For generations of viewers, it's the movie that changed the way movies were made, marketed, and even maligned. (After all, nothing compares to Star Wars, right?) It's a ongoing saga that touched so many of us that it's even been christened with its own holiday, unofficial though 'May the Fourth Be With You' may be. It's shared and celebrated among both the young and old, and -- with the Lucasfilm sale to Walt Disney a few years back -- it's been packaged and plundered to ensure that stories set within its burgeoning framework will continue to delight and distract hungry audiences for decades to come.
The inside tale on the making of the original film -- the one that's been since re-titled "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" -- is its own story within a story, and I won't recount it here, though I'll definitely encourage die-hard fans to get to know the straight skinny as it's equally fascinating. Suffice it to say that back then the only person who really believed it was indeed "somethin' special" was its creator, George Lucas, and thank the stars that he and those around him at the time persevered as the end results continue to amaze moviegoers with each and every chapter.
Like so many of you, yes, I remember where I was when I saw the first installment; and, no doubt, I'll take those memories with me 'til I become one with the Force. And like so many of you I'll continue to celebrate its characters and its worlds -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- until I'm old and gray ... for no longer a Padawan will I be.
In that spirit, take a moment today to celebrate Luke. Celebrate Han. Celebrate Leia. Celebrate Chewbacca. Celebrate Obi-wan or Qui-Gon or even Watto if that's your thing. Imagine what it would be like to fly your very own X-Wing or command your very own Star Destroyer. Wave your pencil through the air, and make the hum of the lightsaber. Join the Rebellion once more or serve the Empire, if you will, and maybe -- just maybe -- even give JarJar a chance.
For the Force is strong with us. Feel it flowing between you and me and the monitor before you. It'll continue to be strong so long as you just believe.
Enjoy your Fourth, peeps ... and thanks for reading!