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Suggested order for Amazon Prime Doctor Who series

Unfortunately, Amazon has made a dog's breakfast of Doctor Who, splitting up random Tennant episodes and the Christmas Specials into separate "shows" that should not be separate, splitting out various ...
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Which MCU movies are essential background for Civil War?

The Bare Minimum Captain America: The First Avenger - introduces Steve Rogers and other important characters specifically relevant to his storyline. The Avengers - introduces the team dynamic, the ...
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What do I need to watch before watching Star Trek: Picard?

You can enjoy the show without having to watch anything in advance - as you mentioned yourself. That having said, Star Trek: Picard is dealing with a few themes that can be better understood by ...
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What is the recommended order for the books and the games of the Witcher?

The books It's not really too complicated. You can basically stick to the release order (of the original books, the English translations seem to lag behind quite a bit and might be out of order), as ...
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Can The Malloreon be read without first reading The Belgariad?

In theory yes, but it's not recommended. You should at least know the basic shape of events in the Belgariad before you start the Malloreon. Fortunately, many (all?) editions of the Malloreon start ...
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Do you really need to read “The Silmarillion” before reading “The Children of Húrin”, “Beren and Lúthien” or “The Fall of Gondolin”?

It is not strictly necessary, but it is recommended The Silmarillion gives you an overview of the First Age. The Great Tales are stories that happen in the First Age, and they correspond to chapters ...
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What do I need to watch to understand this character's history in an upcoming episode of "The Mandalorian"?

Spoilers ahead The problem here is Ahsoka Tano is a central character to both the Clone Wars TV series, as well as Star Wars: Rebels. It's like asking which Harry Potter books explain Hermione Granger ...
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What should I watch before playing Alien: Isolation?

Isolation has no continuity with the prequels as far as I can remember. My advice to you is this: Watch Alien, the theatrical cut. Play Alien: Isolation. Read Alien: Out of the Shadows, set after ...
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Which films are required viewing before "Avengers: Endgame"?

As Joss Whedon said when Age of Ultron was released, Marvel works hard to try to make these very expensive crossover movies work for as large an audience as possible: Kevin Feige and I are fanboys, ...
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What is the release date order for all of Star Trek?

Here is a complete timeline of every Star Trek show and movie released to date: 1964-1967: [TOS] Season 1 1967-1968: [TOS] Season 2 1968-1969: [TOS] Season 3 1973-1974: [TAS] Season 1 1974: [TAS] ...
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Is there a suggested order for the works of Philip K. Dick?

I do not believe there has ever been an official suggested order. The most common advice I have seen, which I agree with, is that chronologically may be your best bet (with some suggesting to avoid ...
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Is there any crossover between Star Trek TV shows after the broadcast of Enterprise?

Yes, several. Most details are minor (for example, a minor character in Picard season 1 is of a species introduced in Discovery). There are a few big points of crossover, so I'll describe those ...
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What is necessary to know before seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?

The first three films form the trilogy of Jack, Elizabeth, and Will, which culminates in Will being turned into the captain of the Flying Dutchman. Also, at the end of the third film, Barbossa steals ...
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Can one watch Defenders without watching the previous individual shows?

According to Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez, one of the goals of the project was to ensure that you could, indeed, watch the show without needing to watch all of the others (which amounts to some ...
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Do any editions of Chronicles of Narnia use the publication order numbering?

The first several "boxed set" editions all used publication order. I grew up, for example, with the Collier editions. Wikipedia strongly implies that the first publisher to use the in-universe ...
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Which MCU movies are essential background for Civil War?

You should see at least the following: Iron Man 2008 Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 Marvel's The Avengers aka Assemble 2012 (you may wish to precede this by Thor 2011) Captain America: The ...
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Suggested reading order for the Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe

(Comments indicated this question was opinion-based, but as it hasn't been closed, I'll self-answer with the results of my research (thanks to commentators for also providing some information) and ...
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How are Robin Hobb novels related to each other?

From what I have gathered, this cycle is composed by the following series Yes, your list of series in the cycle is exhaustive. Here's a full list of all stories. In addition to what you listed, there ...
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What is the release date order for all of Star Trek?

There is a list of all Star Trek episodes ordered by first broadcast date, but in general there isn't that much overlap between the series. There are a few exceptions, for instance characters from ...
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Can one watch Defenders without watching the previous individual shows?

You could, but you would very clearly feel like you were missing some key information. The first few episodes set up all the characters and have enough exposition for you to figure out what's going ...
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Suggested order for the Redwall series?

There are two most obvious orders in which to read them. Chronological order The Badger stories, part 1 Lord Brocktree This is the only book which entirely predates both Redwall Abbey and Martin ...
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Which films are required viewing before "Avengers: Endgame"?

If she knows next to nothing of the MCU or Marvel in general the best course of action is to watch them all. In fact that is the best course of action anyway so you understand all of the references ...
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What's the recommended reading order for the books in "The Expanse" series?

The book publisher (Orbit) recommends reading them in published order. What order should I read the series? We recommend reading both the novels and short fiction in publication order to avoid ...
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What are the essential films one needs to watch before "Logan"?

Realistically, you don't need to see any of them, as long as you are aware of who Logan and Charles Xavier are and what their basic personalities are like. This movie was filmed in such a way that it'...
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What do I need to watch before watching Star Trek: Picard?

In addition to Philipp's list, there's some other contextual episodes worth noting. TNG S4E03 Brothers. This helps to explain There are several inside references and jokes in PIC S1E09 and E10 that ...
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What's more important to have seen before Civil War: Daredevil S2 or Agent Carter S2?

Having seen all of both shows, I can tell you with a high degree of confidence that you should just watch whichever you like more, because neither will matter. Marvel's movie and TV divisions are ...
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How do all the short stories and graphic novels fit into the Rivers of London Timeline?

Handily the Author maintains as chronology page, which you can find here. This falls downs a little for a reading order however, by putting the flashback Action at a Distance graphic novel and the ...
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What order should the books in the Percy Jackson universe be read in?

I recommend reading chronologically Chronological order is usually the best way to avoid spoilers (except in books with lots of time travel, or where characters can see the future…which come to think ...
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What do I need to watch before watching Star Trek: Picard?

Aside from the answer above regarding Picard, the Borg, Seven, and androids, here are some other episodes dealing with the other big part of the show: the Romulans. The Original Series episode "...
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Do you really need to read “The Silmarillion” before reading “The Children of Húrin”, “Beren and Lúthien” or “The Fall of Gondolin”?

It depends on what you are looking for. If you just want to read a stand-alone story, you can read these as such. However, there's quite a bombardment of names and places, which may be confusing and ...
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