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Star Wars Day

Posted by Brittany

Star Wars DayMay the fourth be with you! It’s true — this pun is all it took to transform May 4 into Star Wars Day. On this day Star Wars enthusiasts celebrate their favorite universe by greeting each other with this phrase, watching their favorite “episodes”, and gathering for public events like light saber tournaments. The original Star Wars film opened in theaters on May 25, 1977 and quickly became a phenomenon that went on to create a multi billion dollar franchise. The second and third parts of the original trilogy were released at three year intervals, and then in 1999 the first episode of the second trilogy was released, with further episodes arriving once again every three years. The two trilogies spanned more than a quarter of a century from start to finish, and inspired a “Star Wars Expanded Universe” made up of other media including books, fan fiction, spoofs, video games, action figures, and an array of legos and other toys, to name only a few.

I was born right in the middle of the original Star Wars trilogy, but I remember watching it on television when I was little. I especially liked the Ewoks from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi — as a kid they reminded me of our Lhasa Apso, Sam, and I thought they were utterly adorable. Later, when my parents started taking my brother and me to Disney World every other summer, Star Tours, a motion simulator ride piloted by R2-D2 and C-3PO, quickly became the family favorite. In 1997, the year I graduated from high school (and the 20th anniversary of the original Star Wars release), George Lucas released special editions of the original trilogy to theaters. I went to see Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope with my parents. But, busy with college preparations, I never saw the rest of the episodes in the theater. And later, when the new trilogy episodes I through III were released, I never saw them either.

To celebrate Star Wars Day Chris and I borrowed the DVD box set of the original trilogy from my parents. My goal is to re-watch episodes IV through VI (films I haven’s seen in ten to twenty years!) so I can finally see the prequel trilogy. So far we’ve watched Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and we’re about halfway through Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. I think Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi will have to wait for another night, but I’m still about five hours closer to finally seeing the new trilogy. As we’ve been watching the “re-mastered” anniversary DVDs I’ve occasionally found myself a little put off by the high-tech graphics and animations that were crafted specifically for the special edition.

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