Welcome to a brand new theme for us here at Wonder Kids, back in the day (2015 to be exact) when we were just tied onto Wayne-wonder.com we did briefly cover Star Wars but that was before The Force Awakens but we have four new films and more to talk about now so before we get started with all the fun activities, recipes, games and loads more stuff I thought we would cover how to watch the films or more accurately how to introduce your kids to the films.
Now before I show you some different ways to watch the films, I just wanted to refresh all of the Star Wars films. For this series of Star Wars posts I am going to concentrate on the movie theatrical releases. So I won’t be including the tv series Clone Wars, Rebels or even the infamous holiday special. below I have listed all the films in Theatrical release order. I’ve included amazon links for all the films in case you are missing any for your collection.
If you’ve never seen Star Wars (well where have you been and having a life is no excuse!) maybe it’s just been a while since you last watched them. Someone has put together this awesome trailer of all the Star Wars films (currently 10, as I write this) as if they were one film. I thin it does a good job of showing how epic Star Wars is and how everything ties together.
There are very well known different methods of showing the Star Wars Universe stories to your kids, you could just go for the Theatrical Release Date method. This is my second favourite, maybe because it’s the order in which I saw the films. Im too young to have seen the original trilogy at the cinema but I watched them in order on VHS. This order above is a very simple order to watch the films in.
You could try The Chronological Order, this order goes:
I really don’t like this order, it spoils the biggest shock in Cinema history of “Luke I am your Father” so really for that reason I wouldn’t recommend showing them in this order, plus lets face it, Episode one through three can be very boring for younger audiences, they do fulfil a purpose for the more mature fans that grew up with so many questions around the original trilogy but are rubbish apart from that
The Machete Order
This is the best order in which to show Star Wars with your kids, its been around since about 2010. If you google it you will find loads of coverage on it. I have amended it a little to incorporate the expanded universe films of Rogue One and Solo.
I think Rogue One is a brilliant Star Wars film in fact I think it’s better than Episode 8 which was just a very weird Star Wars film that didn’t do much to progress the story at all. I didn’t go to see Solo at the cinema because of all the bad reviews but now having seen it, I don’t think it was terrible but again it’s kind of a pointless exercise, it didn’t help to expand the narrative already existing but it did show the Kessel Run and I liked the shock character towards the end of the film (no spoilers).
So here is the best order to watch the films:
I have modified the Machete order above, originally with the Machete order you completely ignore Episode one which I understand but because I have included Solo I felt it was necessary to pop Episode One back in.
I love this order and it’s the order in which they are organised on my Plex Media Server, Rogue One and Episode 4 are just brilliant films and tie together perfectly, they are the best way to get kids into Star Wars.
Episode 5 is my personal favourite and only builds on the previous films, now by this point there will be some questions, How did Luke’s father become Darth Vader? Why is Yoda on his own on Dagobah? so watching the prequel trilogy as a flash back makes perfect sense plus you get another surprise of Palpatine becoming the Emperor.
Now bringing in Solo, again works great as a flash back to understand more about Han Solo before you watch Episode 6 with Han and Leia becoming a couple. Then as of writing this the most recent episodes fit in nicely as a start to a new trilogy, possibly a new story?
So that’s it for this first in our new Star Wars series but make sure you come back soon for our first post covering some really fun Star Wars Crafts for kids. Before you go though, if you want to understand more about the awesome Star Wars Universe and how everything fits in together, I found the infographic below which cleverly although not officially linked the events in Star Wars to our Earth timeline. I thought this was super clever so read more about it here. They have found a way to tie the events of Star Wars to our Gregorian calendar and it all kicks off as we were in our age of discovery the 1700’s