I decided to watch them in Chronological Order - eschewing the generally accepted best option of the Machete Order - as I was familiar with the story having watched them all numerous times and wanted to see how the story unfolded along the time line.
1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
3. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
4. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
6. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Here are three generally favoured ways of watching the whole saga:-
Chronological Order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Release Order 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3
Machete Order 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6
So it was Phantom up first (deep breath). Wow! It was rubbish. It might be the biggest earner of the six but it's dire. And that speeder stuff just goes on and on. And don't get me started on Jar-Jar Binks.
Next was Clones. Wow! Hayden Christensen is a shit actor. The emotional depth of a lump of chalk. Even the droids were rolling their eyes.
The final one for the first night was Sith. It was better than the previous two but boy did seem to be shoe-horning in every plot thread to give birth to the original Star Wars film. Hayden Christensen still shit - those Younglings had the right idea and got themselves slaughtered in the Jedi Temple rather than be in another minute
On the second night I started with Hope and it is a great, great film. It has all the major themes, is exciting, ambitious and most of all funny.
Then I watched Empire and as is universally agreed it is the best of the bunch. It is dark, dangerous and not afraid to push the story forward. Ice planet Hoth is great, it was some great one-liners and the 'big reveal' is well handled.
Finally I got to finish the marathon off with Jedi. While I hate the Ewoks - ridiculous merchandising teddy bear ideas - I loved the Jabba stuff and the appearance of the Emperor is wonderful.
So all in all a couple of fun night's catching up with old film friends. The new film has a lot to live up to but if early reviews are anything to go by it is a treat.
Oh, and that reminds me, what time are we expecting Tim Peake to arrive on the Death Star?