May the 4th sort of became the “unofficial” Star Wars Day, as “May the 4th be with you” is a pun on “May the force be with you.” To celebrate the unofficial Star Wars Day, I’ve compiled a list of movies, T.V. series, audiobooks, and video games that stand within the current Star Wars canon.
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace– “As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow.”
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones– “Ten years after the events of Phantom menace, Senator Padme Amidala survives an assassination attempt as she returns to Coruscant for an important vote. The Jedi Council send Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to protect her.”
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith– “Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately makes a life-altering decision.”
Star Wars IV: A New Hope– “Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and two robots (R2-D2 and C-3PO) work together to rescue the princess and restore justice in the Empire.”
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back– “Luke Skywalker seeks out the mysterious Yoda while Han Solo and Princess Leia outrun the Imperial fleet enroute to Cloud City.”
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi– “Darth Vader readies to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker joins his two droid allies, along with Princess Leia. Reunited, the Rebels race to the moon of the planet Endor where they launch a desperate attack upon the entire Imperial Fleet.”
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens– “As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.”
Star Wars: The Clone Wars– “The heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace as the Clone Wars continue to sweep through the galaxy. More and more systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army.”
*There has been some debate on the order in which to watch the films. Although filmed after IV, V, and VI; episodes I, II, and III are prequels. You can watch it in which ever order you want, but many Star Wars fans agree that watching it in the order of episodes IV, V, VI, I, II, and then III is the best viewing.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Seasons 1-6– “The Clone Wars fills in the blanks of the original Star Wars film, as it takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Follow Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, as they introduce us to new characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s Padawan learner.”
Stars Wars: Rebels, Seasons 1-2– “Continue the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels, Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.”
Aftermath: Journey to the Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig– “As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance, now a fledgling New Republic, presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.”
Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne– “A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and (for the first time ever) written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view. Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke Skywalker plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit.”
A New Dawn by John Jackson Mills– “For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.”
Star Wars: Battlefront (available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4)– “Fight as a soldier on the front lines where every weapon and vehicle you see is yours. Take the Empire head on or crush the Rebellion — by yourself or with an army behind you!”
All summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.