Star Wars for Dummies

star wars for dummies

Are you an absolute beginner when it comes to Star Wars? Do you feel kinda dumb when your friends discuss the latest episode and you have no idea how to contribute to the conversation? Worry not! This guide will be your roadmap to the Star Wars Universe. Let’s go! This is Star Wars explained for dummies:

A little background – The story of Star Wars and George Lucas 

A little background - The story of Star Wars and George Lucas 

After finishing the hit film American Graffiti, George Lucas, the much-exalted creator of Star Wars, was devastated when he came to know that the studio would not release the movie that he had been working on for 2 years. 

Broke, but still wanting to release his vision of a ‘space’ film, he approached studio after studio but was rejected by everyone. Finally, the stars moved in his favor, and 20th Century Fox agreed to fund his vision. Moreover, the studio that had halted the release of American Graffiti released the movie which went on to become a super hit.

Relieved, Lucas worked on his script, which ended up being so long that it could have been a 6-hour movie if it hadn’t been cut up into three 2-hour movies. He even created a special effects production unit that had a massive hand in producing the visuals of lightsabers, flying spaceships, and so forth.

Can anyone now imagine that the first film released in the Star Wars Universe: Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope was expected to do badly?  The massive cult following that has not only lasted decades but has even increased exponentially, says otherwise.

While Episodes IV-VI come later in the storyline, Episode IV was released first. 

Most of the films were made and released retroactively but they can be watched as per the viewer’s choice of cinematic experience; chronologically or as they were originally released.

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Star Wars Cinematic Release Order

Watching in this order will take viewers along the journey that was taken by most fans and they also, get to experience the iconic scene which took the world by storm.

However, Lucas prefers the chronological order and has made tweaks to the universe, post the 1st trilogy release. 

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977)

Luke Skywalker (arguably one of the best characters in the entirety of the Star Wars universe) teams up with an exiled Jedi, two smugglers, and two droids to save Princess Leia from Darth Vader, the fist of the Galactic Empire. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978)
Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978)
  1. Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Darth Vader is determined to turn Luke into the Darkside of the Force while Master Yoda (possibly the most iconic character) trains him to become a Jedi Knight, while the Rebellion fights against Empire troops. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi (1983

This time around, it’s Luke who is trying to bring Darth Vader back to the light while also working with the Rebellion to destroy the second death star. Watch this episode on Disney+ Hotstar.

  1. Ewoks (1985-1986)
Ewoks (1985-1986
  1. Star Wars: Droids (1985- 1986)
Star Wars: Droids (1985- 1986)

The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO.

  1. Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace (1999)

Released 16 years after the last film of the 1st trilogy, Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi (the best character in our humble opinion) are assigned by the Jedi Council to stop the Trade Federation from invading Naboo, along with the help of Anakin – a boy gifted in the Force. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones (2002)

Obi-Wan discovers a plot to destroy the Republic and the Jedi must once again fight the Sith. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Anakin and Obi-Wan are caught between Palpatine’s mind games and the orders of the Jedi council. Anakin gives in to temptation. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)

As multiple star systems join the War, the Jedi Knights struggle to defeat the droid army of the separatists. 

(One can watch the 2003 version as well)

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)

Master Yoda and younglings on a mission.

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)

The story of Luke and his friends but in lego form.

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013-2014)

Yoda’s story. 

  1. Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)

The crew of the starship, Ghost, takes a stand against the Empire.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens (2015)

As a new Order threatens the New Republic, Rey, Finn, and Poe must stop them and, find the last Jedi. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)

Star Wars as told from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3PO.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Jyn’s father is kidnapped by the Galactic Empire and when she grows up, she joins the Rebellion to steal blueprints from the Empire. Watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Apple TV.

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
  1. Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016-2017)

Story of the Freemaker siblings.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VIII- The Last Jedi (2017)

Rey seeks to learn the ways of the Jedi while working for the Resistance against the First Order. Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Resistance (2018-2020)

A young pilot joins the Resistance to oppose the First Order.

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The back story of Han Solo. Watch Solo on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The revival of Emperor Palpatine worsens the fight between the First Order and the Resistance. The legendary enmity between the Jedi and the Sith comes to a head. Watch this episode on Apple TV.

  1. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021)

The story of a group of ‘damaged’ clones.

  1. The Mandalorian (2019-2022)

A Mandalorian gets a bounty that he eventually aims to protect from the remnants of the Empire. Watch the Mandalorian on Disney+ Hotstar.

  1. The Book of Boba Fett (2021-2022)

The story of Boba Fett during the Battle of Yavin and after. You can watch The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ Hotstar.

  1. Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

What did Obi-Wan do in the years after Anakin fell? You can watch Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ Hotstar.

  1. Andor (2022)

The story of how Cassian Andor became a rebel hero. Watch Andor on Disney+ Hotstar.

  1. Ahsoka (coming 2023)
  2. Skeleton Crew (coming 2023)
  3. The Acolyte (to be announced)
  4. Lando (to be announced)
  5. Rangers of the New Republic (to be announced)

(Pro tip: The titles highlighted in red are the main films so to speak.)

The Ultimate Chronological Order:

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire strikes back (1980)

Star Wars Epsiode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

You can watch Star Wars on Disney + Hotstar.

Fellow bookworms can also find a series of books written by various authors. However, as of now, only the three trilogies and TV shows are definitely ‘canon’.

Come join us on our journey into the Star Wars Universe!

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