Saturday Smile: May the Force Be With You


han and reyYesterday Bill and I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I almost called it “the new Star Wars movie”, but realize that we are among the last to see it in the movie theater so it clearly isn’t “new” to most folks. We weren’t alone, however. There were actually quite a few others, mostly senior citizens. But I’ll bet we were the only ones who got in free because Bill got free tickets from his oral surgeon!

I had carefully avoided reading anything about this most recent episode because I wanted to be surprised. I had heard about Han’s demise, however. My brother believes there is wiggle room to bring Han back in further episodes. I disagree. He was pierced all the way through with a light saber and plummeted hundreds of feet into some abyss. I think it’s bye-bye Han, sad as that made me (and Chewie).

For the record, I haven’t seen the three most recently-made Star War movies. I only saw the original three — Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Court was born in 1980. The Star Wars trilogy was a big part of our lives. He and I watched the movies something like 1,500 times. He had all of the character figurines. He had a toy millennium falcon. He had plastic light sabers. He had X fighters and H fighters and every sort of vehicle imaginable. He LOVED those movies, and frankly, so did I.

So at the beginning of this movie, when the music started, and I saw the narration scrolling across the screen just as it had in those original three movies (and possibly all of them, but see above. I only saw the three originals), I smiled. It made me happy. And I’m not ashamed to tell you (and I swear this is the truth), I teared up when I saw the millennium falcon (though I must admit I can’t quite understand why it took Han and Chewie so many years to find it).

Now I just have one question: If I want to watch ALL of the Star Wars movies, do I watch IV, V, and VI first, and then I, II, and III, or do I watch them in order I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and now VII?

Jessie? Anyone? Anyone?

Have a great weekend.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Smile: May the Force Be With You

  1. You watch IV, II, V, III, VI. If you watch it in this order, the prequels seem like dream sequences or Darth Vaders flashbacks so it makes the over the top effects and drama seem a lot less horrible to watch. Don’t watch I. We never, ever watch I.

  2. Tracy and I and her son Shane were there opening night for the newest Star Wars! She and I were at the opening at Indian Hills in Omaha, back in 1977 as well. Our boys have grown up loving Star Wars like Court. The thing that I do like about the newer three (ridiculous and useless characters notwithstanding) is the love story of Luke and Leia’s parents, and how it is possible that Anakin could have been turned. It breaks your heart, and then, when you watch Return of the Jedi and Vader saves Luke, you are not calling him Vader; you are saying (as I do every time I see it) “Come on Annie!!!” thinking of the little boy who grew up to be a Jedi and was turned by loss and hatred. It might be the teacher in me that likes watching people grow-up, but The Return of the Jedi is my FAVORITE and it is more my favorite now that I have the background in my head. You can watch I while you fold laundry and such and then pay more attention to II & III. Our son Adam thinks that there is a way that Han survived, but I argue that Leia felt the loss of him.

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