This third part of the second trilogy (which is, in fact, Episode VI) contains
both flesh sucking monsters and cuddly muppet-like beasts. It resolves the
simple, mythical tale that has been spun before us in a positive way. Despite
all the darkness that surrounds us in the movie theatre and the big, wide world
outside, innocence, honesty, and righteousness will prevail. Lucas wanted a
modern day western and now he's got one. With the completion of episodes
IV, V, & VI we can now look forward to the past episodes I, II, & III in the
future. The films ultimately will be discovered (upon completion of next
trilogy) to be the story of the Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, Luke's father, and
how the dark forces corrupted him into becoming Darth Vader. The second
and third parts of the upcoming prequels will especially dark tales.
And so Star Wars made millions, and became biggest film of all time, until it
was surpassed by E.T. and Jurassic Park, when it subsided before the public
eye toward the late eighties. Only to capture the mind of a new generation
with the appearance of Bantam Books' Heir to the Empire in 1991, written by
Timothy Zahn and in which Princess Leia and Han Solo have children. (The
book went to no. 1 on the N.Y. Times hardcover best-seller list.) And then
there was to be the new edition of the films. And now there are to be the new
George Lucas is returning to the role of director for the next Star Wars Trilogy.
Filming is set to begin in 1998. Undoubtedly, the next three parts will be an
exciting addition to the existing episodes. He has, however, not yet
committed to the final three episodes (as the original concept was for 9 in
total). Let's also hope that he will also embark in the future on some other
more serious, deeper (in the appropriate meaning), and more exploratory
travel into other areas of film. After all, he is one of the major film forces of
So if you haven't already been introduced to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia,
Obi-wan, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2D2, the Wookiee Chewbacca, Lando
Calrissian, the ferocious Wampa creature, the enormous and fearsome
Sarlacc creature, Jabba the Hutt, the Dewbacks, or the furry Ewoks, hurry to
your local cinema where you can see all three episodes on the big screen with
the best CGI and THX sound has to offer, as soon as possible. And let it take
you along for a most enjoyable ride.
Prequels and sequels and tie-ins and self-perpetuating publicity keep the myth
going. Star Wars was among the first 25 titles placed on the National Film
Registry by The Library of Congress' Film Preservation Board as a motion
picture that continues to have cultural, historical, or aesthetic value. The
Smithsonian Institute is preparing an exhibit on the Trilogy which will open in
the Fall of 1997. Only one question comes to mind: What's next, George?
A don't miss. See also under A New Hope &
The empire strikes back.
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