Since Star Wars is front and center once again (thank you Disney) it's at the forefront of everybody's mind again, and that means the news as well.
In a world where we get a new Star Wars movie of some kind every year, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will sit down with someone every other month and talk about where Star Wars is after Episode VIII and where it's going for Episode IX. In an interview with Collider, Hamill laid out what he thinks is the proper order to watch all of the Star Wars movies in to get the best experience.
Remember, the "original" Star Wars were Episodes IV, V & VI followed by Episodes I, II & III many years later and then most recently Episodes VII & VIII.
“I always think the way that they were chronologically released. Now, I may be wrong, because if you’re starting out fresh, you may go I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Rogue One? It’s hard! I mean, wait a second, Rogue One comes before IV, so you go I, II, III, Rogue One, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. I’m guessing. But it must be jarring for young kids, because the technology is so advanced now, so Star Wars looks primitive compared to the prequels where CGI just flourished.”
Despite his immense respect for Mark Hamill and all he's done for the franchise, our boss Chad Abbott would disagree with this order and suggests "The Machete Order". The Machete order goes VI, V, II, III, VI, VII, VIII and then Rogue One. According to Chad, The Machete Order cuts out The Phantom Menace as narratively it's pointless.
"It doesn't add anything to the story, Qui Gon and Darth Maul both die and it has freaking Jar Jar Binks in it...it's trash..." - Chad Abbott
Strong opinion Chad...get back to us when you've perfected your lightsaber routine...