If you read Points Between first, shame on you. But other than that, we're going to make it a Star Wars double feature today. Why not; it's the largest movie franchise in history.
I saw Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the day after it opened, but my experience with Star Wars began as a young child. The first movie I ever remember seeing was Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. For the longest time, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was my favorite movie.
I grew up on the original Star Wars movies. I, like every other child my age, had an endless collection of the toys and figurines. I still have the original X-Wing Fighter and the Millennium Falcon.
I even inherited all the hand-me-down toys from my cousin when he "outgrew" them. Much to my mother's dismay, I never threw anything away. That fact may work to some financial gain if I ever sell them on E-Bay.
But I remember watching the movies over and over throughout the years. Every time they would come on TV, I would sit mesmerized by the epic from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
My favorite are the Jedi. What is cooler than a lightsaber? It can deflect blasters, effortlessly slice through any material, and it looks and sounds ultra awesome.
And who can deny the tail-kicking factor of the force? More than once, have I wished to move things and people just by thinking it. Boy, wouldn't that have come in handy during school?
The best part is that the Jedi use their powers for good. They always fight for justice and protect the innocent. They never use these awesome abilities to further their own agenda. That's the difference between the Jedi and the bad guy Sith.
The sad truth is that if these powers were real, there wouldn't be too many Jedi in today's world. Too many think too highly of themselves, and that is what is so intriguing about these movies. Luke learns he has access to these powers, and he chooses to use them for the good of others.
I have to admit the newer movies don't have quite the same appeal as the old ones. I think the attention to visual detail tends to override the attention to story and character in Episodes I through III when it was those two factors that made Episodes IV through VI so captivating.
None the less, the newest installments are worth watching. There's much more footage of cool Jedi action anyway.
I just hope that Star Wars creator George Lucas decides to let someone else take over his baby and make the last three installments of the series. Now that I've been bitten by the bug again, I'm itching to see what happens to Luke, Leia, Han and the gang after the fall of the empire.