!! ooOOOHhhhh….sssSERIOUS Geekout question….
Ok, I have Recently learned of watching the star wars films in what is called MACHETE order, that is
IV, V (the first two “old” films), then II, and II, SKIPPING I entirely, and then VI (the last “old” film.)
my question is…
does this order
HELP or HURT the LEITMOTIVIC situation…, which at best can be described as PROBLEMATIC watching the films I-VI, or IV-VI, then I-III…
I bet it helps…
as is, it works best IV V VI, I II III…. old films, followed by new ones, in order they wee MADE< not that in which they happen chronologically.
1. The Imperial March does not appear AT ALL in Episode IV, the FIRST/OLDEST star wars film (formerly called “star wars”, no subtitle.)
few people seem to realize that.
it only first appears in Empire Strikes Back and Jedi.
as such, having it appear, as it does, albeit to great effect, about 24 years earlier, in II, attack of the clones…. is kinda super uncool..l, in a Wagnerian sense… (the ONLY sense, that is…)
2. in said order, IV V VI, I II III, ANAKINS’s theme (pretty minor, frankly…. comes in in I…. it “leads” to, “Points” to, The Imperial March. skipping episode I skips this, BUT, that doesn’t really matter, as it appears also in episode II… (and, I;m told, ONCE, in III, though I don’t know where, to this day…)
3. the EMPEROR’S THEME is the kicker…
as originally intended, musically, that is, it appears only in VI, return of the jedi… NOT in V, empire, even thought the emperor himself does so.
with the prequel trilogy, it appears in all three, including mere MOMENTS from the start of episode I….
in MACHETE order (figuring this out for the first time here, hopeful…)
IV, V, II, III, then VI….
it isn’t in IV, nor V… as such it’s first appearence will, instead of
a. VI, like in the OLD days
b. I, like in the NEW days… will instead be
c. in II… attack of the clones, I believe, when anakin has killed the tusken raiders…, and is all sad, in the garage at the lars homestead (who said I wasn’t a geek?;)
my question are..
1. is that appropriate?
2. it IS better for The Imperial March, coming as it does (and frankly, did in IV-VI, then I-III) as a RECAPITULATION of it in V, not as supplanting it’s use in V as it does chronologically….
(WOW I’m a geek… WOW………)
(dude, as I write this, I realize that similar things can be said about Yoda’s Theme….
dude, the prequel trilogy “IS” a flashback–
dude, THIS order “more closely” preserves the musical continuity one would EXPECT in MUSICAL FLASHBACKS, such as in Wagner Operas, or symphonies with interconnected themes in their movements, NOT composed OUT OF ORDER…
I AM A CONVERT!!! to MACHETE ORDER, it would seem… AS I was saying…
3. this method ALSO introduces YODA’S THEME, where it SHOULD be, in EMPIRE< V… NOT far earlier, pre-empting the intended MUSICAL SENSE that the OLD movies made until the new ones messed the whole thing up….
Well then. My Opinion is as such.