The roommate and I will do a huge Star Wars rewatch until The Last Jedi airs – and this is what it contains.
(I am writing this in English in case some English-speaking people from my Twitter timeline wanna take a look.)
So there are about three months left until episode 8 hits the cinemas, which means it is totally time to
find an excuse to watch even more Star Wars prepare for The Last Jedi by watching ALL the Star Wars movies and a selection of episodes from The Clone Wars and Rebels. And because at least one person in my timeline showed an interest: Here comes the complete list.
The Phantom Menace
Obviously the starting point, even though we could go with the Machete Order which leaves out this one completey. But this would not work well with our plan to watch a lot of Clone Wars stuff. Plus this movie has Darth Maul. And let’s be honest, little boy Ani might be the more bearable than overly attached creepy Ani.
Attack of the Clones
So yeah, Episode 2 after Episode 1, no surprises there. I am already dreading the sand dialogue, guys.
The Clone Wars
There is too much of this show to watch everything, so we made a selection of story arcs. Not ALL of them are essential to the bigger story, some are just … so good I wanna watch the again.
By the way there is this helpful list of Clone Wars episodes in their chronological order. (And no, they did not air this way…)
The Clone Arc
3.01 Clone Cadets
3.02 ARC Troopers
TCW does an amazing job portraying the Clone Troopers as different persons and making you really care for them. This three episodes are one of the best ones regarding that part of the show.
The Malevolence Arc
1.02 Rising Malevolence
1.03 Shadow of Malevolence
1.04 Destroy Malevolence
This serves mainly as an introduction for Ahsoka Tano in the series (I never saw the Clone Wars movie) and also features Plo Koon, who is a very cool Jedi in my opinion.
The Ryloth Arc
3.03 Supply Lines
1.19 Storm over Ryloth
1.20 Innocents of Ryloth
1.21 Liberty on Ryloth
That arc is great for showing how the war affects the small people and, again, shows the human face of the Clones. And of course it features Cham Syndulla and Numa, who will return later in Rebels!
The Holocron Arc
2.01 Holocron Heist
2.02 Cargo of Doom
2.03 Children of the Force
Contains cool Jedi stuff like the Holocrons, Jedi doing other Force stuff than fighting AND the galaxy’s coolest bounty hunter, Cad Bane.
The Geonosis Arc
2.05 Landing at Point Rain
2.06 Weapons Factory
2.07 Legacy of Terror
2.08 Brain Invaders
These are just some really cool episodes with amazing Ahsoka action and a really good Star Wars goes Zombiecalypse-setting.
Mandalore, Part I
2.12 The Mandalore Plot
2.13 Voyage of Temptation
2.14 Duchess of Mandalore
Did you know that Obi-Wan had something like a romantic relationship while he travelled with QuiGon? Well now you do, and this is where we meet her: Duchess Satine of Mandalore, who tries to maintain a pacifist in the times of war. This episode also contains one of the funniest Anakin-is-obviously-evil-moments of all time.
The Seven Samurai
2.17 Bounty Hunters
Yep, this is basically Seven Samurai in space. Space-pirate Hondo is there, as is Sugi, the aunt of Jas Emari from the Aftermath books. But seriously, it is Seven Samurai in Star Wars, what more do you need?
Heroes on both sides
3.10 Heroes on both sides
3.11 Pursuit of peace
Two great Padme-centered episodes showing her efforts to end the war and return peace to the galaxy.
The Nightsisters Arc
3.14 Witches of the Mist
Three episodes on Dathomir, that are centered around Asaji Ventress, Mother Talzin and the witch-like forceusers on Dathomir. I love Dathomir to friggin‘ pieces, so I will totally rewatch that. But I guess it is okay to leave those out.
3.21 Padawan Lost
3.22 Wookie Hunt
Really just two amazing episodes where Ahsoka and some younglings have to survive against Trandoshan hunters. Oh, and they meet Chewbacca along the way. (These episodes are also not very important for the big story, but really good.)
Water War Arc
4.01 Water War
4.02 Gungan Attack
These three episodes take place on Mon Calamari and are just … cool underwater action featuring Kit Fisto (and totally a story I would like to adapt for RPG). Could also be skipped, but I like them.
4.07 Darkness on Umbara
4.08 The General
4.09 Plan of Dissent
4.10 Carnage of Krell
These 4 episodes are one of the best of the whole show and do an amazing job in showing why Rex is such a great leader, how the Clones suffer on the battlefield and how screwed up the Jedi-Clone-relationship can be. Must-watch!
The Brothers Arc
Way too many people don’t know that there is more to Darth Maul than just the silent fighter in Episode 1. I cannot stress enough how great this character has become through the animated series. So go and watch this. And yes, Savage Opress IS the most stupid names in the history of names.
The Onderon Arc
5.02 A war on two fronts
5.03 Front runners
5.04 The soft war
5.05 Tipping points
Remember Saw Gerrera from Rogue One? Here you meet him at the age of 18, learning from Anakin and Ahsoka how to protect his home planet of Onderon from the Separatists. A great arc which will be painful to watch after seeing what Saw has become in Rogue One.
Mandalore Part II
5.15 Shades of Reason
5.16 The Lawless
Also not very important to the big Star Wars story, but these episodes on Mandalore are SO FUCKING BRILLANT. Seriously.
5.18 The Jedi who knew too much
5.19 To catch a Jedi
5.20 The wrong Jedi
One of the most emotional arcs for me. A lot of great stuff about the relationship between Anakin and Ahsoka, about the course of the war and about the lines of friend and foe getting more blurry.
The Fives Arc
6.01 The Unknown
A really heartbreaking arc about the events of a malfunction in one of the clone’s brain that triggers Order 66 too early, and his brother that tries to find out what is wrong with him. The perfect way to end The Clone Wars and get on with Revenge of the Sith.
Revenge of the Sith
I am super curious to see how the movie will feel after watching all the Clone Wars episodes first.
Star Wars Rebels
Leaving out Rebels episodes is kind of hard because I love this show so much. But there are quite a lot who are not as important to the big story. Which does not make them bad, but in order to get done with all the viewing we will „only“ watch:
Season 1: 1.01, 1.05, 1.10, 1.13-1.15
Season 2: 2.01-2.04, 2.10, 2.12, 2.13, 2.16-2.18, 2.21-2.22
Season 3: 3.01-3.07, 3.11-3.13, 3.15-3.16, 3.17, 3.20-3.22
This should cover all the important stuff and all the great appearances, from Leia to Mon Mothma to Saw Gerrera.
A New Hope
The Empire strikes back
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens
Now that is A LOT of Star Wars to watch! The roomate calculated an overall viewing time of about 44 hours. So we … better get started!
Like I already pointed out – there is a lot of stuff that is not crucial to the big Skywalker saga and can easily be left out. There is also stuff I did leave out that others might find important, like the Mortis arc. I know I may be important, but I just … did not like it at all when watching it.
I am really excited to start watching and curious how I will react to the Prequels that I only saw one time each and did not like so much I watched them again. Well, in any case this should be enough stuff to watch to pass the time until The Last Jedi airs in December!
Okay, so maybe this inspires some of you to start your own Star Wars marathon? Or maybe you want to share what episodes I might have left out that you feel are important?
In any way – May the Force be with you!