One of my fondest memories happened in 1983. At the time my mom said we (me, my mom and dad) all were going somewhere and what it would be was a surprise. I didn’t know what was going on, but I always knew whenever my mom said that she had a surprise planned that it was gonna be something really awesome. We later get to our destination and it is the small movie theater where we had seen E.T. just a couple of years before, but this time it is showing the latest Star Wars film; Return of the Jedi. This was probably just the second time I’ve ever been in a movie theater, and I’m excited about the film. In my young life I had seen Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back over and over again at my friend Mike’s house whose parents came across money through dishonest means. Enough money to buy a VCR when it was out of reach for most.
For about 2 hours I saw Luke, Prencess Leia, and Han Solo go on yet another adventure. And when Kindergarten started up, all the kids had ROTJ backpacks and lunchboxes.
Then I finish high school, and a few years later George Lucas released a new set of films. Awesome yet again, and I saw those movies with my little sister who also was fascinated with the story of how Darth Vader came to be. Sure, the movies didn’t have the same magic as those films I saw in the early 80s, nor were they as good, but they still told a nice story from the creator of Star Wars and I was excited for each film.
Now I get into my late 30s, and Star Wars is in theaters again. But this time George Lucas isn’t making it. This time Disney is behind it. And this time I’m less excited. In fact, I really didn’t plan to see The Force Awakens, but others I knew wanted to go and so I went. Now in my early 40s I feel even less excited, but will probably see The Rise of Skywalker because others will want to see it.
The OT movies were magical. It was the 80s, Star Wars was Luke Skywalker and we all wanted to know if Darth Vader was really his father, and what Leia meant to Luke. The Prequels weren’t as good, but hey, they were still part of the story and we finally got to see how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader! These new movies…. They just feel like reboots meant to cash in on nostalgia that don’t even involve the creator of the first 6 films, nor a focused plot.
And I don’t care what Disney says is and is not canon. There is so much Star Wars mythology like the Thrawn Trilogy that I’m now more interested in reading than I ever was before. And Disney inspired that because as a long-time Star Wars fan, I reject these three new films. And it isn’t for the commonly stated criticisms that they are ‘PC’. It’s simply because they are poorly written stories that desperately try to expand on a saga that has already had a conclusion. All so a conglomerate can get their return on investment. Even George Lucas, who was an independent film maker when the 1977 film was released, appears to have rejected these new films.
So with that, Palpatine died in Return of the Jedi and Luke Skywalker and the rebellion saved the galaxy. I don’t need to see a movie this 2019 holiday season to find out what happened to Palpatine. I found out what happened to him when my mom and dad took me on a surprise outing to the movie theater when I was a little kid.