In America, we are now just 11 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. That means if you haven’t already done so, today is literally the perfect time to start your Star Wars marathon leading up to the upcoming final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Starting today, you’ll need to watch one film a day in order to be ready on opening night (provided that you choose to include the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars film). There’s much debate about the best order to watch the series, be it in chronological order, release order, or something else entirely. I personally will be trying my own variation of what is commonly known as the “flashback order”, which you can read more about down below. Despite being a die-hard Star Wars fan, this will be my first time ever doing a marathon of the series. It is my hope that you’ll join me in watching and celebrating one of cinema’s most beloved movie series.


The “flashback order” is a popular viewing method among Star Wars enthusiasts, as it preserves some of the key twists in the storyline by having the entire prequel series serve as a flashback prior to the conclusion of the original trilogy. After that, the story continues with the start of the Disney sequel trilogy. I hear this is the best way to watch the series, so that’s what I’m going to do. However, you’re welcome to watch them in any order you like. Personally, I’m choosing to start my marathon with Solo: A Star Wars Story, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, since these spin-off films precede and lead into Star Wars: A New Hope. I’m also going to add Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film into the mix because I’ve never seen it, and it will be viewed right as it fits into the timeline, between Episode II and III. Essentially I’m just working these spin-off movies into the “flashback order” where I think they best fit. I’ll also be finishing up my marathon by watching the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special since it is the holiday season after all. If you’re not familiar with that last one, it may be best to avoid it entirely. I’m afraid it’s only for the bravest and most daring of Jedi.

Here is my marathon viewing order, without further ado. Please join me, my friends, and may the Force be with you!

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: The Clone Wars*

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

BONUS: The Star Wars Holiday Special**

* NOTE: Feel free to skip this one if you choose. You may even want to replace it with Chapters 1-6 of The Mandalorian (exclusively on Disney+) but if so I’d advise you to do so after Return of the Jedi, since that’s where it fits into the timeline.

** The Star Wars Holiday Special may feature the original cast, but it’s supposed to be an abomination. Watch at your own risk!


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  1. I feel like I should give you my media screening spot next week as I think you would be much more thrilled than I am to go see this. I didn’t see the last one, probably won’t before I see the new one as the last one I did see, Rogue One, wasn’t very good. But good luck to the watching marathon!

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    • That’s incredibly kind of you to even suggest, Peggy, but I couldn’t go see it without my dad. He’s been doing this marathon with me (and is actually several movies ahead of me already!) He’s the one that introduced me to Star Wars back in the 90s when they were re-released in theaters. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like Rogue One. It’s actually one of my favorites in the series. We already got tickets to go see it next Thursday, opening night, and then again that Saturday (my dad’s birthday). I’ve actually dressed up as Luke Skywalker for the last 2 main movies (as young Luke for The Force Awakens, and old Luke for The Last Jedi). I’m not sure if I’ll dress up again this time, but I haven’t ruled it out yet. Anyway I sincerely appreciate the thought. Haha this is the last Skywalker movie and will surely also serve as a tribute to Carrie Fisher, so try to muster up a little excitement if you can. šŸ˜‰ Also, I highly recommend you see The Last Jedi beforehand. I believe it’s still on Netflix! And again, thank you!


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