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Fans like to rag on The Force Awakens for being too similar to A New Hope, but Star Wars has been dealing in cycles and repetition for a long time now. Every hero's journey is going to have some similarities, especially when those heroes are all from the same messed up family. 

As Reddit user Tophbot found, the Star Wars movies have even more in common with each other than themes and character arcs. Tophbot had the wild idea to watch Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith at the same time, and chronicled the experiment on Imgur. Like playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz, the results are sometimes shaky, but there are a few sync-up moments that remain truly stirring.

For instance, at the same time Palpatine is advising his pupil Anakin (in part using the infamous story of Darth Plagueis the Wise) in Revenge of the Sith, the ghost of Obi-Wan shows up on Dagobah to give Luke counsel in Return of the Jedi.

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In a lot of ways, Anakin Skywalker is the protagonist of the prequels, much like Luke is in the original trilogy. Seeing how they both take advice from their mentors (Palpatine manipulating his apprentice versus Obi-Wan coming clean about Luke's parentage) says a lot about how similar paths can have very different trajectories.

It does make sense that similar scenes are playing out at the end of RotS and RotJ, since one depicts the birth of Darth Vader and the other one shows his story coming to a close. But to see scenes lining up like this at the exact same timestamps is a little, well, spooky.

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"It's like poetry, sort of they rhyme." That's the running gag about the Star Wars prequels, which stems from a phrase spoken by George Lucas during the production of The Phantom Menace. The idea of comparing the stiff and awkward melodrama of Episodes I - III with delicate and thoughtful prose was funny enough for the internet to immortalize as a meme. But looking at Tophbot's observations here, you can see the case someone might make for the resonance of Star Wars' cyclical storylines. 

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Was this intentional on the part of the filmmakers? That might be a stretch. But the members of Pink Floyd probably weren't designing their album to play right after the third roar of the MGM lion ahead of The Wizard of Oz -- that doesn't mean you can't have fun and find meaning in something that is otherwise a coincidence. 

Be sure to check out the rest of Tophbot's journey over here. If you're interested in trying this experiment out for yourself on a bigger scale, some internet goofball has compiled a YouTube video of the first six episodes playing simultaneously: 

It's confusing, to be sure, but on the other hand, it's also nauseating.