December 1, 2015 5:16 PM EST

As excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reaches fever pitch, many intrepid fans are determined to watch all six prequels before the new film hits theaters on December 18. But who has time to sit through all the movies from The Phantom Menace to the Return of the Jedi? Who wants to spend more time with Jar Jar Binks than absolutely necessary?

To help maximize fans’ time, YouTube channel Eclectic Method has condensed all the action of the first six Star Wars films into a three-minute video perfect for brushing up on the story that unfolded long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Watch as Anakin transforms from adorable upstart to sultry, sulky teen to the Sith lord, Darth Vader. Along the way there is political intrigue, light saber duels, tragic deaths, love stories, droids, clones, Jedis, and enough family drama to stretch out over six, and maybe seven, films. Watch now and be ready for when the Force awakens.

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