Star Wars: Overview

I want to visit the Star Wars franchise, something I have not done too much on this blog. I have been going through the movies and I want to review them individually. Before I do that I wanted to give an overview of the franchise itself and share my thoughts on Star Wars.

Those of you who have followed this blog know that I am a bigger Star Trek fan than I am a Star Wars fan. I also do not subscribe to the cliché that there is a big rivalry between the two franchises. The vast majority are fans of both. Sure there are people like me who will favor one over the other and I also admit that there are some fans that like only Star Wars or only Trek. I think those are far and few between.

I will never forget seeing Star Wars on the big screen for the first time in 1977. I was about 13 years old when my elder sister, who had already seen the movie, came over to my house to take me to see it. I remember sitting there in amazement and wonder at what played before me. I was transported to a place and a world I had never seen before. I was mesmerized and it was magical. Right then and there I knew my Star Trek worshiping heart had some room for another spaced based franchise.

It has been many years since those days. I am no longer 13, pushing 50 this year, and there have been sequels and prequels to the 1977 movie. Although in the chronology of the 6 movies the 1977 movie is the 4th one in the story line and has been rebrand Star Wars IV: A New Hope…to me it will always simply be Star Wars. I feel something similar in Star Trek. With many series and movies that have been made in the Star Trek  world the 1960s original series (abbreviated TOS in the fan venacular…something I do not like but have come to accept) will always be simply Star Trek to me.

Even as with Star Trek I have not delved into the Star Wars novels and other aspects of the franchise. I have yet to see the Clone Wars movies and the series but they are on my “to  do” list. That means as I review the franchise I will be sticking to the 6 movies released so far. I will also review them in chronological order, I-VI, instead of the way they were released to the theaters.

What I want to address is the conflicts among fans about the two different trilogies. Fans often pit I-III against IV-VI. I must admit that the movies IV-VI are pretty iconic. I also see that sense of iconic status has great sentimental attachment for people. I also think that the prequels get a very bad rap and as you will see in my reviews I do enjoy them. I remember saying this to a fan…The original trilogy is an homage to the old B movie serials of the 40s but with a larger budget and better special effects. They all have their good points and their bad points. The original Star Wars movie was ground breaking in many ways. By 1999 when Star Wars I: A Phantom Menace was released the ground had been already broken. Not just by Star Wars itself but by many other ground breaking special effects laden science fiction and fantasy films. I do not blame Phantom Menace for not being as iconic or as ground breaking as the original Star Wars movie was.

So in my reviews of all of them I am going to try to divorce them from their history sentimentality and view them at face value. I also want to remark that the Star Wars franchise was aimed at younger viewers to some extent and to the child within us all.

 

So come with me on a journey to the dark side in a galaxy far, far away.

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About billfoley63

I was born in 1963 and that is relevant to my development of my love for science-fiction and fantasy movies, comic books, superheroes and many other things attributed to Nerd culture. In the 60s I watched all the Saturday afternoon Godzilla and monster movies I could take. In the 70s I became hooked on Star Trek. I am also an artist (in my own mind at least) and a musician. I enjoy learning about physics, astrophysics, chemistry and earth silences such as meteorology, anthropology, paleontology. When I reached my late 30s I began to re-explore my nerd roots. I reconnected with my love of science fiction and fantasy movies along with the other science related topics. For this blog I will focus on movie and TV reviews for science fiction and fantasy and post my thoughts on up coming movies. I will also include some fun facts from the various sciences I enjoy along with weather facts and bits from royalty and history. What I will not discuss is religion and politics. I am married to a beautiful woman named Sarah and have a lovely daughter named Danielle.

Posted on May 13, 2013, in Movie Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Neil J Murphy

    Great stuff Bill!

    Though I don’t dislike Trek (…. indeed, I’m going to see the new film tomorrow) I am a thoroughly dyed in the wool SW fan and as such, I’m a member of two very proactive SW costuming groups here in the UK. (I play Vader.)

    I have very vivid memories of SW opening in England, as we had to wait eight months before it opened here. the BBC sent reporters to various cities in the US to cover the growing excitement of thousands of Americans due to this sensational film. At the time of it’s opening in the UK, the anticipation had reached fever pitch. A schoolfriend and myself stood in line for hours to catch the very first performance. By the time the doors of the cinema opened, the line encircled the entire building block THREE times – I had never seen anything like this. It was clear that this simply wasn’t going to be just another big film – it was going to be something very special and of a different magnitude altogether. The atmosphere inside the cinema was like something I had never experienced before….. and after more than two hours later, the world had become a different place entirely. TESB was a similar experience for me too…. but unfortunately, I thought ROTJ was a massive anti-climax! I thought it was lazily plotted and scripted, Boba Fett was unbelievably wasted in barely a cameo, I couldn’t buy into the whole Ewoks defeating the Empire and the biggest crime and crushing dissapointment for me personally, was the resolution to the conflict between Luke and Darth Vader! It was an appalling cop out, in my view. After all what had come before, I couldn’t accept that this was the way the saga would end.

    Time and age have mellowed me I suppose, but I still regard it as easily the weakest of the three. (I too was born in 1963.) Still, that having been said, for me SW is way up there with Harryhausen films, classic monster movies, Godzilla and Batman!

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