Watching Star Wars in (Mostly) Chronological Order

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
  • Solo
  • Rebels
    • S1 (10, 15)
    • S2 (1-3, 18, 21-22)
    • S3 (15-16, 20)
    • S4 (1-2, 13, 15)
  • Rogue One
  • A New Hope
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Mandalorian
  • 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.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

When the film “Downton Abbey” was released in 2019, I went to see it with a few friends, and Brandi was actually one of them. Several of them had never watched the show, so I thought it was odd they even went, because they were completely lost. You really need to form that bond with all of the characters by watching the show; each one has so much important backstory.

Fast forward to the end of October 2021 and I convinced B to watch the series after she’d enjoyed some other British based things. It took us over three and a half months to get through the six seasons on Netflix plus the movie on Amazon Prime. I enjoyed it all even more than my first viewing and can’t wait for the story to continue in the new movie coming out in May.

The Playbook

Netflix’s five episode season 1 of The Playbook is good. Each episode is 30-35 minutes with a coach talking about their “Rules for Life.” All of the coaches were very different, as were their rules. By the end, I realized they shared a common and very important skill, which is understanding and working with people. It’s not an easy skill to excel at and these coaches are doing it at the highest levels of sport, with some of the best to play their games.

Add it to your list and watch.

Fleabag

Last night I finished Fleabag, an Amazon Prime Original series. It was two seasons of six short (<30 minute) episodes each, so it’s an easy binge watch. It won’t be a show for everyone, but I enjoyed the humor and storytelling. There aren’t plans for future seasons, which is always refreshing to see.

Hanna

I watch plenty of Netflix shows and had never watched a Prime Original Series. When I saw the trailer for Hanna it jumped to the top of my watch list.

I binged all eight episodes this weekend and it was fantastic. Joel Kinnaman was good in two other series I loved, House of Cards and Altered Carbon, and he didn’t disappoint here either. Esme Creed-Miles was phenomenal as Hanna and makes the show. Check it out!

The OA: Part 2

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Two years ago, I took my time watching The OA. Not so much with Part 2; I got through in about 24 hours. Part 1 left me so confused, and while there are more questions now, I think I have a much better understanding. Of course that probably just means I’m extremely confused. The show is absolutely brilliant.

Do not click the next two links unless you’ve watched every episode because there are a ton of spoilers. These are good reads with ideas about where the future of the show may go.

What I’ve Been Watching – March 2019 Edition

I’ve watched my share of series and movies since the holidays and
Unbreakable, Split, & Glass. Helps when I make a trip out west and watch 2 movies each way.

Punisher season 2

My favorite of the Marvel series on Netflix. Too bad they are all cancelled.

Bird Box

After everyone was talking so much about this Netflix movie I was really expecting something. It was good but nothing special.

Captain Marvel

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.

Bumblebee

People like to give the Transformers movies a hard time, but I’ve always enjoyed them. This one was no exception.

Green Book

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.

“A” Watches

A few things have been watched to start 2019 and they all happened to begin with the letter A.

Anon

Although I’ve noticed this movie several times while browsing through Netflix, I always skipped over it. After finally watching the trailer, it caught my attention. Anon really gets you thinking about future upgrades to the human body and how security and privacy could change some day.

Aquaman

Another solid one from the DC universe. Almost on Wonder Woman‘s level for me, but not quite. A lot better than the rest of the films.

Altered Carbon

Anyone and everyone seemed to rave about this series when it was released but I held off. Actually I’ve been trying not to start any new series until I catch up on all of the others I want to start. Absolutely loved it and watched all 10 episodes over the weekend, which rarely happens. Action was a big part of the show, which probably is my favorite new show of the last few years. Advances in tech really gets you thinking about the future of the human race with this one as well.

After making it this far, did you notice the first letter of every sentence?

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