"Star Wars" is reborn on TV, comics and more: basic guide to know the whole saga (and spend as little as possible)

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Star Wars”It has existed for four decades and, since then, it has expanded into television series, comics, literature and more films. Not all these stories are considered “canon”, that is, they are integrated into the continuity that began with “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977). The recent premiere of the animated series “The Bad Batch” motivates this article.

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Important: This guide is not intended to cover the entire canon of “Star Wars”, which would require dozens of texts. Instead, it is the closest you can access, for which you only need a PC and mobile phone.

Movies and TV series (Disney +)

The first trilogy; “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones”, “Revenge of the Sith” (1999-2005): Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, and Natalie Portman; follow how the Galactic Empire gathered power in the shadows, while young Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker joined the dark side of the force.

Jar Jar Binks en 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace' (Foto: Lucasfilm)
Jar Jar Binks en ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ (Foto: Lucasfilm)

“The Clone Wars” (2008-2020): Set between the end of the second film of the prequel trilogy and developed in parallel to the third, this is the series that expanded the universe of “Star Wars” and developed the characters as never before seen in an audiovisual medium. This is where Padawan Ahsoka Tano appeared, soon to have her own series.

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Featuring advanced feature-length digital animation, classic characters, jaw-dropping action, and the eternal battle between good and evil, Star Wars: The Clone Wars expands the story of STAR WARS with new adventures in a galaxy far, far away. Created by George Lucas and directed by Executive Producer / Supervising Director Dave Filoni. | Credit: Disney.

“Rebels” (2014-2018): Direct sequel to “The Clone Wars”, features Ezra Bridger, new Jedi apprentice; who joins the resistance against the Empire.

Servants of the Empire in "Rebels".  (Photo: Lucasfilm)
Servants of the Empire in “Rebels”. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

“The Bad Batch” (2021): The latest “Star Wars” series. After the fall of the Republic, five soldiers with special abilities have to decide the course of their destiny.

The Bad Batch members, from left to right Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech. (Photo: Lucasfilm / Disney)
The Bad Batch members, from left to right Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech. (Photo: Lucasfilm / Disney)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018): Reveals how this is how Han Solo met Chewbacca, as well as starting his adventures as a smuggler.

Escena de "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Foto: Lucasfilm)
Escena de “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Foto: Lucasfilm)

“Rogue One” (2016): It is the story of how the plans for the Death Star were obtained, the destruction of which was the first step to the victory of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire.

Jyn Erzo (Felicity Jones) en "Rogue One". (Foto: Lucasfilm)
Jyn Erzo (Felicity Jones) en “Rogue One”. (Foto: Lucasfilm)

The original trilogy; “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return of the Jedi” (1977-1983): Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo; three brave people, but of different personalities, unite to overthrow the Empire. This film made stars of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) en "A New Hope" (1977). (Foto: Lucasfilm/Disney)
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) en “A New Hope” (1977). (Foto: Lucasfilm/Disney)

“Resistance” (2018-2020): With a different animation style from “The Clone Wars”, this animated series is the first to be set in the era of the sequel trilogy.

“Resistance” is Lucasfilm’s third animated series, this time set after the fall of the Galactic Empire. The series follows Kazuda Xiono, a New Republic pilot who is recruited by the Resistance to spy on the First Order. For those who enjoyed the new trilogy, the series presents an opportunity to look more deeply at the factions of the conflict, as well as respond to how there are people who decided to join the fascist First Order. Available on Disney +. (Photo: Lucasfilm.)

“The Mandalorian” (2019-presente): Possibly the best this franchise has done in the 21st century, “The Mandalorian” follows bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) on his journey to save Grogu, popularly known as Baby Yoda, who is wanted by the remnants of the Empire.

The Bounty Hunters Guild is a fascinating part of “Star Wars” with many elements of history that most fans are unaware of (Photo: Disney Plus)

The sequel trilogy; “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi”, “The Rise of Skywalker” (2015-2019): The young Rey (Daisy Ridley) meets a Resistance droid, after which an adventure begins in which the fate of the galaxy is at stake and that will lead her to face the First Order, remnants of the Empire.

Annual Disney + cost: S / 259.9, approximately.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  The evolution of the character in the film caused criticism among some fans of the saga.  (Photo: Lucasfilm)
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The evolution of the character in the film caused criticism among some fans of the saga. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

About the comics

Lucasfilm has published canonical “Star Wars” comics for both Marvel and IDW. In Spanish, these stories have been edited by Planeta, and the volumes are in various bookstores. If you know English and want to read a considerable amount, but not all; you can subscribe to Marvel Unlimited. Some stories you can read there:

“Darth Vader” by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca (2015-2016): It may be the best “Star Wars” comic ever made, in which the iconic villain Darth Vader gains space to show why he is so feared. In addition, it features Dr. Aphra, a charismatic LGBTQ antihero.

Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating figures in "Star Wars" (and in movie history) is Darth Vader, the towering villain around whom the entire "Star Wars" story orbits.  But despite this attention, there are many details that are left out of the movies.  How did Vader react when he found out he had a son?  What did the villain do after the destruction of the first Death Star?  These are the questions that the comic answers from the hand of the experienced screenwriter Kieron Gillen ("Thor", "Journey into Mystery").  Available on Marvel Unlimited.  (Photo: Marvel)
Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating figures in “Star Wars” (and in movie history) is Darth Vader, the towering villain around whom the entire “Star Wars” story orbits. But despite this attention, there are many details that are left out of the movies. How did Vader react when he found out he had a son? What did the villain do after the destruction of the first Death Star? These are the questions that the comic answers from the hand of the experienced screenwriter Kieron Gillen (“Thor”, “Journey into Mystery”). Available on Marvel Unlimited. (Photo: Marvel)

Right (2015-2016): Prequel to the television series “Star Wars: Rebels” that follows the story of how Kanan survived the extermination of the Jedi.

Kanan Jarrus, as he appears in "Star Wars: Rebels".  (Photo: Lucasfilm)
Kanan Jarrus, as he appears in “Star Wars: Rebels”. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Special C-3PO (2016): Short but meaningful comic that explores the adventure of how C-3PO got his red arm in “The Force Awakens.” Do you think robots can’t move you? Then you have to read it to find out.

Marvel Unlimited cost: $ 9.99 per month.

Source: Marvel Comics.
Source: Marvel Comics.

What about the books?

You can always buy them on Kindle (English), while Planeta has published them in Spanish. This text from Somos tells you the stories that you can find in Peruvian bookstores.

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Trailer for "The Mandalorian".  (Source: Disney)
Trailer for “The Mandalorian”. (Source: Disney)

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