Sometimes you need to kick back, relax, and just watch the entire Star Wars saga in one sitting. That's how you can spend the Friday after Thanksgiving, thanks to TBS. If you don't have your blu-ray or DVD collection handy, the network is running an all-day marathon going through the first six episodes in numerical order, starting bright and early at 6:45 a.m. EST.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace kicks things off, then, with Episode II - Attack of the Clones at 9:30 a.m., and Episode III - Revenge of the Sith rounding out the prequel trilogy at 12:22 p.m. The original trilogy kicks off the afternoon at 3:12 p.m. with Episode IV - A New Hope, with Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back at 5:43 p.m. and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi at 8:17 p.m. Of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn't hit basic cable yet, so you'll have to watch that on digital, DVD, or blu-ray after the marathon to complete the saga so far.
There's something about the convenience and comfort of watching the movies on TV, knowing that other people all around the country are watching along with you. While some will continue to lambast the prequel trilogy, there's something to be said for seeing Anakin Skywalker's fall from a bright-faced kid who just wants to escape the pains of slavery, to a young and perhaps too-powerful Jedi, manipulated into evil while trying to do good. The pay off in the original trilogy, then, of seeing Darth Vader die and Anakin be reborn does have some extra weight to it, after it was already such a powerful moment.
There's still another year until the Skywalker Saga continues with Star Wars: Episode VIII from writer/director Rian Johnson, so you might as well relive the story so far as many times as you can to help you kill time.
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