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About the Movie Series
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Jedi.
The story takes place in space, and the rebels... ok, we all know the story by now don't we? It's what people enjoy, the good vs the bad. Heroes vs Villains. The good side and the dark side. What is there not to like? I'm not going to mess around here – this is Star Wars. The way you loved it when watching it as a little kid, and the way it will be always be remembered.


Quote Let's start with the heroes of our story. Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C3-P0, R2-D2 and Mace Windu. These are some of the good guys. During the 80 or so years that is explored in the movie timeline, they all work perfectly within their roles. There isn't any weak characters, just lots of likeable heroes.

There are many examples. Master Yoda with his words of wisdom, Obi-Wan Kenobi always doing the right thing, Han Solo and his unique prospective of things. Not enough? How about Mace Windu's purple lightsaber, Luke Skywalker and the legacy he carries or Chewbacca with his amazing strength?

Then theirs the dynamics between the original trilogy characters. Luke is the true hero, Leia likes Han, which Han takes advantage of. Han likes taking things head on, while Luke and Leia don't. Obi-Wan doesn't like rushing into things while Luke usually does, and while Yoda has lots of patience, Luke doesn't. And there’s C3-PO and R2-D2 get confused over human behaviour.

Moments like that give us great insight of how our heroes grow as characters as they get developed along with the story. Luke being the biggest example of this: he starts off as a worker on a farm, and eventually becomes the last Jedi in existence, and the main plot of the Force Awakens. The Prequel trilogy have many similar moments, with Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Mace Mindu having some kick-a$$ moments.

With seven movies worth of characters and stories, there are some that do crossover. Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in six films, Master Yoda appears in five, with Han, Luke and Leia in four films. Then you have characters like Qui-Gon, Padame and Mace Windu, who only appear in the prequels. No matter which generation of Star wars you know the best, characters like these give returning Star Wars fans a bit of familiarity, along with encountering new heroes.

But with classic stories, good heroes must also have evil villains. The evil empire of the Emperor is the thorn in the Jedi sides for thousands of years, and thanks to Darth Sidious, becomes more powerful as his rule continues. He's been pulling the strings for decades. He's the one that's behind the Clone Wars, order 66 and all the bad things that happened until the events of Return of the Jedi. He is not to be underestimated.
[Star Wars]Luke Skywalker is now a Jedi Knight! He's ready for anything...
Coming centre stage is Darth Vader, who is one of the most powerful, most menacing and most evil villains you will come across in their galaxy or any other galaxy. Darth Vader is simply one of the “best” villains in cinema history, and I shall take no arguments over that point. Who DOESN'T like Darth Vader? Exactly. Darth Vader's presence is feared throughout the galaxy and it’s not hard to see why. The biggest focus of the saga how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Even now, with the prequels, there is still so much mystery and unanswered questions surrounding Vader.

It isn’t just Darth Vader, there are more sith. Darth Maul looks scary, looks menacing, barely says a word and oh yea, carries a double ended lightsaber! He instantly became a favourite Star Wars Villain. Count Dooku is not quite as skilled in combat as Darth Maul, he is a brilliant commander who manages to start the Clone Wars and defeat Obi-Wan, Anakin and Master Yoda in combat. Other villains include Kylo Ren, Jabba the Hut, Jango and his son Bobba Fett, General Grevious, the Battle Droids and Stormtroopers, that make life very difficult for our heroes.

Lets talk about lightsabers, because lets face it, that's one of the most popular aspects of Star Wars. We have all seen sword fights and fencing. But fighting with swords made out of light? Over 30 years later its still as inventive to this day. The fights may be few and far between, but this means there is more emotion and having more at stake. The Jedi are in their prime in the prequels, so the characters are more energetic and use more fighting moves in the mist of the actual lightsaber usage, with kicks, jumps and punches to go along with the fighting.

The three-way fight in The Phantom Menace, the epic dual to the death in Revenge of the Sith, the long reunion of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, the list goes on. Let's not forget the fantastic score by John Williams. With Duel of the Fates and other tracks, it heightens the intensity and enemy even further. These duels are epic in every way, with various different characters, situations and locations.

But it isn’t just ground combat, there is plenty of Space combat, as this is Star Wars after all. While not as common as Lightsaber fights, there are some epic space battles throughout the Saga. Whether it’s battling the Death Star, defending the rebel base in the wintry Hoth or battling the first order at Maz’s castle, they always look fantastic and exciting to watch, and accomplishments the ground action perfectly. It’s such a thrill!


Closing Thoughts
Excellent Excellent
There are so many good moments in Star Wars that I would run out of space real fast if I told you them all. Considering that George Lucas didn't even have a full detailed plan on how to link all the movies together, he's done a terrific job of linking the movies together into a giant saga. And with a brand new trilogy of films and spin-offs way on it’s way, Star Wars is as strong as ever. Long live Star Wars!

My One Big Highlight
SpidermanA great different sequence is the pod-racing sequence from Episode I. This is most likely the most realistic, fastest, deadliest futuristic race at the time, (even through we had seen high speed futuristic racing in some films and video games) that’s before he consider the fragile nature of the pods themselves. It was certainly a technical masterpiece, and still holds up extremely well today. It's one of my first memories of Star Wars, and remains one of the my favourite scenes from the saga.
Elephant In the Room
elephant And now the inevitable mentioning of the pre-sequel trilogy. Many people think that the prequels are terrible compared to the original trilogy, a view I disagree with. Granted, the original trilogy (and the Force Awakens) are superior in almost every way, but the pre-sequel trilogy do have a lot of good moments and do provide fun for the most part.