So I’m going through the glorious process of moving house and whilst there is nothing I would rather be doing then packing box after box after box after box after, well you get the idea, there is nothing better than to put on in episodic order, this exciting saga.
Starting at the start with The Phantom Menace we find ourselves at the start to where this all begun (well long after the stories of The Old Republic anyway). Here with the story of a pod-racing slave pulled from the slums, and a queen on the run from the deceptive and manipulative (and manipulated) Trade Federation seeking assistance from the very Republic that empowers the Trade Federation.
As we move into Episodes 2 (The Clone Wars) and 3 (The Revenge of the Sith), we begin to see the squirming root of evil present itself to us through the dark master Darth Sidious and his apprentices Darth Maul, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and finally with his falling from grace, Darth Vader. As The Jedi Council desperately starts to try to work out who is behind everything, without realising that that person is right in front of them the whole time.
We switch it up here to cover Solo, and learn a bit of the history and back story of the much beloved rogue from the trilogy we’ll get into soon, Han Solo and his beloved Qi’Ra. We see how he begins at a street punk working for the local crime syndicate, and he manages to escape, before joining up with the Imperial Navy, and then joining a smuggling crew after meeting his life long friend Chewbacca.
Following this quickly comes the story of Galen and Jyn Erso, the man responsible for the Death Star (and its flaw) and the woman who managed to evade the entire Imperial navy. As Jyn is picked up by the Rebellion in it’s current state of infancy, she travels to a variety of Imperial strongholds to find her father, and the proof that he hasn’t betrayed them as she manages to get the plans to the Death Star back to the rebellion in a way that marries directly into the start of the next movie.
Then we hit the greatest marketing strategy of all time with the originals and Episode 4. The story that we are all familiar with now starts, the farm boy and the hermit, the rogue and the walking carpet, the princess and the rebellion, the raspy Vader and the intimidating emperor. We explore a range of themes in this trilogy of movies here, family, revenge, romance, even for the switch up a quick incestuous kiss. It of course ends with the good ol’ (and completely boring) good defeats evil.
As we encroach upon the finale of this saga, we go some 15-20 years into the future as we come upon new characters, Rey the scavenger, Finn the “retired” Stormtrooper, Poe the New Rebellion hero pilot, BB-8 the little role poly droid, Phasma Finns old Captain, Kylo Ren, and Snoke the leaders of the First Order, The New Empire. In this story, Luke has fled, leaving the galaxy without the guidance of the Jedi’s, the rebellion has all but been crushed and is in it’s last life. Would you believe it, The bad guys made yet another super weapon, with another fatal flaw in it.
Finally we get to the end of the saga here in movie number 10. Here we find Rey gets a little training from Luke who has finally been found, Poe helps blow up one of the First Order’s newest craft the Dreadnaught (stolen from The Old Republic but that’s probably not canon anymore), Rey and Kylo have it off in Snopes throne room after killing him, shortly afterwards Admiral Holdo (effectively a Rebel npc) takes out Snopes flagship. Finally we close with nearly the end of the longest lived family line in this entire saga.
This saga is exceptional and always has been. If you haven’t seen these movies, you are very much to be counted in the few globally who wouldn’t have seen them.
Just get them and watch them, then you’ll understand the craziness of the following.
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