Okay so I answered this one directly, but since it’s such a HUGE question right now (and was, even for me) I thought I’d post it. And yes, it’s not actually a “book” question, but it sure is an epic story question, so it fits!!
Tasha J: If I’ve never seen any Star Wars, can I watch something new like this and not be lost?
The kids and I are curious, just bc they like all the merchandise, but don’t really have a clue about any of it.
Maryse: I watched it, and I was fine, Tasha… I barely remember the first three (as I never paid attention when they were on… other than what I know as fact – who the characters are and the bad guy. That’s about it.)
Also I watched the very first one in the new series (with the Jar Jar Binks character) and that pretty much showed us Darth Vader as a child and all I remember from that movie is him racing those space thingies and loving it (so we get to know him as a nice person and his family).
Then I watched maybe half an hour – the ending – of one a couple of nights ago, when Luke & Leia’s mom (Princess Amidala) was pregnant with them… and I saw how Darth Vader became Darth Vader in that half hour. VERY COOL that one was, even if I did just catch the tail-end of it! Okay I just found out that one is called Revenge of the Sith.
That’s it. That’s all I’ve ever seen. And I was absolutely fine and able to follow the latest one, no problem at all. In fact, I had fun rediscovering the pieces and how they snapped together as the movie went on. Very clever saga indeed!!!
Actually I don’t spoil it at all, but for those not wanting to know ANYTHING about the latest one (and are avoiding spoilers – I don’t even know if what I say below, you die hards might already know about, because of the previous movie (The Last Jedi) <— I didn’t see that one at all) but…
I watched the latest a few days ago and it’s essentially the offspring of some of the major players from the first movie. And we ALL know who those characters are (Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader etc…)
It didn’t take long for me to clue in to “who came from who” (and what side they were on – Jedi or the Dark Side), and it was INCREDIBLE. The good guys and the bad guys. I asked early on as we were watching to clarify a few things so I would get the gist from the start, and I was good to go!
Also what’s so good about them (my favorite parts) is the epic love stories that happen amongst the whole fighting between the Dark Side and the Jedi (they are the good guys – all powerful like monks but ninjas – in touch with “The Force” that makes them do all sorts of cool powerful stuff).
I don’t remember much of a love story from the first 3 ’cause I was a kid and didn’t have an interest in any of it.
But the love stories (at least from the movie I saw when Princess Amidala was pregnant and the latest one) have that whole star-crossed lovers feel. Oooooof!! You’ll see. Evil villain desperate to have her for his cold black heart. HE WAS GREAT TO WATCH!! I loved rooting for him, though those that I was with were appalled by me (and they let me in on a few dark and evil scenes from the previous movie that I had missed). Ooooops! LOL!!!
I think y’all will get me, though. 😉 OMG SO GOOD!
P.S. Oh hey look! They turned the latest one The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition (Star Wars) into a book, too!
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