The other day I was pondering the order in which the Star Wars movies should be viewed.
When I was a kid (as with most of you, I am assuming) there were only three: Episodes IV, V, & VI.
With the addition of Episodes I, II, & III should first-time viewers see them in numerical order or the order in which they were originally released.
My conclusion is that they absolutely must be viewed in the order of their release: IV, V, VI, I, II, & III.
The reason is because that’s how the narrative naturally unfolds. In my opinion the single most important moment in the Star Wars anthology is the reveal that Darth Vader is Lukes father (If I just spoiled that for you tough! If you are old enough to read and care about geeky stuff enough to read this blog you should have seen the original Star Wars trilogy).
The big reveal would be spoiled for a new viewer if he/she were to watch Episodes I, II, & III first. A number of other things would be spoiled as well: Obi-Wan’s first appearance, the Force, the Emperor, Yoda’s first appearance, Luke and Leia’s familial relationship… none of these things would be even remotely surprising and that would be tragic.
A second reason is that the original trilogy is superior.
When introducing people to Star Wars, remember the proper order!