The Star Wars Saga: A Nod to the Machete Order

R2-D2 and C3-PO by Ralph McQuarrie

R2-D2 and C3-PO by Ralph McQuarrie

I can barely remember a time in my life before Star Wars. I was fortunate enough to become fully acquainted with them when the original trilogy was re-released in theaters, at a fairly young age, so I was able to experience that mix of whimsy, joy, anticipation and wonder that A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi created on the big screen: pure movie magic. I still remember not being able to wait the two months between re-releases and borrowing the vhs copy of Return of the Jedi from my aunt. I needed to know what happened next! I had an insatiable thirst for all things Star Wars related. Then of course, there were the prequels…

What can be said about them that hasn’t been said before? How do we ‘deal’ with them, now that they’re out there and part of the world, like little Anakins, themselves, who somehow didn’t turn out quite right. Well, with Episode I: The Phantom Menace being released in 3-D it seems pertinent that we address this question now, and thankfully a fellow nerd, Rob Hilton has proposed a solution to solve some of the most pressing issues of

A.) watching the movies in episode order, because it reveals the surprise that Darth Vader is Luke’s father


B.) watching the movies in release order because of the creepy ‘angst-ridden Anakin as a ghost’ scene at the end of Return of the Jedi

Instead he proposes the Machete Order: IV, V, II, III, VI

This novel order resolves the problems set forward by options A and B above, and addresses the more serious issue of Episode I existing at all. Take a look at his thoughtful investigation, and give this viewing order a go. And if you’re still feeling a bit apprehensive about this solution, and you’re a little sad about missing the pod racing, remember what Yoda said:

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”


One thought on “The Star Wars Saga: A Nod to the Machete Order

  1. Interesting theory! I confess I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch Episode II at all yet – I hear that it’s not worth the time investment. A bit of a sad development on a great series.

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