Hello, my name is Allison, and I have never seen Star Wars. Nope, not any of them. It was mostly an oversight for awhile growing up (and my house was loyal to Star Trek), then a conscious decision at a point I can’t really remember; probably around the time I found out the main spoiler (“I am …”) and was so saturated in cultural references to it at all times that I figured, why bother? My general understanding of the series is summed up more or less by the character Malcolm Tucker from the BBC series The Thick of It, plus a zeitgeist and film-studies awareness of the fiasco of Jar Jar Binks. But the nuances of the performances, the relationships among the characters, and certainly the obsession over the franchise, is completely lost on me.
It seemed like a decent time, then, with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilms and rumors of a new movie and this site’s extensive coverage of all things Star Wars to admit to my boss and co-workers that, well, I hadn’t actually seen any of it. The idea was then born: better late than never, right?
As for the viewing order, rest assured there were extensive email chains about it (release order or chronological order? Or something altogether experimental?), but in the end it seemed right to approach it the way the rest of the fandom did, with the original three first, followed by the prequels. So here I am, an adult, watching the series for the first time and giving, along the way, my feelings about it. Does the series stand up for those who weren’t indoctrinated in childhood? Will I find the typical characters and situations as appealing as the majority, or will there be something that I pick up on as a veteran movie watcher now that is different? Most importantly, what color lightsaber am I going to want?
Every day I’ll be sharing my thoughts and impressions film by film, so feel free to join in a re-watch (or first-time watch, if there are other newbs among you) or just observe the experiment in action.
Now, from what I understand, somewhere a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…