The Force Awakens: Why 2015 will be the year of Star Wars


I wish I was eight years old right now.

Not just emotionally – got that covered, thanks – but actually eight years old. Because I’m secretly and desperately envious of kids who are about to grow up in a whole new era of Star Wars, beginning this year. It almost feels… is unfair the right word? Yeah. Unfair.

Why, back in my day, we had to wait three whole years between Star Wars films! Until the third one came out, and then we had to wait 16 years for a new one! And it sucked! And the ones after it sucked! And the original ones that were good got tampered with until they sucked too!

You kids these days with your original trilogy sequels instead of prequels, and your awesome-sounding spinoff movies, and your animated series and your comic books and your Lego and your video games and your cool directors who actually know how to shoot a dialogue scene without it sounding like school play. It’s the dawn of a new golden age when Star Wars is going to be in the minds and hearts of millions of people around the world.

You’re so lucky. I think. I hope.

Since it debuted in 1977, Star Wars has never left the pop culture collective consciousness. Even during the doldrums between trilogies, there’s been no end of merchandise and spinoffs and ancillary media. But 2015 is when we punch it and blast back into hyperspace, leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec. 18.

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