We’re not really going to talk about John Williams. I just wanted to throw a nod to the Star Wars theme maker. It still holds up!
I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens also known as Star Wars episode 7. However you want to say it. I went to see it because I liked the original Star Wars trilogy. They were the driving force behind me going to the theater to see episode 1, 2, and 3 which were movies 4, 5, and 6. Confusing? Not as confusing as reminding myself while watching episodes 1, 2, and 3 (or movies 4, 5, and 6) that the actors playing the parents weren’t even born when episodes 4, 5, and 6 (or movies 1, 2, and 3) came out which portrayed their character offsprings’ story.
I could keep going.
But let’s not and talk about episode 7 (movie 7 – at last! It falls into line) instead. So, there’s going to be some spoiler alerts here and if you are that one person in the whole wide world that has not watched the movie yet but wants to stop reading now.
Let’s start with how depressing it was for me to realize there was no happy ending for these characters. Back in 1983 when we last saw Luke, Leia, and Han things seemed to be well. Luke and Leia’s dad found redemption after one grand act of kindness despite the murderous rampage of the twenty some years before that. His last murder was for noble purposes so it’s all good. He joined the ranks of Jedi Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan. Things looked like they were looking up for the Skywalkers and Solos of the galaxy.
Then we go to episode 7 (movie 7) in 2015. There was no ‘happily after ever’ after all. Han and Leia’s son returned to his grandfather’s malevolent ways. He embraced the dark side which led to the most depressing moment of all – he kills his own father. No, say it ain’t so, Solo! Hmmm, let’s look at the daddy issues of the complete series for a moment. Anakin has no father. Luke’s father tries to kill him a couple of times. Ben kills his father. Not really a Lion Kingesque feel here guys. What’s wrong with dads?
There are no happy endings in the Star Wars galaxy but I guess the name should be a tip off. It’s called Star Wars for a reason. Not Star Pillow Fights and Tickles. But now I’m wary of the next two movies. Actually, I’m wary of happy endings in general. What’s in store for these characters after we stop voyeuristically viewing their lives? I paid 7 bucks for admission and 8 bucks for a small popcorn and pop. I want a happy ending! If I didn’t care about the ending, I could have stayed home and watched the news.
Now, let’s join the discussion about Rey’s ancestry. Where did she come from? There are some that say she came from Luke. Others think that because of her accent she is a descendent of Obi-Wan (because apparently this galaxy far, far away has the equivalent of British accents). I thought I could figure this out with my casual perusal of the films. It’s been about twenty years since I’ve watched episodes 4, 5, 6 (movies 1, 2,3) and I watched each episode of 1, 2, 3 (movies 4, 5,6) once. Surely, I got this. I can solve the mystery.
I decided the best way was to watch all 6 movies in episode order. I’ve never done that before. Actually I was only going to watch episodes 4, 5, and 6 (movies 1, 2, and 3) but figured, why not watch them all?! I have no life.
I started with episode 1 (movie 4). It’s not what I would call an easy watch. My short attention span made it a longer movie than it actually is. To be honest, I may have rested my eyes a couple of times. Toward the end, I thought that Senator Palpatine resembled the Emperor in episodes 5 and 6 (movies 2 and 3). I IMDB’d him and found this little nugget of gold information. Click here to be enlightened. Be sure to click the see more link under the bio. Holy smokes! That’s what these movies are about? This was a very helpful find. I only wish I would have found it before I watched episode 1 (movie 4) but not enough to watch the movie again. The site was very handy as I watched the next five movies though.
I have to admit. When episode 3 (movie 6) initially came out I didn’t want to see it. The birth of Darth Vader? Talk about a joy kill. I went to the theater and watched it and left disgusted. But this time, armed with my handy character link, I actually enjoyed it. In fact, truth be told, I think it’s actually my favorite one out of the six now. Not sure what that says about me. I’m hoping it’s just because I watched them in such a short amount of time and I’m a bit Star Wars loopy.
My copies of episodes 4, 5,and 6 (movies 1, 2, and 3) are on VHS. The tapes are so old they didn’t work in my VCR so I had to find them online. Here’s my rundown of them: I found C-3PO rather annoying. R2-D2 still rocks. It’s a little disturbing that Luke was more bothered about losing his new best friend Obi-Wan than Leia was about seeing her whole planet destroyed. Actually, Obi-Wan’s death upset him more than his aunt and uncle’s – who raised him – deaths.
Unless I’m missing something, Luke’s Jedi training was very, very short in episode 5 (movie 2). I kind of have to agree with Han that Luke had some ‘delusions of grandeur’ when he declared himself a Jedi Knight in episode 6 (movie 3). Really kid? You raised a couple of rocks with your mind. I think Yoda would say, “Jedi that does not one make, hmm-hmm.”
Let’s talk about these Jedi masters for a moment. When the going gets tough why do they get going? Yoda and Obi-Wan went into exile at the end of episode 3 (movie 6). Luke apparently did the same thing in episode 7. These are the protectors of good? They keep taking off. Maybe that’s the reason the stars are always in wars. The knights go into hiding.
I know, I know. We shouldn’t trash talk Jedi knights. That kind of talk leads us to the dark side.
After all is said and done, will I go see episodes 8 and 9 (movies 8 and 9)? Of course! Am I a Star Wars geek? Maybe a casual geek.