Lightsabers are reason enough for someone to love Star Wars. For me though, it goes a little deeper than that.
The timing of the Star Wars films all worked out pretty well for me. Now, that might seem a little silly considering the first movie (Episode IV) came out in 1977 and I came out in 1991. I believe I was six years old when my uncle bought me the remastered version of the original trilogy. The films were ahead of their time, visually, so they blended right in with the not-yet-HD films I was already used to in 1997. I must have watched those three movies three dozen times. Naturally, I dressed up as Darth Vader for multiple Halloween’s around then.
Again, the timing of all this worked out very well, as not soon after I watched the original trilogy for the 25th time or so, they announced that they were going to be releasing a prequel trilogy. I don’t remember specifically but, being a child, I assume I threw up and then wet my pants with excitement. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace released in May of 1999. For many (old) Star Wars fans, the movie apparently seemed childish, with the goofy Jar Jar Binks and a nine year old protagonist, Anakin Skywalker. I was eight at the time, so for me once again, the timing couldn’t have been better.
Despite many harsh reviews, I was able to enjoy the prequels for what they were: more Star Wars. There are a lot of political overtones that drive the Star Wars story forward which I didn’t understand as a kid, but it didn’t matter. The movies expertly toe the line between sci-fi and fantasy with big space battles, lasers, aliens, and the mysterious force that binds the universe and grants the Jedi their power.
I have owned action figures, LEGOs, t-shirts/hoodies, PJs, fake lightsabers, video games, books, and much more to quench my thirst for as much Star Wars as possible. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, giving them the rights to the Star Wars universe. They have since released two new movies and plan on releasing many more. One final time, I’ll say the timing is perfect for me as a Star Wars fan, because I get to see so much more of my beloved franchise. Not to mention that there is a Star Wars themed Disney park slated to arrive in 2019.
There is a lot to love and the universe is only going to keep expanding, which is incredibly exciting to me. In some potentially embarrassing ways, Star Wars has helped shape who I am. It takes a lot of the credit for me having a very nerdy side. The force is with me, and I’m totally cool with that.