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Best Viewing Order for Fans and First Timers: "THE FLASHBACK" Order — Page 2

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NeverarGreat said:

joefavs said:

But… then you’re skipping the best one.

Exactly. Star Wars is too good for the Saga as it currently stands.

I reread your original post and I get what you’re saying, but… damn. Thoroughly at-odds with my “let the trilogies be trilogies” philosophy, but you do you, I guess.

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That’s ridiculous. No one’s watching these movies for the plot. If you skip ANH, you’re skipping the whole point.

Not to mention, you are missing a vital chapter in the story of the main characters (though I guess that’s beside your point).

Now, skipping ROTJ on the other hand… an interesting idea.

joefavs said:

I’m increasingly of the opinion that these reworked viewing orders are more trouble than they’re worth. There was an argument for it in the days before the ST when a release-order viewing was a bummer because it ended with the PT, but now that there’s another act, I think there’s less reason to break up trilogies. And if we really want to get heretical, I think it would probably be fine for someone with no SW experience who wants to get in on the fun of TROS to skip right to the ST if they’re pressed for time; TFA is pretty much designed to be a secondary entry point.

I would agree with this, though only if the person in question already knows the Empire twist. That’s too good a moment to miss.

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So NeverarGreat, you’re saying that A New Hope is SO good, it should just be watched as a separate standalone film apart from all its other sequels, prequels, and spinoffs? I agree it’s the best film in the franchise, but jesus, not sure that makes any kind of sense to me.

I’m still a stickler that it should be watched first and foremost, whether a longtime fan on a rewatch or your first introduction into the saga.