Star Wars – The Ultimate History
Star Wars is a fictional epic space adventure media franchise developed by George Lucas, that quickly became a world-wide pop Culture phenomenon. Star Wars introduced the original “lightsaber” type of Star Wars movie weapons and also created a new generation of fans.
After the success of Star Wars, the science fiction genre has produced numerous spin-offs and derivative works based on the original Star Wars movies and characters. Some of these have been quite successful, while others have failed, such as Star Wars Trading Card Collection, Star Wars Dark Helmet, Star Wars Bounty Hunter, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Special Forces: Jedi Knight, Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, etc.
StarWars Episodes 6 and 7
In Star Wars Episodes VI and VII, the main characters are Princess Leia, a brilliant young politician; the redeemed Luke Skywalker, a young street hustler; the dark knight Darth Vader, a mysterious and powerful warrior; and the amazing star wars character, Jedi Master Yoda. All of these main characters, and many more, have appeared in various different forms throughout the Star Wars saga, and it has become almost a tradition for those Star Wars films to introduce their main protagonists, or at least their main characters, in the following films.
The most common of these, and probably most popular, is Star Wars: Episode IV, because it featured the return of the original Star Wars trilogy main characters, and introduced new additions to the Star Wars galaxy. Although it did not feature original Star Wars characters, it was the most successful of all the Star Wars prequels, and the first Star Wars film to incorporate 3-D animation.
StarWars Episodes 5 and 6
Star Wars Episodes V and VI featured the rise of the dark force, where the dark force was represented by Darth Vader and his dark lords, which swept through the galaxy replacing the good Galactic Republic along with the Galactic Empire. It was this movie, which was the pinnacle of all of the Star Wars movies up to that point and is considered by many to be the best of the entire Star Wars series. Episodes I through III continue the adventures of the main characters from Star Wars Episodes IV and VI but were retold with fresh stories in each installment. Star Wars Episodes V and VII continue the tale of the dark forces, but were made into animated feature films instead of full-length films.
The original Star Wars movie franchise, Star Wars: Episode IV, introduced the main characters from Star Wars II and introduced the Star Wars prequels to the series. Episodes IV through VI featured the classic characters from the first two trilogies, and provided some background on the original trilogy that had not been told before. In the Original Star Wars films, the Trade Federation and the Galactic Republic were the main threats to the peace of the known galaxy, and they were both formed from the same deadly combination of hatred and greed, and in the Original Star Wars timeline, the first Death Star was constructed as a result of the Clone Wars. It was later discovered that in the Original Trilogy, the Galactic Republic was actually a secret armada of Rebel spies, and that the Trade Federation was actually a front for the evil Galactic Empire.
StarWars Episodes 3 and 4
Following the release of Star Wars Episodes III and IV, the Disney Channel tried to remedy the situation by releasing a series of direct sequels to those movies, entitled Star Wars Special Edition. These films were released on disc like the Original Star Wars movies and featured all the same content, as well as the new movies created within the Star Wars Expanded Universe. They were designed to make the fans of Star Wars happy once again, and to fill in any of the holes left by the cancellation of the original Star Wars series. The Special Edition series has featured new stories, as well as stand-alone episodes, that feature the classic characters and settings from all of the Star Wars Episodes that have been released so far. Episodes from the Special Edition Star Wars movies have also been widely popular among Star Wars fans.
While the popularity of the Star Wars franchise continues to enjoy great success, there is no telling how long it will last. Some predict that the popularity of Star Wars will only increase with time, as Star Wars fans become more used to the beloved Star Wars films and the new movies that have been created within the Expanded Universe. Others believe that the popularity of Star Wars will only decrease or possibly disappear completely, as other genres emerge and become more popular. No matter what happens, Star Wars is here to stay, and its influence will continue to shape pop culture, and the way we watch movies for generations to come.