By Tom Farmer
I was born in 1988 so I never got the chance to experience the first impact that the original Star Wars trilogy had in pop culture in the 70’s and 80’s. Star Wars is more than a few movies that made a bunch of money and had a small following of nerds dressing up as characters from the movie. This franchise made it cool to be a nerd. You couldn’t find anyone that didn’t have a love for the films. Even to this day, the cultural impact that the series has is astronomical. Comics, short films, apparel, video games, TV shows, action figures, coffee mugs, anything that you can think of, they make a Star Wars edition of it. I wish I could’ve been around in that time period to witness the films when they first appeared.
Years later, the announcement of a new trilogy both excited and worried hardcore fans. Episode 1 was released in 1999 and it had mixed reviews. The younger fans like myself fell in love with the film because this was our “A New Hope” for the new generation. The older fans were not so warm to the idea that Jar Jar Binks actually had a hand in a victory over the empire. Watching the first film as an adult, I can see where the older fans would be a little put off buy things like Jar Jar and young Anakin Skywalker.
Episode 2 (released in 2002) gave hope to the non believers again with a strong story for the clone wars. It seemed that the writers heard the backlash from fans about certain characters and situations that didn’t sit well with them in Episode 1. Anakin is grown and a well rounded Jedi apprentice to non other than Obi Wan Kenobi. The story between Anakin and Princess Padme gave the back story on how Luke and Leahs parents developed their romantic relationship and how Obi Wan became a official Jedi Knight on the Jedi Council. In 2005, Episode 3 was about the demise of Anakin Skywalker and the beginning of, arguably, the most evil super villain in all cinema, Darth Vader. This film, like Episode 2, was also well received by fans everywhere and found it to be a solid intro into the original trilogy that we know and love.
It is 2015 and we are less than one month away from the start of a new and very anticipated trilogy. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens follows a whole new cast of characters, and some familiar faces, 30 years after the galactic empire downfall. A runaway soldier, an uncongenial scavenger, and a hot shot pilot find their fates are connected as they embark on an adventure to find a fearsome and mysterious foe in Kylo Ren. Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3p0 and Princess Leah are all coming back and they are still in the fight to keep the galaxy at peace. The fate of the galaxy is in jeopardy once again and its up to the usual and new heroes alike to keep the new evil force from trying to finish what the Sith started thousands of years ago. May the force be with them. And with you.