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Why I love Star Wars
[spoilers alert]

As my first article at the Insider I have been given the task of letting you know “Why I love Star Wars. ” While the film series has never been a favorite of mine, I do enjoy the event of seeing a new installment in theaters every couple years. Star Wars is so big that people camp out at the movie theater to see the next iteration. This is really astonishing considering movie ticket sales are rapidly declining every year. These theaters are allowed a tourniquet to quell the bleeding just for one day, or week, or even month, every time a new Star Wars comes out. When the Jon Williams composed theme song with a massive fanfare, coupled with the skewed yellow lettering hits the silver screen, goosebumps ensue.
Like any good story, Star Wars starts in the middle of the action. Darth Vader and his storm troopers blast down the door of the Rebel Alliance ship and let their presence be known. With a robotic finger, he demands Princess Leia hand over the plans for the Rebel Alliance. It is pretty lucky though, that “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” they actually speak English. So a majority of people can understand it in the present era. There is a chance, however, that they are speaking an ancient language and it was just dubbed for our viewing pleasure. This would explain the kitsch nature of the writing and acting. For instance when Luke whines “But I was going into Tashi’s station to pick up some power converters, ” it really makes the viewer want to cringe.
This attitude is a precursor to the snobby Anakin the viewer will meet in the future movies…which take place in the past in relation to the first Star Wars…Well, like previously stated, it starts in the middle. You just learn the beginning and the end later on. The ironic part is how the childish Anakin turns out to be the biggest, baddest brute on the block – Darth Vader. One could argue that the Emperor is even more sadistic, with his electric shocks he uses to fry his enemies, but come Halloween, compare the number of children dressing up as Vader to the Emperor. There are also the ones who choose Jar Jar, but we tend to forget them for good reasons.
For the adults there is also one costume introduced in episode six, Return of the Jedi, which needs only be mentioned to make a man giggle like a school girl. Princess Leia in a gold bikini. The explanation for the power of this attire is somewhat perplexing. Maybe it is just the fact that she is attached to leash a slavish manner. Carrie Fisher is not the first woman to wear a bikini on screen. It has multiple influences including “a native dancing girl in The Desert Song from 1929, Yvonne De Carlo in Slave Girl, 1947, and Maria Montez adventure films from the 1940s.” [1] Star Wars introduces the world to a wide range of iconic characters including, but not limited to, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2D2, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda. When the viewer is first introduced to Yoda, he or she might think that he is some hairy turtle with a robe and a walking stick. That notion is completed flipped on its head come episode two and three, when Yoda takes on Count Duku and the Emperor in some truly acrobatic and telekinetic brawls.
Some of the most witty dialogue, which may also be considered a monologue, is between the two robots: C-3PO and R2D2. R2 just makes robotic noises consisting of bleeps and bloops but it is still personified in a way that the viewer can detect some emotion. C-3PO on the other hand is very proper with his British accent and unwillingness to take any guff from R2. He will decrypt R2’s noises with a response so that the viewer can merely guess what was really said, often insulting R2’s arrogance or ignorance in the process.
The series started in the late 70s and still continues to this day with the most recent entry being released last year. The first six were made under the jurisdiction of George Lucas, who at the beginning was rather unknown. Lucas’ confidence skyrocketed after the first film (episode four) however, and after that, any filmmaker working with him felt the need to bite their tongue on multiple occasions. After all, how could you question a now-legend? This unfortunately led to a lot of backlash from fans. Mostly for episodes 1-3 they gave Lucas a lot of flack for delving too deep into the politics of the universe and sucking the action out of the picture. Equally as detestable he became quite enamored with CGI and almost completely ditched any live-action sequences. This is in stark contrast to the earlier films (4-6) which relied on small hand-crafted models to film a majority of the battles in space and snow. For better or worse, the series is now under the ever-expanding umbrella of the Disney corporation. It would seem for the time that the saga is building up momentum again, and will continue to entertain millions for years to come.

1. ^ Bowers, Dwight. “Princess Leia Slave Bikini, from Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition.” Princess Leia Slave Bikini, from Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition. Smithsonian, 2015. Web. 04 Sept. 2016.

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