A friend asked me a question the other day, and it got me thinking: In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched?
It's hard to decide, but I think I'd have to go for watching them in the order they were released. I know it defeats the point of numbering them Episodes 1-6, but bear with me.
Part of the reason, obviously, is that's how I saw them: 4-6, then 1-3.
But I think watching Eps. 1-3 first could diminish the enjoyment of watching 4-6. For starters, by the time you get to "Star Wars," you already know how Darth Vader became Darth Vader. He's not as mysterious.
Okay, if you haven't seen all the movies, you might want to stop here, lest I spoil them for you.
Part of the fun for me watching the original trilogy (OT) was that you got only bits and pieces of Vader's story. Obi-Wan tells Luke that Anakin Skywalker was killed by Darth Vader. That's what made that scene ("No, I am your father!) in "Empire" such a jaw-dropper. We talked about that at school forever. But if you've already seen the new trilogy (NT), you already know who Vader is.
Not only that, but then you're wondering why Vader doesn't sense who Luke is during the first movie.
Or why Obi-Wan says that Yoda trained him instead of Qui-Gonn Jinn.
I could go on, but you get the idea. I think you have to pick which trilogy you want to be your trilogy.
"Star Wars" brings you in the middle of action, where the Rebellion is trying to topple the Empire. "The Phantom Menace" begins with a breath-taking tax dispute.
I'm also not a big fan of the fake foreshadowing in the NT, especially lines like Obi-Wan's "Why do I get the feeling you'll be the death of me?" to Anakin.
I'm still not convinced George Lucas had the whole story planned out in his head they way everyone says he did. The general idea, sure, but not the details. Otherwise, why would Leia have kissed Luke twice (once in Star Wars, once in Empire) if George knew they were brother and sister? Ick.
If you want to watch the original trilogy old-school-like, the non-Special Edition Star Wars trilogy will be out on DVD in September, despite assurances that the Special Editions were the definitive version.
And then next year, the Super-Definitive entire Star Wars saga is supposed to be released as a box set, and who knows what versions will be in that monster?
And there's the 3-D version George is working on.
Maybe I should just save my bucks and wait till the immersive holographic version comes out.
As long as Greedo doesn't shoot first, I'll be happy.