A guide on where to start with Star Wars canon


Do you feel lost while trying to keep up with all of the Star Wars content? Fear not. We have your guide on where to start with Star Wars canon…

They say the best place to start a story is at the beginning. However; George Lucas broke those rules with the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. As we discussed in our previous canon articleStar Wars has been known for being all over the proverbial galactic-map.

Now, in order restored to the galaxy, we here at Dork Side of the Force would like to be your guide to the new Star Wars canon timeline. The best place, in my opinion, is to start where the author intended you to. According to George Lucas, it’s intended for the audience to watch the movies Episodes 1-6 (now 1-3, Rogue One, 4-7, with more on deck).

Plus you have the comics, novels, and variety of animated series to keep up with. Not to mention a plethora of Star Wars canon helper guides (Stay tuned for more information on those). Things have gotten a bit complicated, to be sure.

So now, the best place to start is with a timeline. Thanks to Wallaroo Media for this excellent canon timeline!

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It’s very helpful having a list, with dates, to set the foundation. I keep my own personal list with notes to help guide my path as well.

I recommend doing the same thing. Another helpful tip is going through that list one by one. Mark off what you’ve seen. What you haven’t. Then go and purchase one or two things at a time. Don’t try to do all of it once.

Even if you are not a comic-book fan or an avid reader, I recommend diving in, regardless. They also have audio-books, which help if you don’t have much time or if you are in the car a lot.

Before the new canon was established, I had never picked up a comic book in my life. I even stopped watching anything animated at the age of 16.

Now I’m a Star Wars canon comic junkie and cannot get enough of The Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows. Give the material a chance! The writing is so creative and cohesive within all of the venues. You will also notice connections between the material. There are major payoffs when you watch the movies after consuming the canon material. It is so worth it!

There you have it. Your first canon lesson. Remember, this is just your FIRST step into a larger world. One step at a time! You don’t want to get a “blaster to the face.” Whether you are a Padawan or Jedi Master. It doesn’t matter. Much to learn, we still have.

Next: Everything you need to prepare for The Last Jedi

Are you a Padawan? How about a Jedi Knight? Or, are you a Jedi Master? We want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below and on social media. May the Force Be With You. Always.