It is time to have fun a galaxy far, distant with the annual Star Wars vacation — Star Wars Day on Could 4 — now right here. What’s with the date? It is a wordplay: Could the Fourth, as in Could the Pressure be with you. And this Could the 4th is particular in additional methods than one. The long-running animated collection Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs its collection finale, the first-ever live-action collection The Mandalorian will get a behind-the-scenes documentary collection, and the billion-dollar film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives on streaming. Star Wars Day started as a fan vacation, however Disney has totally embraced it since its buy of Lucasfilm in late 2012.
For Star Wars followers in India, that is additionally the primary Star Wars Day that just about each Star Wars title ever made — be it motion pictures, TV exhibits, or shorts — is definitely obtainable to stream, in quite a lot of languages — English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu — all on one platform: Disney+ Hotstar. In case you’re trying to binge watch the nine-episode Skywalker saga motion pictures, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, and The Mandalorian, or introduce Star Wars to your children, all of it’s right here. However given there’s a lot of it, and a lot of it connects to one thing else, what order do you have to watch it in? That is what we’re right here to reply, for each Star Wars newbies and die-hards.
And what higher time than a lockdown to look at all of Star Wars (once more). Could the Fourth be with you.
How a lot Star Wars is there?
Time for a fast historical past lesson, first. Star Wars creator George Lucas delivered the primary film in 1977. Then merely often called “Star Wars”, it has been retroactively re-titled to Episode IV: A New Hope. The success of A New Hope led to a TV spin-off in 1978, with the Star Wars Vacation Particular. But it surely turned out to be horrible and have become so notorious that it is not obtainable simply and nobody actually talks about it.
The story of Episode IV continued in two sequels — 1980’s Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again and 1983’s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi — which wrapped up what is called the Star Wars unique trilogy. It largely focuses on the trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa.
With Star Wars excessive in demand, the ‘80s noticed 4 extra spin-offs. First with 1984’s TV film The Ewok Journey, set between Episodes V and VI. Then got here two TV collection that started collectively in 1985. Set 15 years earlier than Episode IV, Star Wars: Droids adopted the exploits of droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. And Ewoks adopted the titular creatures, additionally earlier than Episode IV. And lastly, 1985 additionally introduced a sequel to The Ewok Journey with Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, nonetheless set between Episodes V and VI.
After which in 1999, Lucas returned with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It was adopted by two sequels — 2002’s Episode II: Assault of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge of the Sith — which made up the Star Wars prequel trilogy. With that got here the tip of the story of Darth Vader that Lucas had got down to inform almost three a long time in the past.
Then, 2008 gave us the primary animated Star Wars film with The Clone Wars — set between Episodes II and III — which was basically the preliminary episodes of the TV present of the identical title, set to conclude its run this Star Wars Day. The Clone Wars movie was panned, however the collection managed to show issues round. (It hasn’t been working for 12 years, thoughts you. It was cancelled in 2014 after which revived in 2019.)
Shortly after The Clone Wars ended, its creator Dave Filoni moved on to a different animated present in Star Wars Rebels. Set fourteen years after Episode III and 5 years earlier than Episode IV, it follows a bunch of rebels — naturally — as they attempt to thwart the Empire.
Whereas Rebels was the primary new launch after Disney’s buy of Lucas’ firm, Lucasfilm, in late 2012, the galaxy far, distant would broaden quickly after.
First, there was 2015’s Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens, a continuation of the Skywalker saga with new and previous faces. The story of Episode VII continued in two sequels as earlier than — 2017’s Episode VIII: The Final Jedi, and 2019’s Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker — which introduced an finish to the Skywalker saga. This is called the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
In the meantime, Disney cashed in on nostalgia with standalone prequels. 2016 noticed Rogue One, which ties straight into Episode IV. And 2018 introduced Solo, an origin story for Han Solo. However the latter’s important and business failure instructed Disney that it wanted to decelerate.
In between all that was one other collection from Filoni known as Star Wars Resistance, set earlier than and in the course of the vents of the sequel trilogy.
And with the arrival of streaming service Disney+ in 2019 got here the first-ever live-action Star Wars collection, The Mandalorian. Set between Episodes VI and VII, it follows a bounty hunter whose life is upended by his subsequent goal.
What is the right sequence to look at all of Star Wars?
Properly, first we have to reply what’s important watching: Episodes III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII, Rogue One, and The Mandalorian. And since you are going to be doing a part of the prequel and sequel trilogies, you would possibly as properly embrace Episodes II and IX for higher understanding, although they are not good, frankly. Actually, there is no preferrred solution to watch them, however when you’ve gone in search of this reply earlier than, you’ve got probably come throughout the time period “Machete Order”.
The difficulty is that viewing scheme was designed previous to the discharge of The Pressure Awakens, so it really works properly for the unique and prequel trilogy. Here is the way you go about it: Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again, Episode II: Assault of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As you may inform, this order skips one film — Episode I: The Phantom Menace — but it surely would not matter.
What this does is that introduces you to Luke, Han, and Leia, along with the villain Darth Vader, earlier than taking you on a two-film-long flashback that tells you the way Darth Vader got here to be who he’s. It additionally helps get round the issue of Lucas’ limitless tinkering of his former works, which noticed an actor from the prequel trilogy being inserted into the unique trilogy. Yeah, it is a complete factor.
You’ll be able to broaden the “Machete Order” to incorporate Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens, Episode VIII: The Final Jedi, and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, by merely slotting them on the finish.
However the “Machete Order” is not designed for movies and collection exterior the Skywalker saga, which is why Rogue One and The Mandalorian do not slot in it. These two ought to simply be seen on their very own. That is additionally the case for The Clone Wars and different animated collection, which don’t have anything to do with the primary plot.
We realise that is difficult — that is why this text exists — and also you could be inclined to only watch all of it within the launch order. In case you’re keen to permit your self to be confused with one scene on the finish in Episode VI, that ought to work. All you’ll want to know is that the actor you may’t recognise — as under, on the left — is basically a youthful model of Darth Vader.
Here is the ultimate viewing order in your comfort — click on on the hyperlink to open every title on Disney+ Hotstar.
Star Wars “Machete Order”
And individually, however not earlier than Episode IV
Not earlier than Episode II
Not earlier than Episode VI
What’s subsequent on the planet of Star Wars?
Because of Solo‘s troubles, Star Wars is at present on a hiatus on the massive display screen. However there are a number of tasks within the works. The Final Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson has been handed a brand new trilogy that may don’t have any connection to the Skywalker saga. Shutter Island author Laeta Kalogridis is reportedly engaged on a movie based mostly on Star Wars: Knights of the Previous Republic video video games. It is set 4,000 years earlier than the creation of the Empire, which occurs in Episode III.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will collaborate on one other Star Wars film, however we all know nothing about it. There’s one in growth that may reportedly be set in the course of the Excessive Republic period, set 200 years earlier than Episode I. And lastly, Sleight writer-director J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage author Matt Owens are reportedly engaged on a Star Wars film.
However none of that has a launch date or yr hooked up, although Disney did date three untitled Star Wars motion pictures between 2022 and 2026 as soon as. Issues are extra concrete on the TV aspect of issues. The Mandalorian returns with season 2 in October 2020. Past that, there is a Rogue One prequel collection, set for 2021 and centred on Diego Luna’s character; an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel collection set eight years after Episode III; and a female-led collection from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland.