My family recently saw “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in a local movie theater, and we were not disappointed. The characters, action, plot, and almost everything else we experienced, met or exceeded our high expectations.
As we were leaving the theater, almost everyone had an opinion about the way the movie series ended. The conversations even continued into holiday parties, with were plenty of questions, opinions, and “what ifs.”
But most of all, there was a nostalgic feeling, now that the nine movies have come to an end.
I vividly remember when the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977. As a boy, I was captivated, mesmerized and quietly addicted to everything that happened: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
I was amazed by the technology, computers, lightsabers, different space ships and hyperspace travel using hyperdrives to jump between planets. Yes, I had watched Star Trek on TV before that, but Star Wars movies took the excitement to a new level for me – even accelerating my interest in computer science as a career.
I immediately admired and studied all the characters, and I secretly had a crush on Princess Leia.
Much later, as an adult, when episodes I, II and III were released two decades ago, I eagerly awaited new movies with new stories that somehow came together neatly into the wider, multi-generational narrative.
Somehow, this ongoing story has thrived and captured the imagination of the world for over fifty years.
Over the holidays, I pondered the question further: Why do so many still love these stories?
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