A Long Time Ago…



Madison Kirkpatrick, Staff Reporter

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

From the opening scroll to the closing credits, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has you on the edge of your seat, stressing about what happens next. Then it has you complaining about how it ended, and realizing that you will have to wait two years until Episode 8.

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters last December, three generations of fans watched with nostalgia, and some with new eyes. The Force Awakens has encompassed qualities of all three movies of the Original Trilogy, which probably why people have seen it three or four times, and why it has done so well at the box office. For the hard core fans of the Original Trilogy, this was probably a sigh of relief from the letdown of the Prequel Trilogy. The new Star Wars movie had something for everyone.

For many people, the Star Wars movies are some of the greatest films ever made because, at its very core, it teaches children how to tell right from wrong with the “Light Side” and the “Dark Side”. It teaches us that the right way may not always be the easy way and you should not just try to find the easiest way to do things. Star Wars teaches us that if people stick to what they believe; even if it is the hardest path to take, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Star Wars has impacted many people of the next, current and previous generations, because like me, they first saw Star Wars for the first time as a child, and now, as they watch the new Star Wars movie, they think back to when they were a kid. They remember dressing up as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker or (for the girls) Princess Leia. They remember pretending to have Lightsaber battles, or using The Force.

Star Wars has had so many impacts on the world since its release in 1977, from the entertainment industry, to the lessons it has taught us as children. You do not have to be a “nerd” or a “geek” to enjoy Star Wars. It has something for everyone.