Here’s a little movie background knowledge about me:
First, I’m a true (younger) 90s kid, and I never had an 80s movie phase.
Second, I wasn’t too big on going to the movies growing up, preferring books, manga, anime, and soccer to everything else.
So as a kid, I was not quite as well inducted into Hollywood movie culture as well as my peers. I didn’t know the names of a lot of actors and actresses (preferring the characters within the movies rather than the real people acting them) and preferred story-based movies over action and Sci-Fi. A lot of things I thought I knew were actually second hand knowledge, for example the bullet dodging scene from The Matrix and “Luke, I am your father.”
Thus, I’ve never had a huge interest in Star Wars. I know, it makes me sound like someone who’s been living under a rock. Actually, I was living ON a rock in the middle of the pacific ocean, but…yeah. Let me educate myself.
I know now that the reason it never caught with me was because the first Star Wars movie I saw as a child was Episode I, the Phantom Menace, which after some short research online, is apparently the worst movie to start with of the entire series if you really want to enjoy it. First of all, the name is EPISODE I, which kind of sounds like the beginning of something, which it really isn’t. I also wasn’t aware of exactly how many movies there actually were and how they were all linked together as one story. I figured any earlier movies either weren’t relevant to the story or just stand alones (BIG mistake, I know. But remember, I wasn’t born when they were made. I didn’t even know the first trilogy existed!
I didn’t realize how awful my situation was until yesterday. (I will go into detail about this later). Watching Episode I, I was unable to understand or connect with any of the characters, and nothing made any sense to me. Everything was confusing, and the action, while exciting, was simply that, action. I remember most of the character names and some random events, but not what they contributed to the story.
This was followed later by Episode II, which, combined with my second-hand information of the original trilogy, just confused me even more for a variety of reasons, mostly including:
- Padme and Anakin’s relationship, which is unrealistic? (Also, it’s borderline creepy. Come on, try imagining it with the genders switched, I dare you.)
- There’s two Skywalkers? (Thanks to vague second hand information, I’d completely confused this information.)
- All the boring people talking about boring things that made no sense in the senate.
- I’m pretty sure I thought that Princess Amidala was Princess Leia and Anakin’s full name was Anakin Luke Skywalker.
Basically, thanks to secondhand information, I was spoiled for best reveal in cinematic history forever and consequently confused it with the worst movie in the series. Sad, I know. I think I lost interest in the series altogether after that. I think anyone would after starting like this, it was brutal on my attention span as a kid, especially because I disliked anything without a proper story. In short, I was doomed.
But now, with all the hype about the new movie coming out, and a kind friend who explained that there’s a better order in which to watch them, I felt compelled to finally watch the rest of the movies. (He said to watch 456123, but I checked online and decided to go with Machete Order (from this website) So let me be free from ignorance from today on, for I have finally started watching these movies in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI, then I as an afterthought.
(Who in the world would think to start watching a series from episode IV, and completely ignore episode I? Think about it, it sounds absolutely ridiculous.)
Let my journey begin now, only when I’ve finished all prior movies will I allow myself watch the newest. Also, I’ll be documenting my thoughts and screencaps, because that sounds like fun.
For the record, this is my prior knowledge and what I could remember of Star Wars before starting. (From watching what I think are Episodes I and II, or from second-hand knowledge.)
- “Luke, I am your father”
- Annakin being a really cocky son of a you-know-what
- That one scene where they’re tied up to pillars and have to fight monsters in a colloseum
- The golden arm and kiss (My reaction then: ??????!!!!)
- Yoda’s famous “fear leads to hate” speech
- Yoda being badass
- Jar Jar saying me-sa and you-sa
- Darth Maul vs Qui Gon Jin -Maaaaasterrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
- The way Chewbacca cries
- The girl switch
So let’s begin with Episode IV: A New Hope, released May 25, 1977. Here’s the scene-by-scene rundown of my thoughts:
Awesome, characters I know. Didn’t Annekin make him?
I could watch a movie just about these two having their own adventures.
First impression of Luke Skywalker: He’s got a lot of hero-angst-itis . Biggest symptom: he whines a lot.
First surprise: Obi Wan’s an old man? This made it easier to recognize that it takes place after episode one, though.
I really want to nitpick about how they’re conversing in two completely different languages. But, remembering that this was made in the 1970s and is a made up world, let it pass. Also, my first impression of Han Solo is that he’s sassy.
This fight scene! So low key! It made me laugh. Reminds me of kendo, without the yelling.
So much sass!
Oooh, pretty fireworks.
Thoughts after episode IV: Overall, it worked out nicely. I’ll continue to go with machete order. Despite the 70s graphics, episode IV actually has a story, and is easy to follow. It’s also interesting. Even the cheesy graphics were great. Nobody unnecessary showed up and most of all, it made sense.
- Love how we know what R2D2 is saying to C3P0 without him actually speaking. That’s a creative way to move dialogues around.
- Sorry, but none of the human characters were really likable. Props to the writers for not making everyone perfect. (My main problems with the main trio: Leia-bossy Han-sassy Luke-whiny)
- I enjoyed the 1970s speech patterns, it was very distinct, sister.
- Sensing a love triangle forming, but I really don’t think it’s necessary. Is that also Han and Leia foreshadowing? Seriously, they just met. And this is an adventure. Why force it?
- Without R2D2 and C3PO, I probably wouldn’t have made it past the five minute mark.On to Episode V!