Star Wars – 1977
A long time ago in a world very different from today a world existed without pay per view or DVD stores. There was a time when you had to go to the movie theater to watch your favorite movies. It was during these times that perhaps the greatest trilogy known to film making came to theaters and not only changed my life, but the world of movies forever. In 1977, George Lucas released a movie that was timeless trilogy and would take the world by storm. “Star Wars” starred relatively unknown actors and turned them into household names overnight. I remember wanting to be Luke Skywalker after seeing the film and that was just the first time I saw it on the big screen. It was so good that my mother had no problem taking me back a second time. After all, the film was breathtaking. Nothing like it had ever been done. I was absolutely hooked and so was the rest of the movie watching planet, but wait. There was a second film announced and the world would wait with anticipation.
The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
Three years later, George Lucas had done it again. Mine and other parents across the world would have to brave the lines of sometimes hundreds of fans to stand in line to see the second movie in the Star Wars universe. I remember seeing adults dressed as characters from the movie acting as if they were children playing out their favorite scenes. By now, we all had our t-shirts, lunch boxes and pajamas and would wear them proudly every chance we got. We were addicted and George Lucas knew it. Just like a drug dealer, Lucas had given us just enough to make us want more. We had to know what happened to Han Solo. Would Luke Skywalker ever become a Jedi? And we were all haunted by the phrase “I am your father.”
Return of the Jedi – 1983
Another three years had passed and we were back for more. We craved for answers. We needed to know the fate of our heroes and we showed up at the theaters in record numbers to get them. Lucas again delivered a blockbuster of epic proportions. Jedi was greatly anticipated as we wondered how Lucas was going to keep up the drama of Empire and deliver a stellar show. He did and we loved it. By now, I was a young teenager and in possession of hundreds of dollars worth of Star Wars paraphernalia. I had action figures, toy ships, bed spreads and curtains. My room was a shrine to the galaxy far, far away. We were satisfied and saddened as this was the end of our heroes. The trilogy was over or was it?
A New Trilogy for a New Generation
1999 came and George Lucas shocked us all by doing a prequel trilogy. Twenty-two years after the original was released, another set a movies was coming for a new generation. I was now a young father with two small boys of my own. I now had the opportunity to go to the movies with my sons just as my mother had taken me to originals. The movie was released on a day that I was off from work and the strangest thing happened. Early in the day, while the boys were in school, I got a phone call from my mother. She was off and asked me if I wanted to go see the movies. I immediately planned in my head to take the boys the following weekend and just as it happened over twenty years earlier, mother and son enjoyed a Star Wars movie just as they had over twenty years ago.