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Star Wars: Rogue 1: How does this film change the viewing order?

Asked by filmfann (46697points) December 17th, 2016

Release order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 7)
Episode order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Ernest Rister sequence (4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 7)
Machete order (4, 5, 2, 3, 6, 7)

These all ignore the animated versions, and now with Rogue 1, which has no episode number, but would sequentially fall between 3 and 4 (or, Clone Wars animated series and 4), how would you set up screening for a first time viewer?

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zenvelo's avatar

Seriously, 4, 5, 6, 7. And skip the rest as a waste of time.

(I am watching Empire Strikes Back as I answer this question.)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It’s between revenge of the sith and a new hope.
It’s a pleasant surprise btw.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Setting up a viewing I’d probably do it in sequential order.

ragingloli's avatar

star wars, empire strikes back, revenge of the jedi.
ignore all the rest.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Rogue one was better than the force awakens for the record.

ragingloli's avatar

Someone said you get the same experience as watching “Rogue One”, by taking a nap while Firefly plays in the background.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I would not argue with that.

olivier5's avatar

Just saw Rogue One and found it quite good, far better than 1, 2, 3 or 7. There’s even a bunch of lovable characters, starting from K the robot whom i liked a lot. The chinese blind guy and Sow are also okay, though a bit overdone perhaps. The main woman character is bland, the lead man a tad better…

Images are gorgious, much better than in the videogamesque 1 2 and 3. More real that is.

Seek's avatar

Take all of the films.
Throw them in the trash.
Watch Dune instead.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Scifi version right? I thought David Lynch kinda butchered that one.

olivier5's avatar

Adapting Dune to the screen was an impossible feat.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Adapting Dune to the screen was an impossible feat.
Trying to put Dune to the big screen without doing an epic like Lord of The Rings did was a disaster. I read the book and there was no way you could tell the story correctly in even a three hour movie. I seen part of the movie and once i wiped up my lunch (after I had eaten it), I pondered how they could have butchered a great book for the sake of a buck.

olivier5's avatar

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is watchable, better than Lynch’s Dune all right, but it still comes way short of the books magic and poetry.

Seek's avatar

Lynch did the best he was allowed to. Even Frank Herbert spoke well of his intentions. The downfalls of the film were due to meddling by investors worried about the willingness of audiences to sit through such a story.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The various extended cuts of that movie show what Lynch was trying to do. I watched that film over and over as a kid. Compared to the novel though….

Seek's avatar

There’s no way anyone other than me and maybe four other people would sit through a faithful retelling of Dune on film. Too much of it takes place inside the minds of the characters.

filmfann's avatar

@ragingloli. I agree with a lot of the things they said.

filmfann's avatar

Okay, after long and careful consideration, here is the Filmfann correct viewing order for first timers, with explanation:

Episodes 4 (1978 cut), 5, 1, 2, The Clone Wars animated film, 3, Rogue One, 4 (1998 cut), 5, 6, 7.
At this point, they can watch the animated series.
This order preserves the suspense of Han in Carbonite, and the revelation of the “other” potential Jedi. Rogue One needs to be seen both before and after episode 4. Episode 1 gives the requisite information about how much good was in Aniken. The Clone Wars film gives you information about a significant (yet often overlooked) death in episode 3. Episode 4 is the essential starting position for an introduction, yet works as a reminder of “how we got here” on second viewing. I would be tempted to show the 1978 cut of Episode 4 on the first view, and the “Greedo shot first” 1998 cut for the second viewing. This spoils the shock of seeing The Hut, but that is unavoidable after the see him in Episode 1.
The several animated series should be considered bonus materials, as is the Star Wars Christmas Special and the two Ewok adventure movies.

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