Some Idle Thoughts on the Original Star Wars Trilogy

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I’ve been saying for months now that I planned on watching the original trilogy of Star Wars…and I’ve finally done it! I’m ridiculously proud of myself for finally watching such an iconic, classic piece of storytelling.

And look, I’ll be honest with you guys, it wasn’t my favourite thing ever. None of the movies are going to make my top ten. But it was pretty satisfying. The storytelling of the trilogy is solid and I can see why its used as a classic example of a lot of tropes. Star Wars basically embodies the coming-of-age story.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a casual, conversational post in which I list, in bullet point form, the good, the bad, and the I-really-just-didn’t-understand-please-someone-explain, of the original trilogy.

A New Hope

  • For the interest of all, I had already seen Rogue One some time before seeing A New Hope. Rogue One is really good, but there are some things here that don’t quite line up.
  • Why is Luke (a pretty-much grown man) playing with toys when he should be doing actual work? I mean, surely he has actual work to do?
  • “He TRICKED me into going this way!”
  • Where does the food on Tatooine come from? There’s nothing but sand there, it seems. Do they have to import it? If so, what do they trade for? I don’t know, but I’m curious.
  • Every planet has one–just one–habitat. That really bugs me.
  • Luke’s accent, his aunty’s habits of speech, and the general landscape are taking me back to my Little House on the Prairie TV show childhood.
  • You Americans probably don’t know this, but everything in this movie is so American.
  • Obi-Wan died even quicker than I thought he did.
  • Darth Vadar doesn’t sound the way I thought he would (for your information, I watched a clip of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, and that’s how I imagined Vadar sounding).
  • James Earl Jones is awesome though. Despite the fact that I was expecting a more mechanical sound to Vadar’s voice, I can’t really imagine him sounding like anything else now.
  • Its Han Solo, not Hans Solo or Hansolo.
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  • It’s also Han (to rhyme with can) not Hahn (to rhyme with darn). The Hahn pronounciation is the product of the Australian accent, I think (it’s also an Aussie beer…*shrugs*)
  • Chewbacca and Han are exactly like my dog and me. (Hugo: *arroo roo arroof!* Me: Yeah, good point.)

The Empire Strikes Back

  • I mean, I already knew that Vadar was Luke’s father and all that, but that scene was pretty disappointing.
  • “Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?”
  • Ah, look, Kermit the Frog it is!
  • Seriously though, Yoda sounds like Kermit
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    What the heck does that mean, Yoda?
  • “Sir, it is very possible this asteroid is not stable”.
  • I did notice the general quality of the movie has gone up since the first one. I’ve heard A New Hope was made on a very tight budget, so that probably explains it.
  • “The first one looked like a child’s dress up party. The second one looked like an adult’s dress up party. The third one looked like a comic con.” << My brother.
  • “I know”
  • Luke’s character is still very immature and he’s still way too hotheaded for my liking. Him rushing off into danger and falling right into Darth Vader’s trap really annoyed me, because it seems so obvious. And yet, Luke is so ridiculously eager to prove himself a hero that he goes against Yoda’s advice and does it anyway. Characters like this always get on my nerves because they just don’t seem to have any brain.
  • That whole carbonite scene actually disturbed me.
  • A finally, a lightsaber duel! This is the kind of quality entertainment I’m here for. Why did I have to wait so long?
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  • Pretty depressing ending.
  • This was my least favourite movie and seemed to go on and on and on. I was bored for a good majority.

The Return of the Jedi

  • Back to Yoda.
  • Wait, Yoda’s wearing a dressing gown.
  • So far, this film series has committed a deed done by none other. George Lucas has killed, not one, but two mentors.
  • Look, I’m going to be controversial here. I really don’t think Luke and Leia should have been siblings. It came across to me as a cheap move executed in order to a) remove the love triangle and b) tie up the dangling thread about the missing sister. But really, I don’t see any need for it at all and kinda doesn’t make sense. You can fight me on this if you’d like, but I doubt I’ll change my mind.
  • “It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity”
  • I cannot express my loathing for that metal bikini. No wonder Leia strangled Jabba, that’s what I’d do too.
  • “Wonderful. We are now part of the tribe.” “Just what I always wanted.”
  • I really like the scene where Luke walks into Jabba the Hutt’s lair with his hood up and speaking like a mysterious mentor in a fantasy novel.
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  • “There’s nothing to see, I used to live here, you know.” “You’re going to die here, you know. Convenient.”
  • Actually, Luke’s mostly black outfits in this movie are much better than the baggy white dress he was wearing in the other two. I highly approve of heroes that wear black.
  • Darth Vader is the coolest villain though. And they did a good job on his redemption arc.

In Conclusion,

I didn’t hate Star Wars. But is it up there with The Lord of the Rings? Not in my opinion. I’m also not really sure how it got catapulted to the cult-following movie franchise it is now. But there’s no denying that they are a good movie. It hits all the right plot beats and it flows well, even if the ending feels a little bit rushed and out of placed.

I’m not joining the Star Wars fanatics any time soon (but I really need to see Rogue One again, because its going to make so much more sense now). But I did genuinely enjoy watching these, and I love being able to understand all the references now.

How about you guys? Have you seen Star Wars? Who’s your favourite character? Do you recommend seeing the prequels and/or sequels? And is there anyone who enjoyed Rogue One more than the original trilogy?

20 thoughts on “Some Idle Thoughts on the Original Star Wars Trilogy

  1. Unpopular opinion but I LOVED both Rogue One and Solo more than any of the actual episodes. They’re both so so good. That might also be because Han Solo is my favourite. 😂 Also, it IS actually pronounced Harn/Hahn not Han as in can. It’s specifically mentioned in Solo. 😉

    The original trilogy is my favourite of the episodes, partly because ‘it’s the original’ and partly because I think they were the best executed movies as far as storytelling.

    The new trilogy is okaaay, and I do enjoy them while watching (for the most part), but they haven’t really stood up to any story structure picking-apart sessions. Fingers crossed that episode nine doesn’t destroy everything once and for all. 😬

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  2. I haven’t seen Solo yet. I was kind of sceptical of it, to be honest, but I think I will get it from the library now 😀 Oh is it? I’m so confused now. I could have sworn I was pronouncing it wrong 😛
    It’s really unfortunate when movies don’t stand up to those picky structure sessions. 😀

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  3. Me: *wonders how “Han” would ever rhyme with “darn”*
    Also me: *says everything with my american southern accent*
    Once again, me: *realizes that in some places “Han” and “darn” are actually said in a rhyming way*
    Ugh I don’t like my American accent.😂

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  4. Apparently Solo did really badly in the box office, but I really loved it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Definitely a top favourite when it comes to Star Wars movies.

    It is, haha! 😂 I think Han is one of those names which everyone pronounces slightly differently, but in Solo, Han personally corrects someone’s pronunciation. 😂

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  5. I became a fan of Star Wars in 2015. I decided to go in chronological order- as in start with the prequels to the original ones. I love the whole universe of Star Wars- the planets, the Jedi, etc….

    I am actually enjoying the new trilogy.

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  6. I’ll definitely have to give it a watch then 😀
    Yeah it is 😛 I also noticed that the different characters all had slightly different ways of pronouncing Leia as well.

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  7. Ah, Star Wars. I think a lot of why I love it is because it’s one of the first “actual” movies I remember watching. It helped that my dad is a die-hard fan and I could have fun conversations with him about it, too, probably. But nowadays I’m probably more where you are with it. Personally, I’ve not been enjoying the new movies very much at all–with the exception of Rogue One–because it keeps feeling more and more like a money-grab to me and the plot holes drive me a little crazy. But also there’s the issue where I’m not really clicking with any of the characters and I think that’s a big part of it. I’ll probably still continue to watch whatever movies they pump out though, just to keep up with things 😂 I found it interesting that you said that Star Wars is very American because I’ve never thought of it that way before but I’m kinda seeing it now!

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  8. *bounces up and down and giggles happily* I love seeing your reactions to Star Wars as a viewer who’s never seen it before, and from an objective standpoint I agree with (or at least understand) all of your issues. It really is cheesy in the grand old style of the 80s. 🙂 I think it’s got such a following because, first of all, it was the first of its kind (not sure what if any space operas came out before it, but I’m pretty sure it’s responsible for the space opera craze) and second, the kids who thought Star Wars was the most amazing thing ever to bless the silver screen grew up to introduce *their* kids to it until Star Wars becomes a sacred family tradition. By the time I saw it when I was five or six, my little brother and I already knew the whole story and had inherited my dad’s action figures and decided that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were our role models. 🙂 And it hasn’t disappointed us as we grow up with it, either–although we’ve come to see its limitations, we’re also delighted to notice something new about the world-building or make new connections every time we watch it.

    That said, I DO love Luke. A lot. He’s whiny and a brat and an absolute baby, but I find that riotously amusing rather than annoying (in him…not sure any other character could pull it off for me), and that moment when he stands up to Darth Sidious in RotJ is so deeply satisfying. In large part because he started out as such a baby.

    But also HAN SOLO. (<I confess I pronounce Han to rhyme with Don. Unorthodox me. Did you notice that the characters themselves seem to be unsure how to say their names? Lando says "Han" to rhyme with "can" but I'm pretty sure someone says it the way I do.)

    I'm so happy you watched Star Wars. 🙂

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  9. This was enjoyable to read. 🙂 I have been watching Star Wars since I was very young, but they were never my favorite movies, and I think that a lot of your criticisms are valid. My favorite characters are Han Solo, Obi Wan, and the droids. I don’t know why, but C-3PO and R2-D2 crack me up. Oh yeah, and I love Darth Vader as a villain with a redemptive character arc.
    Rogue One is actually my favorite Star Wars movie at this point. The original trilogy is my second favorite and the rest of them are fun to complain about. There is entirely too much Star Wars in existence. It is definitely nowhere near the same caliber as The Lord of the Rings.

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  10. Yes, C-3PO and R2-D2 are hilarious, I loved them too!
    Rogue One is also my favourite too. I loved that it could stand on its own, and the characters were really compelling. I haven’t seen the prequels yet, but a friend of mine reckons I should watch them and write a roasting post on them 😀

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  11. As far as I know, the only things that sort of came before it in a similar vibe were Star Trek and Dr Who, but even then they’re both pretty different to Star Wars.
    Yes, Han Solo is awesome 😛

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  12. I wonder if I’m the only one in these comments who first saw Star Wars way back when VHS’s were a thing. My favorite trilogy is, well, the OT. Maybe blame it on the fact I possibly saw those first (I seriously don’t recall seeing the PT as a child, even though I do remember not being allowed to watch Episode III when it released because of how dark it is)

    I consider Episode III to be the only good prequel and Episode VII is really the only sequel I like. I’ve never been sure how to rate Episode VIII – I consider the structure chaotic and that there’s one subplot too many. Plus – I’m sorry, but I don’t really like Holdo’s character. Nothing against the actress; I just didn’t care for the character. And I really think that Admiral Ackbar should’ve been the one to take out the Dreadnought.

    Episode IX – I really don’t like it. It’s my least favorite. I’m sorry, but I just didn’t feel satisfied by the plot twist or the ending. I don’t even want to watch it again.

    Anyway. Favorite characters – the heroes, duh. And yes, that also includes Anakin because he still becomes a hero in the end and I am a sucker for redemption arcs because those have SO MUCH MEAT FOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND I LOVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. (Also, Anakin’s arc was better than Kylo Ren’s, imho)

    And I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I recall hearing Han introduce himself with the ‘Hahn’ pronunciation. I’m gonna have to watch it again.

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  13. I loved reading your comment! It was a lot of fun, though I’ll admit I don’t understand half of it, I’m not that much of a star wars fan really, though I’m adding a new film to my repertoire every couple of months!
    A lot of people seem to be correcting my pronunciation of Han, so maybe I’m the incorrect one! Its hard to know for sure 😀

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