Let me say up front: Star Wars, in my eyes, is perfect!! I see nothing wrong with any of the movies. They aren’t deep, meaningful stories but they don’t need to be! If you are watching Star Wars you should be ready and willing to have fun! Nothing in my life has ever been as much fun as Star Wars.Sure, I love to over-analyze the characters and motivations and try to figure out the backgrounds of all the inconsequential minor characters. But I don’t take such over-analysis too seriously. Still, allow me to do a little bit here.
Initially, my favorite character in Star Wars was R2D2. It’s really amazing how much character there can be in a non-humanoid who doesn’t speak a recognizable language. Han was also an early favorite, probably because he’s cool and tough and not very conformist. But the story in the original trilogy is really Luke’s, and the most interesting character throughout the trilogy is him, at least to me.
When I first saw The Phantom Menace I immediately took a liking to Jar Jar. For some reason, he didn’t become the ultra-popular character I thought he would, but I still love him! He’s total fun and an “ordinary guy” in the middle of Jedi and royalty. However, my affections eventually were won over by Padme Amidala, the tough, intelligent and beautiful leader who is excellently portrayed and it’s so easy to see the qualities of Luke and Leia in her.
After I first saw Star Wars, long before I knew there would
be sequels and had a VCR to watch the movie over and over again, I discovered
the Star Wars comic book series by Marvel Comics. They weren’t always the best written or drawn
tales, but they sure kept me entertained waiting for the next theatrical
release. My favorite run was by Dave
Micheline and Walt Simonson and took place after The Empire Strikes Back. And they were great stories despite being at
a time when the story possibilities seemed very limited.
|A great Walter Simonson cover!|