Star Wars Saga: The prequels, original, and upcoming trilogies



The Star Wars franchise is the best saga ever created.

While this statement stands as an opinion, it holds true to so many people that it has almost risen to be a fact. This series has assumed its place as one of the few cinematic masterpieces that will be remembered for a long, long time.

This series has been made famous by its key identifying aspects: classic characters, memorable dialogue, dazzling special effects, a glorious sound track, just to name a few. For those who are not familiar with the series, this article will help fill you in. Each trilogy will be distinguished.

The backstory behind the first movie almost deserves an article just for itself. Around 1971, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz developed the idea of a fantastic space-opera. Lucas, then a young no-named director, presented his concept to many filming companies. United Artists and even Walt Disney Productions rejected the film, and it was forced to be shelved. Lucas and Kurtz decided tobeg 20th Century Fox in a desperate attempt to make their dream a reality. After long negotiations, 20th Century ultimately decided to fund the film with a small budget.

After hiring an unknown cast and constructing many flimsy, cheap sets and props, filming began for “Star Wars” (later renamed to “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”.) All throughout production, the series was a disaster. The entire cast and crew were plagued with inconceivable issues: missing their deadlines, blowing through their budget, technical and mechanical problems, and many, many other things almost killed the film off.

Today, many who worked on the first film admit that the final cut of the movie was “saved by editing”, that is, the editors had to use the sparse amount of shots they actually had to create the final product.

At the premier, George Lucas stated that he was afraid to see his finished creation. He did not know if his endeavor would be a success, but when the film started rolling, history was made.

What resulted from the hard work of the LucasArts team was a masterpiece; a film that no one believed in, yet somehow through the trough of hard work emerged as a crest of excellence. The Star Wars series was born, and has continued to inspire generations of fans since its original release.


The Prequel Trilogy

When you open a dictionary and find the word disappointment, you see the definition of the word. Merriam-Webster would be doing themselves a favor by replacing this with a picture of the Star Wars prequels, as they will probably be remembered as one of the biggest let-downs in humanity’s cinematic history.

LucasArts could not stay on target when making this series; plagued by diluted dialogue, inapt characters, de trop scenes and obstructive computer graphics, the first three installments for the Star Wars saga are simply boring. Watching a movie should be an experience, but instead, it feels like a chore. You need to power through these movies just to watch the bigger and better original trilogy. I find its lack of satisfaction disturbing.


The Original Trilogy

Hokey religions and ancient weapons prove to be the ultimate match for a good blaster in the original three installments of the Star Wars saga. These movies eloquently follow the journey of Luke Skywalker, and the mystery of his father, Anakin.

The jedi from the prequel trilogy are but a myth remembered through stories under the reign of the Empire, an omnipotent organization led under the control of Lord Vader, and his even more mysterious master.

These three flicks follow Luke, Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3P0, and dozens of others characters whose names are recognized all over the world.

The final film concludes on an open note, and leaves room for a new trilogy that will be released this coming Christmas break.



The Sequel Trilogy

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May the Force be with us as we gear up to experience a new Star Wars story for the first time in a decade. Thanks to clever marketing and spoil-free trailers, not much is known about the plot of the upcoming film, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” or the entire new trilogy as a whole.


From the scant amount of footage we have seen, we can draw a few estimates as to what this new trilogy might provide us with. We know for certain that the events in this upcoming series takes place approximately 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” After their monumental loss on the Forest Moon of Endor in episode VI, the Empire was drawn back to their final stockpile on the planet of Jakku. Here, the Empire was cornered by the tactical Rebellion, and one of the greatest battles in the galaxy was fiercely fought out.

Now, almost thirty years later, one of our new heros by the name of Rey lives among the remnants of this battle. The fact that we do not know her last name leads me to believe that she is part of the Skywalker family, most likely the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa.

Kylo Ren

After the downfall of the Empire, a new organization was established. They are known simply as “The First Order.” Many speculate that, like Luke and Leia, Rey will also have a twin. It is believed that our new villain, Kylo Ren (the equivalent of Darth Vader and the forefront of the First Order), is the sibling to Rey.

We have also seen another new character, named Finn, wielding Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. This raises more questions than it answers. We have seen a new pilot for the Rebels (who are now known as the “Resistance”) who is named Poe Dameron. Poe has been seen with his droid, BB-8, who in turn has also been seen with Rey.

If this seems a bit confusing, do not fret. The only thing you need to know is that there is going to be a set of new characters who will somehow be drawn together by the “awakening” of the mysterious entity known among audience members and fans alike simply as “the force”. And no, not midi-chlorians.

What adventures await our heroes is still a mystery. What is known, however, is that it is Disney’s job to save us from the disaster that was the prequel trilogy under the reign of George Lucas. We should have complete faith in Disney because, hey, somebody has to save our skins.

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