If you haven’t heard by now, Jake has decided that The Geeky Mormon needs to go in a new direction, and as me contributing articles does not fit with his vision for the site, I will no longer be writing. For the time being, plan on me still writing, but exclusively for my personal blog, The Jedi in Jeans. It was a pleasure writing for The Geeky Mormon and sharing all of my geeky thoughts with you. Before I go, here are a few things I want to share with you that I have learned from both my interests in sci-fi and fantasy, and from my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in other words, from being a Geeky Mormon. I won’t elaborate on some of the themes too much. A picture’s worth a thousand words, so I will include pictures/quotes from our favorite stories as well as appropriate scripture references. I may very well have addressed some of these themes in my other posts. Other than that, I will leave the interpretation to you.
Let me explain something to you about my feelings for Star Wars: Yes, I do like the Prequels. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the Original Trilogy. Oh no, far from it. And that doesn’t mean I don’t get a kick out of the eloquent Han Solo, skipper of the Millennium Falcon.
I heard it said recently that Rogue One: A Star Wars story didn’t have an opening crawl because it was, in effect, the story behind the opening crawl of Episode IV: A New Hope. The “first victory” of the Rebellion over the Empire was the battle fought at Scarif. Scarif was the first in a series of events including Princess Leia’s capture, the destruction of Alderaan, and the battle of Yavin that marked the start of the Galactic Civil War. After Yavin, the Rebel Alliance was a primarily military group fighting an open war against the Empire. If you paid attention to Rogue One, HOWEVER, you may have noticed that this was not the case beforehand.
In one of my Spanish classes at BYU, there was a page in my textbook devoted to Latino actors that American students may have heard of. My professor pointed out that one of them, Jimmy Smits, had been in Star Wars. My classmates had no idea what he was talking about.
And I was like, “¿Por que no saben el padre adoptivo de princesa Leia?” *smh*
On this day forty years ago, Star Wars: A New Hope came to cinemas.
Forty years ago. Think of it. That was before a lot of us were born. Some of us have parents who weren’t even born then. Some of us have parents who were there in the summer of 1977 who went and saw it and then saw it again and again and again, and who were there for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
This week I am going to round out my list of 40 things I love about Star Wars. But I have decided that this is only the beginning of celebrating the 40th anniversary of this franchise. This year, I want to write a total of 40 posts about Star Wars, both for TGM and my personal blog, The Jedi in Jeans. We’ve got a long ways to go, so stay tuned! Enjoy May the 4th this week, if you have a minute with all the other fandom shenanigans going on.
“I only know one truth: it is time for the Jedi to end.”
First things first: don’t freak out just yet. We don’t have the context for when or how Luke says that. But here are a few rough summaries of what we know and some educated speculation.
“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Your likes about something can say a lot about you as a person. To some people, of course, me liking the Star Wars prequels means that I’m young and I’m not bothered by campy dialogue. Go figure. But I also like the Original Trilogy, which means I still have good taste, and I get a kick out of Han and Leia bickering just like everybody else does. More importantly, liking Star Wars means that I like stories that make me think and learn. And I love redemption stories, a lot. I like the costumes and the different planets and the spaceships and the music score. I think that’s because I value everything human that went into making these films and creating this world: the gifts and talents of the actors, the hard work of designers and animators, Trisha Biggar’s absolutely exquisite costume work on the prequels, John Williams’ touch with the music, and of course George Lucas’ vision. I think of Star Wars, and I think of someplace beautiful I can go to in my mind. There is so much about it that resonates with me.
Here are 10 more things that I think make Star Wars amazing.
Continuing with our 40th anniversary celebration, here are 10 more things I like about Star Wars. Not in any particular order. Today’s post is mostly about droids and spaceships—but that’s not really a bad thing, since the Star Wars universe is famous for them.
As I mentioned in my Willow post last week, there is a special flavor with relationships that start out with the two lovebirds hating each other’s guts. Few classic love stories in that category are as popular or well-loved as the romance of Han Solo and Princess Leia. And I personally find their relationship very entertaining. No, seriously: just because I like the Prequels doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the Original Trilogy. Far from that. And since this year marks the 40th anniversary of the movie where Han and Leia met, how more appropriate to celebrate this Valentines’ day (belatedly) with a blog post in their honor, to shower their ship with praise and brutal analysis and feels.