Mark Hamill: Watch the Star Wars films in this order
As Star Wars: Episode IX approaches, do your movie rewatching in the Luke Skywalker-approved order.
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CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Who better to determine the proper order for watching the Star Wars films than Luke Skywalker himself?
spoke with Collider in April 2018 and was quizzed about his preferred timeline for watching all the
movies. There are eight films in the main saga, plus Rogue One, and now Solo: A Star Wars Story. (Solo didn't figure into Hamill's order because it hadn't come out when he was asked.) And now that we're just over eight months from Star Wars: Episode IX, maybe it's time to get that rewatch started. You can watch one every few weeks and be all caught up by the time the new film hits theaters in December.
Those of us who were of moviegoing age in 1977 and thus saw them all in release order (get off my space lawn) might find this an odd question. Watch them in the order of release, like we had to, right? But maybe there's some benefit to starting with the prequels and watching them in episode order.
Hamill at first went old-school, saying, "I always think, the way they were chronologically released." (Score one for the AARP set.)
But then he admitted watching them in the order they take place has its merits, and after first reciting the movies in episode order, one through eight, changed his mind and came up with a new lineup.