The Rise of Skywalker, the end of the Skywalker saga, is almost upon us. It's just over a month away. So I find myself wanting to look back before it's over.
I count myself a member of the old school Star Wars generation. I was fifteen years old in the summer of 1977. I don't remember exactly what day my brothers, my father, and I queued outside the Cine Capri theater in Phoenix, but it was definitely during the first week of release, and it was definitely hot outside. The lines were longer than any movie I've seen before or since. The Cine Capri was a HUGE theater, 800 seats, purpose built to show 70mm CinemaScope films. Star Wars played there for over a year - a longer run than any other theater. I would eventually use my newspaper route money to see Star Wars several more times at that theater.
And then, and then, and then... and here we are.
I happened on some website I have now forgotten that offered up a modified Machete order for watching all the Star Wars movies. There are a total of ten, including Solo and Rogue One, so watching two per week starting Nov 13 will complete the series the weekend before The Rise of Skywalker premieres.
So here's the schedule I'll be using, and I invite any interested Goodjers to join in. Maybe we can have a little fun dissecting the movies as we go. Please refrain from throwing Ewok spleens.
Wed. Nov. 13 - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sat. Nov. 16 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Wed. Nov. 20 - Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
Sat. Nov. 23 - Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back
MACHETE NARRATIVE FLASHBACK TIME!
Wed. Nov. 27 - Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace
Sat. Nov. 30 - Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
Wed. Dec. 4 - Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
TIME TO WASH OFF THE PREQUEL GOO!
Sat. Dec. 7 - Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
Wed. Dec. 11 - Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens
Sat. Dec. 14 - Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi
Thursday, Dec. 19 - Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker
May the force be with you.
Conveniently, if you are a Disney+ subscriber, all of the above except Solo (and Ep. IX of course) will be streamable starting Nov 12 (in the US at least).