Consider yourself a Star Wars buff? Pick out the dummies from the genuine Star Wars facts.
People who were lucky enough to see the first Star Wars film at the cinema continue rave about what a revolutionary experience it was. It’s been renamed Episode IV: A New Hope in subsequent years, but at the time it was simply called Star Wars.
It opened what continues to be regarded as the epic space opera’s classic trilogy. Unlike the prequels released at the turn of the millennium and the sequels from recent years, the classic trilogy is made up of three critically adored, narratively tight films.
George Lucas created Star Wars, envisioning a galaxy far, far away made up of innumerable planets, species, languages, and technologies. The nine official films are now known as the Skywalker Saga – a distinction that’s become essential given how widely the Star Wars enterprise has stretched its arms.
Lucas’ creation turned out to have unique pop-cultural flexibility. People wanted to know more about this galaxy far, far away. What about the characters who made a peripheral appearance in the films? Tell us more about their lives, their home planets, their role in the galactic civil war.
As such, umpteen books video games and comics have emerged, filling in the blanks and expanding the textual borders. There have also been TV series – such as Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which premiered last year – and a couple of anthology films – the action-packed Rogue One and the Han Solo biography Solo.
There is no right or wrong answer to the question “What’s you favourite Star Wars film?” But engage in this sort of discussion with a diehard Star Wars fan and you’re in for a heated exchange.
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The original trio are the most widely adored, but perhaps you discovered Star Wars via the prequels. It’s completely acceptable for the story of Anakin and Padme, Jango and Boba, Dooku and Palpatine to remain your personal favourite.
In recent years the the J.J. Abrams produced sequel trilogy sated the collective hunger for more Star Wars. The sequels supplied a host of new personalities and plot lines. Like everything Star Wars, there’s no consensus on the merits of this trilogy, but Rey, Finn, Kylo and Poe definitely made a mark on contemporary audiences.