Happy Star Wars Day! As we celebrate this beloved space epic, it is easy to get lost in all of the movie hype. We live in a post Episode VII world now, eagerly awaiting the release of the first spin-off movie of Star Wars – Rogue One A Star Wars Story. It is easy to forget where we came from in these exciting times, however, there are four things we must never forget.
Han shot first.
In the re-release of Star Wars in 1997, the iconic scene between Han and Greedo in Mos Eisley Cantina was altered. The original scene has Greedo is a bounty hunter finally cornering Han Solo after months of hunting him. After a conversation Greedo draws his blaster, but Han shoots first killing him. In the new cut Greedo fires his blaster, and Han, was sloppily edited to move out of the way before firing back. Then again in the 2004 DVD release, it was altered a second time, to where they both shot at the same time. This is one of the most iconic scenes in the original trilogy, yet they felt the need to change it.
That’s no moon.
This iconic line was uttered by none other than the famous Alec Guinness, as the crew of the Millennium Falcon approaches a spherical object that Luke points out as a moon. Rest in peace, Alec Guinness.
Luke, I am your father
If you have been around people sometime in the last 30 years, you will have heard the iconic line from Darth Vader “Luke, I am your father.” However this line has never been said in a Star Wars movie, and is one of the most misquoted lines of all time. The real line is:
Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
It is all Jar Jar’s Fault.
The destruction of the Republic may not seem like something that you can put on just one person. But when that person is Jar Jar Binks, it is all on him. In Episode II, the Gungan Jar Jar Binks gives a speech to sway the Senate to give emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine, which he never relinquishes. Eventually he uses these powers to dissolve the Senate, and form the first Galactic Empire. This means that Jar Jar is responsible for the deaths of billions of people, partially responsible for the fall of the Jedi, and was a bad idea all together in the prequels. Thanks Jar Jar, you helped a lot.
Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you.