Star Wars Movies In Order

Saturday, April 9 by Irwin M. Fletcher

While not released this way, the "Star Wars" movies in order is the best way to view the series. A set of three were released in the late '70s and early '80s and another set over fifteen years later. Here is a list of the "Star Wars" movies in order.

  1. "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his student Obi-Wan Kenobi are set to protect Queen Amidala in her travels as she searches for peace for her planet. They stop on Tatooine and find Anakin Skywalker, a young boy that has a strong sense of “The Force” within him. In the midst of all of this, the Sith returns as a creature that represents all that the Dark Side stands for.
  2. "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" Tensions continue ten years later as the film shows Count Dooku begins to cause problems within the Galactic Republic. The former Queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala is threatened and Anakin Skywalker, now a Jedi student, is set to protect her. As Skywalker and Obi-Wan look into who was behind the assassination attempt, they come across Clones that are going to be used by the Dark Side for the purpose of controlling everything.
  3. "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" The movie opens up in the midst on the Clone Wars. Because Obi-Wan is ou fighting, Anakin Skywalker begins to be drawn in by Senator Palpatine, the leader of the Galactic Republic and a Sith Lord, the epitome of the Dark Side. (This is not revealed until near the end.) Padme gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and Anakin gives in to the Dark Side and becomes the legendary Darth Vader.
  4. "Star Wars Episode IV: Star Wars: A New Hope" The rebels, known as the Alliance, seek out to destroy the Death Star, a creation of the Dark Side that is going to be used as weapon against them. Luke Skywalker seeks out Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi and sets out to retrieve Princess Leia, captured by the Galactic Empire. In seeking transportation, the Millennium Falcon and its owner, Han Solo, are included in the rescue attempt. In the end, the Death Star is thought to be destroyed.
  5. "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" Luke begins to learn more about The Force; how to use it and harness the energy. Meanwhile, Princess Leia and Han Solo are working to evade Darth Vader. He catches up to them in the Cloud City and ends up freezing Han Solo in carbonite. At the last minute, Leia feels that they must go back and they find Luke with a severed hand and the knowledge that Darth Vader is his father.
  6. "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" The final film of the series begins with Princess Leia, in disguise, in a failed attempt to rescue Han Solo. Luke comes to their rescue. When Luke returns to Yoda, he realizes that Leia is his twin sister and the truth behind his father's conversion to the Dark Side. He meets with Emperor Palpatine, who tries to convert him. Just as the Emperor is set to kill Luke, Vader steps in and takes over, in essence, killing the Emperor and giving up his own life in the end. The Death Star is once again destroyed by the Rebel Alliance, Luke tells Leia of their sibling relationship and Han and Leia end up together.
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