Jenn & Dave -
We're doing this article a little different than most. Usually, Jenn would have her section and Dave would have his. We're kind of trying to intersect both our ideas into the same sections and see how this works out.
Follow us to a galaxy far, far away. I’m sure you already know what movie, well movies, we're talking about. "Star Wars"!
These movies that have traveled through time and generations to be still well loved to this day. We don’t want to talk about all the recent Star Wars movies, but the three that started it all-- the original trilogy. Now I (Jenn) wasn’t around when they hit theaters but boy am I glad about that. From what I heard about the shocking cliffhanger in "Empire Strikes Back", people liked to ruin it for those waiting in line to see the next showing. Knowing me if that would of happened, I’d have been one angry fan. For the record, I (Dave) was and didn't have this problem. I was only 8 years old at the time so I was probably in my own little world and not paying attention to anyone around me so I wouldn't have heard anything anyway.
"Star Wars" is a story about good vs evil, or in this case the light side and the dark side. Luke, Leia and Han are our three heroes that we the audience travel with along on their journey. This is where Luke begins his training to become a Jedi Knight. You also get to meet an array of different species from across the galaxy and then there’s the famous Millennium Falcon-- Han's ship that’s never hard to recognize even in the newer movies. These are the movies that made generations pretend that regular household items were lightsabers to wield around and generally knock things over with-- which would usually get us yelled at by our parents.
On the other side, we also have the villains. Not just any villains. THE villain. Arguably one of the most popular in all of cinematic history whose entrance theme is the most recognizable-- Darth Vader. He has a great screen presence and the power of the dark side behind him that he doesn't need much else. The Emperor is always at his side. To be precise, he is at the Emperor's side since the Emperor is the master and Vader is the apprentice. But let’s face it, Vader is doing all the work and is more popular. Emperor Palpatine is just kinda sitting there.
Melanie – Totally random fact here – When I was about 8 (so my brother was about 3), our local shopping center had a Darth Vader that people could meet (back then no cell phones snapping pictures). So my brother and his friend were so scared of this character that my mum (to show them it was OK) went up to say hi. Now my mum herself was actually petrified, and the guy in the suit obviously knew that – and so he then wouldn’t leave her alone! It was hilarious! OK back to the real stuff …..
The defining trilogy in this saga are "A New Hope" (1977) (yes, we are calling it by its proper name. It’s not just called "Star Wars"), "Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). There were the prequels, and sequels, and a couple side films too, all to round off the story. But those will always be guaranteed to sound off an argument so we won't even get into those. These are the beloved films. The ones that fans hold nearest and dearest to their hearts. You can always catch a good marathon frequently. So if you have about 7-8 hours to kill, kick back, relax, and May the Force Be With You.
About The Authors -
JENN - Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
DAVE - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
And Now For The Giveaway!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away a "Star Wars" Prize pack featuring A New Hope DVD and 2 Star Wars Funko Keyrings from Jennifer Rhodes!
For your chance to win- leave a comment ON THIS POST ON THE WEBSITE (comments left on shares around other social media WILL NOT COUNT) - Who is your favorite character from the Star Wars Universe? (All Movies and Shows are acceptable)
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments. Other comments about the article are very welcome but only entrants with the qualifying comments will go in the hat! What your answer is will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on May 16th (and then posted here on the blog as well on May 17th. Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!