The Correct Order for a First Time Viewing of The Lord Of The Rings
After reading Scott Hanselman's post about introducing your younglings to Star Wars, I was intrigued by the suggested 'Machete order' (courtey of Rod Hilton)
- 4 - Star Wars: A New Hope
- 5 - Empire Strikes Back
- 2 - Attack of The Clones
- 3 - Revenge of the Sith
- 6 - Return of the Jedi
Which lead to deep conversations with myself about which order I should use when introducing my daughers to 'The Lord of the Rings'.
The three films can be arranged into 6 possible non-repeating combinations:
- Fellowship, Towers, King
- Fellowship, King, Towers
- Towers, Fellowship, King
- Towers, King, Fellowship
- King, Fellowship, Towers
- King, Towers, Fellowship
All of which have their own pluses and minuses, but none of which would qualify as a true 'machete' reordering.
I finally settled on the following order, which you'll agree is the best possible version of events:
- 1. The Two Towers -- A good story always starts in the midst of the action, and leaps past the boring parts.
- 2. The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey -- having established the story we now move learn the origin of the Ring and Gollum.
- 3. How to Train your Dragon -- the loveable Toothless and Hiccup show us that not all dragons are nasty Smaugs.
- 3a. Read all of the books -- that way you can complain bitterly about the missing 'Scourge of the Shire' segment during:
- 4. Return of the King, Disc 2 -- 5 minutes of chucking a ring in a pit, a quick eagle ride, and two hours saying goodbye.
- 5. Return of the King, Disc 1 -- Awesome battle scene. Best war ever.
I dub this the Chop-Suey Reordering, and in line with Oracle's copyright on the arrangement of the Java Api's, I claim ownership of this and all derivative reorderings of the LOTR franchise.Next → ← Previous
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