here is that the first three movies, as classic as they are, do seem a bit dated, and the pacing between Rogue One and A New Hope doesn't really match. Mark Hamill went onto say this.
"It must be jarring for young kids. Because the technology is so advanced now, so Star Wars looks primitive compared to the prequels where CGI just flourished."
So, left up to his own devises, Mark Hamill would prefer to watch the movies in the order they arrived in theaters. As it makes more sense just aesthetically speaking. But watching them as they happen on the canon timeline makes sense too. Perhaps even more so from a storytelling point of view. However you want to do it, there's no real wrong way. Just have fun with it. And if you want to erase The Last Jedi from your own version of the canon, go for it. No one is stopping you. This news first appeared at Collider.