Stop–Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens? No? Are you adverse to spoilers? Yes? Stop reading. Don’t misunderstand, I won’t be spoiling too much, but I will be dropping a few personal perspectives on the movie (perspectives which are shared by countless sources on the interwebs).
OK, now that I got that off my chest…
I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since Christmas of 1978 when I received my first set of Star Wars action figures: the original Luke Skywalker (in his Tatooine get-up), C3-PO, and R2-D2. I had no idea who these little characters were; I say “little” because up until that point I was only familiar with my sister’s Barbie “action figures.” But I was more than thrilled to have some figures of my own. That didn’t stop me from playing with my sister’s Barbies; my action figures needed some naked giants to attack them now and again. Of course, Luke and the droids were always able to get away from them via Luke’s Landspeeder.
It was two years later that Empire Strikes Back was in theaters. I had yet to see the original Star Wars, so ESB was my first theatrical introduction. And boy, what an introduction. I remember being terrified of the wampa, but when Luke used the Force to pull his lightsaber to him, and then when the lightsaber woozed to life–I don’t know what the six-year-old equivalent to “F#% YEAH!” is, but I’m pretty sure I yelled it at the top of my six-year-old lungs.
Fast-forward thirty-five years; my twin boys are five-and-a-half years old, and I’ve spent the last five-and-a-half years trying to indoctrinate them into the world of Star Wars. It hasn’t been easy. I didn’t have Power Rangers or Voltron or Ninjago to compete with my youthful fascination. And much as I hate to admit it, they didn’t love The Force Awakens. Oh well. There’s still time. The next movie, near as I can tell, is slated to be more ESB-like. Maybe that one will finally win them over the way Empire originally won me over. Time will tell.
Personally, I LOVED The Force Awakens. I saw it over Christmas with my dad, then again just before New Years with my wife and kids. Based on my love for the new flick, I sat down at my computer and banged out a couple fan posters, the theme of both revolving around the [spoiler alert!] much-rumored theory that Daisy Ridley‘s character Rey is actually the daughter of Luke Skywalker. The theory makes sense considering Rey‘s sensitivity to the Force and her skills with mechanics, flight, and weaponry. And let’s just say a lot of people will be disappointed if she turns out not to be his daughter, and instead part of a new bloodline of Force-sensitives.
So the first image is a play off of a line originally used by Luke in Return of the Jedi and then repurposed in a trailer for The Force Awakens (below). The second is a tribute both to The Force Awakens and The Lord of the Rings (One ring to rule them all…).
I remember feeling chills as I watched that trailer. So that’s that. Like I said, not much of a spoiler, but enough of one if you haven’t seen the movie. Hope you enjoy my fan posters. Feel free to leave a comment or two. And go ahead and click “Follow” if you haven’t already. I plan to post updates with more frequency than in the past, and I have some big surprises in store this spring if you’re a fan of vampire fiction. Take care and stay tuned…