May 4th: Star Wars Day
So, there I was…
Last night, finishing up dinner and looking for a show to watch. Disney+ is always a good option, you don’t need me to try and sell you on that. However, to my surprise, they decided to upload the final episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a Star Wars day celebration! I immediately called my friend Eddie, told him about the show, and we jumped on discord to watch the last episode together.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been around since 2008, but for whatever reason it was not on my radar. Thanks to Disney+ and several recommendations from others, I watched what was considered the “essential episodes” to get up to speed for the new season. Once I was caught up I jumped other awesome storylines scattered throughout the middle seasons, including Darth Maul’s return, Obi-Wan’s faked death, and the evolution of fan favorite character, Ahsoka Tano.
But since that episode literally just came out, I don’t want to write about it and spoil for people. However, I do recommend the show to any Star Wars fan out there that has yet to jump into this stellar cartoon series. It reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sure, it’s a cartoon show targeted at kids, but the stories, character arcs, and themes are geared towards an older audience. You don’t need to watch The Clone Wars to know the story of the Skywalker Saga, but if you do take the leap, you get deeper characterizations, new worlds to explore, and an expanded universe.
All of that said, I want to take a moment to talk about a different but equally awesome Star Wars expanded universe story: The Mandalorian.
The reason many people subscribed to Disney+ is for this show. Subscription definitely earned, as this show is fantastic. Very strong start, with some exploration of our character and the world around him, and a fantastic finish that (hopefully when the coronavirus pandemic behind us) promises for even more. Not a lightsaber in sight for this story, but the world of Star Wars is so vast that they did not need to lean on that trope to tell a captivating season one story.
Boy today’s blog has turned into one big Disney+ promo…
I think what’s so great about Star Wars, besides the stories, characters, and lightsabers, is the memories. Fans old and new have experienced Star Wars in a multitude of ways, ranging from the theatrical releases in the1970s, taking kids to see the prequel trilogy, exploring the comics or diving into the shows. Everyone’s experience is personal, and the memories along the way is what makes it magical.
I remember watching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. We had the three-movie VHS set that had a half-silhouette face of Luke for A New Hope, Vader for Empire, and Yoda for Return. I must have been 8 or 9 years old when I watched them for the first time with my dad. His job takes him on the road frequently but I remember sitting on the couch with him as we explored the world of Star Wars.
I remember seeing The Phantom Menace in theaters. It was my first time seeing a Star Wars movie in a theater, and I remember thinking it was more silly but more fun. Jar Jar was too weird for me, but my little mind was hyped to see a young Obi-Wan on a mission with his master. The space battles were even better to see, the lightsaber duel was a sight to behold, and it was the first time that music during a movie really affected me. Duel of the Fates will always be a classic. I hummed that tune in the car ride home, which probably annoyed my parents to no end, but I did not want to forget the song!
I remember buying tickets for my family to see The Force Awakens on Christmas morning. It brought me so much joy to be able to take my family and share the beginning of the new trilogy with them.
I remember being very excited, but also very nervous, to take my girlfriend of a few months (yes Katy I’m talking about you) to see Star Wars: Rogue One. I was sharing one of my biggest passions with her, not knowing if she would like it, love it, or hate it. It was great to be able to share the experience with her and we walked out loving the film. We would go back and forth talking about our favorite moments and the strong female lead in Jyn Erso.
And of course I remember seeing The Rise of Skywalker just a mere five months ago, closing out the Skywalker Saga and opening a door to more stories, more adventures, and more fun.
Whether you are a hardcore fan of everything Star Wars, or simply enjoy an occasional romp through space, I hope that we can craft more marvelous memories in a galaxy far, far away.
Thanks for reading!