The legendary Star Wars seriesnow has eight(!) movies in its library (not including spinoffs like the "Star Wars Holiday Special" which, frankly, we shouldn't). But there are some people who have either never seen it or are bored to death of seeing it for the tenth time. How can you get someone into Star Wars the first time around, or watch it again without boring yourself to death?
The Machete Order's biggest takeaway is that it really becomes Luke's story. The viewer starts with him learning the ways of the Force, realizing the big bad is his father, then seeing how he became that villain and then returning to Luke in the climax of Return Of The Jedi. It's an interesting point of view if you think about it.
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Another cool part of this cut is that Episode I: The Phantom Menace is removed entirely. That means you get so many of the most disappointing parts of Star Wars cut out; midichlorians, Jake Lloyd's acting and Jar Jar Binks.
That's just one version to view the movies, of course. There are purists who will stick to the release version (Episodes IV, V,VI,I,II,III and now VII). Its creator George Lucas even prefers a different one, the chronological version, that has the episodes go I-VI.
With the current release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone movie gives fans more options in their marathon sessions. They can of course just put it on right after The Force Awakens, or since it's a prequel they can place it betweenRevenge Of The Sith and A New Hope if the movies are watched Lucas-style.
There is also a hybrid of the Machete Order that uses Rogue One. The sequence which goes VI, Rogue One, V, II, III and VI is called the "Flashback Order". That's because when seen in that order, it looks like there's two flashback sequences instead of one.
As the next movies come out (The Last Jedi, Episode IX and other stand-alone ones like the Han Solo movie currently in production), there may be new viewing options to go with them. These are stories no longer being told by Lucas so their feel will be different, but they might work regardless.
Remember that for every diehard there are plenty of people who have most likely only seen the TV shows the The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels. Picking out the right order is important if you want to keep them a fan.