A Long Time Ago

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

Just kidding. I’ve always wanted to start off something I did with that line. For many of us Star Wars has been there since the very beginning and while some of use can no longer recall the first time we saw the films that would summarise part of our childhoods, we all can tell the story as clearly as if the events happened in real life. Whether you wanted to be a Jedi, duelling through the neighborhood with a plastic blue toy, Han Solo in the cockpit of your couch, or perhaps even a stormtrooper with a cardboard helmet over your head, more than one generation have lived the exhilaration of being fans since the time we were young.

Star Wars has become such a defining moment in our lives that in a way we subconsciously feel a claim of ownership toward it. All those Halloween costumes, toy purchases, and video games played were not for nothing. Star Wars fills all of our lives with joy and wonder and continues to bring many people together, year after year – at conventions and in everyday life. How many times has a friend said “May the Force be with you” instead of good luck?

As things in the Star War universe greatly change for the first time since its release in 1977 and the creation is no longer in the hands of its creator, all we can do is hope for the best. The most beloved franchise of all time is not going anywhere. It’s going to be here for a long time to come. Maybe we’ll even get to take our grandkids to see new Star Wars films someday.

‘Til then, here’s to reliving the 50 greatest moments that Star Wars have given us so far…

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This article was first posted on October 10, 2013