Lead, schmead. It's good to see someone's tackling the real issues of burning importance to new dads these days. Like what order to show the Star Wars movies to your kid:
Let's say you're a new father and a movie fan. When your child is of an appropriate age to start watching movies, in which order will you show him/her the six Star Wars movies? By original release date (Star Wars, Empire, Jedi, Phantom Menace, Clones, Sith) or according to the intra-movie chronology (Phantom Menace, Clones, Sith, Star Wars, Empire, Jedi)?In the already lively discussion in Jason's comments, the early critical issue seems to be setting your kid up for the big, "Luke... I'm your father." reveal.
But in a world of newborn-sized R2D2 costumes and Darth Tater, I don't know if it's really possible, much less desirable, for the release-date sequence to recreate our own experience of discovery, excitement, satisfaction, horrible betrayal, disillusioned boredom, and weary resignation. And personally, I think showing them Eps 1&2 anytime is a form of child abuse.
Better to ban the whole thing and let them discover it on their own in junior high.
Star Wars Viewing Order [kottke.org]