When the first episode of “The Book of Boba Fett” came out on December 29th I asked Brandi if she wanted to watch it. I wasn’t sure because I’d mentioned the idea of watching the nine Star Wars movies in order (something I’ve been wanting to do) several times and she never showed enough interest for us to get started. She enjoyed the episode, so I said we needed to watch “The Mandalorian” and as soon as “The Child” made his appearance she was hooked. We cruised through Mando’s two seasons in about ten days and then continued watching the Boba Fett episodes as they were released each week.
Somewhere during Boba Fett’s running we started our journey of the nine movies. I created a list, as I do. The list expanded to add “Solo” and “Rogue One”. Then a friend suggested watching some of the animated series, which would fill in a lot of gaps. That let to finding the Disney+ playlists of essential “Clone Wars” episodes and essential Ahsoka Tano episodes. I found a short list of essential Rebels episodes. We added some other Clone Wars episodes based on recommendations by another friend. “The Bad Batch” and “Resistance” were placed in the timeline.
Adjustments to the timeline were made as we went so I could share it when were were done. It’s not perfect by any means, especially since it’s impossible to eliminate all overlapping. If you look online there are countless debates about what “essential” episodes should be selected from the various animated series, but we didn’t want to invest the time to watch all seven seasons of Clone Wars and four seasons of Rebels. Feel free to take this list and make it your own. Leave suggestions in the comments for the next person’s benefits.
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars (movie)
The Clone Wars
S1 (1, 5, 19)
S2 (5-8, 11-14)
S3 (2, 22)
S4 (14, 21-22)
S5 (6, 1, 14-20)
S7 (1-4, 7-10)
Revenge of the Sith
Clone Wars S7 (11-12)
The Bad Batch
S1 (10, 15)
S2 (1-3, 18, 21-22)
S3 (15-16, 20)
S4 (1-2, 13, 15)
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Book of Boba Fett
Resistance S1 (1-2, 10-11, 19-21)
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi
Resistance S2 (3, 5, 7, 8, 17-19)
The Rise of Skywalker
It took us four months to watch everything. In terms of the animated series, Clone Wars and Bad Batch are excellent, with CW providing a lot of extra details to the Star Wars universe. Rebels wasn’t very good but some of the episodes provided valuable stories. Resistance was pretty good, but didn’t give much extra information to tie in with the movies.
We really enjoyed the whole adventure and watching things in order helped a lot. It was great having someone as excited as I was along for the ride because we’d often pause to discuss something or ask a backstory question. Each of us would remember different things and have different questions, which really added to the experience.
My favorite of the Marvel series on Netflix. Too bad they are all cancelled.
After everyone was talking so much about this Netflix movie I was really expecting something. It was good but nothing special.
Great movie. Can we get more female super heroes?
The Umbrella Academy
Really fun comic book series on Netflix. I binged it in 4-5 days.
People like to give the Transformers movies a hard time, but I’ve always enjoyed them. This one was no exception.
Great story. Going in, I didn’t realize it was based on the true story. People really can change.
The Catcher was a Spy
Pretty sure I hadn’t heard of this movie before I saw it in the list on the flight. Another interesting story based on real life.
In Search of Greatness
A documentary I hadn’t heard of either. I really liked how they compared growing up to the kids of today, based on the careers and interviews with Pelé, Jerry Rice, and Wayne Gretzky. Parents push children in sports so much more now and don’t let them just go out and play. Studies show that the kids with less structured practice time grow up to have more creativity, intuition, and feel for the games, making them better.
When the movie Glass was announced, I think everyone was a bit surprised. The first movie in the series, Unbreakable, was released in 2000! I remember seeing it and being excited for where it would go. Then nothing. Since it had been so long I had to watch it again.
It was a bit slower than I remember, especially by today’s standards. Unlike so many comic book movies of today, M. Night Shyamalan really took his time developing the characters and then there is the bombshell ending. That ending is why it’s so surprising it took almost 20 years to continue the story. It was neat how well the movie holds up though. If you didn’t tell someone it was made so long ago, I’m not sure they’d guess.
When I saw the trailers for Mr. Glass I thought one of the characters looked familiar, but until Friday night, I didn’t know that the movie Split was actually in this series. So of course I also had to watch it as well, the morning after Unbreakable. I would have bet this was out in the last year, but it was a January 2017 release in the United States.
While the development of this character was a process through the entire movie, the pace was much quicker than Unbreakable. James McAvoy did a phenomenal job with the multiple personalities. The ending was great for the continuation, so I’m glad I just watched it now.
I couldn’t wait, so went to watch Glass in the afternoon! All three movies in about 20 hours.
After having just watched Split, Glass was a bit of a letdown, because Split was just so good. Another ending I wasn’t expecting, but since the movie is new I won’t give anything away. Great series that I hope keeps going.
Each year I tend to watch a lot during the holiday break. This year it started a year and one day after sharing the Ocean’s 8 trailer. I was browsing iTunes movies and rented it as soon as I saw it. Exactly what you’d expect from the Ocean’s movies. Cool that there was some character carryover between the movies too.
When I’m sick, I usually tune in to some type of marathon, because I can fall asleep and not care about missing anything. The Incredible Dr. Pol is a fascinating show about a veterinarian right here in central Michigan. I’ve seen so many calves delivered I’m pretty sure I could do it myself.
It’s a little-known fact that I enjoy romantic comedies, so when I saw the NY Times article Nine Underseen Rom-Coms on Netflix, it caught my attention. I’ve only seen Begin Again and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World from the list. I enjoyed both movies. Not surprising, they’re the two starring Keira Knightley. Most of the other 7 I’d never even heard of, but they’ve been added to My List on Netflix for those lonely winter nights.