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Best viewing order to introduce Star Wars to children? — Page 2

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I’m in the release order camp, love the amount of consideration into the question! Honestly the best thing you wrote was letting the kids go through it at their own pace and not try to marathon them. Considering the ages I think now is the right point to take your time letting them soak in the originals, uninterrupted, they won’t be able to appreciate the prequels in the middle of the OT. I would save those for maybe three years older after they are already invested, then I would be prepared for the oldest to even prefer the prequels for a brief time. But at a certain point I would just feed them whatever Star Wars they wanted, if they’re brought up with the OT I think that will resonate the most.

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Part of me wouldn’t mind waiting, see how much they absorb from pop culture osmosis alone.

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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Star Wars
Empire
Jedi

The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi

Rogue One

Then STOP in the name of all that is good.

I take it you went on to show them the porn parody and lived to regret it.

“Happy Halloween, ladies!”

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Forever baffled by the apparently common impulse to show fan edits for someone’s first viewing. Maaaaaaybe for the prequels, but the OT? Seriously?

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joefavs said:

Forever baffled by the apparently common impulse to show fan edits for someone’s first viewing. Maaaaaaybe for the prequels, but the OT? Seriously?

It mostly applies to ROTJ. I’d rather kids not have to see “jealous Han,” too much Ewok chicanery, and some really clunky dialogue. They can watch the original alongside it, of course.

With ANH and ESB, I say have the fanedits as additional viewing (since it’s the best way to see the SE’s).

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So:

JawsTDS Return of the Gout
Star Wars and Empire

Maul Fan Film

Hal9000 Ep 1
seciors Ep 2

Clone Wars original 2D. Adigitalman Single film version

L8wrtr’s Ep 3

Solo
Rogue One

SW Revisited
Empire Revisited
Jedi Schorman’s HDTV 2.0

I’d go theatrical 7 and 8 (if there’s an edit of 8 that adds the 3rd challenge with minimal other changes, I’d suggest that.) This is their generation’s Star Wars, and it’s better to let them experience the same as their friends.

Some people call them Force Ghosts. I call them Midichlorian Swarms.

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In my opinion, the only Star Wars stuff you should show to your kids is the theatrical OT. You don’t need to indoctrinate them into becoming Star Wars fans, let them discover the other stuff on their own.

Myself, the boy, two droids, and no questions asked.

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You have to make your own decisions for your own kids, but here’s what I went with:
Star Wars
Empire
Jedi
Force Awakens
Last Jedi

We started before Force Awakens came out, so they got to see the sequels in the theater. I consider the current trilogy to be “their” trilogy, but they had to have a schooling in the classics first.

They know of the prequels, but I just said, “They’re not very good” and that was the end of it. The special editions have never been mentioned.

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Slart said:

You have to make your own decisions for your own kids, but here’s what I went with:
Star Wars
Empire
Jedi
Force Awakens
Last Jedi

We started before Force Awakens came out, so they got to see the sequels in the theater. I consider the current trilogy to be “their” trilogy, but they had to have a schooling in the classics first.

They know of the prequels, but I just said, “They’re not very good” and that was the end of it. The special editions have never been mentioned.

Parent of the year!

TV’s Frink said:

I would put this in my sig if I weren’t so lazy.

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BedeHistory731 said:

Part of me wouldn’t mind waiting, see how much they absorb from pop culture osmosis alone.

This was pretty much my experience growing up.

I got into Trek first, knowing pretty much nothing about it until my mother rented Search for Spock on vhs for me when I was five (this would’ve been 1990, so do the math). That’s kind of like going into Star Wars cold and starting with ESB or RotJ, but either way the movie blew my mind and I was hooked. I saw all five films before seeing Undiscovered Country in the theater.

Star Wars was something I just always knew about and don’t remember “discovering.” So yeah, I never had that experience of sitting down and watching Empire for the first time and finding out the big twist. My earliest clear memory of watching the “I am your father” moment for the first time was after I’d already seen RotJ on USA, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even part of a proper viewing of ESB but rather a clip on some making-of / retrospecticus special.

But certainly by ‘93 or ‘94 at the latest I’d seen all three from beginning to end.