When I first held my son in my arms I thought about what I would want to share with him. Among other things I had a simple dream: The magical moment when he would realize Darth Vader is Luke's father.
I imagined that gasping awe of realizing Luke's father was the most evil man in the galaxy. Its one of the highlights of my childhood. So, I planned a strategy.
Everyone was banned from talking about Star Wars around my son. This is no easy task since my wife and I love Star Wars and it's a common topic of conversation. He was not allowed to see anything Star Wars related, which isn't easy since the films are also on TV every other day. Plus, I still have my action figures (not toys) from when I was a kid and a lightsaber.
I then came to realize its inevitable he will see or hear about the film before I watch it with him. So, the ban was dropped and I figure eventually it will come out before he watches the films. The dream died.
Still, there's a slim chance he can watch it untainted. But, I've heard lots of kids find the original trilogy boring and the new movies exciting. So, I wonder what would be the best way for him to experience the Star Wars movies.
If I make him watch them in theatrical order will he just yawn and call them boring before even getting to Empire Strikes Back? If he watches them in numerical order then Darth Vader's secret is practically revealed in the opening credits. He might enjoy them more, but never experience that moment of awe.
I can't decide. So, I'm throwing it out to you.
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What do you think? How should a new viewer watch the Star Wars saga?