Ten years later, the force is with Star Wars

Ten years later, the force is with Star Wars

What happened to the Jedi? Who exactly was Darth Vader? Who were Luke and Leia’s parents? These were just three of the many questions that went unanswered in the minds of Star Wars fans for decades after the first movie was released in 1977.

Finally, on May, 19th, 2005, those questions were answered. That was the day that Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released. The last movie in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith tied up most of the proverbial loose ends and answered many questions.

According to senior Charlie Sehlhorst, “​Things made much more sense after Episode III in my opinion. There were some little things that went unanswered, but the big picture was clear.”

When it premiered, it broke several box office records in its first week. It was the highest grossing film of 2005 for the U.S. and was second to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the world’s highest grossing movie of the year.

The movie got generally positive reviews in contrast to the mostly mixed reviews that episodes I and II received. Many fans will argue that the original trilogy is better than the prequel trilogy, but Episode III definitely still had its moments.

One tragic scene in particular that stood out was Order 66, when the order was given to eliminate the Jedi Order. Sehlhorst said that his favorite scene was, “Probably the unleashing of Order 66. That’s when the episode is right in the heart of the climax and just a lot of ends were tied up.”

“A lot of things that happened in the original trilogy made much more sense after that brief moment in the story,” continued Sehlhorst, who has been a Star Wars fan all his life.

Not only was Revenge of the Sith the last movie in the prequel trilogy that started in 1999, it was also the last movie in the whole Star Wars saga that dated back to 1977. The film’s ending left lifelong fans shell-shocked by the notion that they couldn’t look forward to seeing anymore new Star Wars films in theatres.

Less than a decade after Revenge of the Sith’s release, fans from across the world can breathe a sigh of relief. Once again, they’ll be transported to that galaxy long long ago, far far away with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens.

The new movie even features Mark Hamil, who played Luke Skywalker, and Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo from the original trilogy. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens, is set to release on December, 18th, 2015.