It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and at a time when people sit down and eat until they fall over; people always say what they’re thankful for. Since we’re fanboys, here are the five reasons we’re most thankful for Star Wars!
You can bash the Prequels until the day you die, but they’re important to the overall story of Star Wars. From the entire Skywalker Saga to the books in the EU and the awesome lore that makes up the Old Republic era, Star Wars has given us a modern day mythology that’s rich, detailed, and with enough layers to last someone a lifetime of studying it all.
The Star Wars soundtracks are the best movie soundtracks of all time. There’s no debate here. They just are. John Williams’ scores for all six movies go beyond the realm of classic. They’re timeless. Hell, even the NFL uses the Star Wars theme for highlights of amazing plays. The music has become part of our culture.
The Original Trilogy
You can’t call yourself a fanboy if you’re not able to recite the Holy Trilogy from memory. For those who grew up during their release, they were a life changing experience. You can probably spot one of these people as they quote lines from the trilogy in everyday conversation. I really believe that the movies should be re-released in theaters every ten years to give each new generation of kids the chance to see them on the big screen as they were meant to be seen.
Star Wars changed the world of special effects. It founded ILM and spawned a whole new generation of space operas. The Original Trilogy is perfect in almost every way effects-wise, but the Prequels have more rough spots. The reliance on CG backdrops, especially in Episode II, creates some less-than-convincing visuals (the Jedi Temple behind Obi-Wan, Mace, and Yoda for example). Still, the movies deliver amazing visuals to go along with the perfect audio.
The Expanded Universe
Around 1986 and 1987, Star Wars was starting to fade from the public’s mind. While there were some Star Wars novels in the past, Lucasflm approached Timothy Zahn to write a sequel trilogy in book form, and the rest is history. The EU has some really bad spots, but the good the Expanded Universe brought has helped keep Star Wars alive in-between movies. Even with The Clone Wars on the air, the regular release of new Star Wars novels will help keep Star Wars forever.