40 years ago — in a galaxy far, far away — a Rebel Blockade Runner attempted to outrun an Imperial Star Destroyer, and failed.
The valiant rebel fighters stood their ground, determined to complete their mission at any cost.
They were boarded, and outgunned by white-clad Stormtroopers and the fearsome Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith.
But before this, the ship is rocked from the bombardment of blaster fire. In that chaotic moment, C-3P0, a tall golden android, races down a stalk white corridor with his bullet shaped companion, R2-D2, in tow.
“Did you hear that?” Threepio asked with rushed worry. “They’ve shut down the main reactor.”
With those words, the greatest sci-fi epic of the modern era came to life on movie screens across America.
Star Wars was it’s name.
Soon to be known as: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
There was the scrolling letters, with the following:
The scene was set up in spectacular fashion in 2016’s Rogue One, introducing Princess Leia Organa, who would soon hide the Death Star schematics inside Artoo with a message for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi–Wan. Now there’s a name I’ve not heard in a long, long time. A long time…
On the planet desert Tatooine, we meet Jawas (oo tee nee), Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
We also meet old Ben Kenobi, a cantina full of odd and colorful aliens.
And also Han Solo, captain of the Millenium Falcon — with his first officer Chewbacca…
and our hero Luke Skywalker.
They go on a mission to return the plans to the rebels, but end of rescuing the princess instead.
This leads them to the Death Star and a fateful confrontation with Darth Vader.
The heroes wore white and the villains dressed in black.
There was catchy disco music and a cool new catchphrase: “May the Force be with you“.
Star Wars was an instant smash, that broke box-office records all over the world for years to come, and has thus far spawned 8 sequels and spin-offs.
40 years ago, a fresh faced farmboy looked up into the sky and posited it was his time to become a Jedi.
this December, Luke Skywalker returns to the big-screen in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Thank you George Lucas for conjuring up this fantastic opus.
Happy anniversary to my ultimate childhood and adult obsession!