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My Jedi Journey Why I Still Love ‘Star Wars’
I can still remember when the trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” played on the TV. I think it was the first trailer I ever saw on TV, and I was immediately enamored. I begged my parents to let me go see the movie. Every kid I knew was talking about this new movie called “Star Wars”! I desperately wanted to see it, and my parents agreed that if they watched it and approved of it first, then I could see the film. Lucky for me, they loved it. On the day of the movie, the line for the theater stretched around the block as we waited for over an hour to get in. I was almost giddy with anticipation when I walked in and saw a cardboard cutout of who I would later discover was Darth Vader. I remember thinking, “Wow! Who is that? This is going to be awesome.”
went out and bought advance tickets to “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,” and I went to see this next installment the day after I finished my first-year law school finals.
By then, movies and theaters had changed so much. The screens were bigger, the sound was better, and the effects were more impressive. Yet, I was just as sucked into this trilogy as I was when I was just 7 years old. Thankfully, my boys are also die-hard “Star Wars” fans. We have spent many Christmas breaks in front of the TV “in a galaxy far, far away,” marathoning the movies. The last time we did it, the two of the latest installments in the sequel trilogy had been released, so we made our way through eight movies in just one sitting. My boys grew up with the prequel trilogy as their mainstream “Star Wars” movies, and in a sense, the sequel trilogy is more like the “Star Wars” movies of their youth. So, we often debate which trilogy is the best. I (rightfully) say it’s the original trilogy, but it’s a spirited debate regardless. The one thing we can all agree on is how great “The Mandalorian” is; if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it! It may be nerdy to admit, but “Star Wars” has been a big part of my life since that trailer first flashed on the TV screen decades ago. It’s given me hobbies, an escape into space, and opportunities to bond with my sons. What more could you ask for? (Perhaps more “Star Wars.”)
I was right. It was awesome.
To this day, seeing “A New Hope” at the age of 7 was the best movie- going experience of my life. I was sucked in immediately after the words scrolled off the screen and this giant spaceship came into view. And the movie went on forever! (At least, that’s what 7-year-old me thought.) From that moment, I was hooked. Everything was about “Star Wars.” I collected action figures and trading cards. (I still regret not hanging onto that stuff.) I would listen to my friend’s “Star Wars” album every time I went to his house. We would play out “Star Wars” in our backyards, fighting over who got to be Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and even Darth Vader. I don’t remember movies ever being as big as “Star Wars” was when I was growing up, and the franchise only got bigger. Just as I was starting law school, George Lucas released the first movie of his second trilogy. It was a prequel to the story I had grown up with and loved. My wife
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