by Ceci Stratton, junior writing coach
A long time ago in my grandparent’s porch I watched Star Wars for the first time. I was hooked, and remain obsessed to this day. Of course, the new movie helped to rekindle this obsession and crank it up about 100 notches.
So here we are, anxiously awaiting what will possibly be the highlight of my year thus far.
Seriously. I am not exaggerating. I teared up watching the trailers. I mean, how couldn’t you? John Williams just does that to me, and seeing my all-time favorite movies being brought back to life? Priceless.
I have my timer going, and by the time this is posted there will be approximately 11 hours until I am sitting in the movie theater, eyes glued to the screen, and watching the classic Star Wars crawl text (JJ Abrams better not leave this out) scroll across the screen.
But let’s get to the point: Star Wars nerds went crazy with accusations and premonitions about the new Disney owned Star Wars. The trailers especially sparked some crazy theories. Has Luke Skywalker turned to the dark side? Is Rey, the new female protagonist, Han Solo and Leia’s daughter? What the heck is everyone fighting over this time?
The possibilities are endless because the movie has now been declared canon; this means it is not required to include any information from the massive Star Wars expanded universe (comics, TV shows, books, etc.) and is only based on movies I through VI.
Of course some were outraged, but it really does make sense. In the expanded universe, Chewbacca dies, Luke has a son, Han and Leia have a set of twins, a girl and a boy, and another son. I mean, you can’t expect JJ Abrams to make an amazing movie if he had to pay attention to every single thing that has ever happened in the expanded universe.
But hey let’s face it, Star Wars fans have REALLY high expectations. In other words, don’t screw this up JJ. Please.
With all of that aside, let’s appreciate the new Star Wars for what I believe it is all about. Yes, it is the continuation of a classic story, yet it is so much more. The Star Wars movie gives our generation the opportunity to be a part of movie-making history. It is the start of a new story, of new surprises, of new classic quotes and characters, and all of these are linked to us—to our time period. These are things we will identify with in our future. But really, how cool is it to tell someone you went to the public premiere of a Star Wars movie, or even to have simply seen it in theaters!
Now on to some fun facts about Star Wars, because who doesn’t love some fun facts?! Also, if you ever feel out of the loop with your nerdy friends, whip out a few of these and blow their minds.
- Chewbacca has a son and a wife! In the 1978 Star Wars Christmas special, Chewie’s family is showcased on Kashyyk waiting for Chewbacca to celebrate Life Day with them.
- “I have a bad feeling about this” or “I have a very bad feeling about this” is said in EVERY Star Wars
- David Prowse who was in Darth Vader’s costume (he doesn’t portray his voice) is banned from all official Star Wars events because George Lucas found him annoying.
- In The Phantom Menace they had to rebuild all of the door frames because Liam Neeson, who portrayed Qui-Gon Jinn, was too tall!
- You probably always thought Chewie just stuck with Han Solo because they were best buds, but think again! In Wookie culture if someone saves your life, you must dedicate your life to protecting them. This is called a life debt. At some point between the 3rd and 4th movies, Chewbacca became indebted to Han Solo, resulting in their inseparable lives.
And now for some fun Star Wars quizzes:
Okay I suppose that is enough … for now.
What do you think is going to happen in the new movie? Who is your favorite character? If you could have any lightsaber color, what would it be? Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
Leave answers in the comments below!
The Force Awakens is bound to be amazing.
Don’t be a nerf herder. Go see it in theaters this break!
So long, and may the Force be with you.