The Star Wars Canon: Prequel Movies

This is the first in a series of posts about the Star Wars film franchise, this will be familiar territory for many of us, but we will delve deeper as time goes on, and this will lay a solid foundation for the posts to come.


The Prequel Trilogy ran from 1999 to 2005 and depicts events which occur prior to the Original Trilogy. The events of these films will be introduced through the use of “BBY” a term used in the Star Wars community to signify events took place a certain amount of years “Before the Battle of Yavin” in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Great care has been taken to reduce the amount of spoilers below, but some plot points must be revealed to discuss the films and their chronology.


32 BBY — Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is an oftentimes criticized film and the first film chronologically in the Skywalker Saga. This story introduces the principle characters for the remaining films in the Prequel Trilogy: Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jar Jar Binks, and Chancellor Palpatine.


Release Date: 19 May 1999


22 BBY — Star Wars: Episode II The Attack of the Clones rejoins Skywalker’s saga ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace and details the exploits of the principle characters as they navigate the threat of a war that could consume the galaxy. This film display’s some of Anakin Skywalker’s darker tenancies as well as his struggles with the Jedi Code, a strict set of rules that disallows attachments of any type–a difficult set of rules to follow for someone so ruled by his emotions.


Release Date: 16 May 2002


19 BBY — Star Wars: Episode III The Revenge of the Sith occurs three years after the events of Attack of the Clones and is the final installment in the Prequel Trilogy. The film depicts the end of the Clone Wars, the birth of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and the inception of Darth Vader, so introducing many of the principle characters of the Original Trilogy.


Release Date: 19 May 2005

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