How 'Rogue One' Fits Into The Machete Order

How 'Rogue One' Fits Into The Machete Order

The newest Star Wars film may cut up the franchise more than it already has been.

If you're a "Star Wars" fan, you probably have at least some opinion on what order is the best to watch all of the movies in. Some prefer to watch in chronological order, starting with the prequels and moving forward, while some think watching in order of production makes more sense. Neither of these orders are ideal, since one requires starting with the prequels and introducing "Star Wars" with what most agree are the worst movies of the series, and the other requires coming up on "The Force Awakens" on the depressing note "Revenge of the Sith" leaves behind. So, in an effort to figure out how to make the prequels fit into the series in a tasteful way, "Star Wars" fans created the Machete Order, or watching the movies in the best order to emphasize Luke's storyline: 4, 5, (1), 2, 3, 6, 7, presumably followed by 8 and 9, once they are released (Episode 1 is optional, as it is both bad and doesn't include details necessary to understanding Luke's story, unlike Episode 2, which, unfortunately, is necessary). This order lets "The Empire Strikes Back" end on a cliffhanger and uses the prequels as a flashback that emphasizes the parallels between Anakin's fall to the dark side and the path Luke is on in the present, making Luke's first appearance in "Revenge of the Sith," face hidden by black robes as he uses the force to choke Jabba's guards, far more poignant. The order allows the prequels to add to the story rather than bog it down and has become a fan-favorite, especially as a way of introducing someone to "Star Wars" who has never seen the films before.

Before "Rogue One" came out, most fans assumed it wouldn't be included in the Machete Order, since it's a stand-alone film and wouldn't be necessary to Luke's storyline in the same way Episode 1 isn't. When the movie was released last week, though, those fans began to realize that the movie was worth including when rewatching the series, unlike Episode 1, meaning "Rogue One" has to be worked into the watch order somehow. Since the movie doesn't have an effect on Luke's character arc, the film either has to be placed at the end of the standard episodes or the idea of organizing the films based on their relation to Luke must be abandoned so that the film can be placed into the watch order in the way that makes the most narrative sense.

The most obvious way to incorporate it would be to place it before Episode 4, since the events of "Rogue One" lead straight up to the very beginning of "A New Hope" and fills in gaps and holes in the film. "Rogue One" serves as an exciting and enjoyable start to the series, which is essential when beginning any watch order, especially for the first time. However, though this may work for those who have already seen "Star Wars," it may not be the best introduction to the entire franchise for a newcomer. Yes, it does work as a film on its own and function well as an introduction to the two sides of the war, the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, but it's a rather clumsy introduction to aspects of "Star Wars" that will become important later on, like the Force and the Jedi. It also feels so completely different from the rest of the "Star Wars" films that I assume it would be a little strange to be introduced to the series through "Rogue One" only to have the rest of the films be so separate. "Rogue One" may be the best place to start as someone who has already seen the films and can function as an introduction to the series in some cases, it may not be the best choice.

The best alternative to this may be to watch "Rogue One" after Episode 3 and before Episode 6. This way, the film allows the audience to see the creation of Darth Vader and then get to see him in his prime after "Revenge of the Sith," and also acts as a crossover and reintroduction to the original trilogy from the prequels, since it takes place between them. It does distract from the main storyline a bit and may take away from the impact of seeing Luke in the same dark robes in "Return of the Jedi" as his father in the end of "Revenge of the Sith" since there is an entire film placed between them, but if "Rogue One" isn't placed at the beginning or end of the series, this is the best solution I can think of. Once "Rogue One" comes out on DVD and can be tossed around the order once its made available, the best way to watch the films will hopefully become clearer. Until then, and most likely even after, the best way to join "Rogue One" with the Machete Order may remain up for debate.

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Top 5 budget-friendly kids’ fashion tips for 2018

Kids are angels of god and to care for them is very important for every parents.

Raising a child is one of the most fulfilling experiences in the world. There is no manual describing the perfect way to raise a child. When you have an energetic baby jumping around the house, all you can do is just go with the flow. 

Kids grow too fast. They outgrow the cutest clothes in a matter of weeks, and then you are left with the desire to replace those old outfits with new ones that your kid will rock every day. 

Clothes for children happen to be more expensive than those for adults. You find yourself in the children’s clothing aisle frequently while you wear the same shirt on repeat. It is easy to splurge on kids’ fashion, thanks to the amazing styles that hit the stores regularly. Sooner or later, you regret the haul and the dent in your wallet.  

Today, we are going to share 5 tips to help you devise a strategy that can keep your kids looking like a million bucks while you stay on a budget. Try ones that work for you, and you will spot a big difference in your spending pattern. 

Ask family or close friends for clothes their kids have outgrown:

It is the easiest thing to do, and safe for your baby as well. If you have friends and family who have had kids a few years ago, you can get baby clothes from them. Most parents pack away old clothes safely for their next arrival. 

You can keep your kids in top fashion by using what your friend’s kid has outgrown. You’ll find that many of these items haven’t been worn more than 3-5 times and are almost as good as new. 

Manufacturers also send cards and samples to maternity wards. The busy staff forgets to dispatch this lot, so you can ask them if there are freebies around. 

Use coupon websites: 

You will be thrilled to see how coupons can save you money. Coupon websites make shopping more fun. With coupons, you can shop at your favorite outlets at a discounted price. 

For example, at, you will see a list of brands where discounts can be availed. In fact you can get as much as 50-70% off on your favorite kids’ brands.

Moreover, with coupon websites you can enjoy big seasonal discounts and sales, weekly promotions and much more, saving you some major cash. 

You can even become a ‘Super Couponer’ by paying attention to the right deals. Now you can fill your shopping cart to the brim at your favorite children’s clothing stores. Just use Justice promo codes for kids’ shopping and viola!

Don’t miss garage sales:

Garage sales are like treasure chests. Those who have experienced a garage sale will agree with this statement. It is the ideal place to look for baby clothes that are affordable. 

Clothes which would normally cost you hundreds of dollars can be bought for $50 or $100 at a garage sale. If you are a keen seeker, almost everything can be bought from a garage sale. You must be at your creative peak when you go to a garage sale because that can help you turn seemingly useless clothes into fabulous masterpieces. 

Pay with cash:

An MIT study found that people were ready to pay 65% more for a basketball game because they were using cards to pay for it. Retailer-branded credit cards have much higher APRs than standard credit cards—23.2% vs. 15% - Time. 

In your case, that adorable basketball t-shirt may be costing you much more because you are swiping the plastic. If you want to keep a tab on your purchases, pay with cash. It will keep you on your target and save a lot of money. 

Layer old clothes with new pieces:

It is not necessary to buy seasonal clothes every time. You can layer your kids in old season’s clothing and put a new jacket as a top layer. Be a little creative, and you will soon master the art of layering your kids in multiple socks, shirts, and rompers to prepare for biting cold while they look fabulous!

Last word:

So, there you go. These are the top tips which can keep your kids looking great throughout the year. You have to think creatively and style every outfit accordingly. Because your youngster is already super adorable, it will only take smart purchasing to dress her to look her best. 

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10 Musical Productions You Don't Want To Miss Out On

From "Les Miserables" to "Miss Saigon!"

Let's be honest here, we all have guilty pleasures, and most of those are musicals. In my case, that guilty pleasure is not that subtle, but nonetheless, just as big. I love musicals, in film, but especially in theatre. So I've made a list with some of the best musicals ever!

1. "The Wiz"

"The Wiz" is generally known for the movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, but that movie is actually based on this wonderful musical, which is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. The musical has great songs, including one of my favorites 'Home'. I saw this musical in my home country, the Netherlands, in 2006.

2. "Mamma Mia!

"Mamma Mia!" is a jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA. It is generally known for the movie adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. But years before that it was an original musical! My favorite ABBA song features in the show is: 'The Winner Takes It All'. I unfortunately have never seen this musical live.

3. "The Phantom of the Opera"

"The Phantom of the Opera" is cult in musical land and is the longest-running musical on Broadway, till this day. Sierra Boggess is one of my favorite Christines ever (she starred in the 25th anniversary edition!), you can hear her singing my favorite song from the show in the video above. I unfortunately have never seen the musical live.

4. "Chicago"

"Chicago" is also a cult musical and has been in various countries. "All That Jazz" is a classic musical sing-a-long and also one of my favorite songs from the show. Our very own Dutch musical artist, Pia Douwes, plays Velma Kelly on Broadway and that, of course, brings pride to my little country. I have seen a high school performance of the show, but never the real deal. Chicago was also made into a movie starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

5. "Into The Woods"

"Into The Woods" is musical containing elements from various fairy tales. It's dark stories and humor make it one of my all-time favorites! It was also made into a movie in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and many more. 'No One Is Alone' is my number one favorite musical songs of all time and it is from this show. I have also been lucky to see the show live in the Netherlands, in 2017!

6. "Les Miserables"

"Les Miserables" is also a classic musical, that you have to see at least once in your life (even though I haven't yet, but I NEED to). With classic songs as 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'On My Own' and 'One More Day' it contains incredible musical songs, but my favorite is 'A Little Fall Of Rain'. It was also made a movie in 2012, it starred Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and many more!

7. "Elisabeth"

"Elisabeth" is the most successful Austrian musical in history. There's no English version, but in the Netherlands it was also immensely popular (when it was translated into Dutch). It's also really popular in Asia, where it has been adapted in various languages. Pia Douwes, known for her Broadway role as Velma Kelly, launched her career with the title role of Elisabeth and has played it in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Elisabeth is based on the life of the Austrian empress of the same name. My favorite song can be heard above and I was fortunate enough to see an 'In Concert' version of the show since it hasn't been played in Dutch since in 2001.

8. "Miss Saigon"

We're in the hard part of the list. Since Elisabeth the choices are one, to be honest. I cannot really make a choice between my top 3, but this is the one I made. "Miss Saigon," the musical that launched Lea Salonga's career is one of the best in my opinion. It contains so many beautiful songs, but I choose for 'I'd Give My Life For You'. I have no words for this show, it's so good. I saw it live in its Dutch version in 2012 and it was amazing.

9. "Rent"

"Rent" is a rock musical based on the opera 'La Vie Boheme' and it is one of my favorite musicals ever. It's so inclusive, diverse and doesn't shy away from hard topics. My favorite song is 'Goodbye Love', but songs like 'One Song Glory' and 'Without You' are also favorites. The musical was made into a movie in 2005 starring most of the original cast, including Idina Menzel (Wicked), but also new faces as Rosario Dawson (known now for her role as Claire Temple in the Netflix Marvel series).

10. "Wicked"

My all-time favorite musical must be "Wicked" starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Although our very own Dutch Willemijn Verkaik is a close second Elphaba (she has played her for years now in Germany, the Netherlands, West End and Broadway). This show tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz and it is amazing. I saw in 2014 in the Netherlands, with my favorite song being 'No Good Deed'. It will be made into a movie, scheduled for 2019, with no cast yet announced!

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