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The Machete Order Reorganizes The Star Wars Movies For Enhanced Viewing

Even if you’re not a die-hard Star Wars fan just about everyone is aware of how poorly received the prequels were and how much the changes and tweaks to the story upset loyal fans. The Machete Order proposes watching the films in a new sequence to save the story.

Rod Hilton has 99 problems and most of them are with what he sees as a hack job done in the Star Wars saga by the poor execution and ordering of the prequel movies. He’s not just a fan ranting about how lame Jar-Jar Binks is; his proposal essentially saves the plot of the series and orders the movies in such a fashion that major surprises are not spoiled (watching in the I to VI order, for example, ruins the Vader reveal among other elements of the story).

What does he propose? Watch them in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI. What’s missing? You never watch Episode I. His well thought out rant about how much the Machete Order improves the viewing sequence (and how much you gain by not watching Episode I) is so convincing we can’t even bring ourselves to summarize the important points here and detract from the enormous smack down he delivers–hit up the link below for a really interesting read into why you need to watch Star Wars in whole new way.

Star Wars: The Machete Order [via Wired]

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  • Published 02/28/12

Comments (10)

  1. r

    I have a better idea for those who have already watched every episode countless times & in any order.

    Just don’t watch them again.

  2. Al

    I would pay real money for an unedited version of Episode 4 on DVD.

  3. Veovis Muad'dib

    Al – There was a laserdisk release, not quite DVD quality but pretty good.

  4. CoMiGa
  5. Antonin Januska

    I have the original saga on VHS, never opened, never played, special edition trilogy ;)

    I’m willing to sell this for good money ;)

  6. Brad

    Thirteen years later, and so-called “Star Wars” fans still rag on “The Phantom Menace?” Get over it. Watch the films in the order Lucas intended. I did when I got the BluRay set, and it was a beautiful, epic experience. Why people continue to bag on the Prequels and George Lucas is beyond me. The guy gave us something wonderful, and those that call themselves fans continually dump on him, often making personal, and sometimes violent, jabs at him. I love all of the “Star Wars” movies and I always will, no matter what these jerks say or do.

  7. Ushindi

    I loved the first three – 4, 5, & 6. When the prequels came out, I rented them from Netflix, managed to sit through #1 to the end, but it was difficult. I watched the first half or so of #2, quit it and never went back. I’ve never had any desire to even start #3.

  8. Antonin Januska

    @brad, I agree with you, you know? I loved seeing EP1, it was a really cool movie. I was a kid, granted, but it was cool. It was an adventure. :) The second one was pretty epic, like, out there. I fucking loved how it started turning dark and mysterious, moving away from the child-like innocence of the first one. It’s as if we went from a fairy tale into real world. Things started to heat up. EP3 was beyond AWESOME. It was a movie of epic proportions. The music, the effects, the acting, the storyline! W00t! you know. We finally found out how Vader came to be, that last step. How the galaxy became a rotten place, where the hell did they get all those stormtroopers do their dirty work. Idk it was cool.

    Some people say that the first 3 movies are too explanatory. They tried to figure out every single little detail of the original trilogy. From C3PO to how difficult the political process was in the republic, how all Jedi left, the “clone wars” mention in the 4th movie translated into an entire movie etc. Like it’s too much. Including the fairy tale-like story of Anakin and where he came from in the first movie. I remember seeing the 3rd one and thinking…that’s too simple. How could Anakin’s fall be so simple? Like, it doesn’t make sense 100%. Anyways, just my 2 cents.

  9. Citrus Rain

    I love them all! I am more inclined to watch the prequels, as I am drawn to it by the fancy effects, and (sorry) I like Jar Jar. (I was 9 when it came out.)

    But next time I get the chance to show these to anyone, I’ll be using this order. Sounds fun… Too bad the VCR is broken, and the oldest 4 are vhs… Ep. 3 got scratched up like crazy.

    After my 12th grade english teacher had us watch the first one (IV) in class, I let her barrow the prequels one by one because I found it funny that she thought Vader was scary evil already… thought I’d have her see the part where the younglings die.

  10. chruisan

    Al – You can get the original theatrical release DVDs of Episodes IV – VI from Netflix.

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