Episode 136: Jealous of the New Generation of Star Wars Fans


Last time, I talked about my impressions of Justice League Unlimited. For someone who had no experience with the show when it first aired roughly a decade ago, I actually liked it. It was creative and did tell rather complex tales. It also prominently featured a lot of the more unknown heroes of the DC Universe. I would like to try to catch up on the other episodes of the show… but there was a huge thing looming on the horizon. That thing is, of course, the latest Star Wars film!

Right now, Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, is showing in movie theaters all over the world. Like any good Star Wars fan, I was one of the first people to watch it during its premiere showing in the Philippines. And all the trouble to secure tickets for this early showing was totally worth it! Like most people who’ve already seen The Force Awakens, I have to give the movie two thumbs way, way up! It was an excellent movie, with exciting action scenes, spectacular special effects, a good story and really fun characters! The trailers made Episode VII look really good and, thankfully, the trailers told the truth! Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an excellent film! A definite must-watch!

I’m really looking forward to the Episodes VIII and IX which will close out this new Trilogy. I have to say that the kids that will grow up watching these new Star Wars movies are incredibly lucky as, if Episode VII is any indication, they’ll be getting a really good introduction to this galaxy far, far away. However, at the same time, I can’t help but feel a little jealous. That’s because they’re going to get a really cool trio of films as they grow up… while I got the Prequels!

There was something that made the Original Trilogy of Star Wars the stellar hit it was at the time. And, even if you do watch those films even today, they’re still incredibly good and worth watching. You just get sucked into the majesty of the entire universe George Lucas created. There was just something magical about them, as if The Force actually guided George Lucas to create these films with such majesty.

But these were not the Star Wars films I watched while growing up. My first introduction to the Star Wars universe was Episode I: The Phantom Menace and the Prequels. Now, I won’t be a hypocrite and say that I didn’t enjoy The Phantom Menace. Actually, I dare say that film still holds a special place in my heart because, as a kid, I actually enjoyed the movie a whole lot. Of course, I was around 4 at the time so I didn’t really know any better! I had no idea there were other Star Wars movies that came out before it! In fact, I actually wrote a whole post a few months back detailing how I liked the Phantom Menace and, by extension, the Prequels more than the Original Trilogy!

As I got older and I started watching movies for more complex storytelling and deeper characters, I did develop an appreciation for The Original Trilogy. I actually like the Episodes IV, V and VI way more than Episodes I, II and III now. But it’s still kind of jarring for me to think that there was a time when I didn’t appreciate The Original Trilogy’s substance and just loved the Prequels overabundance of flash and style.

Chronologically or by release date?

Chronologically or by release date?

This all leads me to the opening of Episode VII. The Force Awakens will probably be the introduction to a new generation of Star Wars fans. These kids will grow up with Episodes VII, VIII and IX being “their Star Wars” movies. It will be the ones they will grow up watching and waiting for the next movies. And they’ll have the advantage of looking back at the older movies and getting a deeper appreciation of how much lore Star Wars has to offer.

I hope they appreciate the Star Wars Trilogy they’ll be getting. Because I’m totally going to hate them if they don’t!

Anyway, I’m going to go watch Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens a couple of more times in the cinema this week. That’s because they’re going to remove it from all cinemas in the Philippines in a couple of days because of the Metro Manila Film Fest. I really hate the Metro Manila Film Fest… and I’ll say why next time!

Do you think kids today will appreciate growing up with the new Star Wars Trilogy? Let me know in the comments section below!

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