A couple of weeks ago, Maria, Jen and I went to Pittsburgh to Drink Skeptically. It was a really great time, if a bit cold.
But during that trip, Maria and my husband got into an argument that almost escalated to broken bones and stitches. And now, I’m asking you to settle this for me.
I have never seen Star Wars.
The Friday that we arrived in Pittsburgh, my husband turned on Star Wars (I? IV? “The first one”? “The original”? “A New Hope”? I don’t know what you people call it.) I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to know and what I was not supposed to know. For someone watching with some understanding of the story (stories?), it’s very confusing. I couldn’t even follow because I was asking all kinds of questions, not knowing what information I should and should not have at this point in the story.
The next day, while having lunch with Maria and company, I mentioned this. I then asked what order I should watch to minimize my confusion and maximize my Star Wars appreciation.
My husband says I should watch the original 3 then the prequels because that’s how the story was intended to be told.
Maria says I should watch the prequels then the originals to avoid the confusion that comes with having a little bit of knowledge about the story.
Now it’s up to you to settle the score: What order should a Star Wars newcomer watch the movies? And does that order change based on how much they may already know about the story?
Bonus: Should Brian and Maria have fought to the death to settle this?