While the Star Wars films aren't long individually, put them all together and the saga clocks in at more than 12 hours of lightsaber battles, spaceships and Stormtroopers. Finding 12 hours to watch the entire saga before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no easy task, but thankfully the folks at Eclectic Method have you covered.
Through their no-holds-barred editing process, the creators of the video below have condensed all six films into a three minute video of just the essentials needed for the story to make sense. Roughly half of the video is dedicated to the prequels, with the remaining half telling the story of Luke, Han and Leia that we are all so familiar with.
Once it's no longer there, it's actually a little surprising how little is needed for the story to make sense. Jar Jar is nowhere to be seen, nor is podracing, the long-drawn out chase sequence on Coruscant from Episode II or the CGI overload of the Battle of Geonosis. The original films are treated much the same, with Han barely even making an appearance. Instead, this supercut focuses on the story of the Skywalker family, with Luke and Darth Vader taking up the majority of the time spent on the original trilogy.
It's an interesting take on George Lucas' saga, which became more and more bloated with the release of each film. Though cutting out all the various battle sequences and subplots does rob Star Wars of some of its charm, the core story, the one of the Skywalker bloodline, holds up surprisingly well without all the extra fluff.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere on Dec. 18.