20 May 2005

Star Wars Tales (don't worry, no Ep III spoilers!)

Star Wars, for me, is a continuing passion, not just the times when there is

one showing at the movies. Episode III is both happy and sad news, in that the series is finally complete, but ultimately there will no longer be a subsequent release.

I have read and watched many things about Star Wars, mostly off the Internet. I would like to share some of these which I remember to you. George Lucas coined the term "used technology". While other science fiction movies make their structures, weapons and ships look brand spanking new like they have just come off the assembly line, George Lucas made the Star Wars environment look like they've been there for the longest time. Signs of wear and tear in the ships and the helmets, partially-rusted weapons, gadgets bearing scars of prolonged use.

Though usually included in the "Science Fiction" genre, Star Wars actually sits more comfortably with Science Fantasy due to its heavy involvement with a mystic power called the Force.

The Star Wars saga is three trilogies long. But Episode 7, 8, and 9 will no longer be seen by public eyes as Mr. Lucas will spend most of his time with his family after Episode III is done.

However, expect some work still to be done with Episodes 4, 5 and 6 as George Lucas takes advantage of current technology to shape these movies to his vision. He has re-worked some sections and released the Special Edition to movies before Episode 1 was shown, but he still plans additional work on them.

When he was a fledgeling director, he decide to go with Episode 4 because he thought it was the most lucrative part business-wise, and the plot was quite straightforward.

In a story off the Net, Han Solo was in military service under the Empire (in Episode 4, we learn that aspiring youths sign up with the Empire for military service, but Luke was requested by Uncle Owen to help in the harvest for another season when his friends have left). The wookies were eventually enslaved during his time. He saw Chewbacca being tortured mercilessly. Han Solo took pity on the wookie and rescued him, but he killed a soldier in the process. He then took flight with Chewbacca, who then had a life debt with Han Solo. They later on became smugglers.

We first got to know Yoda in Empire Strikes Back as he stayed in Dagobah. Story has it that Yoda flew off to Dagobah, but he was detected by a Sith Lord and they fought in that planet. The Sith Lord was killed, but his dark aura remained in the planet. Yoda stayed in the planet, the dark aura neutralizing any detectable trace of the Force Yoda was emanating. There's no explanation for General Kenobi though, as he stayed in Tatooine undetected by the enemy.

After Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi), it is said that Han Solo and Leia will have three kids. Two are twins (Jacen and Jaina), and will ultimately become powerful Jedis themselves. Luke moves on to establish the Jedi Academy.

[image borrowed from Imperial City Online]


  1. hanep naman sa comments...pwede ka na maging movie analyst.

    inggit ako napanood mo na. kaya lang, ikinuwento mo na sa sulat mo...tama ba yun?

  2. Hi Em! Actually, background information on Star Wars ang kasama rito. Wala pa yung comments ko about the movie, although napanood ko na. Next week ako magpo-post. In fact, next week is Star Wars week for me, so I will be blogging extensively about Star Wars! Yahoo!

  3. hmmm... i just noticed this. I look like Anakin Skywalker! (compare the photo of Anakin above with my kid photo on top).

    May I say I also look like Hayden today, or that's already pushing my luck? :-)

  4. is there something wrong with me? i think i'm the only person on this earth who is not so enamored with the star wars saga :( but nevertheless i've watched every one of them (except episode III- that'll be scheduled next week pa on my list of things to do) just because everyone else watches it.

  5. I have been waiting my whole life, literally, for the end of this movie saga. After the first three episodes, 4,5,&6, I was extremely disappointed in episodes 1 & 2. From what I have heard, episode 3 is definitely worthy.

    For me, the whole Stars Wars thing is just like the Lord of the Rings thing. It is not that I love the movie, but I've been along this far so I might as well go all the way.

  6. Anonymous4:18 am

    Hi, Watson, got here from Pinoyblog...
    I watched it today at a relatively undiscovered cinema in Makati so there were only 30 or so people watching the movie.
    Suffice to say, I was bawling my eyes out for more than half of the movie. It's different when you know the story so well and the stories behind and beyond the movies.
    Apart from a few cringe moments in the film (same cheesy dialogue problem in Ep 2), it was, like ed abbey said, worthy in the end.
    Am holding off the review in any case, till maybe next week, or the next. :)


  8. Ang galing naman ng piece mo, Sir Watson. :) Your passion for Star Wars is very evident!


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